Tuesday, 28 May 2013

creative action network: recovering the classics

We all know the adage: don't judge a book by it's cover. But, I always reach for the most interesting designs on the shelf before any others. Who doesn't? Creative Action Network has just launched it's latest campaign Recovering the Classics, which aims to capture the excitement and vibrancy of classic works of fiction that often suffer from poorly designed covers. I was fortunate to have been contacted by one of the founders and asked to participate. From their list of 50 classics I chose to illustrate Gulliver's Travels and had a lot of fun doing it. The e-book and paperback can be ordered via the Recovering the Classics website. There are some great covers to browse - here is mine (click to enlarge)...

Thursday, 23 May 2013

new fashion photography

Now for a bit of shameless publicity for my husband's recently published book on fashion photography. He spent two years working on the content, gathering the images and designing the pages as well as managing the printing. The result is a visionary (and stunningly designed) book full of bold and beautiful photographs that captures the zeitgeist of fashion photography. Covering diverse styles and techniques, some of my favourite images are theatrical and cinematic such as those by Aram Bedrossian, Kourtney Roy and Ruven Afanador. New Fashion Photography by Paul Sloman is published by Prestel and is out now. My opinion might be biased but why not find out for yourselves! Buy it here! Meanwhile, feast your eyes on these photos:

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Aram Bedrossian, Kourtney Roy, Ruven Afanador

Friday, 17 May 2013


I finally got round to doing some scanning so here are some of the illustrations I did while I was in Argentina. I played around with watercolours. I love using them but hadn't for a long while. I stopped because I found it hard to get a nice reproduction from the scanner. Now I have a better scanner so the images come out a little bit better. I’m going to try using watercolour a little bit more often. I recently bought some gouache too, so we'll see what happens with that.

Monday, 6 May 2013

threeD at boxbird

I went to the private view of ThreeD on Thursday evening. It’s the new show at Boxbird in Brighton featuring 3D works by Graham Carter, Tom Frost and Helen Musselwhite. There was a Q&A session with the three artists and Simon Armstrong, animator and of Ticktockrobot Animation Studios, who worked with Graham, Tom and Helen on a set of short animations. The Q&A was led by The Enquiry Desk.

I’m very familiar with Graham Carter and have a couple of his prints on my walls at home, but his 3D work is a new approach, which keeps his work fresh and interesting. After designing the image all of the component parts are laser cut in wood. These are then coloured and put back together like a layered jigsaw, creating complex and detailed works. There are so many details in each piece that every time you look you spot something new. His work always brings a smile to my face and I really wanted to take home his Gentleman Grooming Emporium featuring a variety of fantastically bearded faces.

Graham Carter

The other work I would have bought in a flash (if I had more cash!) was a pair of wrestlers by Tom Frost. Cut from wood and screen printed, they would have looked fabulous in the living room. I am still hoping that somehow (a surprise windfall?) I can go back and get the little guys. Tom’s work in contrast to Graham’s is simpler with images printed onto flat pieces of shaped wood. There’s a really fun and retro feel to his work, especially the old-school cars, which feature in a piece he worked on with Simon for the Goodwood Revival (see it here).

Tom Frost

In contrast Helen Musselwhite works in paper. At first glance the cut out shapes are so crisp and precise that you might imagine that they were laser cut. However, Helen works entirely by hand and with such detailed and layered pieces you can’t help but be impressed.

Helen Musselwhite

Boxbird is a gallery and workspace to be envious of. Owned by Graham Carter and his wife Alice, it’s a light and airy gallery at the front and screen printing workshop at the back. I like to daydream that I’ll be successful enough to have a place like that to work one day.

ThreeD is on now until 29 May.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013


Besides art and illustration one of my other great loves is food. I love cooking it, shopping for it, eating it and watching people make it on TV. Masterchef is one of the programs I try not to miss, though my trip to Argentina meant I only got to watch it from the semi-finals this time round. But it's been a good one and I've been rooting for Natalie all the way! She's great entertainment and a wicked chef. Fingers crossed for her in the final tomorrow. In honour of the end of the series and the winning chef I've made a little tribute to John and Greg.