Visual Interpretations

Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history etc.
Being suddenly hit with the ‘creative bug’ years later is just a wee small voice telling you ‘I’d like my crayons back please.’
— Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity

Years of suppressing my creative impulses finally gave way last year when I unpacked some novel graphic design kit on the Net and began experimenting with photography and old collages folded away in boxes. My inspiration comes from my surroundings, visions and dreams. I am drawn to conveying messages that can be felt as as well as understood when viewing the final piece of work - in other words, emotive art that triggers sensibilities, invokes questions, makes statements. It is a relatively new area, with recent commissions being an advert for a firm of solicitors, DVD covers, and illustrations for two books.

The banner (above) was created by taking the image of a brick wall and overlaying the photo of a stained glass window taken inside the chapel of Bedford's Panacea Museum. A cityscape of spires and skycrapers can be seen at the base of the original design. The graffiti style slogan: I see humans but no humanity, was added separately.   

Here's a snapshot of some of my work. 

Fantasy Art: Dracula entered the castle in September after I thrifted this beautiful hardback Reader's Digest imprint from the Emmaus Village bookshop in Carlton, Beds. The book is very at home here, resting in the shadows of the dungeon. Although we did need to invite the powers of an angel to de-activate the evil inscribed within its pages, for the safety of the residents and visitors. 

Fantasy Art: Dracula entered the castle in September after I thrifted this beautiful hardback Reader's Digest imprint from the Emmaus Village bookshop in Carlton, Beds. The book is very at home here, resting in the shadows of the dungeon. Although we did need to invite the powers of an angel to de-activate the evil inscribed within its pages, for the safety of the residents and visitors. 

Journal entry by newly qualified solicitor, Jonathan Harker, before realising that Count Dracula has imprisoned him in the castle, gives an inkling of the horror to come. 

Journal entry by newly qualified solicitor, Jonathan Harker, before realising that Count Dracula has imprisoned him in the castle, gives an inkling of the horror to come. 

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Girl at the Window

Book illustration (mock-up) 


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Hypnotic Eye

Book illustration (mock-up)