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

Sunday, 19 April 2015


I opened an old sketchbook today...old as in first few weeks at art school. The only instructions given were:

"some water soluble paints and inks, paper and brushes...go experiment...go play"

It was hard to do - what was the outcome meant to be? I remember feeling bewildered at the aimlessness of it all. Only much later did the exercise make any sense. 

Limited materials, limited time, willingness to have a go, to experiment and make 'mistakes' can produce a lot of fresh ideas, new approaches. 

...it also emphasised to me how much the experience, or process, could be more important than the outcome...

I now know that these experiments reveal techniques of granulation, wet on wet, and blooms too. 

Who knew I'd eventually write a book about it!

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