Thursday, 24 December 2015

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'Once Upon a Time' - A Commission

‘Once Upon A Time’ isn’t based on one particular story.
Rather, it is inspired by a generic reading of 'Grimm’s fairy tales'.
It is about the discovery of fairy tales and of learning to read,
and the sense of magic that is opened up when reading these tales for the first time. 

Friday, 18 December 2015

Art-work for Cover of Waitrose Magazine

The brief was to create a pop-up book based on Dick Whittington,
 and to feature Darth Vadar from Star Wars. 

Thursday, 17 December 2015

An interview for Do What You Love blog

Here's the link:

A photograph from Abu Dhabi

When I discovered recently that a friend of ours was staying at the Bab Al Bahr Hotel in Abu Dhabi, I asked them to send me a photograph of the sculpture of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, 
that we created in 2013, and which is on permanent display in the hotel lobby. 
Here is the photo they sent. 

To read more about this commission, go to the earlier post

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Farewell to Intelligent Life Magazine as we know it.

I was invited by the art editor at Intelligent Life Magazine to contribute an illustration to accompany a feature by the writer Robert Macfarlane, in which he muses upon the literature that has inspired him. That was back in 2013, and the feature was only scheduled to run for 6 issues. The feature proved to be so popular however, it ran for 18 issues, over almost 3 years.
Every couple of  months, I would receive Robert's copy for the upcoming feature, and I would spend weeks researching, sketching, and making a book sculpture  from the book that Robert was writing about.
I would send a final sketch to the art editor, who would give me the go ahead when his team were happy.
The resulting sculpture was then handed to the photographer Colin Crisford, who lit them dramatically in his studio, creating the images you see below.
Now that the magazine is set to relaunch in early 2016, the feature is no longer going to be part of it.  

The art editor wrote to me to say,  
'I'm particularly sad about losing your contributions for Robert's column as it was always a highlight of the magazine for me and it's become a really lovely body of work over time'.

Here are some of my favourites from the feature.

The final, most recent illustration for Intelligent Life Magazine. 
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway 
Issue: Jan/Feb 2016

Aubrey-Maturin Series by Patrick O'Brian 
Issue: Nov/Dec 2015

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Issue: Sep/Oct 2015

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Issue: Jul/Aug 2015

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov 
Issue: Mar/Apr 2015 

The Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Issue: Jan/Feb 2015 

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne 
Issue: Nov/Dec 2014 

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle 
Issue: Sep/Oct 2014

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
Issue: Jul/Aug 2014

The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino 
Issue: Jul/Aug 2014

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
Issue: Jul/Aug 2014

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Issue: Sep/Oct 2013

Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
Issue: Jul/Aug 2013

Sunday, 6 December 2015

A Few Select Projects from 2015

I've just been sorting through images on my laptop, and came across these 
work-in-progress shots from various projects, some of which have not been seen before. 
I thought it might be interesting to share them.

The piece below was a commission for the novelist 'Rosamund Pilcher', 
inspired and cut from her famous novel 'The Shell Seekers'. 

Here, it was photographed in my studio in the early morning sun.  

The piece below is an art-work for the cover of a book titled 'Alistair Grim's Odditorium'.
The top photograph is a work-in-progress shot taken in my studio to show to the publisher. 

above - the photographer's image

Below, a commission coming together for Yale New Haven Hospital. 

Below, a commission for Manhattan Dental Surgery in New York

The castle turrets were made to look like incisors

Below, Minecraft commission for Intelligent Life Magazine 

above - the work in progress 
above - the photographer's image

Below is a commission for a book-cover by Jodi Picoult, showing the work-in-progress,
and a few different cover options

          before                                                                                   after

The final image

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Laser-cut Greeting Cards

Enchanted Forest                                         Paper Castle                                Woodland Cottage

Twelve Dancing Princesses                             Rose from Sonnets                          Princess and the Pea

Twelve Dancing Princesses (with moon)                Out of Narnia                             Out of Narnia (with moon)

 laser cut greeting cards - £2.75 
                                                            available here