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Thursday, 25 December 2014

Introducing Josephine Disney: eccentric, artist, legend.

Finally managed to document some paintings from Aunt José, head of the family. From the famous to the fantastical - there's no doubt she's got the dramatic Disney gene ...

Josephine Disney "... ready for my close up"

Famous faces:

Marilyn Monroe

Brigitte Bardot

James Dean


Marlon Brando

David Hockney 

Margaret Thatcher

Marilyn Monroe

David Bowie and Marlene Dietrich

Disney Daydreams:

The Nottingham party scene in the 80s. Famous faces include Humphrey Bogart, Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe, real characters include the artist (bottom left) and the infamous 'suicide Michael' - last to arrive, first to threaten to jump. On cue he's the blue suit entering the room.

Koi Carp

Ship on the iceberg

Artist dreaming

                                                               After a migraine


Naked ladies

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Steady now.

Update. The Million Mask March in London showed the usual mix of promise and noisy ignorance. The gathering moved amicably down to Parliament Square, although I did try and intervene when some idiot in a mask began to move massive road signs IN to the way of the oncoming protesters. At Westminster tube someone tells me the police are starting to kettle people and that we ought to split up - and to pass the message on. I turn to do so and attempt a 'mic check'. I'm fairly new to this ingenious concept whereby those nearest to the person wishing to speak repeat the exact message and so on, in order for people at the back to hear. However I was faced with blank looks. Fair enough. Someone tells Russell Brand to pass it on and everyone listen accordingly. We split and travel round the back of Parliament Square but by the time we reach the police barricade, opposite the Houses of Parliament, some fool has sent a firecracker in the direction of the police.

Predictably things start to get a tad more aggro as the police run at us waving menacing 2 foot batons. A small amount of 'protestors' start shoving the barriers into the police and a few blokes get a bit excitable (and to my mind menacing) as they accost Russell Brand and start spouting some fairly aggressive nonsense. At one point I find myself intervening and tell them to go home if they're not going to be peaceful as they're at the wrong protest.

I have to emphasise that the majority of people there are peaceful and want genuine change. They may not all have fully formed ideas about quite what is wrong with the world and how we can effect the necessary change, but they have the good sense to be highlighting that there is an issue to be addressed. As teachers always used to say, "a few of you are ruining it for everyone else". Standard.

I say ruining, it's not as bad as all that. Hopefully the behaviour of the actual activists; the protestors and revolutionists, will distinguish us from any violent rent-a-mob who have previously damaged the reputations of the animal rights movement and Islam, amongst others. One minute they're throwing traffic cones at cops and aiming fireworks at Buckingham Palace, the next bombs are being hidden under cars. Slightly more organisation required for the latter, and a great deal more hate, but the riots of 2011 demonstrated how quickly things can escalate when a volatile and excitable mob gather with any suggestion of a cause.

The already fickle and controlled media has enough ammunition from tonight's influx of videos uploaded of violent and aggressive bullies damaging property and intimidating the public - if they happen to drive a nice car - to discredit us in the eyes of your average Joe. It is the responsibility of the rest of us to reject this bullshit as I think I speak for the majority when I say I don't want to be associated with these wankers.

Vive la revolution!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014


Revolution. An exciting notion! It's certainly stirred up an increasingly lively national debate; suddenly we have a comedian being interviewed on Newsnight and the Mayor of London writing a column about him.

Luckily it has also got people talking openly about ideas that until recently have largely been considered the arena of hippies, dreamers and conspiracy theorists. That is to say, unrealistic. Whilst the UK has made a half hearted nod to appease 'the people' in that we now recycle, buy free range and run news stories about corporation tax avoidance, the issues of global irresponsibility, corruption and equality are pushing more firmly into the public arena.

'Revolution' as I see it is merely the most convenient (and faintly glamorous) term for the social change which is imminent. I say imminent because I really believe that if we don't make this change we're fucked. Either we'll take ourselves out with an ill advised war that if anyone ever finds our charred remains - perhaps a solitary Nokia will remain with a brief explanation - aliens will laugh about us in the way we affectionately abuse the silly dodos, or mother nature will say enough is enough and shake things up a bit. I mean, we may consume our way into global famine or intensively breed ourselves a ravaging new swine flu/ bird flu/ BSE - the consequences of our charming approach to raising animals for food. None of those prospects are appealing, and apart from the mother nature scenario, none of them need occur.

Although 'revolution' inevitably has connotations of violence and chaos, "a forcible overthrow of a government or social order, in favour of a new order', fortunately that force can be less about beheading and more of a persistent lean; it simply requires that people are willing to take responsibility for their actions, spend their money ethically and be vocal about injustice. Obviously there is more to it than that, this is just a blog and it's getting late. However if you apply these principles at all levels of society, from individuals to corporations and governments, we would quickly find ourselves on the right track.

Consider if billions of pounds weren't spent in keeping various pharmaceutical companies in power over our health; if our doctors weren't sponsored to prescribe us addictive pills for complaints that often can treated with more holistic or natural approaches. Sure, cures aren't good for business.

On a similar note there is certainly a lot of profit in intensive animal farming, but not only are we committing atrocities for which any grand children will be quick to disown us, we're also funding the most unsustainable industry that is pillaging our resources when people on the planet still don't have enough food or clean water. The human population of the planet consumes 5.2 billion gallons of water a day, and 21 billion pounds of food. Cows raised for food alone consume 45 billion gallons of water and 135 billion pounds of food - which could be eaten by people. That doesn't make sense. But it does make a few people very rich. It also makes for a huge strain on the NHS. Back to our reliance on addictive pills with side-effects, for which there are other pills.

My copy of Russell Brand's Revolution has just been delivered. Tomorrow is November 5th - a day on which I first watch V for Vendetta and which made me hugely reassured that the revolution I'd sensed wasn't just in my head. I'll be joining the Million Mask March which sees people across the world protesting peacefully in the name of changing social order and achieving actual democracy. Last year 900 hundred people in masks marched through central London and it wasn't reported in the news until 10.30pm when the BBC mentioned there'd been a small protest about 'rises in energy prices'. That definitely wasn't it. I predict tomorrow will be even more indicative of the change that is bubbling at society's surface so if your interest is piqued why not grab a mask and show your face.

Trafalgar Square 5.45pm November 5th.

                                                            Best sign ever.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Mood Board - Weapons of Mass Destruction

'Weapons of Mass Destruction' (working title)

I'm looking for an illustrator/ animator for a short film project. Whilst both the concept and the film itself are relatively simple, it could be considered controversial; it plays with audience expectations and highlights an alternative view of an historic and globally significant event.

The role will sadly be low paid as it's self-funded, but the film will make an interesting addition to any portfolio and will be entered into film festivals on completion. The following videos and images are a few examples of the sort of visuals I'm keen to use.

Pinterest steals:

Mikey Please:

 Picnic videos:

 Picnic Reasons
                                                                                                                   Picnic Reason

Voodoo Dog:

Em Carroll:

If any of the above inspire you and you'd like to be involved with the project, drop me a line on