Wednesday, 23 February 2011



I used an image of a forest but painted it in inverse as you can see. I wanted to be quite flat but I made a few mistakes and got confused with what was the tree and what was the background. While I was drawing it I was reminded of tiger stripes due to the trunks of the trees only being seen in the painting.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Rokuro Taniuchi

Came across his work on the wonderful A Journey Round My Skull blog.
I like the surrealist quality to the images. For some reason it feels to me like a thought of the character's is being illustrated, if that makes sense. 

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Roger Red Hat

Anyone remember this?

In primary school we were taught how to read using the 'One, two, three and away' created by Sheila McCullagh and illustrated by Ferelith Eccles Williams. Some of the characters I remember from the books are, Roger Red Hat, Percy Green Hat, Johnny and Jennifer Yellow Hat. Memories of learning to read are also slowing coming back to me.
These are the books for pre-readers.

Roger Red Hat

I really like the illustrations, but I can't seem to find much about Ferelith Eccles Williams

Friday, 11 February 2011

The Wolf and the Seven Kids

I had never come across this Brothers Grimm fairytale before. My 4-yr old cousin showed it to me and he apparently watches it before he goes to bed. I found it creepy when I first saw it especially the bit in the second half. Maybe it's the whole thing of watching a faiytale as an adult, it loses it's lightheartedness and we notice the slightly dark undertone more. Or maybe it's just me...

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

India 2010

I have a lot of relatives, from both of my parents' side of the family, living in a village called Mankuva. It takes around 30 or 45 mins to get to from Bhuj Airport. Mankuva is made up of two areas, Navavaas and Junovaas, which translates literally to New and Old. The difference is sort of apparent when you visit the two areas, Navavaas seems to have more modern structured streets but Junovaas has a lot of little narrow alleyways. 

My late paternal grandparents lived in Junovaas in a little house and it was my grandfather's dream to have his three sons living in close proximity to each other, so he bought them a plot each and today stands three houses, two next door each other and one opposite. My maternal grandparents live in Navavaas, while we were there my grandfather (mum's father) used to bring us milk every morning in his scooter.

Our house (pictured) and next door is my eldest uncle's and opposite is my middle uncle's (pictured).

A lizard or as they call it over there, an 'Andhichichi', hiding under a trap door leading to the roof of the house.



Mandvi temple


The remains of a sand sculpting competition, I think or some event like it.

Bhatharn, Junovaas

 Hanuman temple, Navavaas.

Shree Swaminarayn temple
Raju's kitchen utensil shop

Junovaas. There are a lot of temples/shrines like these and above dotted around.

Recently rebuilt Bhuj Mandir, with amazing carvings.

Flying from Bhuj to Mumbai airport. Near to Mumbai

Monday, 7 February 2011


The top two and the last two were drawn from stills from a PBS Nature documentary called Holy Cows. It turned out to be a good source of images for this project. I used inks to paint the images and it was the fourth image which made me think about the negative space around an image. I liked the quietness but also the brightness of the inks.
I am happy with the final publication but it turned out less in content than I had hoped for. I don't have photographs of the final pages of the book but I took some whilst making the case for the 'book' to sit in, which turned out to be too big.