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Artwork for a competition I have entered. Based upon the Florence and the Machine song  ‘Only If For A Night’. I used various ink drawings mirrored to create a surreal, dreamlike, through the looking glass feel. The drawings all coming together into the shape of a moth as a symbol of the nocturnal.

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I have been very busy drawing and designing Valentines images but took a break because today I got a new camera!

A spooky, melancholy Sefton Park photographed today…

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This was a David Bowie sketch I did made into a tote bag, it sure was good free machine embroidery practice! I’ve got loads of ideas for bags and shall keep you posted.

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I am fast becoming obsessed with ‘Grey Gardens’ a 1975 documentary by the Maysles brothers. The all singing, all dancing Little Edie Beale Bouvier is astounding, hilarious, tragic, eccentric, sad, this is the best docu I have seen in years and has to be the most quotable ever.

“This is the best thing to wear for today, you understand. Because I don’t like women in skirts and the best thing is to wear pantyhose or some pants under a short skirt, I think. Then you have the pants under the skirt and then you can pull the stockings up over the pants underneath the skirt. And you can always take off the skirt and use it as a cape. So I think this is the best costume for today.” – Little Edie
Just writing about it makes me want to watch it again…

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A number of drawings digitally adjusted and coloured in illustrator to produce this poster.

Inspired by ‘The Beatles – Octopus’ Garden’

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Evocative of the ‘Blue Note Record’ style these two designs were used for recent EP covers for ‘Nick Ellis – The Bistro Confessional’.

I took the photographs and designed the layout, I applied a blue duotone to the photographs and the fonts used are variations of Franklin Gothic.

To find out more about Nick Ellis check out: Nick Ellis Music

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Some older designs here, a selection of posters I designed for Liverpool band ‘The Maybes?’ I managed to squeeze in lots of orange, one of my favourite colours. Great gigs and a great album!

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