Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Polyamory Editorial Drawing

Editorial commission for the september issue of The Skinny magazine. The article was about polyamory (being in multiple committed relationships) which can be found here, It was a bit of a challenge trying to come up with an illustration that complemented this months article, but I think it worked out pretty well.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

What I wore today

Cheers again Summer, you absolute bastard.


One of my project pieces from my 4th year Illustration brief. As much as I hated the actual look of the final piece, I was still fairly happy about the original concept for the design. Essentially it consists of a hand-made book and 5 accompanying CD cases/CDs. The premise for the design was to give people a more accessible way to interact with the world of astronomy and allow them to relate to it on a familiar level. In order to do this, I collected a series of sounds recorded by radio telescopes and designed a CD cover for each, illustrated in a way that reflected the nature of the sound and how we could percieve them (For example, the 'clock-like ticking' of a spinning pulsar, or the 'fiery crackle' of saturn storms) By relating these transmissions to noises we are already familiar with, I hoped to bridge the gap between 'the alien/unknown' and 'the everyday/familiar'. The book itself required the user to turn back each page, to 'look beyond' what we can see and hear in our own world, in order to reach the CDs and perculiar recordings housed within (Yes, some sort of painfully executed metaphor). Like I say, the aesthetics of the work itself seem a little terrible now thanks to the horrible curse of hindsight, but the basic concept still seems to hold up some sort of potential. Hopefully I can revisit the idea someday and not beat it repeatedly over the head with an ugly stick.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011


Simple screenprint image capturing our ability to monitor and listen to the night sky through the use of modern technologies.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011


Three images exploring how advances in modern telescopes and astronomy can offer us a new insight into the universe around us. The first image reflects on the similarities between star formation and the lifecycle of the common butterfly. The second image conveys our ability to interperate and track the movement of celestial bodies. The third image explores how radio telescopes can decypher the various radiowaves and emissions of the night sky and convey them as sounds, crackles and ‘whispers’ that are audible to the human ear.

Thursday, 18 August 2011


For no particular reason at all, a sketchbook drawing. After two weeks of flicking through old drawings and browsing the mess that is my computer folders, my head feels a little bit like a very badly run construction site. Specifically one of those construction sites you walk past everyday for an entire year and yet still have no idea what's actually being built.

Ps. Never call files 'final.jpg', because I guarantee by time you get to the end of the year that is exactly what every single file on your computer will be called. It's like looking for a needle in a haystack, except the needle you are looking for bears an annoyingly uncanny resemblance to a piece of hay.