Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Black Yard and Art Clash 2009

Today I'm continuing a little theme that seems to be running through this blog and
that's unusual sneakers.
A graphics and illustration team in Bern, Switzerland called Black Yard have
created these great customized Nike Air Force Ones.
It was part of Art Clash in Zurich, an event where a collection of artists are all challenged with creating objects, paintings and original artwork based around
specific themes.




Friday, September 25, 2009

Eco Warrior Bag

This image keeps cropping up for me on blogs I read and every time I see it
I have to giggle.

Tokyo based graphic and product design studio Rezon have recently launched
Eco Warrior Bag
“Anyone can be a hero! Eco Warrior Bag is an eco-bag that represents you are an Environment activist.
If you see anti-manner people, transform into Eco Warrior!”


Monday, September 21, 2009

Matta Coloring Book

I'm was so excited to get the first copy of my coloring book for Matta
in my hands. The cover printing needs some tweaking but it's basically there.
It will be available for retail and wholesale October 15th so please email
me if you're interested and keep tuned to my shop.








back cover

Garance Dore

Today I want to introduce you to a great fashion illustrator called Garance Dore from Paris.
In June 2006 she started a blog posting some of her drawings and adding bits of text.
She discovered the pleasures of sharing her love of fashion and has added some
street style photos which she shoots on the street or behind the scenes at fashion shows.
Whenever I need a little style inspiration for my work I always check out her photos.
I love the minimal line and selective color she uses in her illustrations.




Thursday, September 17, 2009

My New Promotional Card


In joining a new agency I've put together a new logo and promotional postcard that will be mailed to many clients. It's nice to look back over 6 months of work and see the thread that runs through everything.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tribal Alphabet featured on Eco Child's Play


I happily stumbled across this lovely review of my book on Eco Child's Play -
"Occasionally, I come across a rare gem of a children's book that warms my heart.
It's not a book that attempts to "dumb down", simplify, or infuse awkward silliness
into an important issue facing the world today, such as global warming.
It's not a book just for children." Jennifer Lance

Do you like my new header ?

I'm still tweaking the site and "rebranding" myself.
I'm also struggling my way through html instructions and
how to customize the layout. If any of my lovely readers know how to
a. get rid of the box around my header and
b. line my date and title up with the photo then please let me know.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Today I'd love to share with you the work of self taught artist Lisa Congdon. She didn't
start painting until she was 33 and now produces amazing work with an impressive array
of clients. She also owns a design-led shop and art gallery called Rare Device in San Francisco.

I was drawn to her bird houses and her new bird prints available at her shop.





Monday, September 14, 2009

David Brownings

On Friday I figured out how to make my images really large however the design of my blog needs tweaking so please be patient while I work it out.

Today's post is about a long standing obsession of mine which started in the mid 90's on a trip to Vietnam. I discovered religious paper offerings in the forms of daily everyday objects.
I have found out more about the origins of this practice in China but think that the basis of it is the same.
The custom is based in Taoism with varying degrees of local lore and Buddhism. The idea is that the spirit world exists amongst us and that "this world" and "the next world" are not that far apart.
Therefore when a person departs this world they must take with them their most treasured possessions. In years gone by these were paper representations of formal dress and other clothing but these days they have expanded to cell phones, lap tops, cars and passports.
The name, date of birth and address would be written on and then the offering burned.

Needless to say I brought a few pieces for my collection and then a few years later found a great book called "Souvenirs from Hell " published by Street Design File in Japan. It documents the practice through great photos.




You never know when you might need a happy meal in the after world !!

Then yesterday I came across the work of illustrator David Brownings who seems to have created his own spin on this tradition and made some wonderful sculptures of his own.




Friday, September 11, 2009


cultures of all lands

On a day when I'm sure we all have memories of 8 years ago I've just made a new print that encapsulates tranquility and some good vibes.
It's available at my store and will be only $15 (25% off) if it's ordered before Monday 21st.

10% of all proceeds will be donated to Aziza's Place, a children's center in Cambodia that was established by my dear friend Nader Ebrahimi.

New work


I've been happily playing with some of my recent Matta coloring book images and developing a nice collection of uplifting Indian illustrations.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Heflin Reps

I'm thrilled to announce that I've signed up with a new artist's rep. Sally Heflin has a wonderful team of illustrators and I'm excited to be part of the group. Check out heflin reps and stay up to date with their blog.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Summer memories

It's the first day of school today and reflecting back over what a wonderful summer we've had I thought I'd show some of my happiest pictures.



French fields

Church door

Aubeterre rooftops

Hurricane Bill

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Richard Hogg

Back in England I used to love scouring local car boot sales for treasures. Locals would pull up at a designated spot and open up their trunks to sell junk basically but there are always gems to be found.
Richard Hogg, a graphic artist living and working in London, has just published a limited edition of 100 screen printed books called "Car Boot Sale" through Nobrow.
It takes a look at the kooky characters you find and their wonderful assortment of possessions.


The winners of Septembers give away have been drawn and are Ariel and Tina.
Thanks everyone for entering and please stay tuned for another chance in October to win a great prize.

Friday, September 4, 2009

No blog till Tuesday

Off to Fire Island for the last summer hurrah.
Happy labor Day and back again on Tuesday.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Betsy Walton

I've just discovered the work of Betsy Walton and love her dreamy narratives.
She lives in Portland, Oregon and gave up her job in 2006 to paint and illustrate full time.
Her work "explores the tension and balance between the mysterious nature of our existence and the objects and environments we find in everyday life."

Cover for Target Red Magazine

Winter Things

Wisps Float Up

Girly Explosion

Floral Ocean


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Matta Coloring Book

I've had great fun illustrating this coloring book for Matta and here's a sneak preview of the cover and one spread. Let's hope it does well as there's plans to do a Mexican and Moroccan version. The book will be available for both wholesale and retail sales and I'll make sure it goes in my store as soon as it's done.