It seems like ages ago that I worked on these illustrations for my second project with the Folio Society, so it's great to finally be able to share them with you!
I created twenty three illustrations, including the cover, of subjects ranging from a dead donkey to a man getting a poker up the bum and all manner of oddities in between.
Compiled by the late Derek Brewer, the book is full of ribald tales from Medieval Britain and Europe; there's innuendo galore, plenty of mistaken identities with sexy/fatal consequences and randy priests abound.
I've spent most of the day rearranging bits and bobs on shelves and chests of drawers, trying to find the best spots to photograph my newly printed bags. I think I've finally found some good spots for these two, and they're now up and on sale in my shop. What do you reckon?
They're both made of strong and durable, 100% completely natural cotton and feature nice long straps for carrying over your shoulder.
My new Compassionate Dorset Tee is now up for voting on Threadless. If it wins it will be printed by Threadless as part of their range and I will donate 25% of the earnings to Compassionate Dorset in aid of Compassion In World Farming. So if you like my work and/or you would like to see an improvement in the lives of farmed animals all over the world, please click the link below and score my design, and maybe even share it will your chums! Thanks, all!
A couple of new bags designs I've been working on. These'll be up in the shop soon, I just need to find a good spot for taking photos when the sun's not shining in my tiny sliver of garden. I'm not sure my batik bed sheet really cuts it.
You might have noticed I've altered the layout of the blog a little; it wasn't really filling the screen the way I had it, before, which meant that my pictures had to be smaller than I liked. Unfortunately it now means that some of my old posts have gotten a little mangled and might look weird, but without going through them one by one and re-jigging the text and re-sizing the pictures there's not a lot to be done about it, so I'm leaving them as they are for now.
I also thought it was maybe time to update my header, this new one is the logo I print inside my bags. What do you think?
Over the past week or so I've been creating a new design for Compassionate Dorset, a supporter group for Compassion In World Farming. The new design is now in their online T-shirt shop, alongside the other designs I've done for them. I've also just uploaded this design to Threadless, so I'll post a link if it gets approved for voting!
My allotment society are going to be hosting their very first craft fair on the 10th November and are inviting crafters, printmakers, artists and anyone else making handmade delights to book a stall. We're planning on making this a regular thing, so if you're based in or around Leicester this could be one for you. Call Barry on the number on the poster below, or email me using the email address (also on the poster) for more info or to reserve your spot.
There's something about that poster that reminds me of a Christmas book I had when I was little, that was illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura. I can't remember what it was called, but I think it's the text that's reminding me of it; it's a font called Hitchcock that I found thanks to playwright Sean Dixon, who used it on the poster designs for his new play FRANCE (or, The Niqab). After making the Craft Fair poster, I broke out the watercolours for this little number below, also for the allotments. Lord Kitchener with a light sprinkling of Giuseppe Arcimboldo.