Some drawing-related inspiration from my recent trip to Japan...
This is Alfie. He comes to work with me
It's so exciting to try new drawing processes when you are given a brief that requires you to expand how you would typically create imagery. Today has been full of happy accidents.
I love how the colours change during different seasons in the UK. These two photos were taken on the 1st April (The New Forest, Hampshire) and the 3rd of May (Docky Wood, Ashridge). What a change one month can make!
During some recent research I came across the nearest airing cupboard I have ever seen...
Sensing Spaces at the Royal Academy
My students at Kingston are incredible and even though I may be biased I know they are a particularly talented bunch this year. I'm so lucky to have a job that compliments my freelance work. Whenever I hit a brick wall with a freelance job I can always rely on my students to inspire me or help me think of new solutions. It sounds a bit cheesy but it's true. It's kind of like having a blog of completely fresh, uninhibited and unpretentious work to look at each day. The above image is now hanging up in my room, it's a location drawing by the lovely Minha (a current Foundation student). Isn't it great?
Over the last few weeks my Newent House project has been featured online on It's Nice That and Huff Post Arts & Culture. I did the project quite a while ago but it's so nice to see people are still enjoying the portraits. Above is one of the shortest but sweetest emails about my work I have ever received. So thank you Linda for such a moving message, it's like a mini poem.
I'm currently working on a really exciting project about sight loss and aging. I can't wait to share it with you. I'll hopefully be able to put it on my website in a few months. As you may have guessed I'm incredibly passionate about doing projects that deal with the aged, such as my recent collaboration with Active Minds. I think it's so important for creativity to be used in ways that help the elderly.
I was in Hong Kong recently for a fleeting visit. I used to live there so I loved being back in a place that feels so familiar but so different still. Here are a few inspiring snippets from my time there... Top left - fantastic public seating in an awkward space. Top right - cheeky tennis. Bottom row - beautiful shop shutters which looked like paper cut outs.
2014 is here! I've never been keen on the number 13 so I'm really pleased we are have 14 for a year. So this refreshing numerical change has called for a new website. Hope you enjoy it!
I have been working on a film for the last couple of weeks and one of our last locations was Weaver's Playground in Bethnal Green. The colourful wooden structure looked amazing against the grey skies on the day. It felt like a giant collage.
Watercolour drawings of the island of Serifos, Greece.
Shadows created by railings in Notting Hill.
Lovely orange fluffiness at Hampton Court Flower show.
So this year I fought against my beliefs that Kindles kill the illustration industry and bought one. My only justification for buying a device that removes the front covers from books as well as reducing images to black and white pixelated forms is that every week I spend HOURS commuting to work at Kingston. I needed something to get me through London's rush-hour nightmares.
Not only has it mentally saved me from these jam-packed trains and tubes but it has meant a have read a lot more this year. And actually my Kindle has become one of my most loved possessions now! So as we near to the end of 2013 here are my top reads so far:
- 'Shantaram' by Gregory David Roberts
- 'Predatory Thinking' by Dave Trott
- 'Breath' by Tim Winton
- 'Marching Powder' by Rusty Young
- 'The Secret River' by Kate Grenville
- 'The Life of Pi' by Yann Martel
- 'Maisie Dobbs' by Jacqueline Winspear
- 'The Virgin Suicides' by Jeffrey Eugenides
- 'Tell the Wolves I'm Home' by Carol Rifka Brunt
- 'The Diary of a Young Girl' by Anne Frank (I know, it's terrible that I've only just read this properly)
- 'Tulip Fever' by Deborah Moggach
I took this photo of a construction site in Malta last year. I love how tiny everything appears and the bright blue that seems to appear on most of the equipment.