Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Robert Williams - Interview

"Graphically I got a big mouth."
Worth a listen, he was a big inspiration in the early days of Many Styles.

Friday, April 24, 2009

The Hive

Final logo and mural designs with 3d map.

The logo below was one I quite liked but was thought to be a little bit abstract, which is fair enough.
It was a fun job to do.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Subway Art: 25th Anniversary Edition

Subway Art introduced a lot of people to graffiti writing, it was a view into a world unseen, when I found it I was sucked in straight away and wanted to paint immediately. From finding out more over the years there were writers who were important that were left out or not covered properly, but the fact that the book existed at all is amazing.
I suppose the greatest thing about it was finding out New York subway painting existed, and it gave you the gateway to find out more, after all you can't please everyone.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Printers Mark

Another day, another logo. Based off an old book. About to get down to drawing some witches which should be fun. Could also be a beer mat. Getting quite into vectors again, been a wee while, but hanging oot with the Beeslaar, is defo getting the brain working, the man is a drawing machine.
Also Ian Laurie's updated Powwkipsie. (Not safe for sanity).

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Rocking Chair Across Russia

Ronald Searle is a guy who's work I think is amazing, I saw a copy of one of his books the other day and missed it, but found this whilst looking for some Bilibin. The illustrations in Rocking Chair across Russia rule. He is the master of the squiqqly line. It also has a feature story called Burns night in Moscow.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Blacktzar - Rust

My mate Tony Blow was doing the logo for Blacktzar and asked me to do a wee drawing to go along with it. Have a listen to be taken back to a 1980's teenage movieland of angst and broken love.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Lest Bogles Catch Him Unawares...

This is the title for my show at Hendersons. Sorto went old school on the type.
The line is from Tam O' Shanter by Burns.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

dragon elph 2001

Click for biggers
This is an old piece from forever ago, simplified a little, quite a strange style development.

Monday, April 06, 2009

埃爾夫 Traditional Chinese

Mini screensavers

The double image is to fill the screen, this is the actual animation, that I made for my phone, it's 240x320pixels. Also here's another one I did as a test, not pushing the boundaries of motion graphics or owt, I doubt Kyle Cooper is scared by my skills, he he.
Will try and post up some flash screensaver versions too. I made a few a while back.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Rough Cut Nation

In August, I will be taking part in an exhibition with a group of artists at the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. The show is titled Rough Cut Nation. I will post some more info when I get the full details, it will deal with the last 250 years of Scottish history and our idea of nationalism.
It was quite interesting to learn that idea of nationalism was invented at a time when the people were losing faith in religion.
In attempt to stop what the government believed would become anarchy, the idea of a collective nation was formed, along with a fantastical history to be sold to Scots.
The man explaining these stories also pointed out that that the nationalist idea was picked up by a man named Adolf Hitler who took that model to whole new levels.
I'm not that sure of how I feel about being a Scot, the only thing that Scottish people seem to be good at is drinking and having heart attacks. Of course Scotland is known for invention, medicine and education, but having worked in schools where 60% of 12 year olds could not read or write properly, I'd challenge that claim. It will be interesting to see what direction the show goes.
There won't be a Mel Gibson in sight either.