Wednesday, 29 December 2010


I wanted to capture the awkward feeling of being foreign. A person brings their culture and ideas with them when they move.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

No 9: Foreign

To carry the last theme a bit further and inspired by the crazy cold weather lately, I've picked 'Foreign' as the new brief...let's see what we come up with.

Friday, 17 December 2010


Finnnnallly! Here is my sailing! Weeks late because I have been really sick lately. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it. What shall the next theme be Aine? I promise to produce the next one faster!

Thursday, 2 December 2010


Here is my slightly surreal sailing image.

Sunday, 7 November 2010


The next weeks theme is sailing... good luck Aine!

crowded tram

Well Aine here it is! Great minds think alike or... when one thinks of crowds they immediately think... public transport!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

That Monday morning Central Line feeling

My 'crowd' is more of a 'squash'. It's that uncomfortable rush-hour commute when you've got someone's elbow in your face.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

No.7: Crowd

Ok Lizzie, we're up and running again :) The theme is 'crowd'. I'm in the habit of making images with one or two characters so this will be a challenge for me.


...finally! I've been a bit dormant myself. Here is my grumpy old geezer having a snooze.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Dormant Landscape

This is my illustration of dormant. It is a frozen lake. 'Dormant' conjures up images of snow and ice and lonely houses in the dark.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010


so we've been sleeping for a while but we are about to wake up! you thought we had left you for good! so this weeks theme is 'dormant'! pens ahoy! x

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

the letter book.

where is this going... hmm not sure? but i am happy with how it looks so far. i am thinking of creating a narrative that iss based on the mirror and repetitive elements. the letters came from looking at some type books. i am not sure where the name rose came from, probably i liked drawing the r o and s best and so it turned into 'rose'. anyone that is a writer and feels like trying to make a narrative of this... go for it!

i've got two more images to make.. but they are incubating in my mind at the moment.

Monday, 8 March 2010

an idea

ok, sounds like we both want to develop our images that we did for this project. so aine, what do you think about doing 5 images that could be developed into a narrative? maybe we could make a book at the end. so the challange is, you've got 2 weeks to make 5 images using black and white with a narrative in mind. maybe at this stage they don't necessarily have to have the plot yet, so just make the images and we'll build plots later....

Newspaper city

I like to create imaginary landscapes, especially urban and man-made landscapes. I work a lot in notebooks, experimenting with collage and simple printing techniques to achieve different textures and effects. I used quick-off and photocopies to achieve the newspapery quality. It makes the buildings looks as though they are covered in ash and surrounded in smog or dust. I would maybe like to develop this image into a series or narrative.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

black and white

i've done lots for this theme. i really enjoyed getting out the black water colour and keeping it really simple. i thought a lot about different black and white things and the first thing that came to mind were the black and white tiles that lined the hallway in the house my dad grew up in in tasmania. ithe house is called quamby, it is now run by the overland track tour people. i think the black and white tiles are still in the house...  will have to investigate one day.
the lilies were for my mum's birthday. grace gave me the lilies for my exhibition opening. i have been enjoying them a lot and now they are immortalised in a picture! muy bien!

Monday, 1 March 2010

No 6: Black and white...

...monochrome, bw,  greyscale call it what you will...interpret as you wish.

a stitch in time

Sunday, 28 February 2010

...oh no, not another beard!?

So this is perhaps a bit of a tenuous link to the title but any excuse to sew beards. The illustration evolved quite a bit in photoshop. I like drawing faces and making different funny little characters.  

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

a stitch in time

a stitch in time...

ok aine you have until nexy next sunday for this one!

good luck!

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Monday, 22 February 2010

Monday, 8 February 2010

No 4: 'I heart...'

So Valentine's day is just 1 week away so the new theme is all about lurve...time to get our thinking caps on 

Country: Picnic

It's been getting decidedly Spring-like here in London lately (well, except for the freak snowfall now and then) so I wanted to translate that in my 'Country' illustration. It's quite a cheerful scene - a sort of jolly outdoor tea party where everyone is hoping it won't rain.

Sunday, 7 February 2010


It was the aniversary of the Black Saturday bushfires yesterday so I think I was thinking a lot about our "sunburnt country". I am not sure that it totally works... but I do like the stitching.

Sunday, 31 January 2010

No. 3 Country

So now... lets go country. Ready-set-go!


So here it is. It's quite straight forward. If i were to dress up... i'd want to go looking like robin hood!

better late than never right?

so, due to a lack of scanner... i can't show you my picture today, but first thing tomorrow i promise!!

just to get your creative thoughts going Aine, the next weeks challange is 'country'

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Dressing-up: pretending

I interpreted dressing-up to be putting on a "brave face" or pretending. 

As I started composing the image I imagined the characters to be an unhappily married couple dressing-up for some sort of strained social occasion (like a relative's wedding). The woman dresses up in a fancy hat and the man "wears" a smile. They pose as a happy couple though secretly they can't stand each other anymore.

But now as I look at their expressions, their faces seem to suggest grief more than anything else. Perhaps it's not that they have an unhappy marriage but it's that they have recently experienced a loss and are putting on a brave face in public.

Either way, rather bleak. Maybe Lizzie's will be more cheerful!

Saturday, 23 January 2010

No. 2: 'dressing-up'

Wowzers, I'm super impressed they we've both managed to get our first project posted ahead of the Sunday noon (GMT) deadline - Hoorah!

My suggestion for this week's theme is 'dressing-up'. I think this can lend itself to lots of different interpretations, let's see what we come up with :)

In the beginning...

It's quite amazing to see how two people interpret the same thing very differently!

I've gone a bit biblical in my response to the theme of 'Beginnings'. I find lots of Bible stories quite fascinating - especially the crazy Old Testament ones. This illustration refers to man's disobedience in the garden of Eden:

3:1 Now the serpent was more subtile than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

3:3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

3:5 for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Friday, 22 January 2010

beginning to rain

here is my first illustration for 'beginnings'. i thought long and hard about this idea and then it began to rain outside and so i though, ah ha, that's what i will do! it is called 'beginning to rain.' it's pretty simple, but when you start something it is often quite simple so that is what i am going for. so aine... we await your picture! x

Sunday, 17 January 2010


so it has been decided. the first subject for our year long project is 'beginnings'. we have until sunday to post up an image that responds to this theme.... ready set go!

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

'Slow Press' in progress

So finally we've gotten our collaborative blog up and running. We were keen to continue working together after meeting whilst studying on the MA illustration at Camberwell College of Arts and thought this blog would be a good way of developing our shared interests. As I am in London and Lizzie is in Australia so we figure it can be active 24 hours!

This is our first joint project and also the first outing of the Adana Printing press we bought at the Bristol Artists book fair last April from a very nice man called Bob. During the summer were also lucky enough to acquire a good collection of letterpress ornaments too. The 'Slow Press' is a work in progress but I'm hoping this year we'll be able to get it up and running in a more organised way! I think we need a bit more practice using the press to get used to all it's little quirks and eccentricities but it was a fun first attempt.