Space Dog

February 3rd, 2014

Click on the image for a little 2.5D test animation.

Beast Rider

January 31st, 2014

The Beast Rider can often be seen patrolling outside the Art and Design Academy in Liverpool. Click on the image to see him keeping his dog at a canter.

Lime Street Cat

November 9th, 2013

Giant cat at Lime Street Station. I managed to film this on my phone just before it ran off. Giant cats are becoming a real problem in Liverpool at the moment. Click on the cat to see the clip…

The Y Project

July 8th, 2013

The Y Project is an education resource addressing some of the issues relating to gun and knife crime.

I was asked to create a series of illustrated backdrops for the film clips featured on the site.

The Y Project was produced by Unity Theatre and developed by Bev Ayre and Tim Brunsden. The website was designed by Chris Jackson.

Moneyball

July 3rd, 2013

Illustration for the match day paper ‘Field’.

Field is put together by the Spiel team.

Exhibition of Dreams

July 29th, 2012

Microfiche readers, slide viewers, taped dream recordings, transcribed dreams on index cards, cryptic post-its and an office décor caught in time.

Sam Meech and the rest of the Re-Dock fellas have done a great job of creating an installation that exhibits and archives the material generated during our year long project at St Helens Central Library.

The Library Of Dreams exhibition is now open at the Godfrey Pilkington Art Gallery in St. Helens World Of Glass Museum.

Mandrill!

July 29th, 2012

Cat Dream

July 26th, 2012

The Library of Dreams exhibition opens in the Godfrey Pilkington Art Gallery, St. Helens on Saturday and runs until Sunday 30th of September.

This sketch is based on one of the many dream records collected during the project.

Can you guess what it is yet?

July 13th, 2012

Rolf Harris is going to be in the Walker Art Gallery tomorrow!

I’ll be there also, drawing more animal mash-ups – kids give me a couple of animals and I have to make a new creature out of the two. They can then take their picture away with them. For some reason, turtle giraffes keep turning up. I don’t know why, maybe evolution missed a trick.

I’ll be drawing from 10-12, and then from 1 till 3.30.

I’ll also be in the Walker on Tuesday the 31st, Wednesday August 1st and Thursday August 2nd.

Library of Dreams

July 13th, 2012

I’ve been working with Re-Dock on a wonderful project called ‘Library of Dreams’ in St Helens over the past year.

St. Helen’s central library has all kinds of terrific I.T facilities, including iMacs, drawing tablets, digital cameras and software. Re-Dock developed ‘Library of Dreams’ as a project that would encourage library users to take advantage of all these great resources.

The idea was to run a series of family friendly workshops, themed around documenting, interpreting and sharing dreams.

Each workshop would feature a different artistic/multimedia technique, from illustration and animation to music design, video editing, film and poetry.

The project was organised to culminate in two events – ‘Music for Sleeping’ a audiovisual concert which took place at the library in March, and an exhibition which will run from Saturday July 28th July to Sunday 30th September at St. Helens World of Glass.

The Music for Sleeping concert was a great success. You can see a film of it on the Library of Dreams site. Here I am drawing a young participant’s dream.

Another dream image recorded on the night…

As well as facilitating a number of the workshops and taking part in the concert, I also developed the branding for Library of Dreams. Because there were so many strands to the project, I created a modular logo that could change depending on its  context – whether it was being used for a poster, a dream log book or membership card, or whether it was advertising a drawing based event, a film event or a music event.

The Library of Dreams project is supported by St Helens Arts Service through funding from Arts Council England. Archive film used with permission from St Helens Local History and Archives Library, and support from the North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Under the Oak Tree

April 12th, 2012

Click on the image to see a larger version.

Ghost Girl

April 12th, 2012

The Haunted Mirror

March 29th, 2012

Click on the image for a close-up of the mirror…

Batboy

March 29th, 2012

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Works in Progress

February 14th, 2012

Some recent Instagrams from my Twitter feed.

Sandstone

February 14th, 2012

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Lord Derby’s Menagerie

January 20th, 2012

I was asked to create the illustrations for a magnetic map puzzle for the new Museum of Liverpool.

The map shows Knowsley Hall in the 1850s, when there was a menagerie in its grounds. Visitors have to match up four animals with their homes on the map. The animals are an Alpaca, a Brush-Tailed Bettong, a Nene and a Stanley Crane. The exhibit was designed by Redman Design.

The new museum is really stunning.

The new museum is really stunning and I’m very excited to have my work on permanent display there.

Hugo

January 19th, 2012

Watercolour portrait of a friend’s French Bulldog.

Santa’s NML farewell

December 21st, 2011

Father Christmas has just completed his mini-tour of National Museums Liverpool.

Over the course of his visits, he has drawn nearly 300 pictures, with more than 70 being completed in one afternoon at Sudley House. Father Christmas informs me that this comfortably beats his previous personal best.

There have been dragons, reindeer, ninjas on unicorns, killer whales, the baby Jesus, Robert Pattinson out of Twilight, Yoda and numerous self-portraits. The chap on the right of figure 1, Frankie, is asking Santa for a drawing of Tutankhamun’s sarcophagus (photography by Mr. Adam Todd).

Here is a detail of the magical elf-paper which Santa brought with him from the North Pole…

Merry Christmas!

Three Dragons

December 20th, 2011