Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Inside York Minster

We're back from a family weekend break in York, having met up with Daughter 1, who is studying at Newcastle University. There is a lot of history to encounter in York, and we intersperse the tourist things with cafes and cake, like you do.

We brave the walk around the city walls in winds and stuttering sleet, and warm up (relatively speaking) in the minster. The 16th-century Rose Window (top image), which I drew to the atmospheric soundtrack of choral evensong, survived fire damage in 1984 after the minster was struck by lightning. The building's stained glass windows – some up to 600 years old – are amazing, casting light onto the stonework even in these wintry days.

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Monday, 16 January 2017

New drawing show opens in Soho

I have a few works in a new small show of drawings and digital prints at Timberyard Soho, which continues into the spring of 2017. Here I am with fellow exhibitors Nick Richards, Isabel Carmona, Jo Dungey and Isabelle Laliberté.
Timberyard Soho (it has won so many awards it's impossible to list them all here) is at 4 Noel Street, London W1F 8GB, close to Brewer Street and Oxford Street. Our thanks to Darren and his great team at Timberyard for inviting us to show again. Works are for sale.
How to find Timberyard Soho.
Opening times and more info here.
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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Search by Image

Inspired by Sebasian Schmieg's exhibition Search by Image at the Photographers' Gallery, London (until 29 January 2017), I've been doing image searches for some of my drawings. (Schmieg's show uses speeded up Google image searches so that visually similar views are shown almost as videos, merging and flipping through themes.) My own more laborious process threw up intriguing similarities such as these. Find Search by Image here. Have a go.

New construction work in Shoe Lane, London:

And its most visually similar images, are below.

And here's Woodberry Wetlands wildlife reserve in north London:

...and a sample of its most similar images found through Google's Search by Image.
Let's hear it for algorithms and metadata.

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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Out now in The Artist

I have a three-page article about drawing with marker pens in the January 2017 edition of The Artist magazine, which has been available since 2 December 2016. Find out more about getting a copy here, or cycle down to your newsagent.

My book Pen and Ink gets reviewed in the same edition. Do they trash it? Get a copy to find out.

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Saturday, 12 November 2016

View from the campus

I've recently started a masters in Library and Information Science at City, University of London, and with a new heap of deadlines to meet and new areas to immerse myself in, finding time to draw has become both more difficult, and more necessary, than ever. Finding new challenges and discovering under-utilised parts of my own brain is fantastically invigorating; the academic environment is an exciting one to find myself in. Long reading lists, hours in the libraries, new technologies and an interesting, diverse cohort have been an introduction to a new world. But it is also a world that reinforces just how much the act of simply putting ink on paper is one that is vital to me.
This drawing isn't a view from the City campus at all – only these words are. The drawing is of Finsbury Park, north London, not far up the road from where I live, and drawn during a break from having my head in books for perhaps too long.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Caneta e Tinta published now

And, perhaps finally, the Portuguese edition of Pen and Ink is also out now, hot on the heels of the Spanish version. It's published in Brazil by Editora GGBrasil. It's also available in English, French and German.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Pen and Ink now in Spanish

Cue the fanfare. Pen and Ink – Dibujo a Tinta – is out now in Spanish, published by Editorial Gustavo Gili. It's available online, and in those lovely local bookshops. (The English edition of Pen and Ink can also be found in a variety of museums and galleries, so look for Dibujo a Tinta there too, just in case.)

Whose work is featured in it? You'll find the full list of 34 artists here.

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