Monday, 8 February 2016

VAMALGAM 7, The V&A Staff Art Exhibition

As well as doing my freelance illustration work, I've also been working at the Victoria and Albert Museum as a Gallery Assistant since March 2015. And recently these two parts of my working life co-existed, as I submitted an illustration for VAMALGAM 7, The V&A Staff Art Exhibition.

I decided to create a new drawing inspired by the V&A's collection ("Site Specific", innit!) and while looking around at the objects on display, began imagining a knockout slugfest between the plaster cast of Michelangelo's statue of David, housed in the museum's impressive Cast Courts, and the bust of Queen Victoria located in the British Galleries...



The exhibition is on display in the staff canteen area, so sadly isn't on view to the public, but here a few photos of the exhibition...





Monday, 1 February 2016

Happy Birthday Bro!

It's my brother's birthday today and here's a card I made for him...

Monday, 18 January 2016

Happy Birthday Anett and Anne!

As well as sharing the first two letters of their name, my friends Anne and Anett also share the same birthday. Last year I made them both individual cards that joined up to make a larger image. This year, I decided to go for more of a mutual thematic response.

After Anett posted a photo on Instagram of herself standing next to The Wilton Diptych, I came up with the idea of drawing a card of her in a similarly angelic style...



Anne also recently posted a photo of herself and a fluffy cat belonging to her in-laws, and I took that as inspiration for drawing a card for Anne based loosely on Leonardo Da Vinci's Lady With An Ermine...

Happy Birthday RIchy!

I still have a couple more 2015 catch-up blogs to run, but in the meantime I'm going to take a quick trip back to the future, and post a couple of recent things I've drawn...

My friend Richy started off 2016 by celebrating a pretty monumental birthday. And as we share a mutual love for Charles Schulz's Peanuts comic strip, I made him this Peanuts-inspired card, featuring his beloved cat, Suki Kabuki...

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Blogs of Future Past (Part 4: Into The Sun)

Back in June of last year I took part in a group exhibition called Into The Sun at the A-side B-side Gallery in Hackney Downs, curated by my friend Ivy.

I created two new pieces for the show...




And here are a few photos from the opening night...



















Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Blogs Of Future Past (Part 3: Weddings)

Continuing my belated catch-up with things that I didn't get time to actually blog about in 2015, we now move to weddings. I guess I'm at that age now where weddings become an almost permanent fixture in my annual schedule, which equals wedding cards and invitations!

During the Summer, my friend Giacomo commissioned me to draw a card for Nur and David's wedding...


And a few months ago, my brother comissioned me to draw a card for Ethan and Gemma's wedding...


My friends Zarina and John got married in August...


And I also designed the wedding invitation for my friends Claudia and Neill, for their Neapolitan/British wedding...

Monday, 11 January 2016

David Bowie Is...

Like most people, I was shocked to wake up this morning and hear the news about David Bowie's passing. The only album of his I actually own is the 2002 greatest hits compilation, Best of Bowie and I never made it along to the David Bowie exhibition at the V&A a few years ago. But I enjoyed his music, and the movie Labyrinth, and that time he played Nikola Tesla. And the stars look very different today....

And for someone that started making music in the 1960's, he was still so culturally prevalent, a fact that was reinforced by the solid wall of David Bowie tributes that quickly made up my Facebook news feed this morning. And just yesterday while I was sorting through the work on my computer, I found a couple of Bowie drawings I'd done in previous years...

First, a piece I did for an art show in East London by the band Emperor Yes, for the release of their single Cosmos. I drew an illustration of the band surrounded by various space-themed pop culture characters, including (of course!) a cameo from the Starman himself!



The other was a card I made for my friend Nanae, who as well as being a fan of David Bowie shares the same birthday as him (8 January), and has a pet poodle...