Monday, February 8, 2016

experimental fiery church chair/chariot

as promised, here's a scan of the finished print that i was hinting at in that last post...

i made 29 of these, and they vary a lot in quality - they're effectively preparatory pieces for a 'proper', finished design which i'll try to get stuck into this week...
i'll keep a couple, but the rest are just hanging around cluttering up the place, so if you'd like one, just drop me an email - si(at)simonsmithillustrator(dot)co(dot)uk - with your address and i'll stick one in the post... first come first served :-)

the work is being made for a group show which i'll soon be curating up here in a local church - there's a blog here - - if you fancy a look :-)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Blake's 'Jerusalem''s been a while :-)

So here's some images of a thing that I'm working on at the mo...

It's for a show exploring Blake's 'Jerusalem' (the popular hymn, as opposed to the long form poem) which I'm curating...*

I'm thinking about some of the elements of the text of that song, and have got hooked up on  the line about "my chariot of fire"...

These four colour reduction prints feature a chair from St. Edmund's, the local anglican church who are hosting the exhibition...

I'll post a image of the finished print once the final colour (black) has dried properly and i can scan it...

*(more information about that in the coming months)

Thursday, September 10, 2015

new thing

it's been a while since i posted, so here's a new thing.

i've been thinking about the city.
over the past few years i've drawn people in leeds, and been round various bits of it on various buses; i've drawn local houses and made prints of them.

and recently i've been thinking about how i can make those various explorations a bit more joined-up and coherent. a commissioned illustration project that will come to fruition early next year will satisfy some of that for me (and i'll blog about that when it happens) and i'm working on a series of careful digitally painted portraits of leeds folk (that's been really enjoyable, but each image takes a long time to complete...)

so now i'm also wondering about narrative.
i love a good story, and i want to weave some of that need for narrative into my work - lately i've just not felt that i've got much of a tale to tell. again, that will maybe surface with this illustration job next year.

in the meantime, this little thing has come about.

it's a series of lino prints of leeds places/structures that i've been and drawn, some suggested by friends on facebook.

the text on each is the first line of a song playing on my ipod as i made the drawing or the print.

it's something that i did with the house prints, though the wording on those weren't necessarily the opening lines of songs.
i like the idea that the first line of a lyric is the beginning of a new story, and i like the way that the image and the words juxtapose to suggest a narrative.

i also really enjoy the way that each image can link up, put side by side the prints can begin to develop a storyline all of their own, with the suggestion that it's being played out across the city.

and of course i've always loved imposing my record collection on folk :-)

the plan is to make and release these prints in sets of maybe ten different designs... i've got these first five done so far.

i'm treating this as a little project in it's own right, but also maybe as preparatory work for some future stuff, part of something ongoing and a bit more intentional and authored.

[the lyrics come from songs by paul buchanan, cherry ghost, arctic monkeys, the blue nile and ride]

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

big heads and a goldfish

partly inspired by paul digby's portraits which i saw at the tetley and the gallery at munro house, i've been drawing big images again.

these are all A1-ish, pencil and dr martens ink on watercolour paper.

a lot of fun to make.