October Update

This month I’ve been keeping my head down and churning out a lot of work. The biggest bulk of it has been in conjunction with a friend’s startup, Vicious Circles, which is an excellent source of cycling themed art. It's been really nice to have a simple constraint in terms of theme, but otherwise plenty of freedom to create. Additionally my colleague has a great eye for graphic design and a lot of experience so he's been an excellent source of feedback.

We are hoping to expand the prints to other sports such as running and triathlons, and naturally I’m making the case for climbing themed art. (:

Of course any of the current work would be an lovely gift for that major cycling fan in your life. *wink wink*

And I've been continuing with learning better Photoshop painting skills. It's been a bit "fits and spurts" with all the vector work I've been doing, but I can feel myself improving and what I am learning is seeping into my other work. Currently its a bit of a battle between adding more shading details or keeping things flat. Eventually I'll find the right balance...

 

For the upcoming month my plans are pushing self promotion more, which I'm rubbish at and hopefully finding time to do more of the climbing art I have planned but keeps getting put on the back burner. And, as always, working to become a better artist in general.

My most recent piece, a map of the UK with the 2014 Tour of Britain route. Poor Scotland got left out of the race this year, but it's too pretty a place to leave off the map. 

My most recent piece, a map of the UK with the 2014 Tour of Britain route. Poor Scotland got left out of the race this year, but it's too pretty a place to leave off the map. 

Updates!

Nearly 2 months since the last update! Oops!

But I haven't been sitting on my hands, a lot's been getting done, quietly, behind the scenes.

I've joined a collaborative project with a good friend of mine and if you're a big fan of cycling I think it will really interest you. Check out Vicious Circles for some amazing cycling themed prints. There's a broad range of styles covering graphic design to illustration. And hopefully the range will soon expand to include some other sports.

 

And in my free time I've gotten to do a fair amount of travelling and climbing. At the beginning of August my best friend and I met up in Brussels and had a great weekend exploring the city, enjoying the great beer, beautiful architecture, and I was finally able to see Mannekin Pis which has been on my to-do list for years.

After returning from Brussels there was an unexpected trip back to America to see family in Texas and then Colorado. Every time I go back to CO I find myself wishing more and more than I lived there. You just can't beat that pine tree smell!

And over the August bank holiday had a beautiful camping and trad climbing trip in the Peak District. It was my first time climbing trad, but it was great fun and the local gritstone was such a nice change from the horrible, slippy limestone in the Gloucestershire area.