I spend at least one day a week throughout the summer, drawing in Art Galleries in The North West. The Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, The Atkinson Southport and the newly reopened Whitworth in Manchester.
The best way to study and really look at a Painting or Sculpture is draw it.
This type of drawing is like doing press-ups or stomach crunches, only this helps develop your drawing skills. It’s very challenging. It requires real concentration. This can be hard when there is a baby yoga class taking place in one of the Art Gallery rooms, like the Whitworth for example. Talking a notebook and drawing at a Museum or Art Gallery enables you to see the intent and skill in the original work.
I also spend one week surfing and eating pasties in Cornwall. I’m pretty crap at the surfing stuff but highly proficient at eating Cornish Pasties.
The Drawings / studies are from the following works – Olympia by Uli Nimptsch, Two Jamaican Girls by Augustus John, both at The Walker Art Gallery. Minnie by Philipe Naviasky at The Atkinson Southport. Two studies of Olympia by Uli Nimptsch. Finally, Peter Schlesinger by David Hockney at The Whitworth, Manchester. The first image of drawings on my desk includes a Laura Knight study, from The Atkinson.
This post is for one of my students Liam Miller who was killed in August. Everyone loved him, a real old Art School Drawer.
This is one of my Mickey Mouse Scouse Series: Liverpool’s John Conteh was the WBC Light Heavy Weight World Boxing Champion. He won the title at Wembley in 1974, by defeating the Argentinian fighter Jorge Ahumada. He also won the BBC’s Superstars in the same year, I wasn’t too keen on that programme, although one of my other heroes Kevin Keegan was on it. I had a Kevin Keegan haircut up to the age of 23.
This image is part Silk Screen and Part original text drawing.
I have 5 of these prints for sale. The paper is 300gsm heavy weight cartridge.The paper dimensions are 40cm x 50cm. Please contact me for more info- email@example.com
These prints originally began as part of a project about promoting Liverpool. The term Mickey Mouser is part affection but part derogatory reference. I was lucky enough to be at the Liverpool v Olympiakos game when Steven Gerrard won the game with that stunning 25 yard strike. We went onto to lift the Champions League Trophy in Instanbul in 2005
I have 10 very limited Editioned Silk Screen Prints for sale.They are priced according to the size / weight of the paper stock. Each print is between 3 – 5 colours – there are variations. The inks are Speedball. The Gerrard text/ calligraphy is hand drawn.
01: 4 x 300gsm Uncoated heavy cartridge paper. The paper dimensions are 50mm x 40mm. For more info – firstname.lastname@example.org
02. 6 x Fabriano 220gsm Cartridge paper. The paper dimensions are 30mm x 42mm. For more info - email@example.com
The framed version shown is the 30×42 mm version
This series is called Mickey Mouse Scouse. I’m working on two versions, a digital version and a Limited Edition of Silk Screen Prints. watch this space for more info
The first image is of the former World Light Heavy Weight Boxing Champion, John Conteh. He was my favourite British Fighter of all time. I listened to him winning the WBC Title on the radio, when I was a kid. This series of images are all based on Liverpool Sporting Heroes, Writers and Philosophers. I have a Steven Gerrard version that is top secret and under wraps…Jose Mourinho keeps asking for one. As for the Mickey Mouse thing, cheeky non scousers use this a derogatory term for Liverpudlians. They’re all woolly backs, so what do they know ? Word.
A lucky few peeps bagged Tees and Sweatshirts from the Reluctant Protagonist event. This one is modelled by the very cool Level 5 Graphic Design student Liv Foster. Apart from Liverpool’s freshest hangouts, this gear has appeared in the latest Nike SB / Lost Art video. They are not available to buy – but there’s a rumour that a few kids have flipped them for huge sums on ebay.
This is me working hard. There’ll be lots of new and exciting updates. Really good stuff. I just have to finish a few things. The Reluctant Protagonist has gone off the scale. My Tee shirt and Sweatshirt Design are now global. The James Jarvis Illustration on the reverse obviously helped. Name checking Liverpool’s Lost Art was also a massive draw. Pop Girl, Rhianna wants one, but she won’t promise to keep her clothes on, so there’s no chance.
More to follow. Peace and Love
Divergent Dialogues is a series of talks / events hosted by LJMU & University Liverpool – entitled: The Elusive Edge. Massive thanks goes to Nicola Headlam from University Liverpool and Kerry Wilson ICC who funded the project.
I was involved in the first part – The Reluctant Protagonist. A talk about Skateboarding, Creativity and Cultural Cache with super Illustrator James Jarvis and Dave Mackey owner of Liverpool’s finest skateboard shop Lost Art. The event was attended by a Graphic Design and Ilustration students / Fashion Students / Skaters and groups of very clever academic types. The so fresh Bold Street Coffee provided their best coffee and stuffs, which put everyone in a really good mood. James Jarvis supplied one of his class Illustrations for the poster. I also used it on the reverse of a limited edition t shirt + sweatshirt – produced specially for the evening. A few lucky peeps got these for free. I designed the text & calligraphy graphic that sit on the front.
I always preferred footy to skateboarding,Tried it once, but fell off and scuffed my trainers. Skaters wear cooler clothes – so, I faked it, for the evening.
These are my drawings for the latest edition of ******* ***** .The book is still at the proof and publishers stage, so I can’t give it my normal Big Up / Mike O Shouts. All you need to know is, it’s become a classic work about Theory and Practice. It also features my work, which is an added bonus. I was asked to produce a series of sketches / portraits of cultural theorists and philosophers – Foucault / Barthes / Delueuze / Derrida + Charles Pierce and Ferdinand De Saussure. Michel Foucault was definitely the snappiest dresser. Gilles Deleuze let himself down with his penchant for terrible hats.
Jacques Derrida and his pipe won the vote as Mr French Fresh.
Here are a number character designs I created for a new British Shirt Label. At the moment, it’s a little hush hush. There is a team of killer ninjas protecting the shirt prototype. They’ve chosen a different direction for the label. But I’m not too upset, I’m still quite happy with the nostalgic vibe. The drawing style is inspired by my collection of Penrose Albums. Soon to follow – the invasion of the cultural theorists. Saussure / Derrida / Foucault / Pierce / Deleuze and Barthes. All players and major wordsmiths. Believe.
2014 is over.The was my Christmas Vibe. I’ve been asked by Kofi Annan to try and end war and hate. I designed and printed these sweatshirts for my beautiful nieces and super cool nephews. The Uppercase X is Cooper Black, designed by Oswald Bruce Cooper in 1921. I’m thinking of rolling out this message across Bootle and The Middle East
The girl in the photo is my gorgeous niece, Gina ‘Binny Moggs’ Morrissey. She has recently returned from studying in Chile. Gina was definitely the coolest person in Santiago, but by all accounts, that wasn’t hard.