Wednesday, 18 July 2012

'John Steinbeck' illustration

'Cannery Row', 'Sweet Thursday', 'Tortilla Flats' and 'East of Eden'.  Yep John Steinbeck is my favourite author.  To be honest I'm surprised it took me this long to draw him but I did try earlier in the year but I wasn't very happy with the finished illustration.

This is from 'Travels with Charley - "When I was very young and the urge to be someplace else was on me, I was assured by mature people that maturity would cure this itch.  When years described me as mature, the remedy prescribed was middle age.  In middle age I was assured greater age would calm my fever and now that I am fifty-eight perhaps senility will do the job.  Nothing has worked.  Four hoarse blasts of a ship's whistle still raise the hair on my neck and set my feet tapping.  The sound of a jet, an engine warming up, even the clopping of shod hooves on pavement brings the ancient shudder, the dry mouth and vacant eye, the hot palms and the churn of the stomach high up under the rib cage.  In other words, once a bum always a bum".  

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Tiny Mix Tapes editorial illustration

My Jim O'Rourke illustration is featured on the ace Tiny Mix Tapes website in a review of his 'Bad Timing' lp.  Read, look, listen here.

Monday, 9 July 2012

'The Giant Bear on Haight' print

Last week I reworked my Haight spirit bear illustration to do a run of prints.  I wasn't happy with some of the original illustration; specifically the bear colour and the little boy in the window so I draw it again from scratch with inks and gouache and it's available to buy as a limited edition GiclĂ©e print in my shop here.

I'm going to sell the original illustration as well - contact me at if you'd like more info.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Magnetic Fields W.I.P

Here are some hastily (badly) taken photos from a drawing and inking session earlier this week for a Magnetic Fields related project.  I'll blog the final piece next week.  No prizes for guessing the song.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

'Toys' album promotion

Long time blog followers will be aware of my involvement with Special Benny - I like to think I am to Special Benny what Don Letts was to The Clash (I like to think all kinds of fucking nonsense to be honest)  - and it has been brought to my attention that you can now buy the album 'Toys' on cd for a paltry two quid which also comes with a digital download via the consistently brilliant Proper Songs record label.  Type in the promotional code 'Summermaddness' at the point of purchase for your 75% discount. Click here to have a listen - I like to think of them as Steely Can (again with the nonsense...).

You can also buy a print of the album artwork via my shop here but in keeping with the spirit of the promotion I have a few high quality giclee prints of the artwork only with a smaller border that I am selling for ten quid including postage and packaging. Email me directly at if you want one.

Listen to 'Air Filter' to experience the wonder what is Special Benny. 

Monday, 2 July 2012

'GO Torchy' pictures

The 'GO Torchy' exhibition on Friday looked amazing.  Wish I'd been able to go.  Below are some pictures of the artwork involved.  The Torchy Design website has launched and it looks rather smashing too.