Sunday, 1 March 2015
Saturday, 28 February 2015
As you know, I adore the work of Gerald Rose so I was thrilled a couple of weeks ago in a local charity shop to find a copy of Trouble in the Ark from 1976, water damaged but beautiful to me! Wishing you all a happy weekend,
Friday, 27 February 2015
Thursday, 26 February 2015
Making your face funny for money . . . Comic Relief 2015.
My students and I have been making and are continuing to make terrible albums, album covers that would make me laugh or scream in a charity shop. These are going to be in an online charity event on facebook where people can vote for their favourite cover by liking it and sponsor us for comic relief. The event will end on March 19th.
The covers are created using wigs, hats and nonsense with an occasional instrument and a lot of laughter and hopefully will raise funds for a good cause.
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Neil Fujita (1921-2010) was considered to be the godfather of Graphic Design famous for his book and album covers his innovative style and techniques revolutionising the album cover particularly for Columbia records.
"When I got to Columbia, there was the beginning of some idea of album cover art but it was still just type and maybe a photo of the artist and some shapes arranged in an interesting way. That was the first concept of album cover art. Actually the first examples of album art that I can remember were on children's records, because they might have included a painting or something else to illustrate the idea. But I think that I was the first to use painters, photographers and illustrators to do artwork on album covers." Neil Fuita
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Because of this I am going to celebrate some graphic designers who worked on album covers.
David Stone Martin (1913-1992) is best known for his album covers of which he produced over 400 many of them for Jazz artists. Here are some examples of his bold use of colour and expressive line work.
Monday, 23 February 2015
Jean Jullien's propensity to draw his comical line drawings on environments that has led to his recent residency at the Wythe Hotel, New York. Though I believe he only started out drawing on their windows, the drawings are spreading. . .
As I said yesterday I see a strong Saul Steinberg influence which I love as Saul is one of my favourite graphic, comic creatives of the last century. Below are two examples of Sauls interior drawings.
Sunday, 22 February 2015
Saturday, 21 February 2015
I am working on abstract art at the moment with my students. Strangely I have never approached abstract art in my teaching but the students and I are really enjoying it, and it is enabling them to look at their work and use of media in a very different way.
Above are some examples from the portfolio of Christopher Wood a contemporary Scottish painter who like Barbara Rae is very inspired by the landscape, seascape and the elements.
Friday, 20 February 2015
I entered the Floris, Kelpies competition this spring and was this time unsuccessful. The energy required to keep pushing and applying for competitions and opportunities is really intense especially when you are already in a professional job, but it is also good for me to keep my working practice current and keep that humbling experience of failure and sometimes success.
The same as it is good for me to be a student again and understand what that feels like once more.
When I recently visited an exhibition by illustrators for the publishing house Floris, I realised that my cover was not their usual style and also realised that I should have researched their house style before entering. A hard lesson, but good lesson learned, my initial paintings had been softer and possibly more acceptable.
I was happy with the cover design I produced it was strong and exactly what I had intended, my first cover design.
'The Hill Of The Red Fox' is a spy story set on Skye during the cold war. For the new edition the publishers wanted it to appeal to girls and boys and so I focused on the fox of the title. Because of the cold war element of the novel I wanted the cover to be very red to represent Russia. The rock formations on Skye, to me, resembled foxes tails and so these were included on the back cover. I look forward to seeing the short listed entries which will be exhibited later in the year it is always so interesting to see different interpretations of briefs, either my own in the classroom or in competitions/ exhibitions like this.
Thursday, 19 February 2015
Today I am sharing a Painting and Monotype by Barbara Rae. Barbara Rae has work included in this years VAS exhibition (not pictured) it is glorious to see works by Barbara in the flesh as the colours are so vibrant and iridescent plus the scale and quality of the painting is awe inspiring. Do try to either see Barbara Rae's work at VAS, The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh before the exhibition closes at the end of February.
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Joyce Gunn Cairns is one of my favourite contemporary Scottish artists so it was great to see her painting 'Absence' (above) included in the VAS exhibition at the RSA Edinburgh until February 28th 2015. Below is a new painting 'Hands that have lived' 2014 both are beautiful sensitive works full of humanity and love.