Thursday, 30 July 2009


New sketchbook drawing. I quite like this one. I've really enjoyed getting back into keeping a sketchbook this year.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

We had a book launch!

The 'We Are The Friction' launch was last Thursday and it went swimmingly. We set up an Exhibition at Analogue of all the illustrations from the book as well as having a pile of books for sale at the event. You can now order your copy from our site. Be sure to check out all of the illustrators and writers involved as they're all incredible and well worth investigating. We both feel very proud to have been able to work with such an exciting array of artists and we just hope that those of you who buy the book can see all the hard work that everyone has put in.

(sorry the photos are a bit pants. better ones will appear on flickr very very soon)

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Shaun O'Dell

The internet is a funny thing. I can, and very often do, spend lots of time trawling blogs for nice things to look at, to be inspired by and, of course, to blog about. There's tonnes of great stuff out there and I'm constantly amazed by how many super creative people are out that that I'm still discovering. Anyhow very occasionally I'll find something that transcends that 'oh thats cool' reaction and really hits you in the gut and makes you want to make things. I guess that is what happened when I found Shaun O'Dell.

There's so much stuff on his site that I'm impressed by. I wish I could see it for real, it seems like work for which scale is important. The 2007 series 'We Remember The Sun' is the kind of work I'd love to make. I don't and probably never will BUT if I could I would. I love the rainbow colours mixed with the inky blacks and greys and blocky, awkward shapes. Equally the contrast between really constrained line, really neat and ordered with those big fat brush strokes. Really nice. Anyway I love it all and thoroughly recommend you have a look. Apologies for the slightly gushing post. Its exciting to find something new I guess.

Monday, 20 July 2009

Best Lion. BEST!

I am totally flipping in LOVE with this Lion by Kevin Waldron. Its amazing. I want to meet him. He will sit in an armchair and puff wisely on his pipe and tell me stories of the sea. And then he will yawn and we'll go to sleep. What a great lion. Kevin Waldron's stuff is ace by the way. Have a look! His 'Owl & the Pussycat' is a winner.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Prints & Plates

Its sunday! Lets look at some awesome stuff!

This rocking horse print from tsk tsk would be so sweet in a child's bedroom. Or indeed mine.

These scandinavian retro inspired melamine plates are a dream (albeit a very domestic one!). There are a tonne of awesome designs to root through on Millamella's etsy store.
Totally incredible illustrator (and Friction contributor) Jon Klassen has does some wonderful stuff for Red Cap Cards. I would send these to everyone I know if I could bear to part with them myself.

also! I forgot to mention that the print I was giving away this week is now in my shop.

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Beautiful Book Covers

I just came across THIS site and had to share. So much beautiful, inspiring stuff. Be sure to check it out if, like me, you're a fan of old book design and elaborate lettering. There's some pretty tasty colour schemes going on there too.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

We Are The Friction LAUNCH (and pre-order)

For the past seven months Jez and I have been working on the second volume of our collaborative writing/drawing experiment. Like last years 'I am the Friction' the basic premise is that someone writes a story and someone else draws a picture and then they exchange their work and do something new based on what they have recieved. Easy. And this time rather than Jez and I doing all the work we've opened it up to 12 awesome illustrators and 12 awesome writers. And my have they done an amazing job!
Anyhow thats what we've been putting together for the first half of this year and now, at last, its all done and it launches next Thursday! Yay! If you head to Sing Statistics you can check out the list of illustrators (the writers are still a secret) and pre-order your copy (all pre-orders will come with a wee gocco print). Go and have a look. If thats peaks your interest keep your eyes open for pictures and things next week (though there are some teasers here). And if you're in Edinburgh this summer head to Analogue books to see the exhibition.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Giveaway Winner!

Competition closed. Time for a winner. I used to generate a number between 1-61 and the winner was...number 13. Flora! Hurrah! Thanks to everyone who entered and for all the lovely lovely comments you left me. Hopefully I'll do another one soon.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Print Giveaway!

It's sunny, we had tasty sushi for lunch and I'm feeling good so to celebrate I'm going to giveaway one of the above screenprints to one reader. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post and I'll select one at random and that person will win a print (and maybe a couple of added extras). You have until Wednesday at 6pm (GMT). Go go go!

Friday, 10 July 2009

Edinburgh Again

After an exhaustingly intense 24hrs in London meeting with various exciting people I have now returned to (sunny) Edinburgh where I intend to remain for a while (I've spent far too long on trains). It was nice to be at home even though (as this photo shows) the weather was a dismally pants most of the time. Got a couple of projects to get done this week as well as sorting out stuff for the Friction launch and finding a flat! Its a going to be a busy summer I think. In the meantime time for some nice things....

Beautifully simple image by Clare Owen. I saw her stuff at D&AD t'other week. Lovely quiet drawings.

I am crazy for everything in Anna Bond's portfolio. This is a pretty great bear. And her design work is ace too.

I LOVE Vanessa Jackman's street style blog, such lovely, summery photos. I've been stewing on starting an Edinburgh street style blog for a while...any Edinburgh types fancy helping out?

Monday, 6 July 2009

Monday night meanderings

Love this cute cushion by romawinkel on etsy (the drawstring bags are dead sweet too)

Absolutely beautiful new print from the amazing Julie Morstad. My walls are pretty crammed full but if I had space I'd be after one of these in a flash.

There's lots of nice stuff in the
Tas-Ka online shop. They have a great blog too.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

the Wanderer Returns

Its been a busybusy past couple of months that has seen me spend 22 hours travelling in the last week but at last its time to get this blog going again properly. Hello to all the new followers who have appeared in recent weeks. Nice to see you!

First off if you head over to my site you will notice its been revamped yet again. The old menu wasn't really working properly and now I have a nice new display courtesy of cargo collective
which is hopefully easier to navigate. Hopefully I'll be able to get some new work up soon!

NEXT is the countdown to the second volume of friction (this book that we put out last year). This is crazy exciting and far bigger than last years effort. Join our mailing list and keep track of happenings.

ALSO! I contributed to a zine put together by the mighty Jake Blanchard (as Tor Press). Its based around the letter A and features a tonne of totally awesome folk. Get a copy here!

FINALLY! Actually thats it. No more news. Head to my flickr to see some pretty boring pictures of my travels in London and graduation nonsense.