After printing a few of my photoshop experiments using Ashleys photographs, I have set to work adding layers of paint and adding texture. By smearing ready mix paint, and distressing the surface using folding, creasing and scratching, it creates interesting surfaces on which I can start to draw.

I added textures using bubble wrap to print onto the images, and pressed images together to transfer paint from one to another. The random nature of this technique usually creates unexpected results and one or two worked out well


Digital circle scribblings

screen-shot-2017-02-23-at-15-39-28Storm Doris has helped me to make time for some of my digital circle work today. Playing around with layers and colour to develop some of the images Ashley sent me as a starting point. The images of urban textures are perfect for the type of work I like to do, so these initial doodles hopefully will develop into something interesting over the next few days.

Some of the subtle patterns from the original photographs are working together quite nicely. My next step is to print them and use them as a basis for some drawings.

March sketchbook with Ciara

I started the sketchbook in January, looking at maps and The Boyle Family and my own photography of derelict buildings. Ciara responded with some really lovely loose prints and collages, creating simple hand drawn maps and images of travel and buildings.

This got me thinking about the ideas surrounding ‘home’ and location. About how we move around throughout our lives. I’m sure it is no coincidence that this theme is on my mind a lot at the moment as I am preparing to move house. The drawings and collages I created in response play with the word ‘destination’ and the visual plotting on a map of places I have lived over the years.

I have purposely tried to avoid my usual favoured techniques of digital manipulation and typography, instead to try and work more in mixed media; wax, paint, ink and layers of scratching and drawing. As I have been completing most of the sketchbook at school, many students have been asking lots of questions about the circle, and are keen to try out the techniques for themselves, which has been great.

Now the book is ready to be sent back to Ciara.


personal sketchbooks and photography, and work from the #tea sketchbook circle