Tuesday, 22 April 2014

작가 박영란 II

A second book by Korean illustrator 작가 박영란 this time about the plight of the Dodo, with beautiful illustrations that break your heart.

Monday, 21 April 2014

작가 박영란 I

A book about a reckless, fear free penguin by Korean illustrator 작가 박영란 with great expressive line work in paint.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Hickerty Pickerty My Black Hen

Hickerty, Pickerty my black hen,
She lays eggs for gentlemen,
Sometimes nine and sometimes ten
Hickerty, Pickerty my black hen. 

Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

작가 김수연

This morning I have been searching through Korean illustrators. In keeping with my Easter theme I have selected this wonderful chicken by 작가 김수연

Friday, 18 April 2014

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Nicola Dywer

I have wonderful students and I love working with them and seeing their creativity and work. 
Nicola Dywer was one of a great group of students who I finished teaching in February this year. 
Nicola cast her husbands head and then planned to make the head in glass. At times when this ambition looked like it couldn't be fulfilled we discussed using ice as an alternative. 
Nicola did manage to cast the head in glass, but she also cast it in many other materials including ice.
These are her coloured ice  heads photographed on the beach on a cold January morning and I am very excited and proud of Nicola because this work has been accepted as part of the V and A 'Inspired by' competition. Her work will be exhibited at the Morley Gallery, London  from the 20th of May to the 19th June with the other selected works.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

There was an old fisherman of Pittenweem

This piece I started at the end of last summer, it took ages to complete simply because it was left when I returned to work, after the summer holidays. 
The lace of the beard was dyed with turmeric, the worms were off cuts from a students work. It is inspired by a the strange concept of keeping bait worms warm. I am sure I remember that the fishermen kept them in their mouths to keep them warm and lively, a horrible idea/ memory that I have from when I was young.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

There was an old lady of Saline

And here she is 'The old lady of Saline' beautifully evil, and lovely and colourful. 
I loved doing the details adding lace to her neck and hands for wrinkles, chain stitch cable down the front of a boys jumper, the little girls plats and the metalic zimmer frame.

Strange thoughts and ingredients

These were the ingredients; a piece of ceramics by Spanish artist Laura Lasheras who combines ceramics with textiles and a portrait of Quentin Crisp by Andrew Macpherson

The result of this combination in my head was this, which three days and nights later . . . 

Monday, 14 April 2014

Francesco Chiacchio II

Francesco Chiacchio is not very nice to his characters sometimes.

Francesco Chiacchio I

Time for some fun, here are some of Francesco Chiacchio's sketches involving food, I love his moments of humour captured with a simple pen line and day to day objects. Francesco is an Italian illustrator, cartoonist and graphic designer from Florence.

Sunday, 13 April 2014