Amy Dover – illustration10. December 2013
Thanks Leigh face for pinning the double fox faces by Amy Dover this morning, I went to go check out the rest of her work – she’s really good. Her drawings are detailed and delicately intricate and her subject matter is right up my alley, a little dark and out of the ordinary.
-Amy Dover is a UK based and internationally recognised artist and illustrator. In her intricate, and beautifully executed graphite drawings she explores primal and human desires, complex narratives, and traditional tales. Through dark characters, melancholy tones and the anthropomorphization of animals, Dover invites the view to enter a world which challenges traditional perceptions, and nature becomes the central focus. Her influences come from growing up in a small village in the North of England, playing in the woods and reading folk tales. As well as a love of Victorian paintings, Natural History books and Nature itself.
Jack Teagle06. December 2013
Found this cool illustrator called Jack Teagleonline. He paints and draws and sketches and makes really cool, simple stuff. I like his crazy characters and his play on old comic book icons.
- Jack is an illustrator living in the UK. This is where Jack posts his work in progress, sketchbook drawings and photos - jackteagle.tumblr.com
Our bathroom in all it’s blackness03. December 2013
A while back I blogged about a bunch of black and white bathrooms that I had found on various sites. Shane and I were dead keen to make our new bathroom black too, so we pulled out the existing bathroom, we pulled out the exisiting cupboards in our main bedroom, to make the bathroom a bit bigger and we set to work.
I thought I would give you all a break of what’s in our bathroom, in case anything takes your fancy and you want to know where stuff is from:
° The first thing we wanted was a original, genuine victorian cast iron bath, I looked around on the net a bit, but we weren’t really having any luck, all we were finding were imitation ones that cost a flipping fortune. Then I found Maria, this glorious lady who salvages old baths, fireplaces, sinks, you name it, she saves it from old houses being torn down. She then lovingly refurbishes them and sells them. Unfortunately she had to close her shop down, due to the neighbourhood going bad, but I’m sure if you had to contact her she would be able to help you out.
° We then wanted a sink to match the era of the bathroom, so Shane took me to this amazing salvage yard (will find out where it is). We looked around for a bit and came out with 2 sinks for both bathrooms. The one below still has a stamp on the bottom telling us that it was made in the 1940′s. We also found our bathroom door there, we picked up an old, what looks like a garden shed door and gave it a fresh coat of paint. Shane then built a sliding rail for it.
° The beautiful photo above our bath is by a very talented young photographer called Leonard Miller.
° The light fixture is something that I have had for ages, it’s an original art deco piece and we thought a pop of pink might be pretty cool in this room.
° The mirror I also bought at a strange antique shop in Howick called Bloo Monkey, you should definitely check it out if you’re ever that side of town. The mirror was attached to a vintage dresser, which I landed up giving to Stubs.
° The honeycomb tiles we used in the bathroom are awesome to look at, not so awesome to work with, they’re small and a bit finicky, but we got there in the end and we’re very happy with the end result. Can’t remember exactly which tile shop we got them from, but we saw them in a couple of places, so if you are looking for them, you should be good.
° The steel bath holder that goes across the bath I picked up at Mr Price, I’m very chuffed with that and I bought the awesome black and white bathroom rug from Country Road.
Here’s a shot of what our bathroom looked like before…
Michela Picchi28. November 2013
These are the works of Michela Picchi, I like her simple yet graphic style. Enjoy.
- Everything is a visual experimentation for me, and the point is how a perceptual experience is related to visions, and how to transfer it to illustrations. It’s a matter of feelings.
Johnny Neon and his Zombie Durrants.15. November 2013
I have a very talented friend called Johnny Neon who draws like no ones business. He is so good and so fast at drawing (I’ve had the pleasure of watching him draw) that it makes me want to punch him the neck whenever I see him because I wish I had half the amount of drawing skill in one finger.
A while ago he drew a series of zombie pictures, they were all of famous dead people that were pretty damn awesome, so a few months ago I commissioned him to create a zombie portrait of Shane and I for our 5 year anniversary. Five years is apparently represented by silverware, so he skilfully put together this drawing of us, zombified, side by side, holding a silver knife and fork. He made it up to the size of this antique frame that I have had for ages and when he was done I got it fitted and wrapped for Shane.
I think it came out amazingly and Shane loves it as much as I do, so now not only do we have a painting of us looking like the Kardashians, but like crazy-ass zombies too. Too awesome. Thanks Johnny face, I hate you, I love you.
His Behance account
These are some of his zombie drawings from his Famous Dead series.
Bill Connors16. October 2013
This is the work of Bill Connors, he draws some crazy looking characters, but I really like them a lot. Check out all his stuff here.