Archives for category: Illustration

I was determined to do something creative today, and here it is. It could make a nice wrapping paper for Mothers’ Day.

I drew it in pen and ink in my Moleskine which I am mostly not brave enough to use, it being rather nice and all!


I have just finished a 3 month internship. Having finished uni well over a year ago unconvinced that design was really for me, I really wasn’t sure whether I’d see it through. However, it was fantastic, and I’m being kept on! For the next issue at least.

Working in a creative environment has really brought me back to where I need to be, in my head, to be creative. Not only have my design skills and creativity come back tenfold but also my confidence. Being trusted and completing something as all-consuming as a magazine redesign has been a huge learning curve. Stressful at times but always enjoyable, I’ve learned a lot about a lot of things! I believe that this is owed to the fact that I did this in a very small publishers and worked with some great people. I would now recommend it to anyone doing any design related course, it really gives you a feel for what it would actually be like to this for a living, both the good points and the bad. There is a huge amount of debate as to whether internships are ethical etc, my advice would be only, look for one that fits you.

My favourite bit of the design is the navigation, which works like a colourful phone book with a side bar for each of the areas featured.You can see it below.

It was a scary few days waiting to see the mag once it had gone to print but it was well worth the wait when it arrived! Backpax also has a new website for its new look.

Inspired Times has also gone to print so I’ll post some photos of that too when I get it!

Let me know what you think please, it’s unfinished, any suggestions welcome. I will finish when I get time! Click the pic for full size.

I love magazines. Glossy ones especially, occasionally I do enjoy a quick peek at a celebrity trash mag but generally the glossier the better.

I stumbled across Hi-Fructose Magazine this week, it’s a contemporary art magazine much in the same vein as Juxtapoz, although it is a quarterly – so possibly more glossy. They have an evolution of James Jean special which looks fantastic (and also completely sold out). The inside of the magazine is beautifully designed too. Again an American magazine, it used to be sold in Borders. If anyone can suggest where I might find one in Bristol I’d be very grateful as it features a lot of my favourite artists and many who were at the ‘Art from the New World’ exhibition.

Candy Magazine is a free online magazine by an independent collective. It has a wide variety of styles which is really nice and all the back copies are also available on their website, also for free.

For glossy fashion mags, POP and iD reign supreme in my opinion, although LOVE is also, erm, lovely (aside from an irritating website). The perfection of airbrushed photoshoots and bright colours win me over every time, the content is lower down on the priority list.

Now if only someone could combine these styles of flawless beautiful colour, brand new artists with inspiring editorial we would have a magazine to rule them all!

New Year, new paths, new me, etc, etc, etc…

Myself and Disco went to the opening night of the Jamaica Street Artists’ exhibition, Inside-Out. It was buzzing, there were so many people at the RWA on Friday night that it was difficult to actually see the artwork, but a great atmosphere to soak up. When we did manage to maneuver our way around the hoards of people drinking wine from plastic cups the work was fantastic. There was a great range in the fine art room, from photo-realism to skulls made of string and cardboard sculpture. There was also a separate room for animation and illustration which contained some lovely bigger pieces. It felt like a very classy exhibition, the standard was really high and the space at the Royal West of England is really something. I have previously visited it to see an exhibition called Crimes of Passion, which was also exceptionally good.

Anyway, it felt really good to start the New Year with something positive, fun and creative. Now I shall return to all the spring cleaning.

The Jamaica Street Artists’ Photostream on Flickr seems to be the best place on the web to see the work, but I would recommend seeing it in the flesh. The exhibition is on until the 8th of February.

I did this illustration a while ago but it got lost somewhere before it got finished. The plan was to have a broken disco ball in the background too, but i think this, as well as painted feathers swamped me a bit. I wasn’t happy with it while I was doing it, it was for a very close friend of mine (the disco magpie herself). I came across it today, and hey, maybe it’s not that bad after all.

It was hand drawn and coloured in Photoshop.

The Corey Helford Gallery comes to the UK and the Bristol Museum outdoes itself again! I meant to write about it much sooner (the exhibition finished yesterday) but better late than never I suppose. This was at the same gallery which held the infamous Banksy exhibition last year. The Corey Helford Gallery in California is one of the many galleries in America I’d really love to visit, so I was very excited when I heard it had come to the UK, especially right to my front door.

Unfortunately I didn’t know about the opening night which was apparently spectacular, with all the artists present (including some of my absolute faves like Natalia Fabia) and a Dita Von Teese show. I’m still kicking myself for missing it! When I did manage to get to it the gallery was pretty quiet in contrast to the last time I visited to see ‘The Bristol Museum V Banksy’, making it much easier to really get a close look at the work. The majority of the pieces were painted, often quite classically but with some unusual subjects. I was really pleased to see that there were some digitally painted pieces, as I haven’t seen this before, they were printed large and beautifully finished.

These are a few of my personal favourites.

Mercedes Helnwein

Aj Fosik

Overall, it was a really great experience for me to see some of the work in the flesh which I have read about and seen reproductions of on the internet and in magazines. Fingers crossed the next exhibition here will be as good!

Thanks to Laura who told me about the exhibition.

Oh! I almost forgot!  – The octopus/pearl chandelier I blogged about a few months ago was here, it was possibly the most exciting thing for me at the whole exhibition!

This will be my first blog since goodness knows when! I’ve managed to get myself stuck in a rut of creative inactivity, through moving 3 three times in 6 months and other factors. As always I’ve not been far from drawing and pretty things. This pic is from a while ago when I was sitting at home looking for something to draw. It is one of Kat Von D’s hands, taken from her book (that a good friend bought me). It’s not a particularly good photo ’cause it’s from my webcam.

This evening I have been mostly watching ‘LA Ink’ season 4. All the drama in this season makes it quite trashy and amazingly awesome. I’ve stumbled across hundreds of cool tattoo photos on the web but these are two of my recent favourites…

I did some drawing today and it felt really good… more tomorrow.

In May last year I posted this ‘…who said that we need to be strong…’ about an artist called Milk whose main page was on Myspace- I would like to say that finally, 11 months later, Juxtapoz (my favourite art and culture magazine) have finally caught up, and last month published an article titled, ‘Exploring heartache with Milk’ which can be seen here.

While I’m on the retrospect, I also blogged some time ago about some Nike sandals which I had never seen. Yesterday I saw them in the flesh, attached to someones feet (the silver version). The views I expressed, here, remain mostly unchanged. I think they worked – It’s good to be different.

I also came across this whilst on the Juxtapoz website this morning, it’s from an art installation by Scion at the L.A. Gallery. There are eight spaces/rooms in the exhibit, each designed by a different artist. I want this candelabra encorporating pearls, tentacles and, er, pink. It’s a shame I can’t just pop round…not this time anyway. Read all about it here.

I have become obsessed with patterns. I love them, the simplicity and complexity of them fascinates me. I have been working on this for what seems like ages, but it was really fun – and worth it ’cause they’re going in my portfolio. I started with a skull sketch, which I realised had a lot of flowery shapes incorporated in it reminding me of the ‘Mexican Day of the Dead’ (or ‘Dia Los Muertos’) imagery, so it went from there. I’ve kept the colours simple at the moment but i think i might colour it at a later date.

you can see the full sizers if you so wish here.