04 August 2022

NAE OPEN 2022

Thrilled to have three original pencil drawings from Mongrel alongside the graphic novel included in NAE Open 22 (New Art Exchange, Nottingham).

The exhibition is brilliant and so many wonderful artists. You can still catch the show until September and the award ceremony is on 12th August, 6-pm.








Photo credits
Without humans:
Credits Reece Straw, 2022

With humans:
Credit Tom Morley, 2022



12 December 2021

10 Years to Save the World in Media City

 


Speaking on the panel about the role of creativity and storytelling to communicate big issues like climate change and how they can help stimulate change.




Artwork on the Media City building.


10 Years to Save the World exhibition inside Media City. 



17 October 2021

Beirut Comic Art Festival

 



I was very fortunate thanks to @if_liban to take part in Beirut Comic Art Festival. Here I am drawing this emotive dance performance by Ali Chahrour. 



30 August 2019

Movement in Memory: A Comic Book Workshop - Tate Modern

In Movement in Memory: A Comic Book Workshop at Tate Modern (blavatnik building) we weaved together autobiographical and fictional narrative to explore displacement. What happens when our very own memories are interrupted by the sudden need to Emigrate?



31 May 2019

Portsmouth Comic Con 2019

Great to put my work out there whilst I'm going through the long process of illustrating, it's given me a burst of creative energy. It was also wonderful to meet so many talented creators at Portsmouth Comic Con. 


25 October 2018

11 May 2017

Imagined Worlds - Kubla Khan

My drawing, Longing for Wonder, was displayed in the Imagined Worlds - Kubla Khan exhibition. 


Longing for Wonder is similar to Kubla Khan in two ways. The first is the narrative within the drawing. A girl is confined in her room, so she sits on her bed and peeps through the curtains. She observes. Presented with the ordinary, she imagines what is beyond the visible. What hides behind the rows of houses and the tiny stretch of horizon? She has yet to explore the world so her imagination is not limited by knowledge. She imagines a better world. Inside her mind she finds her only escape from her reality. The viewer interrupts her vivid daydream. She turns to acknowledge them.

The second link is the context within which the drawing was created.
Similar to the poem, Kubla Khan, my drawing, Longing for Wonder, originated with a real person and a real place. It was once a reality, but now it exists only in my mind. The oversized furniture and the warped perspective suggest that my imagination has distorted it. This is now my creation.


09 September 2016

Sophronia Exhibition

The exhibition, Sophronia, presented the works of MA Authorial Illustration students at Falmouth university. I exhibited the graphic novel Mongrel, which I wrote on the course.

I was awarded the Atlantic Press Graphic Literature Prize, for the work I created in Mongrel


On one side of the wall I created a collage from the inner pages in Mongrel.
I did not want the illustrations to be displayed as flat images, so created books to be used in the collage. Some books were nailed open, some had flapping pages and some were nailed shut. The closed books represented hesitancy towards sharing personal narrative.





On the other side of the wall, I presented a framed original and two versions of the book. One version contained the three chapters I had managed to finalise on the course and the other version, the manuscript, contained the whole story at different stages. 







02 January 2016

Mongrel - Memories of Waterland

For every chapter I start by creating basic thumbnail drawings for every page. This helps me plan the pacing of the story as I decide how many panels will be on each page and what they will communicate. For Memories of Waterland I wanted to shape the panels  so they look like puddles. 


This chapter was slightly difficult because I couldn't figure out if I wanted the words to be kept separate from the imagery, so I created a draft with both options to help me judge. 



I decided it was best to display the poem on the first page and have a sequence of images following it.