Wednesday, 30 March 2011

One more then that's it...
Tom Waits singing 'Lord I've been changed', a traditional song, re-arranged by his genius self, I first fell in love with this song when I heard it played by Gypsy Bill Williams and Dell Porter a duo living in York. They are a superb. But yes, I thought I'd post the more beautiful side of Tom Waits' talent. Now I'm gonna do my work, definately.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

End Page Pattern...
A little repetitive pattern made up from a few bits and bobs found on the beach, there's a pebble that looks like a dog's nose, a piece of glass beaten and smoothed by the tide and a beautifully delicate fragment of blue and white crockery. Just a basic layout that will be used to decorate the end pages that will hold my book together, they are subject to change I guess!
Tom Waits-God's Away On Business...
I really can't get enough of this song at the moment, I know this is my illustration blog but I must get this obsession out of my system and share a little slice of Tom Waits with you. His voice was once said to be "like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car", love him or loathe him, his ability to either highlight the grotesque or the beautiful through his rag and bones blues is just pure perfection! I feel a Tom Waits painting coming on, keep ya eyes peeled folks!

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Seven Stories...
My work illustrating the poem 'Morning' by Alistair Robinson, is up in the Seven Stories gallery in Newcastle at the moment. Went to the prize giving yesterday, was really nice to see everyone's work up, there was a lovely variety and I dare say it all looked pretty professional! There were cash prizes for first, second and third place, and then three pieces were highly commended, I was one of them along with dominic inman, but our prizes are a top secret mystery at the moment, to be honest I'd be over the moon with a Kinder Egg, in fact I kinda have my heart set on one and will be pretty gutted if I have to do without, fingers crossed, except I wouldn't like one that contained a jigsaw or an orange pod, because that's when ya get the little models and there's nout to build, I would like a yellow pod and wouldn't mind some sort of car in mine, one where ya get to put the stickers on!

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Going into the country, gonna eat alot of peaches...
This is my entry for The penguin book cover design competition. I chose to enter the children's book competition, producing a cover for James and the Giant Peach. I peeled lots of peaches, a very long and sticky process, flattened the skin out and stitched bits together. I then scanned in some hand drawn type for the front and back cover to use alongside Futura for the main copy. Im very pleased with the outcome and love the natural rich colours. The best thing about the whole project was the peach crumble I made from the leftovers!