Sunday, 27 September 2009


Despite (still) having a cold we went to visit the Cornerhouse on Saturday in an attempt to culture ourselves.
The current exhibition features work from Bloomberg gradutes and students. Going to look at a fine art exhibition is always a challenge and as I was hoping for a little inspiration for my current project it was kind of nice to seperate ourselves from everyday activities and immerse ourselves in this sort of work.
The exhibition itself covers three floors of the building and contains a wide variety of work. From video installations to free standing sculpture and the usual paintings and things.
I guess it did the trick because I came away with new ideas and thoughts for my project. Funny how something so out of the ordinary can be so thought provoking.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009


My current project is concerning Children's Illustration, specifically, I am attempting to write and illustrate a children's story.

The project has led me to look at many practitioners doing similar things but one of the biggest inspirations so far has been Shaun Tan.

I first encountered his work in the book Play Pen by Martin Salisbury. I have found book an invaluable resource containing insight into and information on various talents in the world of children's illustration, worthy of a place on the bookshelf of anyone who is interested in this area.

His (Tan's) varied work contains a few children's titles some of which have been a major influence on me over the summer months. His site also contains some interesting essays on the nature of his work and some of the issues he has encountered.
Some of his titles, specifically Rabbits and The Lost Thing have found their way into my collection and I feel duty bound to offer a few pics of some of this work.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009


Hi Chris,

Might be worth looking at this guys work, there are some interesting parallels with you own ie, ability to draw a little and good technical understanding.