Just received the printed cards I illustrated for ‘The Labs’ ‘Slow Brew Club’. The brief focussed on moments in human endeavour and achievement in which that person had taken a break to enjoy the slow brew qualities of a damn fine cup of coffee. So we have Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton, the first woman aviator to fly across the Atlantic Amelia Earhart, Neil Armstrong taking his first steps on the moon and Mary Shelley author of Frankenstein.
Almost a year since ‘The Bone Yard Ballet’ waltzed off the press, time has sped by so fast, so just spent the day printing, cutting and sticking the next book into it’s first, rough, but physical form. It’s very exciting to see it finally start coming together.
Back from a great weekend at the Islington Design Fair, and picked up these this morning. Limited edition of 200, printed on quality cotton and available here at the Sawhorse Books Big Cartel Shop. Couple of weekends left until this years 22 Panels Show in Falmouth, Cornwall, more details on that very soon!
Just putting pencils on pause while I nip to London town to hang images in the Islington photography, printmaking and illustration exhibition. Details can be found in the previous post. I’ll be updating with pictures from the forth coming weekend soon as i get back. On return i’ll also be finishing this image off for another forthcoming exhibition of which details i’ll post soon, along with picking up a new limited run of tote bags.
The Sawhorse Books shop is now back up and running and i am able to ship orders once again. I am however in the process of taking down the on site shop and for the time being will be using the Sawhorse Big Cartel page as a primary store. At present only ‘The Bone Yard Ballet’ book is available through the shop, over the next few weeks i will be updating with new prints and some added merch. Please click here to be taken to the on line store
Over the second weekend of October i will be exhibiting work at The Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair in London. This is the 10th anniversary of the show that will be running weekends throughout Ocotober. The Photography, Printmaking and Illustration shows being the Saturday the 11th to Sunday the 12th, with the private view being held on Friday 10th october. If you’re in the London area it’ll be a great show! Please click here for more details.
A couple of weeks after that on the 24th-26th of October will be the 22 Panels Comic Art Show in Falmouth, Cornwall. This years set to really build on the great weekend in 2013. Please check out details on their tumblr page here.
And not too long after that….it’s Halloween 🙂
Just a note to say the Sawhorse online shop(s) will not be shipping any books or prints until the 21st of September while we have some work done around the homestead. At the moment I’m working away on a few images to be be produced as a set of prints to coincide with the 22 Panels comic/illustration convention in Falmouth, Cornwall toward the end of October. A little rough sketch of one of the images below.
Was asked recently about a previous post in which i mentioned a piece of artwork I left on a wall in Bergen, Norway, back in Febuary. We had issues with being able to upload images after that so i had been using the Sawhorse Books facebook page to update things in the meantime. However not everyone has a facebook account so here with a little background to the image are some pics. So in short I took a little holiday back in Febuary to spend with friends in Bergen, one of which is an illustrator, Anne Angleshaug. Anne works regularly for the street art company Bart. So one thing lead to another while i was there and I was asked if i wanted to do a wall piece in the PWC accountancy company’s building. So the night before i was scribbling away trying to think what to do and decided I throw a big hint out there on the character from the next book. However, although the story was written about 4 years ago I’ve never had the time to design the character, so with a few hours on my side and having to tape bits of sketch book together as the snow flurried outside, this dapper gent came to being.
So the next day it was off to the building to start on something I’d never done before, at a scale that was a little daunting and without my usual .25 Isograph pen to keep me safe. The original image was then projected onto the wall and i began pencilling things out. I had only 2 days to do this and half the day by this time had already well and truly slipped away.
So the next day i had to go all out and get this fella finished, the picture i took is a little reflective but i think you can the idea. In hindsight if i had more time i would’ve like to have painted the grey background in the character white, but time just wasn’t on my side. Anyways people at the building seemed pretty happy with him.
So I guess that’s the big reveal for the upcoming book, which i have roughly pencilled out and hope to begin artworking in November. His name is ‘Martin’ by the way.
Here’s a few process images from an album cover i finished last week. I’ve left the bands name off the image for now as they are just sorting websites/bandcamp etc, links to the finished album will be posted as soon as it’s available.
Cemetery Dance Publications have announced the pre-order for ‘Detours’, featuring stories never published before by Stephen King, Clive barker, Peter Straub, Michael Koryta, Ray Bradbury, David Morrel, Michael Marshall, Chet Williamson, Michael Marshall Smith, Chet Williamson, Stewart O’Nan and Owen King.
I’m really honoured to have supplied an illustration for Stewart O’Nans story ‘The Ghost Ship’, pictured below.
Please click here, to find out more about the title and please take some time to check out Cemetery Dance’s other great publications.