Monday, 11 April 2016

trying to know my onions a little better...

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

a trio of colourful chaps...

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, 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

Newtonmas 2011
Newtonmas 2012
Newtonmas 2014

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

optimistic optometrist...

Just a visual thought that occurred to me a while back... kinda in the same vein as my previous optimistic thinking.

"Optometrist" - Someone for whom the glass eye is always half full.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

egg box elephant...

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, 13 July 2015

Primate Family Portraits. The Golden snub-nosed monkey.

I wouldn't go so far as to say this is going to be a running theme... I'm just really enjoying researching and illustrating some of the more obscure members of our extended primate family. Today's relative, the Golden snub-nosed monkey.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Primate Family Portraits. The Aye-aye.

I've always had more than a passing penchant for all things primate. It's a remarkable thing to look at such a menagerie as you find in the various branches of our primate family tree and know that we are a part of all that (kinda like meeting long lost relatives at a wedding...). One such remarkable relative is the Aye-aye.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Black Books booze... Life Cry bottle label.

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!