Roughly sketched beginnings of work.


I’ve had quite an on-edge mixed state kind of week, but this has led to more creativity which is always a good thing. I have started some roughly sketched ideas for a book about mental health that I will be submitting work for. Keep in mind that these are at present the roughs from which I will develop a final piece.

I have also been working on an image to be used as a title for a wall in our house which is to be dedicated to everyone’s certificates and proudest moments. This is what it looks like at the moment, I will be adding in a greyscale background so that the bright coulours of the main image really pop out.

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Quick Update


Well, I haven’t been keeping on top of this blog of late, so shame on me.

Much has been happening, I have had my graduation and worked a short 2 month stint in a design studio and am now trying to establish myself as self employed.  suspect this means I will be very poor for a considerable time but if I don’t give it a bash now I will only regret it.

So far I have done some work for The Renew Involvement Center, a mental health drop in center in Lincoln, and I am already working on some exciting new projects for them. I have done some in-shop graphics for SK Motorcycles who are also based in Lincoln and I have also pre-booked a 6 month stint in InVitro Gallery to display different artwork and illustrations each month starting October.

Below are some images of work I have done lately and there is a link in the tool bar at the top of this page to InVitro Gallery. InVitro features edgy work from up and coming local artists and designers and is definitely worth a visit, especially as each month the displays are completely new so there is always something new to see.

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Final Show and InVitro


Well the final show has been and gone. Show E11even boasted a huge turnout on the private view night [Friday 3rd June] and I was pleasantly surprised that 13 of my friends and family made it to the event! I was over the moon so a special thank you to them for their support.

Since I handed in the last of my work at uni I have been working on the Creative Beehive identity and website, which will be unveiled at some point in the near future. I have also been making cards, each one completely unique with a one off hand drawn illustration. I have also been amassing a range of illustrations for July when I will be exhibiting at the InVitro gallery in The Mall, Lincoln. I also intend to have some cards and other smaller products on sale at the exhibition so it will be well worth a peek.

But for now I will leave you with some images of my most recent doodles and of my display board at show E11even. Show E11even is open to the public 10am-3pm Monday-Friday from now until 17th of June. It is situated on the second floor of Thomas Parker House, Silver Street, Lincoln LN2 1HJ. Go along and enjoy!

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Custom T-Shirts!


I had pried myself away from uni work this evening to chill out and have some dinner… but I just couldn’t resist having new ideas and working on something. So I made some Creative Beehive t-shirts, just because I wanted to make something this evening!

They are not for a project, they are especially for Creative Beehive Blog viewers. There are three designs to choose from so far and many more in the pipe line. To show your support for my growing enterprise just simply don a lovely t-shirt which has been made especially on request for you by my own fair hands.

Want one? – It is all very simple. Just request one [stating t-shirt style, size and colour] by contacting myself via email, text, twitter, facebook, in person, whatever! For non-subscribers the t-shirts are £10 each. However, verified subscribers can have one for just £5!! Paypal and Cash accepted, plus FREE postage to main land UK.

Want one half price? – Subscribe by entering your email on the right of the screen and clicking the ‘get me in the loop’ button. You will be sent an email to verify your subscription, just click the link in the email and you are all set! Once you are a subscriber, you not only qualify for a half price Creative Beehive t-shirt, each new post to the blog comes directly to your in-box, making it even easier to access my latest ramblings and doodles.

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This week’s new illustrations.


Yesterday I did four new illustrations for my Final Major Project. My eyes are only just recovering, eep!

My FMP was to design promotional material for a hypothetical exhibition of works by various artists who’s work has been influenced by the subject of mental health disorders. Along with this I also produced a collection of my own material for this exhibit based on my own experiences with bipolar. In total I have produced eight illustrations ranging from A2 down to just over A6. The first four illustrations were posted up on here a few entries back and the four which I have done this week are linked into this post along with a few of the posters for the hypothetical event [don’t turn up for it, you will be rather disappointed].

Each of the illustrations I have produced have been inspired by different extracts from my journals, which I have kept over the years. It has been a very personal project and it has been hugely challenging to share these inner thoughts with the outside world but it has also been rewarding to make something positive out of all of the negative mess inside of the journals.

Quick disclaimer; The sentiments conveyed by the illustrations aren’t what I genuinely believe on a day to day basis but rather the feelings which take hold when I am in one of my ‘down’ periods. I am sharing them in a hope that it will give some insight, not to express any opinions.

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Lovely weekend for drawing.


I’m going to spend this weekend holed up in my studio drawing and trying to produce my publication for the final show next month.

The weather is lovely, the kettle has boiled and my pens are scattered across my desk, so I’m ready. Whilst I’m scribbling away in my shed… I mean studio… here are some of my previous doodles from the past few months for you to have a look at. Some of them were the starting point from which projects have developed and some were just for fun. Hopefully after the weekend I can unveil my publication to you all, so watch this space!

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