Saturday, February 24, 2007

Baba Yaga

I couldn't sleep last night (a combination of earache that was worse when I lay down and noisy neighbours banging and clattering about) so at around 3am, I came to the PC to doodle and take my mind off it.

When my silk screen prints have been completed at Uni, I'll be doing etchings and aquatints. I think I might use this for the etching component.

Edit: I've updated the image -

Squiddly diddly

Inspired by recent news that a NZ fishing crew managed to land a colossal squid...

[...] Local news said the Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni was about 10m (33ft) long, and was the first adult colossal squid landed intact.

One expert said calamari rings made from it would be like tractor tyres [...]

Sunday, February 18, 2007


Inspired by Britney Spears' new baldy, blank canvas look, here are some hair do's that I think could be worth her consideration for when her barnet finally grows back.

First up, the 'Perez':

The 'Marge':

The 'Pam Grier':

The 'Punksploitation' look:

Considering how much she loves Vegas, the '70s Elvis' look:

The 'George Romero':

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Happy New Year!

It is of course, the Year of the Pig in the Chinese calendar so here is a New year Piggy.

Thursday, February 15, 2007


Which is of course, a fear of clowns or is it? This interesting article asserts that there is no clinical term for clown phobia and some psychiatrists have never encountered any patients who have such a 'fear'. So is it just a social meme, are people saying they fear clowns just cos 'everybody else is doing it'? I dunno, I do know that I don't have any particular hate towards clowns in general. In fact, I quite like them in that I love circus paraphenalia and one of my all-time dreams is to visit a typical US Carnival and sideshow.

Anyhoo... some famous clowns from film and real life that I have created via the wonderful and fantastic medium of the d i g i t a l tablet... woo:

Capt. Spaulding from House of a 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects. Great character and I met Sid Haig at a Memorabilia convention in Brum, a couple of years ago.

Pennywise the Clown from Stephen King's It... nowt much I can say to this other than I remember reading 'It' when I was still at junior school. The description of the first killing where a boy sticks his arm in the sewer grate to get his paper boat back has stuck with me forever *shudders*...

Although she's strictly not a clown in the sense that she wears garish and OTT make-up, dresses in outlandish clothing with ruffles and polka-dots and parades in front of gawping, curious people (oh, hold on) Kelly Osbourne makes it into my clown list (even though I do like her) for the simple fact that the photo that inspired this pic is one of the most hideous 'celeb' photos I've ever seen.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Amy Winehouse

I had the old sketchbook out while I was watching the Brit Awards on TV. There were some good performances tonight and Amy Winehouse collected a gong. Russell Brand was hosting and I was struck by the similarities between his and Amy's hairdo.

This is just a quick digital paint I knocked up just a few moments ago:

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Polly Jean

Just to partner the Nick Cave image, here's an unfinished PJ Harvey illo.


One of this semester's modules deals with silk screen printing and also etching and aquatints.

This is a piece I created for the silk screen printing. So far so good, I printed 12 copies in light grey, next week I will be going over these with a darker ink - blanking out where I want to keep the lighter shade of smoke. Red and black will come later...

Friday, February 02, 2007