Last February I finished illustrating a book by author Lissa Evans called Small Change for Stuart. I drew on A4 drawing paper, a pad of which I bought from Trago Mills (a department shop in Falmouth) about 4 years ago. It was going slightly yellow, and I spilt Ribena on it a while back. I used a pen also bought from the same shop – I stockpiled, as they were going really cheap at the time.
Many congratulations to Temujin Doran on being picked as one of the eight finalists for the Nokia Shorts 2011 with 'The Adventures of a Cardboard Box'! Over 600 talented filmmakers pitched to Nokia Shorts this year with ideas ranging from documentary, to comedy, to post-apocalyptic western.
Here's a little gem that I had to share with you in it's entirety. 'How to be in Love' by C.T.Doran. The perfect little gift book just waiting for a publisher! Click on the images to enlarge the pages, read the text and enjoy the details.
Strangely enough, it is actually easier to see the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis from the northern parts of Norway, than it is to see it from the North Pole. This is because the polar lights fall roughly in a circle around the planet’s poles. So when I was in the arctic, the northern lights that I actually saw were far south of me. But it did not make them any less spectacular. These are 3 sketchbook drawings that I did of the Aurora Borealis during my time on the boat in the arctic. What they miss out most of all is just how bright the stars were - incomparable, and shining all the way across the sky until constellations meet the horizon, and drop off the edge of the world. I hope to get the chance in the following months to look through my photographs and video footage to make new drawings and films.
This is a drawing that I did a couple of years ago whilst I was studying. It is Antarctica as a lump of coal. For a very long time, it has been my dream to live there as part of the British Antarctic Survey’s artist residency program. Unfortunately the residency program closed last year through lack of funds, and although I was not eligible – you must be out of education for over two years, and be quite established at your profession – I was saddened by the decision.
Then this year, by a grand mixture of luck and fluke, I was awarded a participant place onboard an arts and science expedition called "The Arctic Circle." The organisation is based out of New York and the expedition is to the High Arctic. So this October, I will be travelling onboard an icebreaker around the Arctic Ocean, skirting about the North Pole.
I will be making a vast amount of drawings, photographs, and filming a short documentary film. I will also be uncontrollably excitable for the entire trip.
It has been quite a while since I did a blog post – and now that it comes to it; rather than offering a new drawing, I’m offering a short film. This short film tells a disappointing year in the life of a book.