Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Travelling Museum of British Invention

After immersing myself in the whaling ways of the nineteenth century I was commissioned to create a couple of exhibits for the Travelling Museum of British Invention

Touring up and down the country and featuring exhibits from various artists, this enchanting museum on a routemaster, showcases the very best of British discoveries throughout the ages. Graphics courtesy of my friend Alice Toe Roche.

I was commissioned by Sing! to create an exhibition piece for the Hypodermic Syringe, invented by Alexander Wood in 1853 after being inspired by the architecture of bee stings. 

 No bees were harmed in the making of this exhibit. Poor endangered bees need all the help they can get. 

I was asked to create another showcase for Uranus, the discovery of which was made by William Herschel in 1781. (The opportunity for a pun such as this, simply cannot be turned down.)

FUN FACT: William had originally named the planet after his best friend King George. 
This remained the case until other astronomers started poking fun. They decided to rename it UR ANUS. Which they thought was much more sensible...


Check out the Travelling Museum of British Inventions, coming soon to a pavement near you! Even Brian May's excited.

Having a Whale of a Time

Severe lack of blogging in the last few months. 

Fortunately it's not been laziness but because I've been so bloody swamped skipping from one exciting job to another that there's been no time to tell anyone about it. Which is nice really.

For the most part of August and September I was working alongside the lovely folks at Anarchy, on one of their many feature projects. Swell studio, lovely folks and the most enviable collection of 'things': trinkets, treasures, props I've ever seen stowed away in a mezzanine. Bob's certainly got some great, great bits.

I was brought on originally to work on the latest Ron Howard production In the Heart of the Sea; the story of whaling ship The Essex, set off the coast of Nantucket Island and the events which took place in 1820 that later inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick. 
Without giving too much away before the release....

I spent my time making/ dressing ships in bottles...

(Love a good rigging)

Drawing saucy mermaids in sailors sketchbooks....

And artworking some nice big chests...

Sea-faring heaven! As I said. I had a whale of a time.