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The Blog Awakens

ChewieWallMy 5 and 8 year old boys have only just gotten into Star Wars with Chewie and First Order Stormtroopers being firm faves. To get back into drawing after a dry patch I’m proposing this to my youngest as some wall art for his room. Let’s see if it passes muster!


Crazy Golf

crazygolf72Interesting colours and textures from a weekend visit.

Hoops Working


Work Buddies! See previous post.

Vampire Vanity

vanityDracSometimes a quick sketch just does it and you feel that you’ll lose most of the freshness if you attempt to do anything to it. I love this little doodle bu that’ll teach me to sketch on lined paper though!

Passing the Porthole


Yet more Seamonster postings – this guy is unfinished but appears to be related to the giant fish appearing in Terry Gilliam’s Baron Muchausen!

Jo Working


We were looking at the book ‘Alphabet’ by Alain Gree and both loved the hidden front cover illustration under the book jacket. A beautifully simple and expressive line drawing of a schoolboy at his desk. Here’s my ‘digital’ homage to both him and my wife – see their work at http://alaingree.com/ and jomoon

Phone Memory Almost Empty!



A final host of pictorial dumpings from my over-exhausted memory card. Some are from holiday visits, museum encounters, work residue and other general stop and take notice bits from day to day travels.









Phone Memory Almost Full!

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Time to dump off some of the photos from my phone – like most people i generally snap random things that have peaked a momentary interest and then left them sitting in digital limbo. Here’s a few snaps that caught my eye regarding texture, arrangement, colour and subject. I’m not a very good photographer and rely on my phone and often the Hipstamatic filters to add some interest but there’s potentially some ideas in here for the future.


Bumpy Island – Work In Progress

islandBeginsWell I’ve made a start – I have the story planned, most spreads mocked up and a years worth of notebook doodles and amends to actually put this together. Here’s a sneak peak of the progress on realising Bumpy Island – I’m aiming to do a lot of this over the summer months before the next Academic year starts and i’m desperate to see it through this time – i’ve been thinking about it for nearly 8 years now and so need to get it done before it kills me!



We had a guest speaker in to talk to the students regarding a music orientated summer brief that they are being set. Ex graduate Keiron from la de la returned to Chester to give a few pointers and the benefit of his experience in tackling record covers. He started his talk with his 5 favourites and that led me to consider my own – so here in no particular order are my Faves – purely on a personally aesthetic level.

First up is Pavement’s ‘Watery Domestic EP’ – possibly my all time favourite – a lovely mix of dense colour, threatening chicken and the homemade meanderings scratched without care into the surface.

Next is the short lived Dymaxion’s ‘Recorded Music’ 7 inch that beat the recent album cover face fad by about 15 years. Beautifully simple, funny and mysterious all at the same time.

Taking center stage is one (though they all are) of Vaughn Oliver’s finest, Pixies ‘Bossanova’ – moving on from the beauty of ‘Doolittle’ the injection of cartoon, colour and retro sci-fi was the soundtrack to my first year of Uni.

Fourth we find the iconic Daniel Johnston and his cassette cover for ‘Hi, How are you?’ – summing up him and his lo-fi music with the simplest of approaches and production values.

Finally is Talking Heads ‘More songs about Buildings and Food’ – taking a nod from David Hockney by using a montage of Polaroids, the band are reflected as fractured and angular alien like creatures – ordinary and yet strange from he viewpoint taken.

Hopefully these may change over time and like the music itself I’m still hoping that I’ve yet to hear my favourite band ever and maybe they’ll follow with an equal standard of artwork.

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