After coming back from the Glasgow transport museum last year I was inspired by seeing the wacky Sinclair C5 and other more successful inventions such as the Spectrum home computer from Clive Sinclair. There were so many different old vehicles that were preserved so well it was very inspiring to see the development from then to now.
For fun I started doodling this scientist inventor guy. He’s supposed to be ginger, have tartan trousers and a lab coat full of stuff. I know, I should colour my drawings. I’m not sure of his name yet, but he could possibly be a Fraser 🙂
I started watching ‘Rick and Morty’ this year, so I’m happy that this character doesn’t resemble Rick apart from the lab coat, but I understand if people think I’m inspired by that. I think this guy is trying to find wacky solutions to everyday problems rather than screw with the whole universe. Perhaps Rick is just a bit cooler than a nerdy Scottish scientist, so he’s on the shelf until he can get more funding.
A quick reminder about my little society6 shop where you can currently buy prints of my illustration work. I haven’t managed to put any of my fine art work up there yet, but hopefully that’s coming soon.
There’s not much profit to be made on society6 unless I sell hundreds of thousands of prints (which is unlikely!), so any meagre profit I might make can go towards my monthly donation to the WWF in Finland. Anything leftover will be spent on rum. And toilet paper.
These are the five works that I made for the Helsinki International Artists’ Association (HIAA) exhibition ‘Dear Suomi’. The images need to be looked at larger online to see the details under all the layers. I made a statement below about the work, hopefully it gives a little insight into my thoughts behind these works.
‘I am British and living in Finland. I was brought up in Staffordshire in England which is known for it’s production of blue and white porcelain.
The images used to decorate porcelain in Staffordshire were often influenced by cultures from around the world; images that have been taken out of context and have adopted new meaning. I have incorporated images from Staffordshire porcelain into these drawings. I have also incorporated influences from Finnish porcelain and some of my own memories and motifs into the drawings.
As an immigrant from a country with a colonialist history I want to explore my relationship with Finland and how I have been influenced by Finnish culture.
The expressive painterly marks are used in juxtaposition to the illustrative drawing to convey a sense of energy, struggle and life.
Blue and white also has obvious connections with Finland and the Finnish flag.’