Monday, 11 April 2016
I noticed an onion in my kitchen was getting a little long in the tooth but it appealed as a sketch subject, one thing led to another. Don't know why I decided to play with halftone too, but I enjoyed the whole thing.
Saturday, 5 March 2016
I'd mean meaning to do a third irreverent installment to go along with my "Joseph's technicolour dream goat" and "Joseph's technicolour milk float" illustrations from a while back. A few variations sprung to mind (which I still might do when I have a quiet day) but "Joseph's technicolour speed boat" won out. I think it's the retro children's book vibe that's entertaining me as much as the silly word play. Might I have been more religiously inclined if R.E lessons at school had jokey illustrations as an accompaniment... probably not. Would have been more entertaining though.
Monday, 11 January 2016
Monday, 21 December 2015
Happy holidays or, to be secularly contrary... a very merry Newtonmas to all, and to all a goodnight!
Twas the night before Newtonmas and all through the lab
not a creature was stirring, not even the lab crab (...crustacean experiments?).
The white coats were hung by the black board with care
in hopes that old Isaac soon would be there.
And then from outside peering in through the dark
The bewigged face of jolly Isaark (...?!).
He swung in through the window with haste and alacrity
His motion directed by the force of gravity.
OK, OK... I won't do anymore. I'll just end by saying happy Newtonmas to all and to all a good-night!
By way of explanation, and not to repeat myself needlessly, here are my previous Newtonmas card blog posts
See you in the new year with a great deal more illustration work going to be posted in 2016. (That's a pre new year resolution!)
Sunday, 6 December 2015
Tuesday, 13 October 2015
So, ever since my rhino egg box from several whiles back I've been meaning to try for an elephant in a similar vain. Like with the rhino, I didn't have a strong plan of attack, just to use only one egg box for the whole thing, make use of the existing moulded forms where I could and see what happened. I'm particularly surprised and happy with the heavily lidded eyes (which weren't added as separate pieces but are part of the trunk sections). Now, I'm sure there's a egg box hippo to be had as well...
Monday, 31 August 2015
Monday, 13 July 2015
Golden snub-nosed monkey.
Sunday, 28 June 2015
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
A couple of my very good friends had birthdays in close succession recently and, as we all share a love of the estimable Dylan Moran's superb channel 4 comedy series Black Books, I made them both my take on a bottle of the drink Life Cry which features briefly in the episode titled Elephants and Hens (the only playable link I could find on youtube is speeded up and cropped, so part of the bottle label is missing, still, you can get the idea if you jump to 3 min 25 seconds in). On the show Life Cry would appear to be a budget, rough, alcopopish beverage best avoided but I hypothesized its makers had relaunched it for a trendier 21st century market. Fans of the show might get some of the references I included on the back label and, if you haven't seen Black Books yet... what's keeping you ?! I cannot recommend it strongly enough. "You always know you're in for a good night when there's a polar bear bleeding on the label." Cheers!