Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Under the sea

When we were in the Philippines we spent a few days on the beach and I managed to get a good haul of lovely shells and dead coral. I'm going to give them away as presents but in the meantime I have two big jars of them on my desk. So i've turned some of them into fabric prints.   

The turtle was an idea i got from a Japanese story that my band Halo Halo have written a song about. Its one of the earliest tales about time travel, we're into things like that. The story is a about a fisherman named Urashima Taro who rescues a turtle and is then taken under the ocean to meet the turtles father. The turtle turns out to be a Princess of the sea called Otohime. She gives him a wooden box as a gift and tells him that it will keep him safe but that he must never open it. After a few days he decides he needs to go back to see his ailing mother but when he returns to land everything has changed and his mother is gone. He asks someone if they recall a fisherman called Urashima Taro but he is told that there was a fisherman of that name but that he had disappeared many years before. In shock he opens the wooden box and a cloud of white smoke bursts out. All of a sudden he is very old, with a bent back and a long white beard. He hears the princess' voice whisper to him, "I told you not to open that box  for in it was your old age"!

So Voila! A turtle with a castle on its back. I think I'm going to do more pictures for that story so back to work!


Friday, 25 January 2013

a belated merry christmas

Its a bit late i know but i thought i may as well post a scan of some of the Christmas cards i made.  I really had fun doing funny faced cats maybe this year i'll make them into proper cards!

Today i've just been practising painting and thought i'd do a bit of research for a book idea i had, one of the main characters is going to be a little sami girl so i've been looking at pictures of houses, clothes, people etc etc etc etc.... they have really lovely colourful outfits.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Happy new year!

Wow a whole year has past and i have still been pretty dreadful and posting i have one excuse for not posting for the last month as i have been in the Philippines visiting my family and doing christmasy things, it was lovely but now im back home to face the snow and the real world and now that i am unemployed and a professional pauper i am determined to make drawing my bread and butter so this blog will now become a regular thing! hurrah!
   Anyway here are two drawings i did before we left the first is a portrait of the famous occultist and magician Aleister Crowley and the second is a new tree person but with some added tarot imagery.  I have been getting into tarot recently, reading promethea by Alan Moore and watching Alan moore documentaries! Well enjoy ^_^