The Initial Battle

initial battle

The emotional side of war fascinates me. I can’t even begin to imagine the struggle that soldiers must have to have with themselves before they are ready to face death and potentially kill others, it’s a whole other battle in itself. WW1 is especially poignant. Waiting for the shell barrage to cease, going over the top, running the minefield of shells, mud, craters, the dead and being awaited by the merciless machine guns… I can’t even come close to imagining how mentally overwhelming it would’ve been.

What’s On – pub board design

What's on

I’m currently working on some designs to adorn the in-house boards at a local pub. Each board promotes different events, including quiz nights, darts matches and live music and I have the fun task of creating the border imagery! This is the initial design for the second board promoting the list of musical entertainment hosted by the pub. The ‘What’s On:’ typeface is influenced by a mix of the old Fraktur typefaces and the notes and symbols found in sheet music (something that I will not pretend to have any knowledge of whatsoever!). As usual, the design has 6 ‘strings’ running through it, a theme that seems to have grown to be an integral part of the designs to show the pub’s vast music base. In this case, one of the strings has morphed into a note-producing barley stalk, just to add a bit of real ale flavour in there!

Aslan’s bringing the Spring at the Melton Bookshop!

Britain’s slowly crawling into Spring at the moment so that means it’s been time for a new window display! This illustration completes the set of 4 seasonal windows I have created for the shop (although thinking about it, I never did actually post the pictures of the Winter one, better dig them out!). I’m unsure whether this will be my last window for the shop so I’ve made sure to go out on a ‘roar’. I’d originally thought of doing a Narnia scene for the Winter window but that fell through and I’m glad it did, as this quote from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is perfect for the season:

‘Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight, at the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more, when he bares his teeth, winter meets its death, and when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.’

So here we have Aslan with, dare I say, an absolutely fabulous mane of foliage. The best thing is that The Bookshop managed to source a black chalk pen! I can’t describe how scarce they seem to be in stationary shops but it certainly made the task A LOT easier. I was able to put a lot more detail into the work as I didn’t have to rely on empty window glass for shading and I think Aslan has a lot more impact because of it. So happy Spring everyone for when it comes round!