Music in the City

Over 200 actual ticket stubs to concerts have been used to create this fantasy music city waterfront. All the great bands of the last 70 years are represented here. Although you may argue that your favourite band is missing – especially if it’s very recent. Produced as a museum-quality poster made on long-lasting semi-glossy (silk)Continue reading “Music in the City”

Barnstaple and the Taw

This view of Barnstaple is slightly idealised as the Quay has changed somewhat over the years. This depicts it in a leafier, greener age before town planners decided to sanitise and formalise it. The main building of Bridge Chambers, the Museum of Barnstaple and Trinity Church tower remain relatively unscathed even today. The bridge wasContinue reading “Barnstaple and the Taw”

The Orchard under the Moor

This is an imaginary view based on an orchard I passed every time I returned to Exmoor. As I turned off the main road I would pass this large apple orchard. To me this was start point of returning to Exmoor as the road from there rose quickly onto the high moors and brought meContinue reading “The Orchard under the Moor”

Côte d’Azur

Fashion illustration, travel posters and the Art Deco movement are all influences in this poster for the Côte d’Azur. I feel it would be wonderful if travel destinations were still advertised with such simple design, but of course the purpose of travel and number pf people travelling has changed. Travellers used to be ‘seen’ inContinue reading “Côte d’Azur”

Pets and their owners

I have had a number of pets during my life but never really been sure why I wanted to share my house or garden with what is basically a wild animal. I’ve never been convinced that anyone ‘owns’ a pet and I’ve never seen a caged bird that looks happy. Some pets, I’m sure, don’tContinue reading “Pets and their owners”

Japanese inspired magazine cover

Japanese art, fashion and illustration style are all influences in this poster. At one time I aspired to be a magazine layout designer until I appreciated the dull monotony of the job. At that time, in the late 1960s early 70s, there were a range of magazines that were beautiful works of art in themselvesContinue reading “Japanese inspired magazine cover”

The Furies of the Tango

This is derived from an Art Nouveau book illustration by George Barbier for a book entitled La Guirlande des Mois (published 1917). The original drawing was in pen and watercolour and has been reproduced in a variety of tonal variations. I have kept relatively true to the colour of the original, but redrawn it soContinue reading “The Furies of the Tango”

A Good Book – is a friend for life

This poster is derived from an Art Nouveau advertising poster which I have always admired. The original was by Koloman Moser and produced around 1900. The printing process for the original poster would have limited the design to relatively simple blocks of only seven colour and was used in advertising for an illustrated book. IContinue reading “A Good Book – is a friend for life”

Parracombe, Exmoor

I lived in Parracombe for forty years, have known it for even longer, and saw it change gradually over that time. Strangely, this view of village is how it was almost 120 years ago, but still familiar. In the age of steam a narrow gauge railway was built from Barnstaple to Lynton. During the planningContinue reading “Parracombe, Exmoor”