Monday, 31 January 2011

Chocks Away

Hi all

So if any of you happen to follow my twittering's (or tweets as they're better known) then you may have seen this painting process evole over the past week or so.

Quick back story: It's was my sister's birthday on Friday (HB sis) and I decided to paint her a picture of a few of her favourite things; baking, skydiving and moustaches.

The first stage: painting the sky gradient.

Next I taped out the shapes of the parachute and the cupcake. I just used masking tape to get fine edges and painted white onto the canvas. I then added some pink detail to the parachute and frosting to the cake.

Here is a detail shot of the cupcake after i'd painted the rest of the colour.

As with most things that I do, I like to inject some extra cute and so I decided to paint a little face on my cupcake...

And then for the finishing touches; I cut some shapes out of felt and glued them to the canvas. Here is a detail shot of the felt moustache on the cupcake and a felt cloud wandering out of focus.

So, here be the finished painting titled 'Chocks Away'. And if you were wondering, my sister loves it!

Hope you enjoyed that little process. A little bit different from my normal screen-printing ones...

Monday, 24 January 2011

House of Low Culture

Hi folks

Apologies for being a bit quiet on the western front. I have been insanely busy these past few weeks and have lots of projects to show you very soon. In some good news, I Like Trains sold out of the posters I screen-printed for them one week into their three week tour. Nice one lads!

On to something I can show you. Since Poster Roast Leeds I made friends with a lovely Leeds-based collective of media types called Low Culture. Recently they asked me to design a poster for them, promoting their services and aiming to recruit some newbies into the fold.

Hopefully next time you tune in there'll be more exciting news. Some things that I can't wait to show you include; Cover design for a Children's book, new t-shirt for We Heart Arts, Identity for new Brighton-based record label, the list goes on...

Stay safe!

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

A Father's Son

Hi forks

So last week I got to do some screen-printing for the mighty Leeds post-rock giants that are I Like Trains. This was also my first session at Manchester's Hot Bed Press. Added to the fact that the band went on tour at the weekend and needed the posters delivered by then, the pressure was on...

So to the speedy nature at which the poster was printed, I failed to get any pictures of the acetates, which were burned to the screen, so here is a picture of my mixing the blue, which would be the first colour I printed.

Here is the screen for the first colour, awaiting it's fate... blue!

The first colour printed and drying on the racks.

Here's to fallen comrades.

The second colour printed, which is the lighthouse, ship and tour dates.

The final poster, cropped, signed and numbered and ready to be shipped (no pun intended) to the band.

A detail shot of the lighthouse, searching for the lost ship.

So apologies for not having the most detailed of print processes but the session was more stressful than anticipated. But I am happy with the outcome and I hope you've enjoyed a little insight to the world of screen-printing.

Ta ta.

Monday, 3 January 2011

Camelback Cinema

Happy new year y'all. Hope your festive holidays were warm and joyeux!

Due to the popularity of my '100 abandoned houses' post that I blogged about last year, I thought it would be worth contributing this little follow up. It's an article I stumbled across on the Guardian website and features stunning photography of a post-industrial Detroit city.

[Photograph of Michigan Central Station by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre]

It also reminds me of an incredible documentary (one of the best i've ever seen) 'Requiem for Detroit', which is all about the rise and fall of the motor city. Really fascinating and quite dark.

Anyway, on to some work. Here is a flyer / poster design I recently completed for a Leeds-based collective who show independent films at one of Britain's smallest cinemas.

I've yet to attend but will hopefully get along at some point this year. I mean tea, cake, intimate setting and independent cinema are a few of my favourite things. Here's a facebook link for more information.

More things to come soon including a screen-printed poster process (yes, another one) for I Like Trains and much, much more.