I’m currently working on illustrations for two books for Octopus Publishing: What Would Marx Do? (which I’m also writing), and What Would Keynes Do? (by Tejvan Pettinger). They’re both due out next year, but Octopus have allowed me to share some of the images –
Yesterday – due, no doubt, to despair at the current state of the world – my laptop suddenly decided to hurl itself at the floor (translation: I dropped it). This has left it with a big, arcing crack in the screen which, added to the fact that the keyboard no longer works properly, the power cord looks like something out of a health and safety warning video, and the whole thing takes 10 minutes to load Photoshop, means that Lappy has probably seen it’s final days.
A quick announcement to let everyone know that TIBC now has its own Facebook page (see here). Join me there to chat, suggest titles, and moan about Facebook (well, I’ll be moaning about Facebook – you’re welcome to join me…). Also, just a reminder that TIBC is also on Goodreads (for book discussion) and Patreon (for sketches, giveaways, postcards… etc).
The Illustrated Book Club now has an associated Goodreads reading group – to discuss books, suggest titles, etc. It’s already got a few members – check it out here.
You don’t need to support me on Patreon to join the discussion on Goodreads, and you can suggest titles, see links to the finish book covers. However, you won’t be able to vote on titles, get discounts, see work in progress, be eligible for giveaways and other rewards, and so on.
Just a reminder that all books covered will be public domain, so there’ll be a free etext somewhere, which means you can take part free.
See you there!
First of all, for anyone who needs to know, here is a statement to make clear my position on copyright and fan art:
The Illustrated Book Club on Patreon
My new Patreon page is now live. Each month or so, members of The Illustrated Book Club get to vote and suggest from a list of titles drawn from public domain fiction, non-fiction and short stories. We then discuss these (like a normal book club) while I provide illustrations. Members/supporters also get discounts on original art, commissions, prints and other rewards.
The first book is Dickens’ Oliver Twist. Visit my Patreon page to find out more. Go here to join/vote/suggest. We are shortly about to vote on the next book – the current voting suggestions are below.
(Votes will be added in brackets after each candidate as they appear)
- Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
- Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
- A Study in Scarlet, Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
- The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Casanova
- Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift
- The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli
Just uploaded nine new pieces of original art to the for sale gallery – philosophers and psychologists, mostly.
Go here: Original Art Sales and Commissions
The evening of Friday 7th August saw the preview night of my joint exhibition with fellow Gower College Swansea artists in residence Jason & Becky. It marked the end of the residencies that had run from April through June. “Collider” (as the exhibition is called) hosts 18 of my original works, together with installation works by Jason & Becky (and which also included a performance element on the night). Here are a selection of photos – some taken on preview night (courtesy of Elysium), and some later (courtesy of Eliot Southwell).
If you’re in the vicinity, please pop in. The exhibition runs until Sunday 30th August, and Elysium Gallery is open 12 to 4 pm, Wednesday to Sunday. For those interested, all my pieces are for sale – contact me for pricing, etc.
Finally, thanks go to: Michael Murray, for setting up the residency, and for his friendship, help and advice (best of luck with the new freelance gig!); Jon Powell and all at Elysium; Lucy Donald and all at Mission Gallery; the staff and students of Llwyn y Bryn campus, for allowing me the run of the campus and making me feel at home, especially Chris Jones, Elinor and Mary and everyone in the Foundation block, Phill Cumpstone, and Hywel (sorry about the car…!); Kris Besley and Kate Pearce, for their encouragement and support; Jason & Becky, for sorting out the flyers, and for their generosity and flexibility; Eliot, for the pictures; Jo Mazelis and Mark Matthews, for being there (in both senses), and Jo for her photos (of me, looking scruffy and well-fed…); Lee Aspland and Phill Burton, for backing me; and lastly my Jo, for chauffeuring, accompanying, and generally for everything she has to put up with (saintly, she is).
So, I’ve just come to the end of the artist residency at Gower College Swansea. Last month, I did a little exhibition at Mission Gallery, Swansea with fellow artists in residence, Jason and Becky, and this coming month will see a joint show with them at Elysium Gallery, Swansea.
So, I’m currently preparing some new work, which I’ll be showing with some recent and older pieces. I’ll be sharing these as I finish them, as well as works in progress, sketches and doodles, via the usual social networks and Patreon (where the interested can support and follow me).
The exhibition will start on August 7th, and run through August 30th. You can read more details about the show here.