Sunday, 5 July 2015

July 2015 exhibition

a small exhibition of some of my current work...

"I am interested in the online locating, finding, collecting, collating, storing, tagging, retrieving, using, sharing and uploading of imagery: my own and others’.

This is evidenced through the various blogs I maintain.

These are active / reactive virtual spaces for the display / discussion of work(s), and are constantly evolving.

The publications are one outcome of this ongoing engagement / involvement."

blog screengrabs in exhibition include:

drawdrawdraw (blogger) - this one!

drawdrawdraw - twitter - microblog

drawdrawdraw - pinterest (themed albums)

flickr - my photos (timeline + tagging + album themes)

instagram - my photos (triptych groupings)

stickertastic - found, made stickers + collaborations

we(b)log - art blog use, hints, ideas and safety

publications include:

Freehand (drawing) - available in UK English, US English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Korean

Just Add Watercolour - available in UK English, US English, and French (& other languages soon)

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

vlog - the month of may

Holly Exley is one of the contributors to my latest book 
'Just Add Watercolo(u)r' - it's available in UK and US English

Holly makes a monthly video log featuring her work,various visits....and pooch.

Her most recent you tube upload: The Month Of May | Vlog

features the book - at about 2 mins 30 seconds in :-)

Thursday, 7 May 2015

illustrated books

illustrated books (graphic novels, comic books - call them what you will)....

a recent purchase: Chris Ware's Building Stories reminded me how amazingly intricate and clever some of these illustrated books are.

This publication comes in a box containing several items - everything links up. Such fine, clever and intricate drawing... and storylines. A treat.

an earlier work by the same author/illustrator: 
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth was my first introduction to Chris Ware's work

His work appears weekly in The Guardian newspaper (UK)

...other favourites of mine:

Marjane Satrapi - Persepolis
Joe Sacco
 and I suspect these will be purchases in the near future....

Richard McGuire 
Craig R. Thompson 

David Mazzucchelli 

If you've any further suggestions - please leave a comment :-)

Tuesday, 5 May 2015


Last month I was invited to put some work in for the 
International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair
at The Tetley, Leeds 

Print multiples can come in many forms. 

This time I decided to make some badges.

These images are selected from a range of old sketchbooks - scanned, printed, made in to badges, paired, bagged.


an exhibition of drawings at The Tetley, Leeds

'(produced)by school children .... in a series of workshops undertaken by artist Paul Digby in local primary schools'.

the children's ages range from 4 to 11 years old

Sunday, 3 May 2015

another pinterest visit

Pinterest - a virtual inspiration/research place to go.
It's no secret - I use it a lot

Sunday morning and another visit.

Separating out these most recently pinned images from my 2D drawings album and new relationships emerge:

- quality of line
- suggested narrative as a group / 2 separate pairings?
- paper tone
- paper format
- paper surface (smooth/tooth)

why might any of this matter? 
Looking at others' work can help us review our own - to refine its process, its direction, or its meaning.

That's why Pinterest is one of my quick inspiration fix, go to places.

Louise Bourgeois
Malin Gabriella Nordin
Noel Sickles
Sophie Alda