the codex seraphinianus

February 28, 2009



So I’ve been thinking about my mailouts and about the Graduate Showcase work.

Regarding the Graduate Showcase entry, I found out that Jasper Goodall is the judge for the Illustration entires, which is quite interesting; he’s engineered a whole style of illustration that’s been relentlessly aped. Luckily it’s not a style that I usually use, but it’s worth noting he’s actually a bit sick of said style himself. Also today I spent a good bit of this morning in the library looking through illustration books trying to pick out the sorts of things I actually want to draw. I’ve also been looking back at artists that have inspired me in the past (hence the Chiho Aoshima repost). And the thing I’m realising is that I love making things up – that’s really how my love of storymaking comes into my work.

So what I think I might do is start thinking more about landscapes, ones that suit the characters I’ve used in the past, working more on creating whole self-contained scenes. I think if I produce some works like these, they’ll look good both as submissions to Computer Arts and also as part of my end of year exhibition. The design might also translate onto t-shirts and suchlike, so they can be multipurpose.

With the mailout, I had a look at Paperwork by Nancy Williams, but a lot of the clever things in there I’m a little worried will be quite expensive. Still. What I’m thinking is a little leaflet with staggered pages, so that when they’re shut several layers of images can all be seen at the same time. Sketches to follow.

i went out to find some light

February 27, 2009 – Starting Up

Fear. I has it.

Chiho Aoshima at Gallerie Perrotin

It’s been a funny two weeks for me, which haven’t really let me devote much time to my final major project. This means I’m feeling a bit off kilter and out of practice when it comes to my work. However, I know there’s a few things I need to start getting a move on with, so I’m going to try harder with those.

Firstly, I’ve just been contacted by a friend of a friend who organises gigs for DrownedinSound in Manchester and Sheffield to do a poster for a roller disco with the Black Lips. According to the organiser “I’m thinking something that makes a big deal of the fact it’s at a roller disco – people will be skating around, drunk, while Black Lips are vomiting all over the place, essentially… it’ll be quite a night!”

…I love my job sometimes.

Secondly – mailouts. I’ve been trying to do these for ages, looking at other examples (as found in earlier posts on this blog) and I still don’t feel like I really know where I want to go with this. The main problem is that I’d like to make it illustrative, but I also don’t want my design to immediately pigeonhole me as only able to work in one style the same way that David and Sophie warned me my jaffajam design might if I used it as my portfolio site. So then I think maybe I should avoid illustrating it specifically and just make it a nice brightly coloured but abstract design, but even then I’m indecisive as to how it should look!

Thirdly – the Computer Arts Graduate Showcase. I really want to enter this but as I can pretty much submit anything, I don’t have a clue what I want to send them. I’m thinking whatever I do submit could also make up part of my exhibition, so I really want it to be quite visually striking and interesting, but I need to start thinking about what I want to illustrate. I’d really like to mix my interest in creative writing and my illustration skills again, but I’m beginning to think they come from different bits of me; my illustration is fun monsters and happy things while my writing is relationships, overly complicated vocabulary and generally Srs Bsns. So maybe not. I think I need to spend a bit of time in the library getting some inspiration together, and also looking back over things I’ve posted in here, especially exhibition work.

natural disaster

February 27, 2009


(via jessicachu )

why do some show no mercy

February 27, 2009




White’s Books, former Penguin Books designer David Pearson’s new publishing house, is bringing forth affordable fine editions of the best-loved classics. Renowned artists are commissioned to design the binding for each of these beautifully crafted hardcovers. Petra Borner (a fashion designers that has worked for Louis Vuitton) Stanley Donwood (a wood- and lino-cut artist that is best known for designing Radiohead’s album covers) and Joe McLaren (an illustrator for The Times and Monocle) are just a few of the great designers White’s Books has recruited to create original covers.

only lovers left alive

February 24, 2009

I have decided to try enlisting the skills of MySoti in order to peddle my wares. (If it’s good enough for Stephen Fry, it’s good enough for me.)

MySoti set a base price for the shirts and I only get what people pay over that, so I don’t really make much from this (about £1 a shirt). But at least this way I know they’ll look good and be of a consistent quality, and also I can provide things like kids’ sizes and onesies!

You can find my designs here:

what’s a girl to do?

February 12, 2009


Look, it’s Natasha Khan from Bat For Lashes! I’m looking forward to the album. Oh yes.


February 10, 2009