A Sketch a day 10

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#Sketch a day 10 – LETTER J
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu

Train journeys are a way of life for me at the moment. For the last two years I have travelled by train to see my fiancee, firstly in Liverpool and now in Kingston. I couldn’t even calculate the miles even if I tried. But train journeys make me consider our own journeys in life, the connections we make and the destinations we reach. We change platforms every single day. We get delayed in our daily life. However what is our attitude towards them.

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A Sketch a day 09

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#Sketch a day 08 – LETTER I
“A good idea will keep you awake during the morning, but a great idea will keep you awake during the night” – Marilyn vos Savant

Thinking of ideas as a graphic designer is sometimes a real challenge, especially when you have many projects on the go at one time. Ideas are a process – they are a path you walk along until you find the solution. As a designer the path could be short or it could turn into a long stroll, but we must persevere until we find whats at the end of that path. If nothing, then we must press on and make a new path, to reach a new idea.

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A Sketch a day 08

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#Sketch a day 08 – LETTER H
The Oxfordshire couple helping those in need in Calais 

This letter sketch has been inspired my old work colleague Andy Bailey. Andy and his wife Hannah from Witney have made a choice and decided to personally help deliver aid to a migrant camp in Calais. They’ve handed out a car full of camping equipment – most of it had been donated from friends through social media. It’s now thought more than 5000 migrants are in need of help.

You can see the BBC South Today news piece here: https://goo.gl/RkgEu8


Lino Cutting project – part 1

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Lino Cutting – Am I completely mad?

A complete beginner

I have always thought lino-cutting was a complete waste of time at school. I even got a B in GCSE art, however I don’t think I appreciated the printing making technique and process.

So here I am embarking on a new adventure of lino-cutting. I’m not even sure how in the last few weeks lino-cutting came to be on my radar, but there I was searching amazon, ebay and art supply stores, for equipment.

Being a graphic designer and using computers most of the time, there has been many doubts in my mind of why I would even do this? Why would I painstakingly carve away at a piece of lino, to simply make a print – when photoshop probably has an effect for that? However there is something special and satisfying about creating a design from scratch. (Well hopefully it will be satisfying)

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The advice I was given was, start with something simple. And so I drew a bee. I’m now realising I have probably started with an image far to complicated and far too detailed. So watch this space over the next few weeks as I carve away at lino for the first time. If you don’t see updates on this post soon – then I am still carving!