Friday, May 30, 2008

i cannot put my finger on it

Feeling pretty empty, creatively speaking, right now. Don't know why.

Monday, May 26, 2008

out of the blue

Just a quickie. I suddenly had the urge to draw a travel toothbrush. No, I can't explain it either.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

all that you touch

A bit of kitchen kitsch. I've just noticed that this is my 250th post. That seems amazing to me. All those drawings I've drawn, all that rubbish I've written and all the fine folk I've met. Thanks for all the visits and encouragement.

They've been revamping the site over at Moo. I don't like to blow my own trumpet, but when I saw my work on there, looking so good, I felt quite proud. It's mad to think of how this adventure all started, all those posts ago. I'm excited to see where else it'll take me.

Check out Moos revamp HERE (the stickers are cute TOO).

Monday, May 19, 2008

shadow on the things you know

Well, when I posted this, this morning, I was really frustrated with the drawing. And myself. I'd worked on it most of the weekend and had a clear idea of where I wanted to go with it. However, I did not achieve what I'd started out to do. So, this morning, I wrote a really grumpy post. Now, I've had some distance from it, though, I don't feel so bad. It may not have turned out like I'd imagined, but hey, so what?
(I still don't love it, or anything, I just dislike it a less.)

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

this woman's work

As you might imagine, it is a rather sophisticated and professional setup here at AJ head-quarters. Recently, I have relocated my studio - from the armchair to the kitchen table.

Also, recently, I have been rediscovering the work of a childhood hero of mine Ronald Searle. His work had such an effect on me when I was a kid. It was around that time I fell in love with illustration - the magic of illustration. I was thinking about all of that when I did the bottom of the two drawings.

Anyway, you know the drill; click on image to view.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

where the shadows come to play

I've made a deal with myself; I will not start my new Moleskine until I finish this, first, one. I only have a few pages left, but I can't seem to get it finished. This page had been depressing me for a long time. I'd put the bottle shaped bottle opener in months ago, and then didn't know where to go from there. I added a few bottle tops to the page, then some wood grain, but still it had no real direction. Finally, over the weekend I decided to finish it once and for all. I like the result.

Throughout this drawing, I was thinking of a night in a bar in Barcelona, where Andy, Tim and I decided to drink our way around the world. Not literally, of course (although, I did something similar in my 20s), the bar menu boasted 'beers from around the world'. I remember us getting as far as Asia, things get a little vague after that.

You can see the rest of my nearly finished Moleskine HERE.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

squashed tomatoes and stew

I hope you'll all join me in wishing GrIfF a HaPpY sIxTh BiRtHdAy. It's hard to know what to draw a six year old boy, as I'm ToTaLly RuBbIsH at drawing SuPeRhErOs and CaRs. In fact, gRiFf is mUcH MuCh better, at drawing those things, than me. So, I settled, inexplicably, for AlPhAbEtTi on ToAsT. You've got to love aLpHaBeTtI, hAvEn'T yOu? Being able to SpElL your NaMe with your DiNnEr has to be the cOoLeSt thing EvEr. And, when you've fInIsHeD eAtInG you can wAsH iT DoWn with a lovely CuP oF tEa like ThIs OnE.

HaVe A wOnDeRfUl BiRtHdAy GrIfFy!!!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

waitin' on a sunny day

I had been saving this for a rainy day. Well, it's been a rainy week. The thing, I find, with doing such labour intensive drawings is that you end up feeling totally wiped out when you've completed one. That's how I feel right now. So, I'm going to take a little break from drawing. Maybe just a week or two.

Anyway, I'll leave you with this. I posted the colour version a little while back. I, predictably, prefer this version.