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.