We’re back with an update to the Time Capsule! Just the four this time, but they’re all top class! Enjoy! If you get the chance then check out the interactive time capsule as well, so you can see all the artist submissions in all their glory!
“When it came to choose an image to sit amongst all the amazing work here I really started scratching my head. Did I choose an image that I thought would represent my work in terms of what people know me for, using an already familiar illustration? Well I looked through a whole load of work I’ve previously created and started deliberating. Sleep on it I told myself and see what floats my boat in the morning. Pushing thoughts of it to one side I got on with one of my new year’s resolutions which was to draw more.
2009 caught me up in a bunch of different ways and as I looked back at the year and my sketchbooks I realised that I had let my daily drawing slip somewhat and this got me down. Whatever projects I work on I always see my sketchbooks as my most solid, fertile ground and a way of working out new ideas, relaxing and just plain doodling and giving myself the space to let my imagination have a run about.
One of my personal standards is that I’m only as good as my last drawing so here it is, my last (most recent) drawing. A drawing about painting. Almost like a feedback loop in a way in that the act of painting led me to create an image of the act of painting.
If all my artwork was destroyed I’d be more than happy to keep my sketchbooks and drawings I’ve done over the years. It’s such a personal process but such a basic yet sophisticated way of expression, it’s just depends on how you use the pen and paper. For me, as an artist who works so much in the digital mode drawing is a connection with so many things that are important for me- scribbling as a child, doodling, life drawing, planning and observational sketching to name a few.
Forget your five vegetables a day, I recommend five drawings a day.”
“The Island At The End Of The World
This piece was a bit of a benchmark for me because it was the first piece that I completed after taking a solid eighteen months away from the drawing board. It was an entry for a contest run by Penguin and Creativity magazine (which it subsequently won), and was turned around super quick to meet the deadline. I think because of this I didn’t over-think it and was more spontaneous than i would have been in the past, going with gut instinct of what was right.
It’s been far and away my most popular illustration with potential clients, and even two years later it has a bearing on the work I produce. I think that without this, I wouldn’t have gone down the road to self employment that I’m now on – so it could end up being the most important drawing i have ever done!”
“I choose “These Diamond Days of Oblivion: Lessons in Leaving Your World Behind Revision” because it represented a change in thematic style for me in 2009. I’d been struggling to produce personal illustrations during this period of time, a combination of time and inspirational issues. So this work represented the release of that mental block. I took it in an “epic 70s sci-fi mystery novel” direction. I just tried picturing the cover with it’s corny title, worn edges and classic 70s typo (Bookman Bold/Swash in this case). And added my usual touch to the theme.
To me, one of my more involved works of the last year. It also was one of the core pieces in my more recent solo show “Lessons In Leaving Your World Behind” which also was a small highlight of the 2009 year for me.”
“I entered quite a few competitions during 2006 / early 2007, but lost most of them. This was until I entered the ‘Don’t Panic’ poster competition, sponsored by Sony Playstation, and a part of the Manchester International Festival 2007. This was the first time I tried out the illustration style that I’m using now. I got shortlisted, which was further than I have ever gotten, so I was pretty happy already. I later got an email saying that I won 1st place, and it was judged by Peter Saville too, so I must be doing something right. It was the birth of my illustration style, my first competition win, my first exhibition, everything just suddenly clicked.
This competition was probably the major pivotal point in deciding which path I would take for the rest of my life. I carried on with this style, and won a few more competitions, and got in to a few interesting projects. So that’s why I’m putting this in to the Thunder Chunky Time Capsule.”