Monday, July 27, 2009

Some textile designs

Just started playing with some of my illustrations as textiles. In September I'm going to be collaborating with a friend of mine who's a fashion and textile designer.
We plan on launching a small line using my prints.
Also remembered some t shirt designs I did for a friends line of kids clothing.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Edel Rodriguez

To continue my travel theme of the week I'm showing the work of Edel Rodriguez.
Originally from Cuba, he moved to the States with his family when he was 9. He received a B.F.A. in Painting from Pratt Institute in 1994 and an M.F.A. from Hunter College in 1998 and was an art director at TIME magazine from 1994-2008. On top of all that he has maintained a consistent illustration career.

His travel images of Cuba so beautifully capture the essence of his home country.

Check out a piece of his work at a group show at Giant Robot until August 12th.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

More travel inspiration

Not sure if it's the travel posters from yesterday or the excitement of my imminent departure but I keep coming across great travel pictures.
First up is this great image. Sorry I can't find anything about it.

originally posted on FFFFOUND on 2009-03-27

And then off to London with this one by Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch from San Francisco.
Hope the weather is better when I get there.

Off on vacation

In 6 days time we go to Europe for nearly 3 weeks. I just can't wait; so excited to see my family. We start the vacation in South West France in the Dordogne where my family has had a house since 1969. It's from home to home and the children can run and explore all day long - truly magical.

Then after 10 days eating and drinking the most delicious things we head back to London for a week at my mum's new house.
I will try and keep up with my posts but it won't be every day.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I felt like the background color needed to be punchier so here's the new version.

Vintage Airline Posters

The golden age of glamorous flying is long past and in looking for inspiration for my India pictures I came across these wonderful posters.

New work

I've been slowly developing a new style or should I say tweaking things I've been working on for a while. I'm very happy with the results and would love to know your thoughts.
These illustrations are color versions of the project I'm doing with Matta. I can see these as a set of kid's books can't you ?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Carolyn Gavin

A few months ago I met Carolyn Gavin at the National Stationary Show and we had a lovely chat about life as illustrators.
Carolyn, originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, now lives in Montreal with her husband, daughter Lily and English Bulldog Ziggy. She learned the love of traveling from her parents and spent time in Paris, Turkey, Israel, Portugal and London. Her keen artistic eye absorbed the local colors and shapes and her design work developed.
In 2008 she signed on with the artist rep Lilla Rogers and today works both commercially and continues to develop her range of environmentally friendly stationary Ecojot.
I love her organic shapes combined with earth tones and brighter, fruity colors.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Jack Teagle

I came across Jack Teagle's work a few months ago and actually saved it as inspiration for my son Milo who as you may have noticed also enjoys drawing monsters and superheros. I love the humor behind his characters and the references which if I didn't have sons I might not totally get.
Also check out his sketchbooks which have these wonderful paintings of footballers.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Friday beach trip with my boys

I just love NY summers for the reason that the beaches are so accessible and clean.
So, with that we're off and back to bigger blogs on Monday. Happy weekend !!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Goes to LB (sorry I don't know your full name) for winning the Brooklyn People print.
Please contact me for your details -

Stay tuned for next months which promises some great treats.

Calef Brown

If you've never seen the work of Calef Brown, his creativity and imagination will make you smile. His children's books and poetry are so inspiring; the fantastical worlds he creates capture the minds of young and old.
I love his use of color; the way he combines bold and muted tones is quite surprising.
For a full insight into his work visit here and read an interview with him by Nate Williams.

Monday, July 13, 2009

My son Milo

My six year old son is called Milo and on Friday he told me, while we were drawing together, that I wasn't involving him in my coloring book project.
He decided that he wants to make a coloring book of his own and came up with the theme of his most favorite toys. So over the next few weeks he'll be busy compiling his images but at the moment here is the first; it's of Lego Spyclops.
Look out for his own blog coming soon!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Last minute market

As a last minute thing, I'm taking part in the Afro Punk Block Party on Sunday in Clinton Hill. It will be a blast with music, food and of course great local crafts.
Please stop by and say hi.

Off to the beach

No post today. Off to enjoy the delights of Jacob Riis Park Beach.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Cheri Samba

If I had lots of money to spare it would be spent on a piece of art by Cheri Samba.
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1956 he left his village at 16 to go to Kinshasa and become a sign painter. His painting skills developed and in 1976 he opened his own studio gaining local recognition and illustrating for the entertainment magazine Bilenge Info. In 1989 he participated in an exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou entitled
Les Magiciens de la Terre and he became known internationally.
He was invited to show at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and his work is also on show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
His paintings almost always include text in French and Lingala
, commenting on life in Africa and the modern world.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Edholm Ullenius

I've been playing with ideas for textile designs recently and will have some to show soon but a site that always inspires me is print & pattern.
It's a daily compilation of textile designers and illustrators that shows a wide variety of applications.
One post that caught my eye was about a Swedish design duo called Edholm Ullenius that create great prints and designs for amongst others Ikea.