A CHILD OF BOOKS





This image is from the small exhibition of prints from the Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston picture book A Child Of Books. Yes, it is basically the book pages on the wall, but the British Library is a majestic place to visit with a three year old and there is something special about treating these pages like the works of art that they are.
I would have studied them for many minutes more (if I wasn't with a three year old). The images are simple yet so rich. I'd wallpaper my house with these pages if I could.
Whatever your age, if you like words, books, pictures, typography, design or stories, then seek out this exhibition or book.

LET ME FINISH



This is my book cover for a memoir centred around living with a stammer.

At the outset I was keen to do a more illustrative picture, but this more design-led image ended up being a better fit. As a self-published book, this was very much a collaborative effort, with the author Paul O'Meara involved at every stage of the design process. I think the ellipsis are a neat solution to representing a stammer visually, hopefully more subtle than using a wincingly obvious image such as a pad-locked mouth.

Anyway, hopefully the image does the content justice. It's not just a book for those with a stammer or speech impediment, it helps raise awareness amongst those unhindered by communication problems, about the various issues that can be encountered in the daily lives of stammerers.

To find out more about the book then explore Paul's website here, or follow his twitter for more updates. You can buy the book, in paper or ebook format, via Amazon.

BLAKE AT THE BRITISH LIBRARY



Recently a kid in class asked me why I wasn't as famous as Quentin Blake. I'm not as good, was my initial reply, but then not wanting to squish the compliment I noted that Blake is a lot older than me so maybe I will be by the time I'm his age. If anyone overheard, I'm not as delusional as that sounds.
Of course, my style owes plenty to Blake, especially when drawing at speed or intuitively. Unsurprisingly, as I often copied his pictures from my Roald Dahl books growing up. Replicating them mark by mark with colouring pencils; perhaps missing the point of the lovely loose expressions of his squiggles and blots, but never mind, I'm sure those efforts helped me able to give simple expression to characters.

If you pop in to the British Library, you will find a corner currently given over to some new portraits of Dahl characters by the master illustrator. I never can resist the chance to see his work up close. Something about seeing the actual ink splats, marks and lines up close that I'll never tire of. The reminder of  childhood. Looking at them with my 6 month old daughter made me eager for the day we can read the books together. 

I couldn't tell you my favourite Dahl book any more than I could tell you my favourite song, but these new portraits bring them all to life again. As Blake says in his introduction, they have been treated here as if they are real people - which to many of us they are.



MYA PROJECT


Here is the artwork I produced for the LP release of Italian artist MYA Project. 
The music is available to listen to here, described as alternative electronic/acoustic pop.
Please purchase and support independent music if you like what you hear. This debut release is on Milky Bomb Records, for whom I previously created the artwork for their compilation LP.
Creating an image that should somehow represents a sound can be difficult, trying to retain a sense of your own style but still complimenting the artist and the music. And you never really know if you're successful or not.