Monday, 9 August 2010

'Larry' Issue Three...

Due to various other aspects of my life taking precedence, this issue has been severely delayed on several occassions, however after approximately three months in the making (somewhat intermittently), it is finally finished...
Larry issue three is A5, 32 pages, black and white, and as always printed on recycled paper (though this time it's 120gsm paper as oppose to 80, so it's a little heavier...). Each copy is hand-tied, numbered, and has a little window cut out of a cartridge paper cover, this time using a sharper scalpel, but with a rather crooked ruler.
Content in this issue includes friendships, promiscuity, visual identity, a guide to the drawing technique of sgraffito, and a bunch of other things, with illustrations throughout.
I've made fifty copies and would love to trade them for stuff, so if you'd like one please get in touch...

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

'24 Hour Zine Thing' 2010

For 24 hours beginning from 9am on Monday 26th July 2010, I took part in the '24 Hour Zine Thing' (for more information, visit, and created this little 24 page A6 piece titled 'The Routes We Wander', consisting of twelve location drawings and a fairly abstract written narrative.
If you would like a copy, please get in touch.

Monday, 26 July 2010

Moleskine Sketches Twenty Six: 'Canal' / 24 Hour Zine Thing

With July officially being zine month, and today being the only day that such a thing would be possible for me, I decided to make it my day for making my '24 Hour Zine Thing'. I'll post more on this project tomorrow when it's finished, but I thought I would upload one of the twelve drawings that I made today for the zine, which I have until 9am tomorrow morning to complete. It's going to be a long night...

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Moleskine Sketches Twenty Five: 'Headphones'

Sticking with the theme of music and recording, here are some rather chunky headphones. Heaven knows why I chose to draw them with the lead wrapped around...

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Moleskine Sketches Twenty Four: 'Patch Lead'

Another busy day recording means another quick drawing, this time of an end of a 'patch lead', used to connect FX pedals together...

Friday, 23 July 2010

Moleskine Sketches Twenty Three: 'Microphone Clip'

Another busy day, so just a quick one; we did a bit of recording today, so here is one of the microphone clips...

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Moleskine Sketches Twenty Two: 'Watch'

I've never been one for wearing a watch, but lacking in inspiration and upon asking my brother for something to draw, he handed me his trusty Bear Grylls-style time-keeper. Very nice...

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Moleskine Sketches Twenty One: 'Guillotine'

Third in the series of things I'll miss is the A1 guillotine, for when a ruler and scalpel just won't cut it...

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Moleskine Sketches Twenty: 'Lightbox'

Second in the series of things I'll miss from the Uni base room is the rather large lightbox; the light of my life (quite literally...). Back to using my bedroom window it is then...

Monday, 19 July 2010

Moleskine Sketches Nineteen: 'Spray Booth'

I'm hoping that this will be my last week spent at Uni while I finish off issue three of my zine and get it copied. I therefore thought I would draw some things from the base room that I will no doubt miss when I vacate the premises.
The spray booth has been a pretty useful piece of equipment over the years, preventing many headaches whilst applying fixative to particularly heavy charcoal drawings. From now on, weather permitting, I guess I'll just have to transfer out into the open air...

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Moleskine Sketches Eighteen: 'Bird Feeder Two'

Here's the feeder replaced, and given that word has been passed that a rather flat squirrel has been seen in the road along the top of my street, there it may stay.
R.I.P. Cyril the Squirrel; I take back everything I said...
(see the post 'Moleskine Sketches Twelve' for a drawing of Cyril)

Moleskine Sketches Seventeen: 'Bird Feeder One'

Yesterday was a pretty busy day, and thus I didn't have chance to scan this, but here it finally is.
That pesky squirrel keeps taking the lids off of the bird feeders to steal the nuts and things, and even knocked this one onto the floor. Now, I love them as much as the next person, but squirrels sure are rebellious and inconsiderate creatures...

Friday, 16 July 2010

Moleskine Sketches Sixteen: 'The City Two'

Here's an extension of yesterday's sketch of my view from the base room window. It was damn windy this morning...

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Glass of Spit presents: io w/ Sperare + Diamonds (flyer)

Here's the flyer that I made for Glass of Spit's 'io' gig in two weeks time. If you're in or near Birmingham that evening, maybe you should consider dropping by...

Moleskine Sketches Fifteen: 'The City One'

This is part of the view from my base room at Uni, of which my vacation (albeit about a month overdue) is imminent.
I've looked out on this scene pretty much five days a week for the past two years; mornings, afternoons, evenings, surrounded by other students or alone. It has accompanied me through frustration, stress, and adversity on countless occassions, and thus I am inclined to believe that I'll miss it when I leave.
Sometimes you just have to know when to move on...

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Moleskine Sketches Fourteen: 'Backpack'

I am one of those people that, unless attending a formal occassion or similar event at which it would seem inappropriate, carries a backpack (or, as Shawn Granton of Ten Foot Rule puts it, a 'vessel') pretty much all of the time that I am outside of my house. Furthermore, I personally don't understand how anyone can survive without something to carry a few necessary belongings in!
Maybe it's just me, but either way, I thought that today I would draw something that I use every single day, but the importance of which is sometimes forgotten or overlooked.
Backpack; you are always appreciated...

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Moleskine Sketches Thirteen: 'Apple Core'

This image was used during the development of my University project on McCarthy's 'The Road' (see portfolio), but never really made it to becoming a final image.
Therefore this morning, I thought I would give it a new lease of life by re-drawing the image in my Moleskine, and posting it here.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Moleskine Sketches Eleven: 'Three Lillies'

Again today, the sun emerged in all of its radiant glory, and henceforth the lillies in the pond (well, most of them) opened up for me to do some quick (and somewhat obscure) line sketches of.
In other news, a rather cheeky little squirrel has frequented the garden recently to steal nuts from the feeders and...grass. He's just asking to be drawn...

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Moleskine Sketches Ten: 'Stone Boy One'

So I've had a pretty busy day, meaning that this is pretty rough, but in our garden sits a little stone boy, who, day and night alike, sits and watches over our pond, in blissful complacency.
He will no doubt appear in more drawings in the future...

Friday, 9 July 2010

Moleskine Sketches Nine: 'Paper Mountains One'

This little paper mountain range has stretched across my Uni desk for the past few months now, waiting for me to draw, remove, give away, or do anything at all with. I therefore felt that today was as good as any to do a little sketch of it. It was difficult, given that they are all white and difficult to define in line, but I believe that this will by no means be the last time that I draw this little landscape...

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Moleskine Sketches Eight: 'Blue Tit'

In relation to yesterday's post, here is the Blue Tit that attacked my mother; look how fierce he is...
I'm also considering this image for the flyer for a gig that I have coming up; I'll keep you posted...

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Moleskine Sketches Seven: 'Robin'

Our garden is frequented by a great many variety of birds, including a kamikaze blue tit that, on one occassion, entered the house and terrified my mom by landing on and subsequently clutching to her trouser leg...
Robins can also be spotted fairly often, and here's a sketch of one, sat on the arm of the bench, enjoying the peace and tranquility of our garden...

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Moleskine Sketches Six: 'The Park...'

When I was younger, me and my friends used to frequent this park pretty much every day after school (in real life there is actually a little park somewhere off to the left, I promise...).
Funny how as we age, we find ourselves disconnecting from the people with whom we were once so close, and in doing so, also distance ourselves, physically and otherwise, from the places we once occupied.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Moleskine Sketches Five: 'Borth Trip '07'

Over three years ago now, my band Sperare took a trip to Wales to do some recording, the weekend over which we stayed at our guitarist's caravan in Borth. Despite experiencing possibly the lowest temperatures I have yet to encounter, I quite liked the place, especially given that, it being May and all, the entire beach and town was practically deserted, vacant of any living being.
Here's a drawing of the then other three members of the band, heading down to said deserted beach in aforementioned freezing temperature...

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Moleskine Sketches Four: 'The Bridge'

I live quite close to Himley Hall and Park in the West Midlands, which is quite fortunate since it just so happens to be one of my favourite places to be.
Here is a drawing of the old bridge, situated near the lake...

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Moleskine Sketches Three: 'Helter Skelter'

So my scanner actually works; shocking...
Anyway, here's a drawing of the Helter Skelter at 'The Black Country Museum'...

Friday, 2 July 2010

Moleskine Sketches Two: 'Kali Tree One'

Trees have to be one of my favourite things in the world; it just so happens that unfortunately, due to the sheer quantity and intricacy of their branches, they are one of the hardest things to draw accurately. Regardless, here is my effort from this morning.
This weekend, this blog may or may not see any drawings, depending on whether or not I can get my new scanner to work...

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Moleskine Sketches One: 'The Lodge'

This time last year, I fell into a habit of drawing 'something' every day; it didn't necessarily matter what, and it was inevitable that not every piece would be my best, but the purpose of doing such a thing was to keep myself motivated towards the practice of drawing, and in the process develop a consistent body of work that, as well as providing something that could be shown to others and potentially sold, more importantly simply 'documented' my experiencing each day. However, with the pressure of the next University semester approaching, at some point, and though I am at a loss as to the particular date that it happened, I unfortunately fell out of this routine.
I therefore thought that since I have now finished Uni, I would try to motivate myself into once again instigating this process.
Today is the opening day of July, and here is the first, I hope, of many more drawings to come...

If you would like to buy or trade something for today's drawing, or any others seen on this blog, please don't hesitate to send me a message; thanks :)

Monday, 28 June 2010

D&AD New Blood Exhibition 2010; June 24th and 25th

So this was the D&AD New Blood Exhibition 2010, at which I was fortunate enough to have some of my work and portfolio present, whilst representing the good ol' University of Wolverhampton. More importantly, despite the heat and general lack of oxygen, the Thursday evening (private view) and Friday morning that I attended provided many opportunities for perusing the rest of the show, a great deal of which (notably the booths of Westminster, Maidstone, Middlesex, Norwich, Kingston, and more...) were of enormous inspiration.
Needless to say, many prospectuses, business cards, and postcards found their way into my possession on both of those days...

Friday, 18 June 2010

'Larry' Zine Issues One and Two

So I'm currently in the process of writing 'Larry' issue three (I'm about half way through and somewhat optimistically hope to have it finished in the next two or three weeks...) and thought I'd just mention that I still have a couple of copies of the first two issues left. Descriptions are as follows:
Issue One is A5, 32 pages, B&W, and photocopied on 100% recycled paper. Each copy is hand tied with string, hand numbered, and has an outer cartridge paper cover with a window cut by hand with a rather blunt craft knife. It contains random writings on public transport, vegetarianism and some other stuff. Only 25 were made.
The second issue is A5, 28 pages, black and white, and photocopied on 100% recycled paper. Once again, they're hand tied, and have hand cut windows in the cartridge paper covers using the same rather blunt craft knife (I really must buy a new one...). This one has waffling on opportunities, relationships, communication, and a couple of other things. Only 30 were made.
If you would like a copy of either issue, feel free to drop me a message :)