Thursday, 10 December 2009
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Friday, 13 November 2009
Monday, 9 November 2009
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Saturday, 7 November 2009
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Friday, 7 August 2009
Friday, 31 July 2009
Thursday, 16 July 2009
Friday, 10 July 2009
"Gigantic" by Pixies
"Bella Donna" by Stevie Nicks
"Follow Me" by Amanda Lear
"Sinnerman" by Nina Simone
"Lakes of Ponchatrain" by the Be-Good Tanyas
"Travellin' Light" by the Tindersticks
"Dear Darling" by Mary Margaret O'Hara
"Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles
"Is That All There Is" by Cristina
"Folk Song" by Bongwater
"They're All Out of Liquor, Let's Find Another Party" by the Waitresses
"Video" by Aimee Mann
"Black-Dove (January)" by Tori Amos
"I Only Have Eyes For You" by the Flamingoes
"Land: Horses, Land of a Thousand Dances, La Mer (De)" by Patti Smith
"I'd Love To Take Orders from You" by Mildred Bailey
"Hate My Way" by the Throwing Muses
"Daniel" by Bat for Lashes
"I Sold My Heart to the Junkman" by Patti Labelle and the Bluebells
"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" by the Shirelles
"Hidden Place" by Björk
"Don't Give Up" by Siobhan Donaghy
"Under Your Skin" by Luscious Jackson
"Everywhere" by Fleetwood Mac
"Do You Love Me Now?" by the Breeders
"Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now" by Patience and Prudence
"Exeloume" by Diamanda Galas
"He Hit Me and It Felt Like a Kiss" by Grizzly Bear
"Fucking Boyfriend" by the Bird and the Bee
"Love to Love You Baby" by Donna Summer
"Sometimes I Wish I Were a Boy" by Lesley Gore
"Dog Days are Over" by Florence and the Machine
"I Feel It All" by Feist
"The Man With the Child in His Eyes" by Kate Bush
"La Vie en Rose" by Grace Jones
*** "Wonder Woman" TV show theme song
"Heavy Cross" by the Gossip
"Love is a Battlefield" by Pat Benatar
"Gloria" by Laura Brannigan
"Genius of Love" by the Tom Tom Club
"Money" by the Flying Lizards
"Xanadu" by Olivia Newton-John
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
Totally crazy and cool! I started playing around with elements of this old medieval design - I thought she could stand up on her hind legs like a satyr... what if she had a snake for a tail, what if she had wings...?
Monday, 29 June 2009
Monday, 22 June 2009
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Friday, 5 June 2009
This is a two-page comic strip I've been working on for Delaine Derry Green's anthology "Not My Small Diary". The theme of the next issue (no. 15) is brushes with fame so I thought I'd tell the story of how I met Yoko Ono in April 2003. So here are some pics of the two very rough pencilled pages (don't worry if some of the words don't make sense - they will in the final version) as well as a partially inked first page. I've actually finished it now but I don't want to post the finished strip online at least not yet because I think it will be more special for people to see the final comic "in print"... is that way old-fashioned of me?!
Anyway I am pretty happy with how the strip's turned out and also with the way I drew myself in the strip as I was getting tired of my usual round-headed comics self-caricature and wanted to try something new.
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
To start with we have my original drawing of some hair-loss shampoo (which refers to a line in the song), and then two versions of the finished cover with two different treatments of the "Melting Ice Caps" logo, one kind of small and graceful and one sprawling and filling up the negative space around the image like graffiti. I'm not yet sure what I think works best but we'll figure it out...
Sunday, 10 May 2009
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
Monday, 20 April 2009
Monday, 13 April 2009
Friday, 3 April 2009
Over the past year and a bit I have slowly been working on this series of images for my good friend David's music project The Melting Ice Caps. The first one I made was the Wintery scene which is now the last in the sequence... then Summer... then Autumn, and now most recently Spring. These were a lot of fun to do - I love working on a series and I also seem to love "fours" - four seasons, four elements, four tarot suites, and all the rest... and it's lovely to see them all together at last.
Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Monday, 30 March 2009
I'm working on a poster for the gay indie club Pie&Mash, that I DJ'd at on Friday. As Pie&Mash usually feature a cow on their posters and I'm into mythical beasts, I decided to do a slutty, gindie-boy minotaur.
As you can see from the original rough pencil drawing on the right, he was going to be holding copies of two classic indie-pop records, "The Queen is Dead" by the Smiths and Blondie's "Parallel Lines" - but then I got worried about the legalities of using album artwork in the image, so I decided to have him holding a copy of Baudrillard's "Simulacra and Simulacrum". That kind of goes better with Pie&Mash's theme next month - cover versions and originals - and this minotaur can be (pseudo)intellectual, (g)indie and slutty all at the same time... why not? ;o)
Oh - and I just want to add that the term "gindie" (meaning "gay indie" - obviously) was coined by my good friend David Shah, former lead singer of gindie music band Luxembourg and currently the man behind The Melting Ice Caps - and you should check out their music on www.themeltingicecaps.co.uk
Sunday, 8 March 2009
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
The name "Queen of Bliss" comes from a medieval Christmas carol and is apparently a title for the Virgin Mary... but I got it from a Luscious Jackson B-side where they sing lines from said Carol backwards... ooooh! Check it out... I love that song. My Queen of Bliss takes aspects from Naamah in that she is the most sensual of the four Queens - she is the goddess of sexual and emotional connection, satisfaction and fulfillment - she gives her all - but I also imagine her as having many, many lovers and keeping them all happy - because, as a supremely powerful goddess, she can!
Her "look" is obviously based on the leopard, and I had in my mind the Egyptian goddesses Bast and Sekhmet when I was designing the Queen of Bliss - like the cat-goddess Bast she symoblizes sensuality, but I also imagine she could turn nasty and bloodthirsty like Sekhmet when provoked... she has to have a dark side to hold her own against her sisters, right?
The land of Bliss is a tropical jungle or forest... with huge trees and flowers... and the gods of Bliss will probably be the most diverse and colourful of the bunch, being based on various tropical flora and fauna.
By the way, in the past few days I've been thinking about the way the 4 Queens might have some complementary male deities... brothers, lovers and/or male alter egos... that might be fun to design... so watch this space...
I imagine my Queen of the Cold as beautiful and seductive but ulitimately treacherous. While she may enjoy physical pleasure (it's not like she's frigid) she is the goddess of sexual and emotional detachment, so she will always be a cold lover and cannot make the connection between physical and emotional intimacy... she's something like an emotional void. Her domain is a barren icey wasteland - The Cold - and the gods that live there are the spirits of Arctic beasts and birds, as well as spirits of ice, snowflakes, and maybe even Arctic atmospheric phenomena like the Aurora.
She's the most human-looking of the Queens simply because I wanted some of my gods to look a bit more human, but since I did this drawing I've altered it so that her crown is now actually crystalline icey spikes growing out of her head, and her skin has little icey cracks all over it, so hopefully she looks a little more interesting. I'm pretty conflicted as to what her skin/hair colour combination should be... Should I go for blue skin and white hair? White and blue? White and blonde? Blue and blonde? White all over? Aaaaarrrrr......!!! I drive myself crazy with this shizzle.
These are drawings of four background characters in Atash's universe, very much works in progress at this point... the four rival goddesses who seek to control the human heart and mind... The idea is that they each rule one domain in the realm of the gods, and each represents a distinctive way of relating to love, sex and the emotions.
So let's start with The Queen of the Deep, the goddess of sexual codependency, obsessive love, desperation and delusion... I think we've all been there right? She rules a subsea kingdom (queendom? seriously does anyone know of a good name for a matriarchal principality?!) populated by gods and spirits who all get off on various aspects of dependency and obsession... They are not all necessarily merfolk - though a lot of them probably are - but I imagine they are each going to look like composites of humans and various sea-dwelling beings.