A gothic craftsman, Allen Williams does things with graphite that will blow your mind.Read More
April 9 2019
I have always loved creating weird characters, it allows me to explore alternate universes where the laws of physics don't apply and features take on different forms, the impossible becomes possible.Read More
April 4 2019
I have been thinking a lot about what I could write about. An idea I have been interested in developing for a while is to start keeping an artist diary online.Read More
Designing the album cover for SCB
Caibu artwork by Jonathan Lawrence - The story behind the art for SCB - Caibu on Hotflush Records.Read More
some questions will ruin you
if you are denied the answer long enough.
Annihilation, by Jeff Vandermeer, is a psychological Scifi/horror novel and the first part of the southern reach trilogy. It is full of incredibly poetic descriptions of nature and how terrifying it can be. Perfect for inspiring an illustrator like me!Read More
I have recently been getting into botanical drawings. This marks the start of a journey into learning how to draw plants and flowers correctly, in an old-school style and having fun with it along the way!Read More
Exploring the importance of meaning behind your work and what an artist's statement is in the social media ageRead More
Eliza Ivanova is an artist to follow on instagram. Her work is bold, full of confidence & inspiring. In this blog I look at her work & her forthcoming book "Raw Materia".Read More
Win a free piece of bespoke art for you or a friend...Read More
It's my first post in 2018! Setting myself new challenges, improving life drawing skills and the odd epiphany.Read More
Merry Christmas & Best wishes for 2018 - Looking forward to 2018 (and a little bit backwards at an amazing 2017)Read More
Safety nets are nice but maybe they aren't necessary?Read More
SCB, Old Media, New Society is available on Vinyl and Digital, featuring an original illustration by Jonathan Lawrence.Read More
Ba, Humbug. Hard time of year or festive excuse to procrastinate? It's you, not me Christmas.Read More
Comrades, SCB's Below The Line EP has now been released to the populous. We estimate fifty years until fully operational.
If you are reading this you have succeeded in passing initial genetic barometer.
Please follow our instructions - Proceed to the links below for addition purchase of 4 track SCB approved sound files. Caution, these are not Government approved, listen at your own risk.
We believe in strong leadership, for the good of the people. Our candidate has revolutionary ideas, we are preparing him for the next step - He will reach the population from the ground up. He is one of the people, one of you. Do not be fooled by the things you read about him.
The cities are suffocating, we have the answers. Follow us.
I recently visited Berlin again to exhibit some of my work at the Banana'd Bouffant salon and boutique in Zreuzberg.Read More
A few weeks ago I was asked to get involved in an exciting new project from Dj and producer Scuba, creating the artwork for SCB.
Scuba, real name Paul Rose, is famous for his highly regarded Hotflush record label, a former Berghain resident and a Fabric regular, he is an artist who is always moving forward creatively.
His SCB alias was coming back with an idea that included a dystopian narrative, touching on prevalent themes like climate change and overpopulation.
Rose says about the project:
"Like many people, I've spent a lot of time this year thinking about the paths we could be headed down over the next few decades, many of which seem to point to catastrophic scenarios in society and the environment which were unthinkable until very recently."
"One of the things that interests me the most is considering the journey of consciousness that leads people down paths which subvert their own previously held political morality."
"Musically, this has been a slightly different way of working for me, but it's also been one of the few positive ways I've found to channel my attempts to make sense of our recent past and possible future."
The music is more industrial, with a dystopian aesthetic. It has a dark future quality to it, you can almost hear it echoing inside turbine halls and factories.
I was into it from the start, both from a sonic point of view and from the ideas Scuba had for the story.
We started with a photo shoot, which gave me some reference material to base the main character on.
This character, although loosely based on scuba, is not him. This man is a number, a victim of a system which punishes the wrong genetic code with forced labour and persecution.
He lives in a world where the cities heave under the weight of overpopulation. There isn’t enough to go around, poverty is growing.
The world chokes from the fumes of high rise factories and industrial technologies.
Fossil fuels have not run out, the companies that extract them thrive, this world has never made the transition to renewable energy.
Capitalism spirals out of control, selling things the people can’t afford, creating debt and fear.
I wanted the artwork for this EP to introduce this underground dissident and a little of the world he inhabits.
The focus is on him, a mysterious character with an industrial past who has ideas of how to turn the tide, how to “fix” the world.
It’s up to you how you interpret him and what his ideas may be and I look forward to developing this character and his dark future over the next few SCB releases.
You can listen to Below the line here
Obsessing about things gets you in the zone - I think?! Here's what I think gets you to that artistic flow state and how my obsessions help with my creative process.Read More
I am pleased to announce that will be coming to Berlin on the 29th September for a little one off event!
My good friend Fairy has this amazing little boutique salon, The Banana’d Bouffant in Kruezberg. The space is frankly, amazing.
I have been a staunch supporter of her decorating efforts since I first saw the place in March last year.
Funnily enough I have had ideas about displaying some artwork in a salon or barbers for a while now, partly because I love drawing beards and hair, but also, they are pretty cool, social spaces.
Fairy’s beautiful space is not just a salon but a real creative space, constantly evolving into wherever her vivid imagination takes it.
So what to expect?
Here’s the blurb:
This will be our second after a successful beginning last time!
Big ups to all those that came and got stuck in!!
If you missed it.. do read on
What does this meani hear you ask??
We'll make you outrageously party ready for yourevenings party shinanigans!! Myself and my team will be on hand to jazz that bouff and biodegradably glitterize your gorgeous visage - courtesy of Projekt Glitter.
yes BIODEGRADABLE GLITTER!!! Essential for any conscience raver!!
It's also the return of THE SHOP BANANA...(if you come here to get yourbouff seen to, you'll know this has been some time in the making..)
...need that last minute Statement Headdress or some gorgeous Swimwear - Courtesy of Lala Land.
-Jewellery by Kristen, Siouxie and Polly Playford.
...maybe you're desperately in need of AHaggered and Badgered Tail and Headress.....then you're in luck!!!
Slide on down, sip on a gin n juice. Feeling brave... maybe some FairyJuice or a beer to some suitably fluffy beats brought to you by our beloved Mr Scones others tbc...keep your bananas peeled!!
We also have my dear friend Mr Jonny Lawrence in the Haus
His art work is incredibly imaginative, detailed beyond belief with beautifully crafted stories of his characters.. he's only in town for this so don't miss out meeting this absolute talent!!
Take a Look for yourself!!
The event is free but the space is small so if you would like to attend and get glittered, see some art and maybe get drunk with me and Fairy then please click attending on the Facebook event.