Friday, 26 February 2010

More ClusterFunk!

Another in the series of ClusterFunk posters! As you can see this one is Issue 4, and will hopefully carry on to be along lasting series of posters...... as long as the boys can keep on top of things, and keep on getting those gigs!

Hopefully they will be having a few up Bristol way, so my poster artwork will be traveling up the line a little bit!

This poster was hand drawn first, and then touched up in Photoshop...... i love touching things up!

New Work

Just starting to sort out a load of new work at the moment. Got loads of photos to sift through as source material, and i've just started making some sketches of what i want to do.

Here's one of the first finished sketches of a view of Lands End, from just above the rope bridge that's there. It's just a basic idea at the moment of how i want these landscapes to look. i want some of them to look quite minimal with some silhouetted shapes thrown in!

This sketch was created using spray paint and Posca pen on A3 paper.

Take Me Away From The Wind And The Rain.

Finally got this painting finished the other week, it had been sitting in the studio nearly finished for a while! Got it finished in time to put into Newlyn Gallery's Art Sale For Haiti exhibition.

I think the sale raised about £8000 in total, which all went to help the people of Haiti.

This painting was created using spray paint, acrylic paint and Posca pens on canvas.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Carnival of Love.

This was a bit of an experiment with some of the shapes i've used in the past on my StreetGraf paintings, where i took peoples tags from around the streets and stylized them! Was trying to make it look like some of the shapes you might find at the fair ground, especially the waltzers!

This was made using spray paint and Posca Pen on card and paper.

I did it as a gift for my girlfriend for Valentine's Day! Think it worked quite well, might have to do a bit more experimenting with the shapes and the spray paint too. Not bad for a first go though!

Monday, 22 February 2010

Original Poster Art work.

'Jesus, not more about this Souls of Mischief poster!'

Sorry guys, but there won't be much more as the gig is nearly upon us! I'm really excited about this poster, and about the gig too...... it's gonna be huge!

This is the original artwork for the poster, before i added any text, info or logos to it.

Again, it has been made using spray paint, acrylic and posca pens on A0 paper. I'll get it mounted shortly, ready for it to be framed by whoever eventually buys it!

Some Old Bits!

These are some old bits of work that i've only really just got photographed properly! They were originally designs for the Jack's Cow project that i worked on last year.

These were the original designs that i had to submit to Newquay Airport to see if i was on the same wavelength as them!

In the end, i used the first image on one side of the cow, and another image of St. Michael's Mount for the other side.

These originals were made using Posca Pen and Acrylic Paint on A1 paper, which have since been mounted ready to be framed.

I didn't get a decent photo of the one of St. Michael's Mount, as i sold it to Andy and Rachael from the Bakehouse in Penzance!

Friday, 19 February 2010

Extra Bits!

Just had to put some finishing touches to the Souls Of Mischief artwork. There's a flyer being produced now, so i had to do an extra bit of artwork for the back of the flyer.

I've been taking loads of photos recently, with a view to turning them into paintings. I'm really excited about some of them, and can't wait to get started on designing and painting these new images! I've got some experimenting to do with spray paint and composition, and then i can get cracking!

It's half term at the moment, so i've been at home with Jack a lot this week. Not got much done apart from playing on the Wii, and now my whole body aches! I was trying to read an article on artist Tim Biskup this morning in the latest Juxtapoze magazine, but got very distracted by the noise of Jack playing his Rabbids game! I should have just got up and gone out of the room really! Back to the studio next week, and sorting through photos for new paintings!

Monday, 1 February 2010

We're All Souls Of Mischief!

So far, January has been a pretty hard month. The hardest thing about it has been not drinking! It's my own fault, i normally do the now customary January detox along with the rest of the world....... but this year i decided not to drink for 6 months! Sounds a bit extreme to most people, but i realized i've probably been drinking constantly for the last 21 years! This was a bit of a scary revelation to me, so i decided drastic action was called for! Now that January is over it doesn't seem that much of a task now, only 5 more months to go!

Before Christmas i was asked by my friend Charlie Quinn if i'd do a poster for the club that he works for in town. Charlie's taken the brave step of putting on some big live acts in our area, which could be a risk given the state of the club and live music scene in Penzance at this moment in time! The gig in question is for hip hop band, Souls Of Mischief, who had somewhat of a cult status in the early 90's. This is a pretty big gig for Penzance, although other promoters have been responsible for some very big gigs in the past.... most notably Dion Star & Music Evolution for putting on live acts such as Fat Fredd'y Drop, Bonobo, Alice Russell and AIM. Hopefully Charlie can inject a bit more passion and effort into live music in Cornwall and Penzance in particular. I agreed to do the poster for him, as i think Charlie deserves all the help he can get! Here is the result which i was pretty chuffed with. The actual art work is on A0 paper, and i've used Spray Paint, Acrylic and Posca Pens. Ive taken some Aztec imagery as a reference as the bands new album is called Montezuma's Revenge, which is a phrase used to describe an upset stomach in a foreign land.... a bit like Delhi Belly!

I only finished the poster on Friday, just in time to relish the arrival of my mate James from Bristol. James was coming down to stay for the weekend to get away from the city and get back to nature! He's a bit of a nature boy, loves rock climbing, snowboarding, mountain biking, is a tree sugreon and an all round Ray Mears kind of guy! On Saturday he took me and my son Jack down to Sennen near Lands End to do a spot of rock climbing. Jack is 9 years old, and has done a bit of rock climbing, and i dabbled a bit when i was at Uni too. We had to scramble down to where we were going to climb from, which was a long way down. It was a pretty sunny day, but it was bitterly cold too and as we were making our way down it even started hailing pretty heavily! Once in position James got all the ropes and harnesses ready for our ascent. He went up to the top first with the rope, and then sent it back down to us for Jack to start his climb. He was a bit scared at first, but like i said, he'd done it before at Lands End and also on a few rock walls too.

Once he got going though, there was no problem at all. Kids don't really have any fear at that age, i get more scared of him jumping around on the edge of a cliff! My turn came, and i have to admit i was a bit nervous a bit too! The sun had come back out, but about half way up my climb it started bloody hailing again while i was stuck to this rock hanging over the sea! At one point i couldn't feel the ends of my fingers, so much so, i had to stop for about 5 minutes to warm them up! It's a weird sensation when you're trying to grip onto the rocks when you can't feel your fingers, you just don't know if you've got a grip or not! I managed to drag my 15 stone frame to the top in the end, which is no mean feat! My whole body is aching now! It was worth it though, felt awesome to have been able to take Jack out to do stuff like that. Hopefully James is gonna be back down a bit more over the summer which means more climbing expeditions for me and Jack, and the weather will be a lot warmer so we won't loose our fingers to frost bite! Maybe then, after completing some more difficult climbs, i'll be able to sit down with James afterwards and have a nice cold pint! Roll on the summer!