Category Archives: My Work

Graphic design, illustration, sculpture

Actionettes as Lichtenstein ladies – posters painted for the show

Some posters we painted from drawings I’d done based on the ladies… The posters were created using the genius Rastorbator programme (Free!) that creates multi-sheet posters from your artwork and makes them all Lichtenstein-dotty in the process. You can alter the number of sheets and the density of the dots – very useful! Photos from the Actionettes’ club night on the Offline / Urban75 website. [Edited 9th May: Oh look, Tate Modern has just announced it’s doing a Lichtenstein show in 2013!]

Tracking images back to the source – with unexpected results

At some point anything you put online is liable to ‘borrowed’. With the advent of Tumblr, this has become even more prevalent, and although usually not malicious, one designer/developer  –  @Jarred – has come up with a practical solution.

Install the Src Img bookmarklet and it will let you ‘track back’ an image to its original source* by overlaying all the the images on a page with a clickable double question mark icon.

I tried it out on an image I’d ‘♥’d earlier from a friend’s Tumblr to see how it worked – more out of curiosity than anything, as she cites most of her sources anyway. I ended up in a rabbit hole of meta-reference that I quite enjoyed for its own sake, even more so once this blog post was published, and I used the bookmarklet on this page, but think  that’s just me being perverse…


The first Tumblr image, from Anne-Made, which before that came from….


… a blog post on Graphic Dirt, that linked to….



… the original work on Borja Bonaque‘s website (although in a different colourway).
When you use Src Img on the originally uploaded image, and it can’t track it back any further…



… you end up on Google’s search page, showing  ‘visually similar‘ results.



Applying Src Img on the ‘visually similar’ images I used in *this* blog post…


… it went into another ‘visually similar‘ result, which curiously led to lots of images with Japanese text and a sample of a Latin Gregorian chant.

I stopped there, and have now gone to double check I’ve credited any pics I may have previously referred to!

*I think this only really applies when people have linked to images from other sources online, as opposed to uploading an image yourself to your own webspace.

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!