Thursday, July 30, 2009

Bon Iver and babies

bon iver, big top, galway. amazing. certainly one my favourite concert experiences ever. its the most wonderful thing to see someone creating anything with passion and honesty and to be completely humble doing so. found a few videos on youtube from it. they don't do it justice, of course, but here's one anyway;

and this...

for ali and her new family

Saturday, July 18, 2009

arms for touching

i've some nice new linen paper (i don't know how that works either) which has a lovely texture. i don't think it looks as nice with colour. actually its the kind of paper were i prefer to mark as little as possible. i've been reading up on cosmology and physics and all that stuff what makes stuff stuff. it always seems new to me. which annoys me. its frustrating when you've this embedded concept of reality you want to get rid of but is ingrained in you... anyway, this is potential rambling territory. here's some illustrations from my head to you.

particular favourites are four and five.

and to the complete opposite end of the audio/visual spectrum... nisennenmondai. sometimes noise is the only thing that'll get you through the day. this drummer is a machine.

have a lovely day.

Monday, July 13, 2009


been a little distracted recently. not sure why. i'm going to blame this homeopathic remedy i'm on. i've been disturbed by blank canvases. as in "they'll only get worse from here on out".
but i am happy with this one. despite appearances, i do always try to paint something beautiful. sometimes i think i manage it... though i do have an odd view of beauty...

sorry the photos aren't great...

Thursday, July 9, 2009

in other news...

just to show i've not gone completely crazy, i have started and am working on a new painting.

Thom's lovely head

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

knockanstock and kyp malone's lovely beard

i've been asked to do another live art show at this years knockanstock. this is a great little independent festival on its 3rd year running. i played the first year with the sensors and it was brilliant fun, very intimate friendly crowd and plenty of great bands, eclectic range but tending towards the foot-stomping, free-spirited side of the fence. takes place at blessington lake in wicklow, lovely scenic spot. its on the 25th to 27th of this month, check the link above for more info.

today's activites revolved around making a miniature wire and newspaper body for tv on radio's kyp malone's disembodied head. i also made him a little room where he can look at my drawings. tomorrow i think i shall accomodate thom yorke's head. when i've thought of a legitimate reason of why i might possibly be doing this i'll let you know...

lastly, hannah breslin. her work gives me goosebumps. try catch an exhibition of hers. she is beautifully honest and unflinching in her work. though not a style i'd usually be into, i've long been a fan of her stuff. watch 'pink room'.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


lots of little drawings forming lately revolving around the VoxAc30 (a valve guitar amp). i've a desire to do a series of illustrations involving random trivial objects that for some reason hold some special meaning to me. it begins with vox. this is just the little sketch that gave me the idea;

plus further progress;

she's almost done...

Monday, July 6, 2009


i had some interesting ideas over the weekend for projects and pictures to start on and was eager to get working on them today. somewhere between the kitchen and the studio i got distracted and this happened instead...

strat, behringer (with built-in delay), pro rat, and an electric handmixer... the desperate nostalgia of a quasi-dexterous musician... there's an album in there i'm sure.


do not buy this book; 'Colorful Illustrations'

came across this on likewise, i'm not in it, just spreading the word...


There is a major crime taking place at the moment and we are all effected. A publisher (seems to be Asian) has stolen the work of many illustrators, from their sites and published them, with the contents of a decent illustration blog, without getting the copyright permission from anyone.

The book is called, 'Colorful Illustrations'

You can check to see if your work has been stolen by going to

You can read about it here. illustrations- 93c-please- do-not-buy- this-book/

If you are one of the illustrators (or not) effected the best thing you can do, at the moment, is to spread the word. Encourage people not to buy the book. Contact the distributors in each country, informing them that they are selling stolen property. Contact shops who are selling the book and insist that they take the book off the shelves.

I'm not in the book but I suggest that everyone in it group together with other illustrators effected (and everyone else) and contact a solicitor who can advise on how to legally stop the distribution of the book. It's urgent that action is taken to stop the sales as soon as possible so that the publisher cannot recoup their costs.

Here are the details of the publisher (pirates) and graphic designer involved. Anyone know them?

Art Director/Producer: Bernadette J
Graphic Design: Malcolm Lee
published by Great Creativity organization
ISBN 978-988-98142-0-5
12/F Chinachem Johnston Plaza Wan
178-186 Johnston Road
chia, Hong Kong


after a good bit of googling on this, its quite impressive the lengths darren diLieto of went to to expose and follow up on this. it was about a year ago, so not too clear on where things are now, but much credit to the man. a legitimate book from contributors to his site can be found here.

be nice to each other,

p.s. it's worth mentioning, this book full of stolen images and interviews costs $100...nice...

Friday, July 3, 2009


ok, so not so much touching up as almost completely redoing. the face, anyway, i've started again from scratch. but much happier now with how it's looking.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

just add water...

more pictures of the SSTN pic, and a few sketches i did for the day. personally i much prefer the sketches. will sort out the large painting soon. her head is squished...for pics of the whole day, check out only born design, aka the delectable melissa conlon, graphic designer and regular contributor to Second Square To None.

sketches and the, so-far finished, piece;

on a semi-related note, and for those who like all things hand-made and etsy-esque, here are some links to the work of the industrious canadian artist and photographer, lindsey kemp, her handmade jewellery, notebooks and knitwear and her photography.

lastly, here's another little oddity for my collection;

not really quite sure what to say about this...

musically, these days, its all mozart, the magic flute. awesome. and some wilco.

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