Monday, 23 October 2017

Steven Millington

 Steven Millington is a British illustrator  who has developed some wonderful typographic illustrations of birds and animals. Steven studied at Bolton School of Art and  has a fantastic mid 20th Century graphic style.

Sunday, 22 October 2017


Pomegranate's were on offer this week, these wonderful red jewels of fruit, and as we head towards Halloween I was thinking of alternate lanterns to those bloated orange pumpkins which we don't eat and just moulder away.  Only thing is that the pomegranate is such a happy, rosy fruit I couldn't bring myself to do scary faces.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

A mask of leaves

More leaves this time butterburr leaves that are large enough to be masks.

Above: Cathy Orton joins in the fun.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Bäst NY

Bäst NY is an artist whose style is irreverent punk graffiti that crosses genres of sculpture, performance art and street art. Here are some examples of sketchbook works collaged in mixed media.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

New leaves

It has been a while since I treated myself to some leaf creations. This week I plan to make many as the storm has pulled many fine specimens from the trees, and I have time to enjoy them.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Iwona Chmielewska VI

Having attended the lecture on Polish childrens illustration on Saturday, we were invited to attend a workshop for children on Sunday. As I was working in Edinburgh I started work early at 6am so that I would be finished and could treat myself. I sat next to a delightful girl who translated for me and drew the image below. 

This workshop was based on Iwona's book; Klopot (Trouble), we were given a stencil and could use this to create anything we wanted. I love the little bug that one of the children made. 

Below are my creations of a nesting bird and a frog.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Iwona Chmielewska V

I was incredibly shocked this weekend to find myself at an event in Edinburgh with Iwona Chmielewska, whose work I have featured on this blog many times.
I had booked a ticket knowing I was going to see a lecture on Polish children's illustration, but I had no idea that one of my hero's was going to be speaking.
Iwona spoke about her books, showing us how she uses the 'architecture' of the book and plays with images on the page, using the gutter and the way the pages fold and close and suggesting a transparency of the paper. Introducing us to new books and explaining imagery from books that I was already familiar with.

Iwona Chmielewska explained that she writes books not because they are commissioned but because she has to and that sometimes these books 'haunt her' and stay with her for a long time.

Her most recent creation more so than usual, as she had fought with herself as to whether or not she had the right to create it. "Until the Sky Does Cry" (Dopóki niebo nie płacze) consists of sixteen paintings by the artist using imagery from a collection of  2,700 glass negatives that were found in a townhouse in Lublin. These photographs show many of the Jewish inhabitants of Lubin before the second world war destroyed their lives and have been attributed to the photographer Abram Zylberberg.

"First I saw hundreds of portraits - miraculously found in Lublin, a treasure." The inhabitants of the Jewish quarter, for so many years concealed, gave us present glances from times when they did not feel the fate that awaited them. Still safe, surrounded by close, full of noble focus people, they asked to be revived and add their colors ...     Iwona Chmielewska

The images were created using elements of these photographs form a story about the Jewish inhabitants of Lublin (whose lives were to be so brutally broken by the war) gently re-imagined without that horror, but also in the shadow of it. Iwona has reached through time and through her drawings tried to rewrite the lives of these people eradicating the horror and re-imagining lives of gentle beauty.
In the book Iwona's drawing are accompanied by selected poems for children by Józef Czechowicz (1903-1939).

Below is one of the images used for the book and its new imagining by Iwona.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Sonia Alins

Sonia Alins uses collage and illustration to create many water focused images. This lady gently swimming on her back is so relaxing and after weeks of non stop work I am looking forward to a week as tranquil as this.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Katie Vernon I

American illustrator Katie Vernon's childhood stamp collection has been reincarnated as some interesting illustrations that could inspire many different stories.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Anna Pirolli

Sometimes I will be looking through someones portfolio and it is full of very accomplished illustrations but just one stands out. Anna Pirolli has a beautiful portfolio, but I adore this goat, its expression, its heavy bell, the adjustments and the colours.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Sophie Page II

Sophie Page's work is rooted in a love of nature and countryside. Her drawings draw upon this love and experience and are full of gentle observations and love.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Christopher Corr I

Christopher Corr's beautiful end papers from his new book; 'The Great Race' the story of Chinese Zodiac which is published in January. I can't wait to see the rest of this book.