Photography book design.


I’ve been a friends with Jake for a long time. His eye is always good. It’s been a pleasure designing this book for him. All I had to do was let the work speak. Some nice sensitive typography.

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Life drawing. Robin, tie, skull.

Robin with skull on board

Robin, tie, skull. Acrylics and pencil on board. 1 hour.
This was a fight from the off. The crop meant that the face did not coalesce easily. Texture and composition were fun.

Robin with skull on board detail

Here’s a close up of the texture on the face.

Robin in profile with glasses
Robin face on

Robin in profile and front on. 15 minutes each.

A fellow artist and Robin and skull in his first pose.

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Tasteful pinkyblue sparkly woodblock printing.


Not Much to say on this one.
You either like hand printed sequined woodblocks or you don’t.
Something satisfying about the amount of texture and detail in something so readable.

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Life drawing. Nudes on blue & green.

2 nudes on blueTwo nudes on blue. Acrylic on canvas board.
The night of the alternating poses.
An exciting night where things were kept moving by a new set up.
The model alternated between two poses, changing positions every 15 minutes. 
This made for a refreshed viewing of the model, with new insights each time.
The idea was the have the two poses on the same page. Due to my positioning I decided to move the far pose in the composition from far left to near right. The acrylic paint was laid on thickly with only some (un-needed) charcoal pencil added.
Here’s some details / crops:

15 minute nude on green. Acrylic on card. A tester for the main picture.

15 minute nude on green card

15 minute back. Acrylic on paper.

1st nude back

Now that is dry paint.

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Life drawing. SL.

SL with green

SL with green and artist. Acrylic and charcoal on canvas. 6o minutes.
After going to the Anni Albers show at the Tate Modern, I wanted to up my game on the colour and texture front. The painting gets thinner the further back the object is in the image. The rubber plant is impasto, the artist (David; you can tell by his trademark cross legged stance) is scumbled. The model has grace; placed against the dark grey, her skin has a luminosity.


Details of SL with green and artist. Again inspired by Anni Albers, I’ve tried to make sure the canvas works well from a distance and up close.

SL on blue twice

SL on blue x2. Acrylic and charcoal on canvas board. 30 minutes.
I like the mixture of colours, textures and mediums.

Details of the SL on blue x2.

SL with tripod and in pinks

SL with tripod and in pink. Acrylic and pencil on the back of a canvas board. 30 minutes.
According to a good photographer it looks a bit like a Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, which I’m happy with.

Details of SL with tripod and in pink.
The smaller pink lady was the warm up pose. You can tell by the tentative marks.

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Life drawing. Head over Heels

Friday night 6-9pm 28.09.18. The Mary Ward Centre. John Close was the tutor.

Skull and feet

Head over Heels. Acrylic and wax pencil on canvas board. Around 50 minutes.
Thanks for the title Andy. The final pose of the night. The full figure would have been good but there’s been a many over the years and the feet and skull make an intriguing mix of life and death. With the composition focused on just three objects, the colour, brush-marks and texture could be thought out a little more than unusual. The background base colour can still be seen. The skin colour wasn’t blended; your eye has to do that work. Mr Skellington’s skull has dry impasto loaded on it; the colours on the skull are mixed between the skin and material. The material the objects rest on is made with thinner paint and scumbled with dry-brush marks; it is lighter the further the material is from the audience’s eye.

Below are the  the other work made and some close-ups of the skull.
1. The canvas later painted with skull and feet. The drawing was made without looking at the canvas.
2. A painting made on crumpled paper.
3 & 4. A detail and full picture of 3 poses. It was fun to paint something so small for 15 minutes. This seated figure is only 5cm high. The larger paintings of the model were made with both hands working at the same time or painting upwards only.



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