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Inktober/Drawlloween 2015 #1

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Inktober/drawloween 2015 number 1.

Today’s prompt is ghost.

Decided to create a little homage to The Sad Ghost Club using black and white ink. If you haven’t checked them out then I definitely recommend doing so: thesadghostclub.com

He also has an eyepatch because MGSV.

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Inktober #29 | Gotye Project Piece




[Inktober #29 and 8th Gotye Piece]

I decided to combine today’s inktober ink piece and a piece for my Gotye Project as I am long overdue adding another artwork to that project.

This is Seven Hours with a Backseat Driver- music and video here on Youtube

This piece is layered writing with an ink pen, acrylic ink applied with a brush (and moved about with a water spritzer) and a final detailing with acrylic in and a small brush.

I took inspiration from the song title itself and the mood of the instrumental song. As it is near Halloween I also wanted to bring out a creepiness in my interpretation of the music.

Hopefully I should be back on track with this project- so many other things have overtaken my time this year. I like to be able to have time to reflect on my ideas about a song and work out the main themes, artwork layering and composition etc. I like to take into consideration music mood, lyrics and Wally’s original musical intention.


See other artworks in this series here.

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Inktober #22 #23




|Inktober #22 #23|

Went walking through the Halloween aisles at The Range yesterday.
Pieces 22 and 23 are based on some of the decorations that were there.

I also bought myself a pumpkin tea light holder from there so a good day overall.

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Works in Progress




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Works in Progress

Currently working on a few pieces using scraps from other projects- this is why I really don’t like to throw anything away.

The first is a box frame piece- trying to use some big pieces of my unfortunately smashed mug. I have a few more pieces that I will use in other ways too.

The last two are scraps of paper collaged with a light wash of gesso ready for some linework and ink. I’m still not entirely sure what they will finish up as.

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New Artwork- Pick A Card

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Pick a Card, acrylic ink, collage and acetate prints on paper, 14.8 x 21 cm

This is a small piece inspired by meeting the lovely Damon Conlan in Shop in the Square,Wolverhampton last Friday. Card tricks were performed, ideas were exchanged, art was inspired.

The playing card with my name on it (card trick leftovers, the best kind of leftovers of course) was central to this piece, I also scanned the back of the card and used it as a small background for the magician.

You can follow Damon on Twitter and Facebook.

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Small Illustration- 3D Glasses


3D, acrylic ink on card, 14.5 x 21cm

Just a quick little ink illustration.

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New Artwork: Death of a Pilot

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Death of a Pilot, acrylic ink, pigment ink pen on handmade paper, 20 x 20 cm

Piece for the fifth and final song on the album Crash Site. The pieces in this series were commissioned for a music album by C.J Kane.

The second image shows the image with text as it will be shown.

Ideas suggested for this piece included ‘airplane, in the sky or possibly crashing (similar to the cover, but different view, or colours, or plane, or angles etc) I was able to revisit some of my Masters artwork with piece- interesting to go back after a year.

With this images, C.J wanted a representation of a plane crash, of course, and I kept the similar fractured silhouette along with colours of bleeding/smoking ink.

I chose this angle for the plane as the cockpit windows and nose cone are easily recognisable- very important with fracturing a familiar, everyday object. I still wanted coherence between the image and representation of a a crashed plane and its connotations.

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Illustration Friday: Tail


My entry for this week’s Illustration Friday theme: Tail

Tea and Tail, collage paper, acrylic ink, pigment ink pen, watercolours on paper, 21 x 15cm.

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Artwork Rejects




Two pieces of work that were not chosen for the final album pieces. These artworks illustrate the same song, as you can see, I decided to try different approaches to demonstrate the view from a commercial aircraft window.

Each piece is acrylic ink and paint on card and cleaned up/slightly re-arranged in photoshop.

I’m aiming to post a detailed blog post on each piece that was selected for the album and how they fit together as a project.

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New Artwork: Glass Origami







Glass Origami, 14.8 x 10.5cm, acrylic ink on card.

My third artwork based on one of the poems in Loqui by Greg Webster that I bought a few months ago.

I decided this piece would be more abstract than the other so far- focusing on using colour and vague form rather than subject to bring the piece together.

I used acrylic ink along with masking tape and my trusty water spray bottle to manually direct the ink across the card. Waiting for each layer to dry before building up ink colour and splatter.

I used the three middle verses of the poem as inspiration for this piece, hopefully by reading these you can see where my ideas surfaced:


A jagged edge

still bitter for being run down

jumped up

and slam-dunked,

a stone that conceived

a plan to concave.


A score mark for carving

or drilling to a shatter,

for folding like an origami

pattern of glass.


Now I cannot stop staring

at every traffic stop.

It’s cutting across the sky

with a white line

a slash of sunshine.

The author on Tumblr

Purchase Loqui here

See my other artworks in this series here.


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