Monday, 21 August 2017

Hengist and Horsa

Hengist and Horsa

Favourite subject at the moment, I am creating two slightly larger than life size painted figures for a curated exhibition called 'other Horses of Different Colours'. Their emblem a white horse on a red background is the original Invicta Logo used by Kent County Council.


Monday, 17 July 2017

The Clock Tower Plazza Mosaics.

A series of six mosaic for herne Bay Sea Front funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund ad commissioned by the Friends of Herne bay Clock Tower

I will upload the photos as the mosaics progress


The Medway Queen

St. Mary's or Reculver Towers (finished)

St. Mary's or Reculver Towers

St. Mary's or Reculver Towers
St. Mary's or Reculver Towers

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Cardboard Clock Tower

Cardboard Clock Towers for inclusion in a Town Twinning Event in Herne Bay 2 July

Monday, 12 June 2017

Watchfield Village Map

The Watchfield Village Map
Commissioned by The Vale of the White Horse District Council
The community workshops are now completed and the map is back in my workshop to finish off. I never quite know what it will look like and the process of tying in, and finishing off little sketches on there made by villagers and school children makes the need for fluid  composition decisions. There are also written notes on their labelling things for inclusion (I have make these up remembering conversations had with people about their stories and what they felt was relevant.
The top section left to do which includes the title and the boarders. Have I left it till last because it is the hardest part, or have I not done it as it is the hardest part to reach?
Both I think is the answer!
The Watchfield Village Map
working with families from the military services on this section

every village has one I'm told?
(I live in a town and there is more than one!)
working towards the final stages


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Watchfield Primary School Map

Watchfield Primary School Map
This was made with the pupils at the school. A map of their school showing all the things they know. The first map I have made of a building or site. Below is a sequence of development with things ending up in my workshop to finish off.
Delivery to the school soon.




Really very pleased with the results. It does not look like anything at all. Except if you look it properly it is a really detailed and accurate map of  the school?
I like the ambiguity it hides behind.  

Monday, 30 January 2017

Whitstable Map

A map of Whitstable with no red dots 

This might be the first in a series of six or seven maps of Kentish towns. I hope it develops and I am commissioned to draw the rest. They will all have red dots on when they are finished. To say what the dots represent would spoil the surprise and anyway its a map of Whitstable in its own right at the moment.

Hopefully on this soon.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Its all in the preparation

Scale, size and proportion without disrupting balance and composition.

Remember the phrase 'its all in the preparation'. So that's what this entry is all about. Very dry, not very exciting but essential in order to get things to work out better further down the tracks.

Testing the construction of boarder lettering

I'm looking for maximum clarity with minimum height. I don't want to go too small and fiddly. I will have a lot of this to make and it needs to be as simple as possible yet clear and readable. Too big and the proportions of the design get encroached upon and things start really changing, not in a good way.

I am not explain what this about as things are not quite formalised yet, but wanted to show something had been going on since Xmas.

1m diameter

There is a lot of lettering in these designs and the small 1m diameter does not give me enough room to get it all in. A considerable amount of info has been omitted. I don't want to make the lettering smaller as I have explained.

1.2m diameter
A slightly larger circle enables me to get all the text in the circles but the mosaic is bigger. Delicate conversation with the potential commissioner ahead. Things are flexible and left open to some degree as I had a feeling this might happen. Not a change of design but decisions have to be made at this point, I have to resolve this now.

Its all in the preparation

The Clock Tower

The Kings Hall and Reculver Towers

The Bandstand and The Pier

the Clock Tower (photoshop colour sketch