Saturday, 27 September 2008

Better late than not at all...

You know what they say, It's better that it was late than not at all. Here's my response to last weeks illustration Friday thing, the 'Island' one. Didn't much like the sound of the 'Clique' one so I don't think I'll be partaking in that one to be honest. Anyway, enjoy hopefully I'll have a chance to update my own blog this weekend - it's been a while!

Oh and a Post-Script: the guy on the Island is thinking "Gees, nothing interesting ever happens around here..."


Thursday, 25 September 2008

So long; farwell...

hi guys,

from monday the 29th of September i'll be in the total wilderness with no signal and very limited access to the internet. back to the dark ages and council tele for me,

If you need to reach me i would LOVE to receive your letters via the old fashioned snail mail. senf to: The Port Askaig Hotel, Port Askaig, Islay, PA46 7RB.

i hope you all have a GRAND winter and keep the drawing up. Sea Legs better still be on the go when i return briefly in February. xx

Friday, 19 September 2008

buried treasure

x marks the spot

Thursday, 18 September 2008

illustration friday - island

knee islands!

ten years ago

i stumbled across this meme quite some time ago, & planned on having a go, although never got round to it. the idea is to draw yourself as a teenager (people in their twenties who have done it generally go for ten years back), next to your present self, with any difference in style, haircuts etc becoming glaringly obvious, & quite funny. i looked horrendous when i was twelve, & i don't look back fondly on the way i look until about fifteen or sixteen, so i can imagine the contrast for me would be amusing. anyway, have a go if you fancy it, i have a feeling it's something that would suit some of us more than others, but you know.

if you do have a go, the originator can be found compiling a list of everyone who's submitted their drawings here.

Saturday, 13 September 2008

Draw me your thing...

Here's an open brief which some of you *ahem* might be interested in. It's for a good cause and seems quite lighthearted. Remember, no photographs!:

'The Artful Todger: The Penis in Popular Culture' Why is the depiction of the male member still considered such a taboo in today’s society? And how is it truly represented by creatives and influential figures in today’s culture? The Artful Todger proposes to be a light-hearted book, examining the artistic representation of the penis in today’s culture, and invites you to contribute. Be it a line drawing, a detailed sketch, a collage, a hand crafted piece or pop up, we want your representation in our book. There will be a whole chapter dedicated to current interpretations and selected entries will be published with the most successful entry used for the front cover. All copyright will remain that of the artist and all artists will be credited unless otherwise requested. Donations from the published work will be made towards testicular cancer charities. Successful entries may also be selected for use in the forthcoming exhibition of the same name. Please send all entries to by the 31st October 2008 for selection in jpeg format, 72dpi, no larger than A4, with your contact details. By submitting your entry you are confirming that you are over 18 and that you own the copyright to your image. No photographs please.

Friday, 12 September 2008

best advice i ever received

how to draw anything in one step.

via drawn!

Illustration Friday

This weeks word is *drumroll*...................................


Well done to those who posted for today! I'm still working on mine, what with all my interviews/ rejections/ bull this week, but I will post asap :)

This is my response to the SMITHS word project.

Who's picking next weeks word?

Until next time... stay tuned.

Thursday, 11 September 2008

little bit super excellent

this is awesome.


Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Just Look at This Mess...

This is my reply to Tracey's Illustration Friday 'Clutter' task. I had a couple of ideas in my head but couldn't get them down on paper properly, my head is a bit cluttered at the moment - this is the one I settled with in the end. I must admit that it hasn't really turned out how I wanted it to - i don't think the juxtaposition of the images works too well but I did like the idea of working to a deadline, even if it wasn't a real deadline. Maybe I should've spent a little longer playing with the image in Photoshop. Maybe I'll take the idea a little further when I'm not so mad busy at work. Maybe...

Just lookit...

Tuesday, 9 September 2008


well done team 'symbol donkey'. we are THE BEST. good effort last night.

abc sinister

i prefer this...

Sunday, 7 September 2008


how awesome is this? i wish my brain & i would team up & come up with a similarly genius idea.

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Illustration Friday! Well, almost...

Ok it's Saturday, but the sea legs crew were on the schmooze last night so I have an excuse. Let's give this Illustration Friday thing a go, I don't think it matters if you don't have a perfect final image, just as long as it gets us drawing! Right, this weeks theme is...
Responses on blogs by next Friday please!

Thursday, 4 September 2008


this gocco print was a bloody nightmare to produce, but it's finally done & i can lay the idea to rest. more on the blog & flickr.

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

There is only one receptacle.

Here's another thing that I'd been working on this past week. It'd been in my head for a while, so I figured I best get it out and free up a bit of room up there.

Now what?


new site

hooray! now that other people have posted, i feel i'm allowed. i'm not going to recap on what i've done since uni; if you've not seen stuff already, you can read my blog. i've not got much in the way of finished pieces, but i've got lots of ideas floating around, something that - somewhat irritatingly - never happened at uni. but better late than never i suppose. one thing i'm starting to work on is a new website layout. i do like my current set-up (seen here) but i fancy going for something a bit more sleek, & with not quite so much work to view (less is more). i'll keep you updated, but as far as things have gone, i've decided to work with my two favourite colours, red & turquoise/teal/jade/sea blue/you-get-the-point. it's going fine so far, but you can never tell with web design.

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

By Jove, I've got the Sea Legs.

..and i'm going to attempt to keep the ball rolling somewhat now. As some of you will be aware I have been doing a little work lately and you can have a look at that on my blog here, but I think I much prefer the idea of keeping a nice collective blog aside for stuff like this (much thanks to Jen for setting this up).

This image is one I've been trying and re-trying to put together for well over a month. I think I'm actually finally happy with it now...(all apart from the fact it's an A2 piece ang I've had to scan it on an A4 scanner and piece it together, but you get the idea).

'leaves become most beautiful when they're about to die' - Regina Spektor.

This image is the first thing that popped into my head with the first mentioning of the phrase 'Sea Legs' (albeit this is about the third attempt at the image), I'm aware it's a bit silly, but I've been in a bit of a daft mood lately. Enjoy.

'Yarrr...I tells ya, it be worse that that scurvy you hear so much about...'

Oh, almost forgot. I am working on another piece that I'll hopefully put up on here in a few days or so.

(John) Alan.


Ok lets get this ball rolling.
To keep myself drawing, and to stop the old drawing hand getting rusty i started a little sketchbook called 'Journeys'. I'm pretty bad for starting a sketchbook, and if image isn't exactly how i want it, i dismiss the sketchbook, and give up a little. I needed to get rid of this feeling, for sketchbooks anyway, and it's also good because it's not the sort of sketchbook where i sit for hours going "hmmm, what to draw...". It's a simple concept. Every time i go on in a car, travel by bus, train etc i draw everything i see. Or try to at least. Whatever catches my eye i draw it, and of course i have to draw it quickly. It's proving to be a great way to keep me drawing regularly, to loosen up a little and it's creating a nice little collection of images. Here's a few examples, more can be found on my blog. Plug, plug.


Monday, 1 September 2008


the first of september seemed as good a day as any to start this little thing up, so here it is, & here you are. this is sea legs, the name coming from the idea that once you get used to being at sea, you've found your sea legs, & this point in time sees us trying to find our "illustration legs", if you will. also i was listening to "sea legs" by the shins at the time, perhaps a mere coincidence. for now i've invited those who i know have blogs already, & those that i've mentioned this to in person. this can expand if things take off.

as for the plans for this blog, there's nothing strict or set in stone as yet. hopefully those will come once the ball gets rolling, be that by setting mini briefs or whatever. for now it'd be nice to share what we've been doing so far (be that through drawings, photos, or the pondering of ideas), or by posting interesting finds & inspiring artists, any exhibitions you've seen or want to see, opportunities you want to share, etc etc. i'm sure you get the point, just keep it art based. i've added some links to the side bar to start off with, feel free to explore!

alright, i don't think there's much left to say. happy posting!