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Towards the end of 2014 a project I had been thinking about for a while came to fruition. My idea was to take a single viewpoint of a road junction, preferably with more than four roads converging, and draw the view down every street from that point in one piece of artwork. It sounds quite ambitious, but I didn’t realise how much of a challenge it would become to actually make it work.

As a previous resident of Brixton, and a place I hold close in my heart, I decided my piece should be centred at its busy central crossroads, Brixton Oval.

Brixton Panorama online

Once I had all my studies and viewpoints together the hardest part was keeping the length of the whole thing short enough to be a manageable piece of artwork that people might want to hang on their wall. After several attempts I got it down to something that works.

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I first released the piece exclusively in Studio 73 in Brixton Village. However, I’m now delighted to announce this print is available in my online shop here for the first time.

It is a limited edition giclée print, limited to 50 prints, each is signed and numbered.
Giclée printed on Hahnemühle German Etching 310gsm paper.
Measures 758mm x 200mm, and is unframed.

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Best Mum in the World RGBHere it comes again! I’m reposting this from last year, which was actually a repost already. I think three years running is a maximum, so I promise to do some new designs for next year. In the meantime don’t forget next Sunday 6th March, and please help yourself to these free, downloadable Mothers’ Day Cards.

If you feel like supporting my work feel free to have a peruse of my shop to see if anything takes your fancy.

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I spent the end of last year and the beginning of this preparing everything I need to launch the next string to my bow, and things are now in place to put it out there. So let me present my new venture: Illustrated Children’s Names.

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I’m providing personalised framed prints of children’s names illustrated in a magical, mysterious way. The alphabet for these illustrations lurks in the Enchanted Forest, so the little one’s name can be adorned with vines, overgrown secret doors, waterfalls, jewels, enchanted trees, friendly insects and little furry creatures.

These drawings make a lovely addition to a nursery or playroom, either for your own child or as an original and individual personalised present.

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My illustrations are a bit different to others out there, not only in the look and feel of the letters, but also in print quality.

The names are Giclée printed on Hahnemühle German Etching 310gsm paper. This is the same method used for high quality fine art digital prints, so you get excellent reproduction which is hard to decipher from the original drawing.

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I’ve selected a frame which I think compliments the illustrations wonderfully. It is a rich nutty brown colour, and is understated at just 20mm wide and 25mm deep. I understand this may not suit every room, though, so I’m offering the illustrations both framed and unframed.

My brand new online shop is now active, you can visit it here. Also available is my epic Brixton Oval panoramic print (more on that next time) and some of my food drawings which I have made into greetings cards.

I’m offering an introductory 20% discount on illustrated children’s names, so please contact me on Facebook or Twitter for the special discount code!

I was commissioned to create a bookplate for a company which has recently created a new library of contemporary and historical books. As the collection is a special one, and relevant to the company the client wanted the bookplate to feature an illustration of their prestigious premises in the West End of London.

The building is on a corner so there was plenty of discussion over which aspect to depict, or whether it should be both. To help the decision making process and give flexibility I did both aspects individually, which I ended up merging digitally to create the final image:

The Final Bookplate

The Final Bookplate

I have removed the client’s logo from this final piece.

The first original drawing

The first original drawing

 

The second original drawing

The second original drawing

Well, this is becoming a bit of a tradition, isn’t it?

I hadn’t actually been planning to do a Father’s day card, I’ve been pretty busy lately with various thing, including preparing to move house. As always, the house move is a good time to declutter and have a good clear out, so this Sunday we’ll be going to Battersea to do a car boot sale.

It suddenly dawned on me it that the boot sale is a week before Father’s day, on the 15th, and could be a great opportunity to sell some handmade cards. So I quickly got to work and knocked up a small collection. Then I realised I could also do a digital version and use it for my usual blog giveaway.

So here they are, and here’s the instructions:

Choose which of my hi-res designs below you want and click on it. You’ll get a PDF version (the colours may appear a little odd) which will either download automatically or will display on the screen depending on your browser. Then you can print it out and stick onto some card and post, or send it electronically.

If any of you Londoners want to buy one of the handmade originals why don’t you come down to Battersea Boot on Sunday! Or if you can’t make it but would like one, drop me a line and we’ll sort something out.

 

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Off the back of the sketch I did of Bellevue Road in Wandsworth, south London, I have had some commissions for similar pieces. This is one such drawing, not strictly the same, but it is made up of a selection of landmarks and important places near the client’s home, put together as one strip. Click on the image for a proper view.

 

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Also I did a fairly detailed study for the dog you can see towards the bottom left. Here’s a time lapse video of the process:

If you like this and would like one of your own- just get in touch.

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