Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Tukoni Tribe

Oksana Bula is a Ukrainian illustrator who creates forest inhabitants - little tukonies. Her pictures are created mainly in watercolour and she also makes broaches in the same theme. I love her celestial black barn owl and owl species poster.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Owls and home

While I have been away over the last two weeks I went home to the Norfolk broads and was very privileged to share some early mornings with barn owls, which I haven't seen in the wild since I was twelve. These incredible birds are almost like butterflies in their silent daybreak fluttering sweeps of the marsh. Their long wings and dexterous flight was wonderful to observe.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Miroco Machiko

While I am having a batty weekend, I thought it was a good excuse to share another work by the phenomenal  Miroco Machiko.

Saturday, 3 October 2015


Now that I have managed to reach my latest deadline, which as been especially hard as I have been doing a lot of traveling in the last two weeks. I hope there is a little time for some fun. So I am going to be working with bats for a while and hopefully fulfilling a challenge given to me by some friends who work in bat conservation.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Yoko Yamamoto IV

A' love letter' by Japanese artist and illustrator Yoko Yamamoto. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Adrian Gauci

Adrian Gauci's MA show introduced us to 'Notable Cutlery Through Time and Space' a history of mankind through it's cutlery.
'Notable Cutlery through Time and Space is a curated inventory of the most fascinating cutlery possessed by the members of the Society for Cutlery Appreciation. Commemorating their four hundred years of existence, the society holds some of the best wonders of forks, knives and spoons from around the world.
Conceived by the venerable Mr Gauci, in this compendium we delve into the world of cutlery, where each piece exhibits the successes and sometimes failures of mankind from the past to the future. Art, punishment, discoveries, failed attempts – these are just some of the subjects embodied in cutlery which we fix our gaze upon and discuss in this study. Stop trying to learn how to wield cutlery, and instead learn why you wield it.' 

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Raúl NGuridi

'La Cabra Que No Estaba' a new black and white book by Pablo Albo illustrated by Raúl NGuridi is beautiful a symphony in line producing fantastic characterisation.
It is the first children's book published by Fun Readers Editorial and for me it is a winner, I love it!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Olym Lee

Above: one of the development works by Olym Lee, Below finished illustrations from 'Big Rabbit Little Rabbit'.

This is Olym Lee's MA graduation project Big Rabbit and Little Rabbit a book to encourage children to overcome their fears. I particularly liked Olym's wild animals and her work both with the waters reflections and under water scenes.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Rachel Ignotofsky

So happy to discover the charming work of Rachel Ignotofsky who's designs make information more accessible and memorable. This is her beautiful 'layers of the world' design makes you love this precious planet even more with its anthropomorphised layers all embracing each other like Russian dolls.

After last nights celestial movements it seems very appropriate to feature them today.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

77 Misdemeanors of Fishing Folk

I often get absorbed with different projects when I am away.
This week I spent three days at one of my favorite places; Chesil Beach and like last time visiting this popular angling beach was horrified by the amount of fishing equipment strewn on the shore and washing up with the tide.  In the few days I enjoyed here, I documented 77 bright and colourful, but very damaging and dangerous beach combings of fishing line rubbish.
My thoughts were many, but my main one was can this fishing line not be made biodegradable so at least if some people are thoughtless the damage they cause would be lessened.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Min-I, Yen

These gentle illustrations for 'The Best Place In The World' by Min-I, Yen  remind me of the illustrations by Koso Kakimoto for Mr Bear books by Chizuko Kuratomi. It is a lovely story about a friendship between a sun bear and a polar bear forged in a zoo, that continues when the polar bear is returned to his polar home.
Min I Yen has just graduated with an MA in illustration from Brighton University.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Baozi Chen

Baozi Chen has created a kind of autobiographical 'Alice in Wonderland' about finding her place in the world called 'Run' and it is full of wonder and surprise. Clever thoughts and illustrations to make you smile and gasp. These are some of the images from her MA in Sequential Design / Illustration  at the University of Brighton MA show which finishes today.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Dagmara Rudkin II

Some further examples from Dagmara Rudkin's MA portfolio. These works managed to combine the essence of costume, puppetry, theater and of course illustration as well as revealing Dagmara's rich Polish heritage.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Dagmara Rudkin I

I am away this week, enjoying visiting friends and relatives and as a result I have been able to catch the Brighton University MA show in Photography and Illustration which is on until this Friday.
Dagmara Rudkin has just gradated from the University of Brighton in MA Sequential Design / Illustration, she works with recycled and found objects creating her characters from rescued scraps of other peoples lives and giving them a new purpose and magic in her illustrations and animations.