Obviously I'm colouring in my own book. I see it as research for volume 2. Anyway here is page 1 using Promarkers.
I've been working hard recently trying to get my latest colouring book ready for Christmas and I'm pleased to say it is ready in the (St) Nick of time. See what I did there? Anyway here are a few teaser pages. There is a link at the bottom to purchase the book or download it.
The book is full of hidden blackworms and a secret message or two. Good luck finding them.
I totally failed at Inktober this year. I got halfway through and then just got too busy to spare time for the project. I've kept the prompts though to try and finish before next Inktober if possible. Here are my first few attempts. Many sold but a few are still available.
Had a great time at Bring The Paint 2019 pasting up over 100 Korpworm posters. Huge thanks to Izzy and the gang for organising such a great festival.
Bring The Paint T-Shirt Campaign
I loved the poster so much I decided to put it on a t-shirt. You can pre-order your own t-shirt before 30th June for just £16.99, after that the price goes up to £21.99.
I've really enjoyed sketching in this small square spiral bound sketchbook. The brown paper is perfect for paintmarkers. Thought you might like to see some of the results.
I managed to blag a spot at the Junk Yard Jam up in Crewe over the weekend. Lots of great artists there including a couple of faves in Jay Sharples and TankPetrol. Huge thanks to Andy, Mike and Urban Artistry for being such great hosts. Cant wait to come back again.
Here is a recent commissioned mural at The Ostrich in Peterborough. If you haven't heard of the place it has quickly turned into a hub for street artists with regular exhibitions and art battles. I was very pleased to take a couple of walls and create Korps corner.
The lyrics on the wall are from a band that has played at The Ostrich called The Malingerers. I chose this song because it has such a powerful first verse.
As I was finishing off the uber talented Pigeon La Rue was in setting up her solo show and what an amazing combination her framed pieces and my wall made together.
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I've always found the Black Dog books interesting. I first read “I Had a Black Dog: His Name was Depression” and then quickly followed that up with “Living with a Black Dog”. Both books are a simple take on a complex issue and resonated with me instantly because I liked the concept of the black dog being the ever changing manifestation of depression, always there in one form or another the same way a loyal dog never leaves your side. Since that time I've been hiding my own personal metaphor for the black dog into my art in the form of a Black tear drop flying upwards.
After a while it became clear that I needed to develop this new addition to my work and the black tear drop slowly began to grow eyes, arms and even horns making it a lot more malevolent and, for me, a more accurate symbol too. It quickly became known as the blackworm and featured heavily in my solo show at Play Dead in 2016. Not only was it more prominent in the background it was also the main character in some pieces. On the opening night of the show several people spoke to me about the blackworm and I was surprised at how accurate their interpretations were as at the time it wasn't common knowledge what it stood for. I knew from that day onwards that the blackworm needed to stay.
At the end of 2017 I was preparing for my “In Quiet Desperation" solo show and was thinking about how the name Blackworm suggested something quite small and easy to control. I needed to add some scale so I did this by incorporating a silhouette of a man with the new larger blackworm towering over him menacingly. I also developed the character which now, in my mind, began to resemble a silver back gorilla with strong forearms and dragged knuckles leaning over the silhouette with quiet authority and ready to deliver a powerful unprompted strike at any time.
I've always enjoyed adding ambiguity to my artwork, allowing you to see different things depending on your perspective, so to see that an inverted version of my latest design looked like an angry dog neatly took my Blackworm journey full circle to the original inspiration of the Black Dog books.
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See more of the Blackworm here!
Had a great day painting on giant records for the Pie & Vinyl Record Store Day Paint Jam. Keeping me company were Winniemmay, My Dog Sighs and M-one.
Big thanks to Pie & Vinyl for organising the event and Play Dead for inviting me down.
HAND PAINTED RECORDS AVAILABLE FROM PLAY DEAD
These three and three more are available exclusively from the Play Dead gallery in Southsea.