Hocus Baloney
Where slightly troubling dreams come true

For No Adequately Explored Reason

Every so often I develop some sketchbook idea into a fully rendered piece of art because there’s no other way of exorcising it from my head. These are the pieces where I can play around and try stuff out and show what I can do. None of these have seen print, but they’re some of my favourite bits of my own illustration. Some day I hope to produce a slim volume telling the story of a fictional multimedia company/tax dodge where all these pieces would find a home, as covers of non-existent books, magazines and albums. Any publishers reading this?

Don't turn around.

Don’t turn around.

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"Hope you enjoy our new sound"

“Hope you enjoy our new sound”

Library mural

One of the best damn gigs I’ve ever had. The library mural for the John Harvard Library in Southwark, representing graphic novels. Each panel depicts a genre within the worlds of Manga/Comics/BD etc, with a character reading about the exploits of the character in the panel before it. Being as it as for a public library there were to be no guns/knives/flagrant pornography, but other than that I was left pretty much to my own devices. Money wasn’t all that, but seeing your work five foot tall and twenty across is a blast.

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HOAX; Psychosis Blues- My version

One of the best projects I’ve had the pleasure to be involved with is HOAX:Psychosis Blues, a 2014 graphic novel by the poet Ravi Thornton detailing her relationship with her troubled brother Rob,  HOAX alternated between biograhical scenes drawn by Leonardo M.Giron, and more expressionistic interpretations of Rob’s poetry, illustrated by Bryan Talbot, Hannah Berry, Karrie Fransman, Rian Hughes, Ian Jones, Roz Hathaway, Rhiana Jade, Julian Hanshaw and myself. I went to town on an early chapter dealing with Rob’s experience of institutionalalisation.

As a nice unifying touch, the poetry sections ended up being lettered in a font based on Rob’s handwriting. Along the way, however, I lettered a version myself. | thought you might like to see a few pages.

The book turned out great, well reviewed all over the shop, and I highly recommend it. You can get it from the publishers Ziggy’s Wish here: http://www.ziggyswish.com/store/p2/HOAX_Psychosis_Blues.html

Or on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/HOAX-Psychosis-Blues-Ravi-Thornton/dp/099290630X/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8

Cheers

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