Friday, January 14, 2011


I've been looking at a lot of far out, completely insane vintage book illustrations.

Usually I'm looking at these images completely out of context from any meaning that may be connected to them and as a result I have no idea of what most of them are about. But that's the really cool bit. The first thing I find myself doing is trying to piece together some understanding of what's happening in these crazy pictures. They force me to become an author.

In my own personal work I find myself wanting to create images which do the same thing. I want people to look at them and go "What the hell's going on here?". Because trying to understand is a lot more interesting than actually understanding sometimes.
I want to kick start that little process where the onlooker begins to invent their own narrative rather than have it prescribed to them. I guess trying to make things clear to the onlooker is a part of my day job so there's an attraction towards letting go of that altogether when I'm off the clock.

So in the name of discombobulation here are a few recent canvases. Let me know what you come up with.

Vice Versa.

G Man.

Monday, January 10, 2011


This is a card I made to accompany some Zoo tickets I got for the family over Christmas. I've been messing about with applying different textures in photoshop and in this piece I used some scanned letratone and brown card as well as some printmaking textures that I'm hoping to build up a library of. I don't want to move too far away from creating natural textures when I'm painting but I want to expand my palette of textures and have more flexibility in controlling them. Plus it's always fun to keep experimenting and stepping out of the comfort zone. Let me know what you think!


The nice people at Varoom wanted me to ask me some questions about the Waterhouse job on their  blog VAROOM!LAB. You can check it out here.


Okay enough of this holiday stuff, time to roll up the sleeves and get back to the drawing table. Let's kick off the new year with a few of spots I've been enjoying for Tufts University. 

Nutrition in high schools.

Websites rating doctors.

Doctor/patient communication.