Tuesday, April 24, 2007


These are some photos I had developed recently taken with my Lomo Supersampler camera. It has four lenses which each capture the image but there is a time delay between each shot. It's a very small delay- I think it's half a second- but it gives you time to move the camera in whatever way you like (if you want) to create interesting images. It also has no viewfinder so you just point and shoot. The Supersampler takes 35mm film and you need to use it in bright, sunny weather for the best results (though actually I think the sunset photo at the top works well). I like the darkness round the edges of the photos which is typical of Lomo shots.
After a few years of getting used to digital cameras, it was really exciting getting these photos back and not knowing what they would look like. I miss that element of surprise which you don't get with digital cameras. I think the only problem is that less and less people go to get 3
5mm film developed now and prices are already starting to increase.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Glam guinea pigs

I've had fun over the last couple of days working in a completely different style to do these illustrations for James. He's a copywriter at an advertising agency in Leeds and came up with this idea for the Toni and Guy hairdressing academy in Manchester. It's work for his portfolio, not a running campaign, so there's no money involved but I am being taken out for a lovely, posh meal at a restaurant of my choice to thank me! Mmmmm!

Friday, April 13, 2007

Getting crafty

This afternoon I've transformed this Ikea mini chest of drawers with some black paint and some beautiful Japanese paper that I bought on Ebay. I used spray mount to stick the paper on so that there weren't any lumps or bumps. It's not perfect but it's good enough!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Cat and mouse

At last I have finished this illustration for the back of my latest promotional postcard. I'm keeping the background plain as there will be my contact details along the bottom.
Hopefully this mailout will result in a commission as I have no work at the moment. A job fell through a few weeks ago which I didn't expect. After a few crazy months it feels strange to not be under loads of pressure with work. I have plenty of things to be getting on with but I will feel a lot happier once I have more illustration work. I must enjoy this free time as who knows what's round the corner?!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Finished fancy dress

My promotional postcard is finished now (I think). I never know when to stop playing around with the background and if I do too much I'll ruin it so I'm stopping for now and will see what I think of it in the morning. I've moved the boy in the frog costume slightly higher as he looks like he's jumping more than in my drawing.
I've decided against putting my web address on the bottom right as I think it will be nice to keep the image simple and strong. Let's hope it gets me some work.
Tomorrow I'll be drawing another fancy dress character for the back...hmmm...a ladybird?