Money for old rope

I’ve been using a tutorial for drawing rope today. I’ve simplified my rope brush, removing the shading, as I’m working on a monochrome project at the moment. I think it’s a great tutorial and could be used for many applications. Have a go and enjoy your Sunday.

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Resolve to be resolute

new yearStrangely, to have a resolve suggests the presence of a problem – not a particularly positive way to start the year but as a creature of habit- here goes…

  1. Use more keyboard shortcuts, already found some great ones for Adobe illustrator (using ~ and dragging a pattern fill to position is a fast favourite)
  2. Use more cute stationary. Why not? it’s the little things right.
  3. Face anxiety head on. If something’s bothering me I want to deal with it head on to leave me more time to be creative and less time for worrying.

Happy new year!

Thanks You Tube

I’ve got a very exciting project/s that I’m working on for a new client that is a little different from some of my past work. What’s really great about it is that I’ve had to develop some new Adobe Photoshop skills which I have really been enjoying. Two new techniques I’ve been working on are drawing hair and creating watercolour effects.

hair study

Watercolour study

I’ve been using fantastic tutorials I’ve found on you tube. I’m so grateful to the people that take their time to share their knowledge in this way.


Image borrowed from wikipedia - thanks!

Image borrowed from wikipedia – thanks!

I can’t understand any architects who claim to not have an interest in what is termed ‘Brutalist’ Architecture. Large scale, post-war, usually concrete architecture isn’t the easiest on the eye for most people but it represents probably the most exciting and most dynamic period of construction for architects during the 20th century.

Fueled by socialist motivations and visions of modern utopia Britain built big and bold in it’s post-war years. The successes and failures of of construction from this period make for interesting reading and serve as a reminder to all about the importance of genuine place-making and ethical and humane development.

A recent article in Dezeen caught my eye. It concerns a short continuity piece of footage you may have seen on channel four. The footage shows Aylesbury estate in Southwark, a stone’s throw from where I studied for my diploma in Architecture. The grey, system built housing estate is depicted as menacing and intimidating as rubbish blows around and clouds loom in the distance.

The estate is in many ways indistinguishable, other than perhaps in its scale, from other mass housing schemes of its kind, that are synonymous with crime and urban decay, but yet here, the residents have taken the bold step to speak out against the vision presented by channel four by creating their own version of the film. I have huge admiration the people of Aylesbury Estate who have spoken out as a collective and in such a creative way.


Well hello there

Time- where does it go?

Late night working, snatched time with friends and elusive sleep. It’s been well over a year since my last post (sounds like a confessional?) but I’m happy to share some of my more recent graphic work with you including  a piece for my dear friends who married each other last weekend. Please click on the graphics header to have a peak.

Many more exciting Bangkok-based projects still under development that I hope to share with you soon.


…and so it begins

A dark February evening sees the birth of an idea I’ve been chewing over for some time, a place to collect my design work, explore my passion for the design related and make the transition from being a ‘lurker’ in the blogging world to a contributor.

This weekend seemed a good time to start. ‘Renga’ is a form of collaborative Japanese poetry. As a designer I seek to always work in a way which is collaborative and at the very least aspires to the poetic; whether working on a door schedule or making someone a business card.

Welcome to renga design.