Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Day out on 5th Ave anyone? Frankly I'd be too busy trying to wheedle my way into touching the exhibits at the Alexander MacQueen retrospective at the Met to get much shopping in. That's what the internet's for right? That and the pretty ladies...

Hi Interwebs! You like sexy ladies yah? the Google boys look for the pictures of the sexy ladies no? Here you go!

Thursday, 23 June 2011

reblogged from Rosmarie Urquico. I like her.

"Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag.She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilightseries.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes."

reblogged from Rosmarie Urquico. I like her.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Monday, 16 May 2011

And this is as bleak as Joe Cornish's take on ubi-urbia, but well worth a read. Fellow illustrators take note. And forgive them the title steal from this humble blog...
well it's late and it's like this. Having spent a fair chunk of this evening lying in the bath and wondering absently about whether planning a new wardrobe around a sudden obsession with dressing like Amy Pond is a good idea, and getting suds in the keyboard doing Google searches for that leather jacket, I'm doing some serious life planning at the back of this frustrated display of only thinly veiled geeketteiness.

You know those dreams you have where you feel like you can get away with anything, because you're away it's only a dream and it doesn't matter; you'll wake up soon enough? well I think I've come to the conclusion that life is very similar to those dreams, only replace 'wake-up' with 'die' and you're nearer the mark.

Have i quoted the cat from Alice here on this blog already?

that's the great thing about the unknown.

but is it uncertainty or fear of getting it wrong and wasting time that's stopping me making some real decisions? I think you can probably waste your life being scared of getting it too wrong and not being able to get things back...

inbetween the amy daydreams, and getting bogged down in the petty ridiculouses of 9-5 employment for a less than liberal arts college, I'm looking for a way to explore some of the US, if only for a short while, and pertaining to hanging around some reasonable indie comics shops. if anyone knows anyone, or anyway to help with this little dream fragment, please keep me posted. I could be the token redhead who hangs around the Onipress section wittering about the dearth of good indie writing now Alan Moore has become a Northampton bar-fly.

Too deep? If anyone has a cute leather jacket and a scottish accent they dont want, I'm right here, for a little bit longer anyway...

Thursday, 21 April 2011

It's nice to find people like stuff, You don't get much feedback after college, but Google is like a pat on the back sometimes

Thanks Jim for the heads-up on this one :)

Monday, 18 April 2011

whoppie do! new hous, new studio, a sudden brainwave that the couple of children's book ideas I've had swimming around my head since graduation are actually one and the same story...
And the icing on the cake this week, my portfolio has been featured on the front page of illustrtionserved

Watch this space, illusive illustration career; you will be mine, oh yes, you WILL be mine...

Thursday, 6 January 2011

oh and some weird drawings done on an online doodler


things I wish to post here...