Category Archives: My Work

Graphic design, illustration, sculpture

Electric Sheep Magazine mentioned in New Statesman article

“For the offbeat stuff you have to go to sites such as Run by a print magazine, Electric Sheep, it reviews fringe and art-house films that seldom get space in the broadsheet newspapers. The writing is confident and well-informed and the scope encompasses everywhere from Spain to South Korea. I was excited to read about a Mexican new-wave gem, I’m Gonna Explode (also reviewed in the NS by Ryan Gilbey) and to catch up on the latest film noir. Unlike mainstream film sites such as, avoids industry chit-chat and cheap abuse. It writes about film for people who like film: a classic approach.”

read the rest of the article on the New Statesman website

Drawing from memory vs from a model

Week 3 - Revision from memory

Bizarrely this one captured her better than drawing direct from lifel.

The tutor made a good point; looking at the original drawing – and looking to improve it – you had to ask yourself to remember if the models shoulders / weight / hips / arms really were at that angle / length / position etc… ie all the questions you should also be asking your eyes whilst you are drawing in the first place…

Also it was funny everyone started to contort themselves a little bit whilst doing this drawing from memory; without the original model, we used ourselves as reference…

I know mum – who’s an illustrator – does this when drawing expressions of people for her work, so I ought not to be surprised really – it was just funny in a room full of people doing the same thing!

Back at an easel again

1 hour lifedrawing pose from week 1
1 hour lifedrawing pose from week 1

Have gone back to lifedrawing class; first time in probably 15 years (eek!). I was fully expecting to freeze up and only be able to scratch out a 2″ high little stick (wo)man, but after 6 poses in the 2 and a half hour session, I was quite pleased with what I’d done…

It’s a strange experience really,  the resulting pics themselves aren’t anything that I like aesthetically or anything, but I really enjoyed the process; don’t think – just draw…

I guess it’s a bit like being a child again when what you’re seeing doesn’t always translate that well onto paper! :) Anyhow, the class is for another 10 weeks so am keeping a record of how the pics progress…

Electric Sheep Magazine is Dead, Long Live Electric Sheep Magazine!

“lovingly and effectively designed – stylish yet readable – exactly as it should be”
(Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet Int.)

Some of you know by now that the magazine I’ve been Art Directing has now gone bust in it’s current print format. Richard writes a lovely goodbye piece on the FP blog, mentioning not only the lovely design – ahem! – but of course all the fab content and contributors.

It has been a brilliant, challenging and rewarding experience working with V (Editor) and although it was a sad day to send the last issue to the printers, plans are afoot for new and exciting incarnations of the ‘Sheep and the website is having a much needed tidy up right now (to go live in Feb) so right now we’re feeling pretty positive.

Eco-friendly artist’s paint

Does anyone know a UK manufacturer of eco-friendly artist’s paints? I can find plenty of sources of environmentally friendly house paint, and even natural pigment children’s paints – these Fabio Living Colour ones look amazing, although they don’t seem to be in stock anywhere – but none in the UK specifically aimed at people wanting to replace their acrylic, block printing or watercolours with a more environmentally friendly alternative.(Golden Artist Colors comes the closest in the US)

I’ve found screenprinters in Australia that use sustainable practises and Permaset fabric paints look encouraging (but again, Australian based).

I know a lot of paints use natural pigments or minerals as their foundation, but just being natural doesn’t necessarily mean eco- or person- friendly; just think of the lead used in Chrome Yellow! Hmm, maybe I’ll go along to Cornelissen & Son and pick their brains… If I find out anything, I’ll post on here.

Lobster / Snobber

Lobster / Snobber

If the words Vomit, Flu, Deadline, and Lethargy had been some of those omitted from the Junior OUP Dictionary, I'd have done quite well these past four days of Every Day in May… I don't seem to remember them on the list though, so I get back in the saddle with Lobster instead.

I used to have a rubber lobster bath toy that I think I ate the antenna, or at least some of the legs of.

I couldn't say lobster then ( I was v small) so he became a snobber instead. So here are some dancing Snobbers. (Lino-print / acrylic / some scribble & Photoshop)



Marzipan smells and tastes delicious (if you are so inclined) but is pretty underwhelming to draw until someone has made it into marzipan fruit or icing.

However it did make me think of soft, cake-y colours and the latticework of pie crusts so here is a marzipan pattern instead… I quite like how the pattern looks a little stained glassish too.

For some beautiful examples of *real* stained glass, head over to Flora's blog

If you love the smell, try out Smitten from Lush; smells of Playdoh / almonds… yum!

A child’s dictionary for 2009

bugger celebrity, vandalism & block graphs – give me catkins, brooks, minnows, acorns, buttercups, herons, almonds, marzipan, ash, beetroot, bray, bridle, piglets, porpoises, gooseberries, ravens, carnations, blackberries, tulips, porridge and conkers….

Henry Porter reports of words that have been added and removed in the latest edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary… I think I've just discovered my theme for May (especially so, now that Whitsun is another one to feel the blow of the editors pen!)…

I'll respond each day of May to one of these words and post it up. Maybe it can turn into a children's book one day so kids have some chance of recognising a catkin or piglet when they see one!

Ladies Coats

Eloise launched her ethical / organic clothing range last week with a private view at the Hepsibah Gallery. Save for the fact I got stupidly lost getting there, it was worth it to see all the coats for real, even one of the weavers from Mull came down to see how the cloth had been used. I got to try on a de Beauvoir Short which I’d been coveting too :)


I didn’t build the website, but designed everything from the logo, the coats’ labels (I loved seeing them sewn into the lining!) the website design, invites, stationery etc.

This was a really fun project to work on, playing with all the typography and full stops! It was also a very interesting one – you can read more about setting up an ethical and organic business, clothing and fashion on Eloise’s blog.

Electric Sheep Magazine

photo from flickr

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t blogged much this summer… Have been working on two big projects; one of which came to fruition last night at the Roxy Bar & Screen. I’d designed the Electric Sheep Magazine website earlier this year, and V had such interest in the writing, it was launched as a proper print magazine yesterday at the inaugural Electric Sheep / Resonance FM film club!

I’ve never designed a whole magazine before, so it was quite daunting… There was the usual printer nightmare, but overall am really pleased with it. Everyone was great to work with (thanks S for invaluable print advice) all the writers wrote to count, and it was great to read whilst putting it together :)

Well done Lady Vengeance!

The Film Club runs every month (next one is Tuesday 2nd October)

You can pick Electric Sheep Magazine up for FREE at selected cinemas, cafes, arts centres and universities, or subscribe here

My first magazine!

It has been a busy few weeks this summer, but have just uploaded the final PDF of Electric Sheep Magazine (the print version) to go to the printers today. It’s out on September the 1st and there’s the first film club / mag launch at the Roxy bar and screen on the 5th… Reading through it I already want to see the BFI’s collection of squelchy sea films by Jean Painlevé and to check out the 70 (count ’em!) dance routines included in the film Opera Jawa out in September. That’s an almost Actionette level of dancing, heh..