Friday, 21 April 2017

+++ A Few Updates +++

So it's been a while since my last update. A few things have changed since then - the most important one being that I now work from a real studio space (good bye living room desk procrastination) in a cute little shop space in Neuk├Âlln/ Berlin. I had forgotten how much impact a productive studio environment has on my work. A few projects are in the pipeline, so watch this space!
I have also been incredibly busy teaching five different illustration courses at the Design Akademie Berlin which had been involving a lot more preparation work than I anticipated. However it has been and still remains extensively rewarding and illuminating for myself and my own practice. Every new term I try to come up with a variation of the course content to keep myself enthusiastic and to force myself to stay up-to-date with current methods on teaching illustration and visual communication. The Introduction to Illustration course is the most challenging one, as it's compulsory to all design students during their first term. To come up with a project and exercises that meet all levels of ability and interest is difficult every time, but I find if I keep a loose and fun approach to drawing with a focus on experimental and unconventional techniques I find the students quickly produce some interesting results that even surprise them. Seeing their interest in drawing and visual communication grow gives me a little happy tingling every time. Above are some results from our drawing tools seminar. 

Sunday, 22 May 2016

N E W ☻ W O R K

Currently exhibited until the end of August at Villa Kult in Berlin.  

Thursday, 21 April 2016

F U N N Y | L I F E | D R A W I N G

Drawing from life is a beautiful thing. I requires concentration, patience and a fluent and confident line - and in turn it rewards you with a magical feeling of clarity and ownership: clarity in what you see and how you see it, and a happiness-inducing ownership over the moment and the world around you.

After two years of sketching people in the streets that move annoyingly fast and secretly drawing in cafes and bars whilst trying to look inconspicuous, I have returned to the wonderful activity that is life drawing. Here is a funny one from the latest session - using an 8B graphite pencil that provides an exciting challenge due to sometimes producing unpredictable marks and movements on the paper.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

/// H E R O E S ///

I for my part am not a big fan of new year's resolutions because they tend to put me under pressure and make me anxious. However, I am a fan of lists and plans. One of my plans for the coming months and years (until the day I die) is to read a good selection of all the important books in the world, including the classics and the newer ones. One of the most important books of the century is certainly "To Kill a Mockingbird" which would be on top of my list had I not read it already. So here is an illustration of its hero.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

/// card drawings ///

This is a preview of an ongoing project which I try to keep up on a daily basis to maintain a looking-drawing routine (and to keep myself entertained). The cards individually measure 50x80mm and are based on immediate observations and thoughts. I keep the drawings quick and intuitive so to not get stuck in a premeditated composition and to preserve an element of surprise.

--- Z I N E S ---

(Spreads from a Zine made at the University of Brighton in 2013)