Thursday, 31 December 2009
Wednesday, 30 December 2009
Tuesday, 29 December 2009
I think Guy Ritchie's divorce has helped his film making skills Sherlock Holmes with Jude Law and Robert Downey Junior I quite enjoyed. The bare knuckle fighting adds a fresh dimension to the holmes adventures. I've not done any miles on the bike today I feel a bit guilty.
Monday, 28 December 2009
Sunday, 27 December 2009
Well readers I've had a fantastic christmas I received a mr Potato Head some books to doodle in and lots of fragrance people are trying to tell me I smell no doubt. I've eaten loads and watched lots of telly and films over the last few days. You cannot beat a bit of Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. I did a few miles on my bike this morning, I did spot some people making there way home.
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Just been reading parents cannot buy for love nor money the Lego Indiana Jones Temple of Doom sets. Those boxed sets have flown of the shelves its more popular than ever. You cannot beat some lego for a bit of fun, I've got loads. Looks like another stay indoors type of day and have the kettle on lots.
Monday, 21 December 2009
Saturday, 19 December 2009
Well readers check me in my santa outfit although ladies my thighs in real life are more sculpted thanks to the cycling. Its freezing outdoors proper scarf weather. I braved it yesterday on my bike and boy it was an experience. The sleet was coming down first thing in the morning, does lance train in weather like that?
Thursday, 17 December 2009
Well readers just done under forty miles on the bike in rain and some sleet. it was freezing but all good fun. My bath and brew at the end of it was so good I earnt them today. Me and my mate Phil were the only plonkers on bikes we spotted no other cyclists.
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Monday, 14 December 2009
Sunday, 13 December 2009
Friday, 11 December 2009
Well it was a frosty morning but I kicked started it at 5.30am with a morning bike ride. I have to admit the scarf and skull cap worn under my helmet were much appreciated this morning. A cup of tea at the end of the ride was the ticket.
Thursday, 10 December 2009
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Well this aft I've drawn this festive tonic. I've read a list about 25 movers and shakers in the fashion world Nick Knight and Paul Smith were on it. I've eaten two festive gingerbread men done some drawings and supped some tea, plus done some miles on my bike. Its been great.
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Monday, 7 December 2009
Well I did this small festive doodle in my sketchbook first thing with a brew on the go. I thought I'd share this nugget from my sketchbook with you all. Any how best crack on with things just after I put my scarf on its cold.
Sunday, 6 December 2009
Well this afternoon I did some more miles on the bike it was a little windy out there and wet on the roads. By the end of it it looked like I might have been off road mountain biking. Me and my mate did stop off for a can of pop I scoffed some fruit cake to fuel the rest of my bike ride.
Saturday, 5 December 2009
Well readers looking for criminals at 3.30am in the rain wearing just your underpants is not a good look which actually happened to me. Dam those pesky robbers. Nor is being ditched by your girlfriend for a playstation 3 obsession which has actually happened to tennis superstar Andy Murray. Well Kim Sears there is no PS3 obsession at this end just a brew addiction.
Thursday, 3 December 2009
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Well readers find me on the back page of the Guardians Sport section tomorrow involving some grass stains. Alternatively check Dominic trevett's blog in me mates section for his Rodeo illustration. He loves his Maps that bloke. Plus check Thunderchunky's blog looks like there's a KidRobot store in London. Reet its the first of December I need a brew and possibly make a christmas list.
Monday, 30 November 2009
Readers if you haven't watched "Looking For Eric" get it watched I really enjoyed this film by Ken Loach its a great heroic comedy. I was rolling about laughing at some of the dialogue; maybe cos I'm a bit of rough from the north and love the working class man and working class heroes, but I cannot praise it enough this film. "The Gulls they follow the Trawler Alreet".
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Early morning on my bike ride I spooked a fox then he proceeded to run alongside me whilst I was stepping up the pace on the pedals to keep warm; it was freezing early doors. I can sniff december and the christmas pudding this year where has it gone.
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Just been out and about I could not stop myself a quick peruse in the bookshop. I stumbled across a reference book on adventures I couldn't leave behind. I think its an excellent book of reference points which could provide a platform for a piece of work for me with a Northern twist.
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Well I rode my bike for seven and half miles in a nice wind. I really struggled to get into a rhythm. At the end of it my face was glowing red I felt drained. I've also had the pleasure of having to look through some old images of mine which made me cringe. But we continue, kettle on.
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
From the 26th of November and all this coming weekend if you after an Al Heighton limited edition screen print visit The Old Truman Brewery 91 Brick Lane London E16QL find the stand "A Little Bit Of Art" Gina Cross will be there to sell you one.
Monday, 23 November 2009
Forgot to mention readers last week on my travels I spotted my first house already with a christmas tree all decorated; plus they had these two foot tall drummers in the upstairs window. I know the retailers are ramming christmas down are necks, but its a bit early the 20th of November to have the tree up in the house. Reet kettle on.
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Last Night Dean and Russell Downing those cycling superstars held there Out Of The Saddle charity auction and disco.It was attended by many cycling fans and superstars even the veteran Malcolm Elliot. They made a heap of money for there chosen charity. The limited edition screen print I donated went for a whopping £160 which I'm pleased about. It was beautifully modelled see the above, Its a good job I wasn't employed for that task readers eh!
Last night I saw the Arctic Monkeys play at Manchester Evening News Arena, many thanks dan from Devote for the ticket and invite. Mr Turner thas alreet from South Yorkshire wi your guitar and lyrics. Readers I helped eat one big pizza last night it was huge. Anyhow kettle on.
Saturday, 21 November 2009
Well I've already had a walkout for the papers its very grey and wet. I've returned and thought kettle on and lets doodle some smiley faces. Looking through the papers its all X factor, handball drama and boobs in the jungle what more do you want on a weekend.
Thursday, 19 November 2009
I recently donated one of my limited edition screenprints to 'Gifted' a forth coming Charty Art Auction to raise money for teens with cancer check http://www.giftedauction.org/ All the works are being exhibited from the 23 - 26th of November 2009. There are some fantastic works by Jonathan Yeo, Rankin, Steve Wilson, Yuko Kondo, Rose Stallard, Mr Bingo, Damien Poulain and many other great artists. The auction day is the 26th of November. The venue Ground floor 9A Devonshire Square London EC2M 4YE.
Today I visited the new Nottingham Contemporary gallery to see the works by David Hockney 1960 - 1968 : A Marriage of Styles exhibition. Its a great new gallery space, the building is very interesting. More to the point the works on show really interested me, especially the etchings by Hockney. They have a great shop I got myself two new books. I shall surely visit this space again in the future. Readers if your in Nottingham go see it.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
I just want to confirm readers it wasn't me who bid 10 grand to go hillwalking with Tv's Julia bradbury for charity. Not that I wouldn't go walking with Julia with a big flask of tea and some shortbread and one of her great scarfs. Julia bradbury eh!
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Monday, 16 November 2009
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Saturday, 14 November 2009
Friday, 13 November 2009
Thursday, 12 November 2009
Well readers I've been drawing flora and fauna subject matter, whilst there are grey skies looming outside and workmen sup tea out of thermos flasks in High Vis jackets. I've perked up a bit more. I've been doodling and back to making jokes. Fear not. Kettle on.
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
I've just had delivered a copy of Basics Illustration 04 Global Contexts by Mark Wigan author and graphic artist. Its a great little book, find me on page 31 which feels quite apt, I'm 31 this year readers next month on the 15th to be precise. Other featured contributors include Andy Smith, Gemma Correll, Mike Redmond [ who I taught briefly], Simone lia and many more. Its packed with some thought provoking commentary and a good journey through contemporary illustration landscape.
To be honest I feel better than I have over the last four or five days. I'm hoping the worst of my cold is behind me, I need to crack on. Here is a cute little whale, I recently bought a book on Whales which the talented Jon Burgerman recommended to me, admittedly during the transaction of buying a copy for a few seconds; I fell in love with the lady selling me it, in the bookstore. Readers she was gorgeous, but enough I need a brew.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Monday, 9 November 2009
Saturday, 7 November 2009
Well readers I'm full up with cold, or man flu perhaps both. But I continued to graft while my nose ran and eyes watered cos I'm from Donny!. I did spot a picture of Katy Perry in a West Ham united dress which made me chuckle. It was quite an outfit. Remind me when I next step out with a lady to have her wear a Doncaster Rovers dress.
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Well readers I'm filling up with cold for sure it started with a sore throat this morning. At the time of writing my nose needs blowing. I don't look attractive at all. The brews will be replaced with Lemsip for sure. But I must plod on.
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Monday, 2 November 2009
I read today in "How to be Idol" by Tom Hodgkinson with excellent illustrations by Rodrick Mills "Coffee is for winners, go-getters, tea ignorers, lunch cancellers, early risers, guilt-ridden strivers, money obsessives and status-driven lunatics. It is an evervating force. We should resist it and embrace tea, the ancient drink of poets, philosopers and meditators". Nuff said, I say "kettle on tea bags at the ready".
Sunday, 1 November 2009
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Friday, 30 October 2009
Well I cycled more miles in the dark, achieved a doodle or two and did emails drank a few brews thought quite a lot. I've got a string of tasks to complete, but the first is to have another brew before bedtime at the time of writing this.
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Got to admit everytime I've opened the newspapers over the last few weeks there's an article with some slant or stats on "Booze Britain", myself at this HQ its cups of tea all the way except on weekend trips to Edinburgh where I've been known to play Air Piano. Reet kettle on.
Well readers, cycling fans why not attend "Out of the saddle" an evening with the Downings on the 21st of November at Sitwell Golf Club Rotherham 7.30pm till late. Dean and Russell Downing are working with the Geoff Thomas Foundation all proceeds from there auction and raffle go to the foundation. You have chance to bid for one of my limited edition screen prints "Brew race", Paul Smith has one in his collection. There are guest speakers, there is a buffet and a disco. There will be plenty of banter about cycling events from the last calendar year. The evening is supported by SIS products, Continental tyres, Pinarello Racing and Rapha Condor
Contact: J Smith email: email@example.com
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Well today I was most surprised this morning I got really wrapped up to go out on the bike, and was amazed how mild it was. Compared to this time last year it really was cold first thing. For those that don't know and are wondering I'm on the right in the photo below.
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Well here is a chap, playing a keyboard I guess; over the weekend I must confess in the tree of trust I played a bit of air piano at about 3am after a nightout in deepest Edinburgh. For those that are not mates with me on facebook and had the pleasure of watching a cringe worthy performance of me, you can digest the above image.
Monday, 26 October 2009
On my weekend adventure to Edinburgh to see my painter mate dylan lisle, I digested a massive breakfast plus the art galleries including some works by damien hirst. But I found this above in a pub you've not pickled and put one of these in a tank mr hirst eh!
Friday, 23 October 2009
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Amongst a load of books I found an old exercise book which my sister had created when she was maybe 5 or 6 many years ago. Flicking through the pages it made me chuckle, I especially liked the above page wrote in pencil which is why its faint, nothing changes she still gives out the advice still today but mostly verbally.
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Well readers; I had a lovely email the other day to tell me my blog is written about and features in the new november issue of Concept For Living magazine. Many, many thanks to the people at the magazine for mentioning my blog it's great people out there enjoy it on a tea break. keep reading folks I promise I'll continue updating with my life and adventures..... click on the above image to read the article.
Well I've been soaked once more out cycling on my bike. With the weather changing its only the very hardy you see out on bikes in this autumnal weather maybe I'm just not wired up correct. The fair weather brigade all these young dudes on there expensive bikes where are they. I noticed there was an article in yesterdays G2 in the Guardian about cycling in this weather.
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Last night; I digested the last episode of Design for Life, meanwhile a mate sent me a text. I'd missed Come Dine With Me, with the gorgeous Julia Bradbury apparently looking quite sexy. At the Heighton HQ its no secret I'm an admirer, I especially like the scarf and wardrobe collection Julia rocks on Contryfile. Sigh....................... any how Its that time of year I can sniff november and christmas how this year has flown.
Monday, 19 October 2009
Well readers recently I've had numerous people make fun and ask if I have a brother or a cousin that looks like me they even say I look geeky some of these mates. Nope I don't, no relation to me folks. Besides me mum describes me as good looking.
Sunday, 18 October 2009
I'm getting a bit fed up on my early morning bike rides with rats jumping out and nearly going under my front wheel, or nearly leaping at me in my lycra thinking I'm some snack. Plus bats swooping at me whilst my LED lights are on. Grrrrrrr.
Saturday, 17 October 2009
Well this afternoon I've done some more miles on my bike and it really does look more like Autumn to me outdoors with the colour of the trees. I spotted Russell Downing on his bike going at quite a pace in his new team Sky cycling gear. I'm sure we will see lots of riders in that team kit next summer I feel sure.
Friday, 16 October 2009
Well readers the postie has just delivered me a copy of Made & Sold by fl@33 published by Laurence King;I feature in there with two of my images. But there's some really fantastic work in there by Andy Smith, kate Sutton, Peepshow, Jon Burgerman, Jeremyville, Emily Forgot and a heap of other talented people. This book is amazing, they even quote me in it. I sound half smart in it. Get yourself a copy enjoy with a brew.
Yesterday I visited London and on my travels I was quite taken with a book which was £90 squid it showed the work by Edward Bawden and his work for a rather expensive shop that the Queen shops at. I also spotted some actual models from the Fantastic Mr Fox film, they were so detailed find them down Oxford street in a window of a large chain store.
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
Monday, 12 October 2009
Sunday, 11 October 2009
On a leisurely Sunday afternoon bash on the bike me and my mate were flagged down not for you average set of directions. But to ask us if we knew personally where the sloe berries were. Could we direct them to the sloe berries?? I haven't a clue was my answer but they had plenty of countryside to pick from. I've not tasted Sloe Gin, I like a brew.
Saturday, 10 October 2009
This last week I've caught a peek at Nick Knights new book another book I want to own, I love the photography of this man and his dress sense, probably one of the best dressed gents in Britain. His photography never bores me but engages me and indeed inspires me. I just hope he keeps grafting.
Friday, 9 October 2009
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
Well its been raining outside off and on. I've been singing off and on, whilst sat on my computer. I have the new Michael Buble song in my head. "Have'nt met you yet", I like the lass in the pop video that never happens to me down at my local supermarket though.
Monday, 5 October 2009
Saturday, 3 October 2009
Well readers I heard a whisper that the prime minister might have been in South Yorkshire today for an event over at Sheffield. Leaving Doncaster today I was stopped on my bike while a Police escorted Jaguar and a smart land Rover were escorted through the rough and ready roads of Donny. Could have been the Prime Minister.
Thursday, 1 October 2009
Well this morning I mentioned in my blog about christmas. Later in the morning I won a job to illustrate Santa. I love it we have hit October and its christmas from here onwards. I need a brew. perhaps serve it up with biscuits and xmas trimmings.
Well readers I've just changed over my calendar. Yes it's a fabulous two piece costume the model is wearing; but more alarmingly its the 1st of October. I've just set out on foot to work on my ten thousand steps for the day. I hit step 20 I believe before "Morning, its Christmas soon". Shut up!