This is a flyer for my upcoming solo show which will be around March/April 2014. This is the first flyer which i have made in order to get the name of the exhibition out there to float about peoples heads. I plan on making a series of different flyers and posters using the drawings I'm currently working on for my new book on hallucinogens, which will be launched at the exhibition. As i create each different flyer / poster throughout the coming months i will drip feed the information regarding the event so that people gradually absorb the details. The exhibition will contain all of the drawings I've created over the last 4 years since moving to London, alongside the launch of my new book i will also be launching my new website, t-shirts, comics and other goodies. In regards to the poster below I plan on getting these printed via Risograph machine and do a series of silk screen posters. Id like to also say a big thank you to Jack Gooch for the help with the design and type with this poster, much appreciated buddy.
These are some photos of the recent t-shirts i designed for 'Paranoid Mandroid,' They have helped a hell of allot with the funding to get these two designs printed which resulted in a dam sweet t-shirt launch party. 'Paranoid Mandroid' have also financially supported the printing of 100 Obama tee's which will be available around March/April 2014 at my solo exhibition i am currently working on. So keep your eyes peeled folks.
This is a drawing I've been working on the last week which will be in a new book I'm making for my university personal project. I haven't come up with a name of the book yet but iv created another blog called 'ALAOMAI' to document my research throughout this project. Because i'm doing my dissertation on; 'The effects of hallucinogens on creativity and the human mind' i felt that i was learning allot of information i wanted to try and translate through illustrations to make it easier and more enjoyable to read. Not in the sense that i think people are stupid and need to be spoon fed visual diagrams to grasp information. Because I know I'm a lazy sausage most the time when it comes to picking up books to learn things, I know theres probably allot of people like me who would be more inclined to pick up a book with a more easily digestible visual content. If you'd like to learn more about the idea of this book I've included more details below with the link to the site.
(GREEK) "TO WANDER, STRAY, OR ROAM ABOUT"
The proposal for my project is to create a guide in the taking of hallucinogens. It is not a book promoting the use of such drugs and regardless of whether or not this book is created people will continue to participate in taking hallucinogens as they have for the thousands of years prior to today. This book will be a visual interpretation of the information learned throughout my dissertation research. Books such as ‘THE PSYCHEDELIC EXPERIENCE’ and ‘THE DOORS TO PERCEPTION’ have inspired me through their accounts of psychedelic experiences and advice about how to take them responsibly and prepare mentally. I want to use the information learned in these books and reinterpret them through illustrative diagrams, and a more basic condensed literal explanation on the history and scientific discoveries that have revolved around hallucinogens.
The theories I want to try and explore is that of the historical significance hallucinogens have played and the facts surrounding the subject. Famous writers such as ‘Aldous Huxley’, ‘Timothy Leary’ and ‘Graham Hancock’ have inspired me through their research on Psychedelics and the role they have played in the development of human evolution. Even though many forms of psychotropic substances are prohibited in this country and many other countries around the world, there is no real scientific evidence or factual information to support these laws. Which forces the question . . . . why?
If you want to follow the research and development of this project, have a ganders at: www.alaomai.co.uk
Started working on some screen print designs for 'Sloaf Skate Club', Which is a skate brand one of my friends Jack Gooch is working on to supply our buddies with new tee's and hoodies. We made around 30 prints on some lovely cottony paper and did some tee's and hoodies. Was really sweet being able to work on this collaboratively with these chaps, really wish i could do it more because it to me is one of the funnest way to create work. With me working on the sloth clinging the basket, Emile toledo on the balloon design and Jack Gooch on the type.
- 'SLOAF SKATE CLUB' SCREEN PRINT DESIGN -
Iv been working in this comic since January, iv always wanted to try and do a drawing on a bigger scale and potentially make some posters to wack up on your wall. However the prospect of tackling an A2 poster sized piece of paper with a 0.05mm pen has always seemed like a mammoth task. Luckily we were set a comic project at uni so was able to work on it since the beginning of this year, kinda ended up getting a little bit too into it and couldn't really get into drawing anything else till it was finished. Without sounding like a giant cheese ball the inspiration behind the storyline was motivated by my own experience with an ex girlfriend and in a weird twisted way allowed me to let go of all the bullshit that went on. Someone said to me its like turning waste into wine, i think that phrase is what im trying to say. Even though i got a D for it at uni im still pretty stoked on finally finishing it and hopefully going to make some prints on it soon so you can put some playdoh dinosaurs up on your wall :)
EXHIBITED @ 'CREED' ILLUSTRATION EXHIBITION
EDITION OF 20 PRINTED. SOLD OUT
This is an etching i did recently, iv never etched before but well enjoyed the process. kinda makes you feel like a mad scientist scratching into a metal plate and then burning into it with acid. Rolling it through the crazy medieval machine to press the plate into the paper was for me the best bit, couldnt help but think the roller would make good pancakes.
Iv not really been very good at keeping sketchbook, usually i like working on loose bits of paper because they can roam about free and chill, my hands just dont seem to fit nice an comfily on the ridged edge of a book, important information i know. This sketchbook work is my prep for a comic im wanting to start called 'Playdoh Dinosaurs'.
I recently saw a collection of steel plate engravings of a selection of butterflies, they were printed around 1850 and after doing a bit of maths in my brain calculator it dawned on me how old they actually were. I had a lot more appreciation over how effective imagery is for people to wrap their head around things, even more so than words. You can see how even today people are trying to dissect and interpret markings people have made in the past, the oldest recorded cave art dates back over 40,800 years ago in El Castillo and people are still scratching their heads over what they mean. obviously now the spectrum of artistic expression has evolved further than hand splats on a wall but it still begs the question that in the future, will people look at the artwork from our time and be able to understand it? Just like how the markings on the wall have withered away as time ticks by, so will all the work of which builds up our current artistic culture. And when you consider the ratio to art thats in the virtual world, with the millions of virtual photographs we all have on our electrically dependant operating machines to real tangible art that you can hold in your hands which is kinda like a fat kid on a see-saw, its rather weighed to one end. I wanted to try and draw something in a language that people in this moment in time will struggle to dissect and understand and if in the future giant wormlike alien robots happen to come across our planet and decide to annihilate earth, and just so happen to come across this charred drawing after scouring earths remains for bits and bobs, i hope they give their worm heads a bloody good scratch!
Will be making screen prints of this soon, the triangle in the centre will be printed in a gypsy chain like gold, Will put the shop link up when they're printed and you can use it to cover than bogey stain on your wall.
This is for a drawing i did which stemmed from a university project based on a trip to the 'Natural History Museum' in Oxford. Recently iv become much more interested in the balance of life, and after a friend showed me the painting; 'The School of Anthens' by Rapheal i have been rather side tracked. Usually i try not to get fixated on other artist's work for too long, mainly due to the subconscious absorption your brain ends up doing. I feel like when creating anything visual you will inevitably end up replicating something you've already seen, the only difference is the machine of which its processed through - making me feel similar to a computer printer. However 'The School of Anthens' by Rapheal is something i feel i can have a long ganders at, because even if i committed every second of my life to drawing, I'd still not be able to create something as incredible as that, and you can take that to the BANK!
This is a drawing i did for 'Paperweight' zine that people on my university course are putting together, you can pick yourself up a copy at 'Handmade & Bound 2012'. The theme of this months zine was the 'Apocalypse'. I spent a lot of time and hours researching about the apocalypse and well..... i think after looking at all the facts and documented events iv figured out that a giant skull astroid being driving into the planet by lucifer himself is the earths most credible threat. , which to be honest.... frankly gets me right peeved off that the snibblers in parliament aren't focusing more of their attention on defending the earth from this beast. Get prepared folks, stock up on packs of seeds, weapons and lipstick, they will come in handy when the apocalypse rolls about.
PHOTO BY DALIA KRANAUSKAITE / MODELLING BY ELAINE TAM
Usually considering the demographic of people that buzz around Canary Wharf, I'm used to dealing with mmm how shall i put it.... wannabe Alan Sugar business hounds on cocaine....after drinking 8 red bulls... all sharing a bag of sugar...mixed with coke, the bland diluted kind. However this one evening when at work, at a lovely small framing shop in the hive of the money bee's nest i had the refreshing pleasure of meeting Elaine Tam (above), Co-Founder of 'GRASSGRASS' and got chit chatting about what she doing with her art directing brand and bla bla blob blabber i was lucky enough to be able to get involved with their vision. As time has clicked by the past months iv been able to enjoy Elaine and her friends company and the intraspective creative bubble they allow me to bridge into.
'GRASSGRASS' first asked me to do a flyer design, the brief for it being the kind that makes you immediately excited: "you've got creative freedom with it." mmmm yummy words for an illustration. Elaine was kind enough to do a review on my work (click link below) and beautifully model one of the t-shirts iv done with 'PARANOID MANDROID'. Very excited to be working with them and will look forward to many more times eating salty jamaican banana bread and smoking show and tell evenings.
I took a rather long hiatus from drawing over the summer, mainly due to the overload of work into my brain machine during the end of the university term. Bought a new Rolliecord B5 camera from 1952 and fell into a facisnation bubble of using medium format photography, finding more enjoyment in looking into a square viewfinder than getting dizzy from staring to hard at the paper in ponder mode. If you want to look at the whole set have a ganders here:
CANARY WHARF - LONDON - UK
WESTFERRY - LONDON - UK
2 X EXPOSURE - OLD KENT ROAD + CANARY WHARF - UK
BARBICAN - LONDON - UK
Been working on this drawing for the past month now, il leave your eyeballs to munch up the lines and come up with your own interpretations. However i will say, A tie says a lot about a chap. A pink and green version of this will be hugging the wall for the 2nd year BA Illustration end of year show which is being held at Mother London on the 7th of June, Its gonna be saweeet so check it out at:
This is a tee design iv been asked to do for the 'Paranoid Mandroid' blog, I'm working with them on illustrating some very fascinating stories and articles. Im going under the alter ego 'Stout Full' for posts on the blog and Tom White was kind enough to introduce my work on the site (click link below to read introduction).
I have recently ordered some Rotring isograph drawing pens from the land of amazon, the pen nibs ranging from 0.25mm - 0.50mm so it means I'm able to squeeze in a wee bit more detail in my future drawing. Iv been working on this drawing on and off for a while now and after it emerged last week hidden in an old sketchbook i decided to finally finish it off while the rainy weather kept me indoors like a hermit crab all weekend. As for the meaning - il leave your eyeballs to interpret and understand these lines.
This is a short comic iv been working on for the past month, Its for an Anthology which a group of talented chaps on my university course are putting together. It will have comics in it by fellow classmates from Camberwell illustration , theres gonna be some sick illustrators in it so make sure you grab one.
The last couple of months, iv put my photography on the back burner while i concentrate (catch up) on my all uni work that iv allowed to gather like a big scary spider's web luring in the dark corner of the basement. Iv been wanting to get a 50mm lens for my camera for about 3 years, so finally after realising father christmas clearly was not receiving my letters i worked a few extra shifts the last couple of weeks at work. And bish bash bosh i got the moola together and finally got it - YIPEE! Like a little boy wanting to cruise his new bike round the town on christmas morning i took it out that night to snap some stuff, realising i had no space on my memory card as soon as i got out i retired back home feeling like a silly sausage. having to work 10-8 the next day i accepted id have to wait till the weekend to get to try out the new lens. However on finishing work that evening i took a walk down to Westferry Circus and luckily i arrived at the exact point the sun decided to pop his head out and give a brief but rather lovely appearance.
Spent exactly a week on this one, quite a few evenings went by as the clock reached 5am and i think - shit its going to be a long day tomorrow, but all in all i consider it worth it. But like Betrand Russel said - "The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time."
Glad to finally get started on some comics at uni, i want to try and venture outside black and white and use some colour. Never really been into comics but its nice to try and work in a different format, more to come as the project continues..