Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Full colour version of the book


I've mentioned my book on this site before, it's a project close to my heart. So when I got the chance to produce a full colour version of it, I jumped at it. Most of the illustrations leant themselves to being coloured up quite easily but it still took a while as it's nearly 100 pages long. After it was completed, I worked out that it was now far too costly to offer for sale. The only saving grace was that I could have a limited edition of ONE hardback colour book made for myself to keep. It's still in production so I'm waiting impatiently for it to arrive.

Monday, 13 June 2011

More exhibitions


On Friday 17th June, I'll have a couple of pictures in an exhibition at a groovy underground restaurant in Oxford. I'm not sure I'm allowed to say where it is as this sort of thing is borderline illegal... ooh, edgy.

A week later, I'll have a picture up in Cornerstone Art Centre's 'Coast' exhibition. Didcot isn't the first place you think of when the word Coast comes up but that's the theme of their show and I've got this picture accepted by them.

There's also an exhibition of unsigned, postcard sized work this autumn. The show is in aid of Abingdon County Hall Museum which is currently being renovated. Each piece of work is, as mentioned, postcard sized and only signed on the reverse so visitors to the show won't know who has done which picture. I've contributed something but as it's a secret affair, I can't show you it here.
Not sure where the exhibition will be or the exact date but I'll let you know.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Artweeks - the next exhibition




In May I'll be taking part in Oxfordshire Artweeks exhibitions for the first time. For those who don't know, Artweeks encourages artists and craftspeople to find a venue to use as a gallery and open it to the public to sell and show their wares. Together with another seven artists, I'll be showing my illustrations in the lovely village of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, just down the road from Wallingford. We're in the Stewart Village Hall from 13-15 May so if you're in the area, please drop in and say hi. I'll be showing my latest illustrations along with greetings cards and copies of my graphic novel. I'll also preview some of the work on this site to give you a taster of what to expect. The work of our little group covers a wide range of styles so there's something for everyone to enjoy in our beautiful, well lit venue.
I look forward to seeing you there.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Charity exhibition




Towards the end of February, I took part in a charity exhibition organised by a friend of mine from Abingdon Artists: David Bage. It took place at The Fishes in Botley and a percentage of everything sold was going to Heart FM's Have a Heart Appeal. One of my pictures sold on the night, the one that I had only just finished drawing ninety minutes before the exhibition opened!
Thanks to a popular raffle, the evening raised several hundred pounds and was a thoroughly enjoyable evening for both guests and artists.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Friday, 10 December 2010

D. Cypher book competition


To drum up a little more interest in my book, I'm running a prize draw on my Scooter McKenzie's Cartoon Page on Facebook to win a signed copy. Weirdly, it's attracting an awful lot of people who make a hobby of entering competitions. Where did they find out about mine? No idea but I've been swamped with them. On the plus side, numbers of people who 'like' the page have nearly doubled in two days. If you'd like a chance to win a copy, pop onto Facebook and leave a message on Scooter McKenzie's Cartoon Page.
Good luck.
PS, it would make a great Christmas present for anyone of teenage years or older.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Unique hand-drawn gifts

I've been thinking about a product I could offer for sale that would appeal at Christmas and for general gift giving throughout the year. Something personal, unique and affordable. Is it possible? Well...

Here's the idea: you email me a favourite photo of a family member, partner or friend and I draw you a portrait of them. There are various price options, starting from an A5 sized black and white pencil sketch for just £40 plus P&P. Larger sizes and colour versions will also be available.

I wanted to make these affordable because how many people ever get their portrait drawn? It's an experience that doesn't happen to most of us but by starting with a small and simple option, it cuts down on my time and materials, meaning I can pass the saving on to you. Your favourite photo can be emailed to me to work from, meaning there is no additional postage charge and no chance of losing that treasured image in the post.

Christmas isn't the only opportunity for gifts like this; perhaps you have a relative that you don't see too often who would appreciate a picture of your offspring. Perhaps a friend is getting married and you have a favourite image of the happy couple. You might have an ancient picture of a family ancestor from years gone by or maybe a relative from more recent times who is still remembered fondly. These are just a few of the options and I'm sure there are many more.
Let me know if you're interested and I'll send you full details.

Friday, 1 October 2010

New Cartoon Workshop session this Sunday

Very much looking forward to my next Cartoon Workshop session on Sunday 3rd October in Kidlington. I haven't done one for a little while so hopefully it won't be too rusty.
It might be nice to try something new and push it forward a little. Haven't decided how yet but it should be fun.

Surprise leaving gifts - double whammy



Recently I was contacted by a friend of a friend to do a drawing for a leaving present. His sister was leaving London to return to America and the picture was to be in a fashion sketch style, showing the sister and her dog in a London street scene.
Whilst this was going on, I received a second call, this time from my new client's colleague. He'd heard about the fashion sketch picture and thought that, as my client was also leaving for America at the same time as his sister, perhaps I could secretly draw a picture of him as well. This one would be a caricature, showing an occasion that was particularly memorable from his stay in England.
If you're still with me at this point, let's just say that the second picture was successfully kept secret from its recipient and both parties were pleased with the results.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Autumn Exhibition at St. Helen's, Abingdon


Abingdon Artists' Autumn Exhibition begins on Saturday 11th September and continues until Saturday 18th September. A great opportunity to take a stroll down by the Thames and look inside the beautiful St. Helen's Church. The exhibition is open from 10am to 5pm each day (from 12.30pm on Sunday) and admission is free.

Inside you'll find the work of several talented painters, illustrators and printmakers, both amateur and professional. Most of the pictures are available to purchase or you can simply help us choose the public's favourite in our fun vote. Enter the raffle and you may even win one of the most popular paintings from our last show, as voted by you the public.

If you don't want to splash out on a wall mounted work of art, there is a selection of greeting cards and merchandise created by society members at a price for all pockets.

Above are the three images I'll be exhibiting. They were originally created as cover illustrations for Steadycam Movie Newsletter and were included in my Normandy exhibition earlier this year.
People say be careful what you wish for.
I only ever wanted to scribble and eat chocolate all day.
Now I do.
Let's see what happens.