Friday, 5 December 2014

The Tempest revisited

Here are some new promotional photos of an etched concertina book I made back in 2011.  This was a difficult piece of work to photograph, because it's such a wide book!

The book is in an edition of twenty and is a wordless, panoramic etching of The Tempest.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Small Nylmah booklet

A quick photo of some smaller versions of Nylmah that I'm still making.  They're printed on vellum tracing paper using a colorwave printer, which works great for this detailed illustration.  Each copy comes in an off-white dust jacket with a synopsis of the story of Nylmah on the back.

Unlike the original laser-cut book of Nylmah, they are smaller (6.5 x 17.5cm), uneditioned and are priced at £5 each (plus p&p).

Interested in buying one?  Send me an email

Monday, 27 October 2014

Nylmah - new laser cut book

Last week I finished the first copy of a new laser cut book, Nylmah, that had been a side project for some months.  The story is set in a mythical kingdom, which falls under a curse and is brought to ruin.  

There will only be thirty copies made, so if you're interested in owning one then please email me or keep an eye on my online shop - I hope to have at least one or two copies for sale online at some point in the next six weeks. 

The book can be opened and displayed like a concertina book. But the hardback covers can also be folded back on themselves and can sit under the laser cut paperwork, and the book takes on more of a sculptural look - 

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Concept work for new laser cut book

Here's a little taster of a new laser cut book that I'm working on...

The main design of the book is on a huge scroll and has taken weeks of work, off and on.  I think I've just passed the half-way mark... there's now only the finishing of the design, the tracing, scanning, photoshopping, editing and laser cutting to go! 

More images and photos to follow later.... 

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Merchandise for SandvikFest 2014

This year's SandvikFest merchandise is looking good!

The original design for this was quite detailed, especially at the bottom, and I was worried that the some of the smaller lines would be lost when printed on fabric.  But it seems to have come out alright.  

Original design for SandvikFest 2014
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Sunday, 3 August 2014

All finished and framed...

The framed print above (titled A La Turk) is in a limited edition of nine and is my entry for St Margaret's House Summer Residents Show in Edinburgh.  The show is on from August 9th until September 7th 2014, with the private view is on Friday 8th August.

For more info on the show visit 

Monday, 28 July 2014

Work in progress - part two

Two months ago, I posted up some line drawing etchings in to hardground on this blog and mentioned that the plate was going to be aquatinted.  Aquatint is done by covering the plate in tiny, acryllic droplets and then using a stopping out fluid on areas of the plate to mask them before etching the plate in the acid bath.  The areas under the stop out remain unetched, while the remainder of the plate will produce darker tones when it's printed, as the acid will have eaten in to plate enough to hold more ink.  The process is long and labour intensive, but I wanted more practice at aquatinting for another project I have in mind.

The zinc plate required two applications of aquatint, fourteen hours of burnishing and nine states before it got to the stage where I was happy with it!

1st state - original line drawing
2nd state - after first aquatinting
7th state - after second application of aquatint  
9th and final state!

Two small editions have been produced from this image, but I'll post more details about them later this week.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

The Demon by Mikhail Lermontov

A story of love, hellfire and redemption... 

Above is another pen and ink illustration I produced for Frances Robson's Scots translation of Mikhail Lermontov's epic poem The Demon.  The poem itself is forty pages long and is published in an edition of 100 to coincide with Lermonotv's bicentenary.

There will be a reading from the publication by Frances Robson on Saturday 6th of September at the Callander Poetry Weekend, which runs from the 5th to the 7th of September 2014.  It will also be available to purchase there for £8 per copy.  Unfortunatley the book is not currently available to buy online, but if you'd like to order a copy then please do get in touch with me.