Sunday, 22 June 2008

Mountain attempt

An attempt at painting mountains ...... not so successful, it took 2 hours to get it to where it is - must remember to try this again some day but nonetheless I like the effect of the houses lining the bottom.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

dino passion

the way I have been involved with dinosuars in this projects makes me question whether it was obsession or a passion but one person left a comment simply saying: 'Have you considered being a vet.'

Disappearing landscape

THis was again from the train ride from Bournemouth with the warm light and the speed of the train represented through the trailing disappearing landscape.

japanese gardens

on my wall above my bed I have a collage of photocopied gardens and landscapes integrated with inspiring paintings by people such as Fredrick church. This picture is from sitting in front of it focusing on a particular image of a Japanese garden which stood out as very idyllic.


taken from a picture while traveling on a train from bournemouth. The light was amazing on the trees with a very orange glow.

My dad

another source of drawing opportunity is when someone is watching the tv. A regular occurrence in our house means people are still fro at least fifteen minutes before a commerical break. The only down side is that everyone looks bored.

The dude

the dude......our big white boxer who is a constant drawing opportunity - especially when sleeping. This is one of the few times he was siting still while still awake.

Monday, 19 May 2008

Drawings from old medical books. Experimenting with how to imrove my proportions of the head by stripping things down to basic......literally.

Thursday, 15 May 2008


Print making was a very fun experience at the foundation art course. I fell in love with John Ruskin about the time we started making colliographs (?). Anyway this was pieced from books about the American landscape.

Wednesday, 30 April 2008

final result

The infamous mammoth as far as my final major project goes resulted in this image contained in a book to W.S. Merwin's poem 'For A Coming Extinction.'

the devil who married three sisters

Illustration from a book based on an Italian folk tale.

The devil was bored so decided to marry a girl who had three sisters. He gave her a big bouquet of flowers but asked her to make one promise - that she would never open a specific door. So she agreed. As soon as he left she opened the door the fires of hell erupted out, burning her flowers. When the devil returned he greeted her but saw that the flowers he had given were burnt and realized what she had done. He opened the gate to hell and threw her in. Next the devil married the second sister but she did the same as well. When the devil married the third sister she put her flowers in a vase. She saw her sisters in hell and immediately helped them out and hid them in boxes before the devil came back. When he did indeed return he saw the fresh flowers and for the first time he loved her. She asked a favor in return for her not looking through the door, that he bring three boxes to her mother's house without opening them. He agreed, so she stood on the balcony as he hauled each box one by one to her mothers. Along the way he was sometimes tempted to look inside but each time he stopped he heard her voice shout to him to keep going and to remember his promise. Eventually all the boxes were delivered and when the devil returned he expected a welcome. Running upstairs he found a dummy in the shape of his wife that was starring over the balcony . Thinking she had run away he ran to her mother's to tell her of her shame. But as he came into the courtyard of the house he saw all three sisters on the balcony and ran in fear back to hell and vowed never to marry again.

Now, I'm not Italian and I do not like some aspects of the story. ( My family arguing over the fact that the fact that the devil cannot love.) I am at a loss as to why the devil was so scarred of three sister but oh well... it made a great story to turn into a book which helped me pass my testing to move onto the final stage of my foundation art course.

Saturday, 12 April 2008

A Mammoth project

Using a mammoth as an experiment in various mediums while working on my final major project (which will last a very, very long time). This is a quick pen drawing of the skeleton I've been using to help with formating a page. At the moment I am really interested in overlaying different techniques and textures.

Cry Wolf

Supposed to be a Dire wolf, an ancient relative of the modern day Grey wolf. Extinct around the 10th millennium BC after the decline of the ice age.

Small page plan in preparing for a book on extinct animals I am making for my final major project this year.

Starting out

Ok... here goes. I've decided to start another blog to document the other work I do for school in the hope that I can turn this into a professional blog one day.......