12/18/12

Paella


Illustration for Filogis about the introduction of a unified patent system for the EU, designed to save time and money on the granting of new patents, and of a new court system for patents in the EU; split between Paris, London and Munich. Applications and approvals would only need to be made available in one of three languages, English, French and German. 

11/6/12

Filogis newsletter; 'screenplay' translation.

Illustration for Filogis to accompany an article on a new translation of the bible into a screenplay format.



11/2/12

I Feel Tower...again.

I'm grateful to 'eat sleep draw' for recently posting some of my illustrations; it has resulted in a surge of traffic to my blog, so I thought I should re-post one of the illustrations that so many people are coming here via:



The illustration was inspired my Vitruvianesque studies of postures and movements of the human body. 
These images were published as double page spreads in my comic EL GLOBO:

My original sketches:


Reference material: Photo by Aleksandr Rodchenko. Guard at the Shukhov Radio Tower, Moscow. 1929. Sketches from the Zoology museum.





Another in the series. The more surreal illustrations were created as a kind of 'allegory'



Unaware at the time, these ideas and diagrams were helped by the illustrations from fencing manuals that Jon sent as reference for the illustration below, from Five Wounds:




10/28/12

Vincent - Tim Burton Short Animation,1982


A film that inspired my drawings as a child, well 12 or 13. For a while after watching this film at the cinema all of the characters I drew had the same elongated triangular face as the film’s protagonist. This short was screened before 'The Nightmare Before Christmas.' I didn't know who Vincent Price was, but that didn't matter. 

10/23/12

Tax Office

A Sketch whilst waiting at the tax office and, below that, a sketch of myself sketching; no need for inspiring surroundings to be inspired to draw.


Two recent examples, from my sketch book, showing that you don't need inspiring surroundings to draw; although  inspiring surroundings are generally preferable.

10/6/12

Cartesian Blues.

The author Jonathan Walker recently revealed details on his blog of the two projects he, and I, are currently working on.

'Reciprocity Failure'. A novel set in Venice and Sydney. Illustrated with Jon's own photographs. The description sounds intriguing: "the opposition between the Apollonian and Dionysian to explore the relationship between artistic inspiration and sexual obsession".

The second book is etitled 'Cartesian Blues'. An autobiographical 'graphic memoir' which I am illustrating. This book, which will be my third (and most ambitious) collaboration with Jon, explores themes such as empathy, consumerism, fetishism, identity and 'Cartesian dualism'- the idea that the body and mind are two separate entities; a theme which the philosopher René Descartes (famous for the phrase: "I think, therefore I am") had a particular interest in.

The completion date for 'Cartesian Blues' is mid 2013.

A bust of René Descartes by Paul Richer. The sculptor reconstructed the face using the contours of the skull of René Descartes, 263 years after the philosopher's death, to supposedly prove that the skull was authentic and once belonged to René. The concept of Paul Richer's sculpture had nothing to do with 'Cartesian dualism', but lends itself well to the idea. Also looks good on my blog. 



Character studies in my sketch book for Jon's 'body' in 'Cartesian Blues'.  

Jon has published posts on his blog discussing the ideas, music, books and films that have influenced both 'Cartesian Blues' and 'Reciprocity Failure'.

Filogis.

Illustrations to accompany articles on current affairs written for the 'Filogis Multilingual Services' blog. 


10/2/12

Handy Hammock



I recently created a logo and artwork for Handy Hammock; a lightweight easy to pitch hammock that needs no trees. On the Handy Hammock web you can learn more and see the video which I created artwork for.








Sketch Book.



9/26/12

Filogis.


- Hi good fellow, Where is the closest village ?
- ‘Wakatepe Baboun’
- Thanks Google, there is still a lot of work left to do !!
Illustration for 'Filogis Multilingual Services'. 

8/14/12

Pistols! Calligraphy.

A page of dip pen caligraphy for the title on the frontispiece of 'Pistols! Treason! Murder!'. The swear word was unintentional.



The text within the comic strips was not calligraphic, but drawn with a rotrin pen to imitate a dip pen:

I hand drew the lettering copying a printed type from the 1600s from a contemporary news reports on the gunpowder plot; below is a kind of newspaper poster, in which it is reported that God himself exposed the explosives planted under the House of Lords.




Jon also needed a writing style imitating the protagonist Vano's own hand writing, to use for his quotes:


8/4/12

Textiles- sketch book.







It is widley thought that Damask fabrics were first introduced to Europe by Marco Polo, returning from his travels. Below is a damask textile design I created for a client: 


7/26/12

Cut-up's.

Below is a comic I wrote using the technique of 'cut-ups': literally taking a piece of text and cutting it up and putting the parts back together at random. The drawing were created to fit the resulting text.




This comic was published in Decadence anthology 5. Maybe some 5 years ago now. I was introduced cut-up technique by the work of William Burroughs, who's work was the main influence of my final project as a student. Here is a video in which Burroughs explains cut-ups:



Illustrations of William Burroughs from my student days:





Burroughs appearing in my 'Interzone' drawing.

The Da-daists and the surrealists used cup-up and some of David Bowie's songs were written using cut-up's:

David Bowie Method from FAB on Vimeo.