Sunday, 18 January 2015

Illustrations for A Child of the Jago

As I've already posted the art work for the cover of A Child of the Jago, I thought I'd put up the rest of the illustrations. In all there were six illustrations, including an end piece and the cover. All six pieces were hand cut onto black A3 paper.

The last few years I've been doing a lot of paper cut-outs, however, i'm still not sure what to call them ? Somehow Paper Cut-Outs just doesn't sound right. Originally this art form was known as Scherenschnitte and was founded in Germany and Switzerland in the 16th Century. Unfortunately Scherenschnitte isn't a name that trips lightly off the tongue, so I'll have to settle for Paper Cut-Outs till I can find another name.     

The public house is a  recurring  image in the poems of A Child of the Jago by Joseph Ridgwell  and I took the idea of the pub and the figure of a child waiting outside as my inspiration. For me, the pub represented all that is good about being an adult. As children we wait outside those etched Victorian windows with our bottle of pop, and wonder what happens inside. A secret world that we cant wait to belong to. The pub becomes a symbol of adulthood, and the figure of the boy waiting outside the pub represents that stage period, the transition from boyhood to manhood
Chopper Boy

This is my Vivian Myers moment

Half in, half out

I think this is my favourite


Monday, 12 January 2015

A Child of the Jago

The year is still young, and we're both sniffing each other out trying to see what we think we can get out of it. The one thing I do know  is that I have to start doing my own work again. The past two years I've been working full time at a print studio, and honestly I was too knackered most of the time to even think about doing my own work, but that's all going to change - startin' here - startin' now.

Having said that, the truth is I did manage to do a few projects in that time. One of them, the one I'm most proud of was being commissioned to do the art work for a book. Turns out I have a very talented cousin, Joe Ridgwell who is an incredible writer, and I was so pleased when he asked me if I'd provide some art work

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Not so Merry Christmas Cards...

Whilst tidying up my studio I came across an old folder containing a selection of Christmas Cards that I had made and sent to friends years ago.

Not exactly sure what date each card is from, but I think they were made between 1990 to 2002, after 2003 I stopped making these types of cards and instead, each year I now make a small etching which I then print up in an edition of 100 and send these instead.                                                                                    

Interesting for me to look at them now, after all this time. Have to admit I did feel my ears burning red with embarrassment. At the time I thought I was making rather lovely drawings that were a wry and sophisticated take on events that were of some importance to me at the time. Good Grief - how can it be possible to delude oneself to such an extent ?   

I look at them now and wonder how I had the nerve to post them ! They seem more like a psychological X-ray of my emotional state when really, all people really want is a nice picture of a robin.Which is what they get now !