Saturday, 17 October 2009

New Painting

Have been wanting to start painting again for a while now. Been hung up on whether it should look good? whether it should communicate something specific? if it will be fine art or illustration? commercial? it makes my head hurt and my motivation dwindle.

I heard a colleague of mine recently tell our students that creativity was as much an act of bravery than inspiration. where's the fear come from? the fear of ridicule, failure, derision?

I have tried to concentrate on the process rather than solely on the final product. i must admit, it gave me a thrill to peel off the masking tape, revealing the crisp white paper juxtaposed with the pink brushstrokes.

eh! look at me! Juxtaposed! Must be an artist now!

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Illustration Now! 3 My pages

Here's my spread. Surprised they didn't choose The Queen or Vivien, but am still very pleased! I even feel OK with my pretentious statement!

Illustration Now 3

The latest volume in Taschen's Illustration Now! series features 150 illustrators from around the world, using a vast range of techniques.

It's out now, and I'm in it!!! You can leaf through by clicking here.

It's a brilliant feeling to fulfill ambitions!

Shane Meadows signs print!

Went to see the new Shane Meadows film, Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee at the Broadway Cinema! Absolutely FANTASTIC film, laugh-out-loud funny!

Shane, Paddy and rest of the crew held a Q & A afterwards and it was great to see they were still 'pissing around' like they were, 15 years ago.

Anyway, overcame my deep and utter self-conscious embarrassment and got Shane to sign my illustration of him. Seemed to like it anyway, despite my inept ability to hold a coherent conversation, and will be sending him a large print! Chuffed.