Very happy with this new medium sized drawing I’ve just completed. It was an exercise in tonal gradients and capturing contrast. I used ballpoint pen for her body, paint pen for her swimsuit and shades, spray paint for the skylike background and pencil for the folded paper sheet she’s shielding herself from the sun with.
Channeling some of the summer vibes I’m diggin’ at the moment in London.
This is very much in line with the Vintage Vogue style artworks I’m kind of known for and often return to.
“Summer of 53″
ballpoint pen, paint pen, spray paint, and pencil on card.
Honored to be invited by the curator of Coya members club in Mayfair to exhibit my work. A mix of originals and a few prints are in the public restaurant/bar downstairs and the very slick members rooms above.
Had a great private view there on Tuesday 9th May. Didn’t really get enough photos, but privacy is a thing at members clubs sometimes. Hopefully these above/below give some idea. We might do another private view soon, so if you’d like to attend to see the work get in touch. The work is up for 2 months.
Haven’t done a normal Black & White drawing for a while (ballpoint pen & paint pen).
I don’t think Marilyn Monroe was ever a Playboy bunny but she’d probably make a great one, so I gave her the ears.
I’m subtly subverting the vintage Vogue icon but in more of a playful than disrespectful way.
The thing about spending two weeks drawing from old photos and blowing them up larger by hand is that you can actually correct pixelation and image artifacts in the original photo; generally making it higher resolution, more defined.
“Bunny Monroe”, ballpoint pen & paint pen on paper, 45x30cm (not inc frame), 2017.
Did this ballpoint and marker drawing of Natalie Portman from the film Leon on a mini Chanel gift bag. Carrying on from the “On Lux Bag” series I’ve seemed to have conjured up. This however is a bit more random, whilst the others (see previous posts on this blog) have a more political message…
“Open The Door”,
ballpoint pen & marker on used Chanel bag,
35x24cm (including frame)
This is a dancing/jumping Maasia tribal warrior drawn in ballpoint pen onto a used Gucci bag (framed above, work in progress below). I drew him in this glitched out way to represent how the vulnerable native tribes around the world are fading away. It’s drawn onto a Gucci bag as it represents how our consumerist culture is partially to blame for this fading away of vulnerable tribal lives and traditions.
“Fading Tribalism On Gucci 2″
Ballpoint pen on used Gucci bag,
52×36 (including frame)
If you want to order one of the last few use this page here.
Bit of a message in this artwork.
I used ballpoint pen and markers to draw this glitchy portrait of a tribal Amazonian shaman on a used Gucci bag. The glitch effect represents how the vulnerable native tribes around the world are fading away at this very moment. The factors threatening these precious cultures are mostly driven by Western Capitalism which is primarily driven by our own consumer society.
Are we brave enough to choose between our desire for nice things and keeping these cultures and wider environment safe.
“Fading Tribalism On Gucci 1″
Ballpoint pen & markers on used Gucci bag,
70x50cm (including frame)
Recently I was impressed at how well ballpoint in came out after drawing on a shopping bag so I decided to take the next step and go multimedia on luxury shopping bag. Check out the video showing the making of it at the end of this post.
As above you can see I’ve used ballpoint pen but also markers and spray paint creating a glitchy artwork of Bonnie Parker (from Bonnie & Clyde). She was a confident young pretty lady with spare cash but probably wouldn’t be the type for La Perla, which is a little ironic I suppose hence the glitchy effect.
Some interesting things about Bonnie you may not know:
She was only 24 when she died
She loved poetry & literature
When she worked in a cafe she donated food to the homeless after her shifts.
Her first crime was helping break her lover out from jail.
She died in a a hail of machine gun fire in a police ambush after a high speed car chase.
“Bonnie On LA PERLA”,
Ballpoint pen, markers, & spray paint on La Perla bag,