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online magazine interview

An interview with me in Garde magazine issue 3, published online in July. Click the pages to see a full size version.


I was asked by Tate to draw at a
workshop held in the East Room
at Tate Modern (the glass bit with
the big name of the artist on it - at
the moment it says PAUL KLEE
I've just finished the drawings. Here's one.



There is a little interview with me
in issue two of oomk zine about
The Painter's Family 1911, After H.M.

Here it is:

Who are you and what do you do?

I was born in South East London and studied Illustration at Camberwell and then at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 2012. My work is about things (usually people) observed in real life: tastes, relationships, mental health, the way things go.

Can you tell us a bit about the project, how did it come about?

Studio Operative asked if I’d like to publish something, so we messed about with a series of moody car drawings which didn't work. The night before we needed to start production I remembered these copies of Matisse’s The Painter's Family, 1911 that I had drawn. I made them because I’d looked forward to drawing the dress as a dark block against all the patterns. I like how contorted the family’s faces are. It was Matthew Stuart’s idea to produce an unbound booklet; each drawing folded, sitting one on top of the other.

We printed it on a risograph, which looks like and sounds like a photocopier that does screen prints. It 'exposes' a little paper screen all by itself, called a master. The ink is squashed through the master onto paper. It’s trial and error friendly as it’s cheap.

In your opinion, what is illustration? 

For me it’s an excuse to make work.

Are you working on any current illustration projects?

I'm casting busts of made-up characters called Blessing, Clare and Neil that I sculpted from Fimo.

Do you have a favourite illustrator/ why do you like their work? 

Mike Redmond is the best drawer I know.



david rayson




the beginning of some experiments on the wacom tablet. both hats were included in hats: an anthology by stephen jones at the v&a and are part of their collection.

top: a velvet and satin bonnet, maker unknown, England c. 1830-5

bottom: this hat was in the show but I can't remember for the life of me who it was made by. if anyone knows please drop me a line.

more coming soon



record sleeve

Come and see my cover design for Lina Lapelyte's album Candy Shop at Everything I Do I Do It Big at the David Roberts Art Foundation in Camden from this Thursday 9th Jan until Saturday 11th.

The original cover art will be on display alongside two other covers illustrated by Phil Goss and Miguel Valdivia, with inner sleeves designed by Sebastian Schmidt.




A drawing I've just finished for Fede's Patagonia project, depicting Fede, Lina Lapelyte and myself (l-r) dressed as ancient selk'nam people.

I made a wearable version of the headdress by Fede's feet for him when he gave a lecture earlier this year.



To continue my quick recap of a few things I did in the summer, here are some photos of the exhibition I had in a pub. It was part of the one-night-only pub crawl I organised for and during Camberwell Arts Festival which included the aforementioned exhibition, a screening of six short films at The Stormbird and a performance by Sophie Taylor in the club style at the Hermit's Cave.

In the top picture you can see a little projection, shown on my grandpa's magic lantern. He died earlier this year and I got it so it was nice to use it. It was the hottest thing in the world. Temperature-wise. The slides I projected were drawn in greasy pencil onto small cut-out squares of acetate. A few weeks earlier I spent an evening in a pub drawing them and there was a deaf stag do.

I also designed a series of beer mats which were in use at all three pubs. There was a fourth beer mat that was supposed to be for the Bear free house, but they didn't like it because they thought it would make them look like a gay pub.

Here is the video that inspired me to put on Sophie's performance. It's from A Little of What You Fancy - a documentary about the music hall tradition in London.



extra bones live draw

Here are a few pics from the quite low key
but nice extra bones live draw that happened
in the summer starring me and Jono Allen.
We were invited by Andrew Kerr to draw
in and on the window of Utrophia on Deptford High Street.



teen doughnuts in my head

as promised ages ago here
is the film that me Sophie
and Fede made with some
bilingual school kids in Notting Hill.

Fede filmed the kids acting in front of the green screen, Sophie sang and played piano and percussion with them and below are some of my favourite drawings done by the kids in my part of the workshop. I printed off reams and reams of screen shots taken as randomly as possible from all corners of the internet (with some Spanish references thrown in - and the photographs from the Spanish Civil War taken out - Fede said they were inappropriate - obviously he was right, don't know what I was thinking).


This is a video that
I made to promote the launch party
for Sophie Taylor's album Dogs of London.

Limner 3

I'm in Limner 3! Alice and Pete of
Studio Operative ran a kickstarter to
raise the money to print it. I drew on
and in some copies to sell. Here they are:

Buy Limner HERE


cryptic quest

I made a short animated homage
to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
with my brother Arthur Shaw, for Extra Bones'
residency Cryptic Quest at InSitu in Deptford.
I did the visuals and he did the soundtrack.

We showed it on an old beat up TV,
the kind that teens used to have in
their bedrooms with stickers all over it.
Some were already there - fruit stickers,
one that said EVIL, but I made some
more Zelda related ones and stuck
them on too.

There was lots of cool stuff
being shown shown during the residency
- the results of some workshops run by
Andrew Kerr and Jono Allen and
an amazing interactive game projected
on the wall made by Andrew Dennison
which gave the residency it's name.
Here's a snap of it (pink photo).
Andrew Kerr did the little pictures
that illustrated it.

some of my earliest initial ideas: