Monday, December 13, 2010
on the long and winding road through life some people cycle ...
i was asked to do a 'mascot' for a team Garmin-Cervelo cycling camp in Cayman ... which is pretty cool cause they're the biggest cycling team in the world.
the mascot was just the dready cyclist and in a version a little different from my vision (you can see the mascot about 5 posts down on the blog) but to the left is a dready original that's kinda closer to my version ... and in a sweet twist of fate this ended up, as a piece of art, in the hands of thor hushovd the world s number one cyclist ... the road is indeed long!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
so many ways to own dready: T shirts, post cards, baseball caps, bags ... art on canvas, art on paper, art on aluminum even ...
These 6 pieces are part of a group art show; the two in the middle and the one at top right are part of a series destined to be part of the dready for caribbean canvas company line of Tshirts.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
this is the dready image that's on the back of the bus in the post below ... it's a year exactly since i drew this for andrew and now he and it are on the way to cross the Antarctic ...
this is the address of the expedition's blog.
Friday, November 12, 2010
you could always find me at the back of the bus when i was a yute, yu know ... not bad really, not even truly rebellious just, perhaps, a little troublesome, mischievous maybe
dready art's on its own path, divergent and different through life: the characters are doing their own thing in their own unique way ...
Here, 'Andrew and Andrew', two penguin characters, are on the back of a bus that is literally, i joke you not, going to the South Pole and beyond, with the Moon-Regan Trans-Antarctic expedition.
Look up the expedition because it's a very cool thing they're doing; adventure yes, but science, awareness ... exposition as well as expedition.
Friday, October 29, 2010
the road was long and the way was winding but the view was spectacular and the destination great ...
these dready art divers don't seem all that much different from the version 2 below that went before, but it is ... very much so; just the change to sand on the bottom has brightened it, more fish has given it more life and grouper adds the whimsical touch ...
that grouper has a big rahted mouth!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
i think that art works well in collaboration with others ...
there were at least 6 people mulling around the creation of this dready not including the artist himself ...
and here I am loving the end result and loving all the people that participated in the fun and frolic ... frolic's not a very west indian/caribbean word eh; but you know I gamboled through the halls of schools in england and canada where people do the odd bit of frolic-ing.
i've done this image for a ride in the cayman islands with team garmin-cervelo, where local riders get to time trial with the international riders.
i've said it before and i'll say it again doing dready is the most fun i can have with my clothes on ...
peace and love!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
i first learned to dive, or at least first dove, with bella, in negril; we stayed at home sweet home ... which was sweet and not very much like home ...
now i live and sometimes i dive, in the cayman islands. its a beautiful place; a first world nation in a caribbean setting ...
this dready is part of a series of six, based around water sports, for a group of caribbean wide resort clothing shops ... there are some little elements of cool in it that I like; the single fish, the bottom of the boat, the fishing like with the red yellow and green bait on the end ...
Sunday, October 3, 2010
the printed mounted and framed image on the wall ... the finished product, signed and delivered; taken, as it were, to the culmination of the art.
it's a nice feeling.
art needs that, any art; the right frame, the right mat ... the right wall.
in the case of the dready i like to leave a little space between the image and the mat when they're done on paper: I like that space, i think it brings the eye in to the art ... on canvas i like the visual of a shadow box frame with space around the art ... but you know, maybe that's just the artist in me talking ...
Thursday, September 23, 2010
i don't have to tell the whole story cause your mind's going to tell the rest of it ...
i've just got to give you the essence of the people, their shape, the way they stand, an approximation of their hair and you'll fill in the rest ...
there's a lot about this image that i like; the colours for one, the caricature, the chicken, the text with its subtle humor, the fact their heads are floating, the tennis ('cause i like tennis) ... i like racquet sports; i play squash and badminton and table tennis which, oddly is also a racquet sport (i think!) ...
Thursday, September 16, 2010
in jamaica everybody have a different name; horace's name is really stephenson, bull's name was richard, skinny is skinny, but slim is not and neither of them really name skinny nor slim!
anyhow so i met a girl name chineyphat, but that's not her name and i never really even met her either; we just talk, electronically, you know, as is the way of this new world where we live and work and eat ... and this is the end result ...
i'd wondered how i was going to depict bamboo ave/walk: i know it well, have friends live right there and used to travel that road to kingston in the happy hilltop days of enfield and darliston: but dready 's about the impression of a thing, not the thing and so i didn't depict bamboo ave i just put up a sign and a shadow, because that's the cool of bamboo ave, the mottled, light, the shadow, the sense of a tunnel ...
ride with a friend!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
it's the colours in this dready that i really like; i kind of let the mind run wild through the pastures of its imagination ...
the beginning of a day, the deep soft warm; the photo doesn't do them justice; the sky is gold, the sea cerulean, the clouds bauxite lined with yellow, the rays of sunlight in cream.
The dready girl on the right is lovely, her shape, her expression, the rum on the tray ... it's for the bacardi family and the final cards were printed by roli garcia at http://www.originalimpressions.com/ ... he done good work; if you need him, call him.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
sometimes, just sometimes, inspiration seems to click and i think that this was one of those times ... the colours, my work on the characters, the composition, the fish in the foreground ...
i not a big fisherman, i been fishing, been fishing a lot, but is really not my thing ... i like catching, now that's fun: ricky and me trolling the edges of falmouth harbour pulling in one small barra after another and releasing them ... the dock at morgans harbour and sprats on a hand-line ... i like that; trolling hours out at big sea looking for seaweed and flotsam in the hot sun, not so much!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
you can see an evolution in the dready ness in this image, while still seeing the original context and intent.
A new client wanted to differentiate themselves from the pack while still using dready images and this was the direction we went in, moving from the surfer image inspired by mel macdonald's cornwall surfing images.
i went paddle boarding at cayman kai the other day in the bio-luminescent lagoon; now that's something to write in a blog about!
never stand still!
Monday, August 23, 2010
when you finish a project like this it isn't the end, it's the beginning ... beginning of your relationship with the buyer and with the people that the cards go out to ...
dready cards have been lurking around since 2004, I used them to test the whole idea of dreadyness to see what people liked in an image, what they didn't like - it was an inexpensive and effective tool because you could produce multiple images and put them in many places and see what people were attracted to.
what I found was that people liked images that related to their personal experience and not just fun cool images ...
Learn something new every day!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
there's something salubrious about seeing your art on a wall ... an almost salacious satisfaction
this piece is especially beautiful.
I did this dready image for the very first taste of cayman food and wine festival at camana bay, now it's a print and this is #1 in the series.
Friday, July 23, 2010
should dready art be simple or more detailed ...
it's a question ...
it's a question that i'm both asked and ask of myself all the time.
and yu know what, i kinda going with the opinion that the art speaks to you as you do it; it requires certain things from you to be finished.
take this and the previous post ... the ferrari, the converse all stars, are detail, but the whole image is very spare; this image not dissimilar in the idea of detail is very full ... it kind of filled itself.
Friday, July 9, 2010
when I was a yute-ish yute my father used to drive an e-type Jag, my godfather used to drive a 250GT California ...
then my father got a Buick Skylark convertible, of which I have stronger memories, but not fonder ones as it was nowhere near as lovely.
the 250GT California and the e-type could be the most beautiful cars ever designed.
Now it ain't easy to draw something like this, it doesn't take minutes but hours ... but yow, hear dis, dready likes cars, I like cars and both of us like the ferrari ...
Thursday, July 1, 2010
what's a dready worth?
One of the joys of dready art is that it's personalized, very personalized; the client can participate in the process from start to finsih.
the avg commission takes 2 months to complete; back and forth with client, the art itself, project management involved in printing, shipping, often framing and sometimes installation.
1st class customer service
If you had to spend 2 months on a project what would that be worth to you?
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
i drank a small glass of rum on the rocks today as the sun went down over 7 mile beach ... and it was lovely.
rum's part of the fabric of the caribbean ...
the rum on that tray is part of the fabric of cuba, puerto rico, bahamas, miami and bermuda; bacardi encompasses all of that.
dready might drink white rum and milk; I don't, I like a nice gold rum over lots of ice ... but never to excess ... strictly for flavour!
see you in the rum bar!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
I been thinking a lot lately about where it all started and where it's going to ... on both a personal and an artistic level ...
and am wondering if the whole concept of this Jus' Chillin dready image mightn't be the answer to all those questions!!
not that the goal's to chill, but to be chilled about the goal; that whatever is to be will be, you work hard, you keep your eye on the goal posts, focus on the task at hand and everything else will just do what it is doing ...
and while you're working hard everything else may well work out just the way it is supposed to.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
3 months ago as part of a gallery exhibition I painted on a gig (spinning top) for the national gallery ...
the idea had been that the gig would be shown in tandem with the image I had in my mind at the time I did the gig ...
it never quite worked out that way ... things sometimes don't; but here it is in the flesh the idea of a gig as space craft.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
this, is a pitch for a shanghai bicycle shop guy ...
it's okay, I think, to have something made in china that is for china!
lot of the boys I knew, when I was a callow yute, had racing bikes and used to go to stadium and ride round the track, drafting and racing ... all about speed; the bikes had fixed pedals, you couldn't coast, as the wheels moved the pedals moved and as the pedals moved the wheels moved; a continuous cycle that was hard to break ...
I didn't have such a bike ... besides, dready's more of a skeng foot ambler than a racer, dallying through traffic knees out, heels in, elbows in, pant foot rolled up ...
ride natty ride!
Monday, April 26, 2010
this, like me, is a work in progress ...
I am absolutely in love with this image.
one of the coolest things about a dready is the client's ability to participate in the process - they can feel attached to the work.
in the case of this image i'm simply waiting for the client's input to finalize ... and then it's off to scotland with it.
Friday, April 23, 2010
A year ago I did a series of flowers, for the national gallery's earth day project at the Glass House construction wall -
5 different flowers, 4 ft in diameter, on board, 8' square and painted green.
A year later, battered by the harsh environment, they're still lovely ...
Friday, April 16, 2010
you do a thing sometimes not understanding where that thing will lead you ... the barque in this image, the canoe, and the characters are simple as pie silhouettes ...
but the idea of more fleshed out characters started right here and moved along till I got to the dready surfers that are further south in the posts below.
also below is the dashing white sergeant who for reasons of costume had to be portrayed front on ... this doesn't mean that the traditional dready is no more just that I now have more ways of expressing him if needed ...
I'm growing up and dready is growing up with me.
Friday, April 9, 2010
a series of 7 deady cards based on west indian sayings that are evocative of Caymanian culture for a beautiful cottage hotel http://www.caymancottontree.com/
I loved this project ...
ps: cause there's always a ps, the image didn't register properly in the transfer to jpeg, the turtle in the shadow's actually red yellow and green; bright and cool and fun!
Monday, April 5, 2010
Apoise the yacht depicted in this image has just sold at auction and i've been secretly working away at it as a commission to the old owners.
a few days ago I showed it to a dready lova who said to me; "it's very cool but, you know, I just really like the rustic dreadys ..." And I like the rustic dreadys too ...
yet, I and the person who commissioned the art, love this ... I love it because I see the dreadyness in it, I see the colour, the simplicity in the intricacy; I see how, especially in the aft end I've created a very dready sense of Apoise.
but but but you see, for me, it also fills in a space in dready's world ... he and I look out and see this boat and although I don't have it yet, sooner or later, dready and this boat will meet in an image. and that's part of the point, it's not just dready, it's dreadyworld.
but more than just that, there was a time around 1985 (so much happening in those years they're a bit of a blur) dready and I'd just come back from New Mexico and I was working on a 117 foot yacht anchored in the new river canal behind las olas blvd and working other boat jobs same time ... I worked on boats, dready works on boats.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
post cards, like this, were where dready first started out ... because of the low cost we could run a test of several images and see how they worked ...
learnt some stuff.
Then took the basic pattern of the card and stuck it on a shirt ...
And learnt some more stuff.
So we elongated the design for the shirts, evolved the dialogue and changed the cards all to reflect what that test had taught us.
one of the things that I've learnt is that collaboration and listening to the opinions of others is critical ...
On of the things that dready learned is that round shoes is out of style!
Monday, March 29, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
there are two things I love about this image ...
I love the hand drawings that are the start of a dready image, so simple ...
I scratch them out on pieces of 8.5 x 11 paper, start with pencil and then fill with fine tipped black marker and paint with watercoulour paints.
And I love the commentary ... I've done a few dreadys with the commentary built in because I like the humour of it ...
look at the shape of him, he's delightful ...
it was over a coffee in guy harvey's studio that the idea of a dready marlin first came up ... we were discussing the idea of stuff that I could put into his cayman shoppe.
I love the Bob Marlin series I've done to date ... some body said to me Bob just seems to be having more fun than the other marlin's!
Stir it up!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
the hot weather warm sea dready riding the waves version ...
still it's different, like the dashing white sargeant image before it (somewhere below) because out of necessity the dready character is more 'formed' than would be normal, at the same time I tried to stay within the bounds of dready-ness.
I think I'm on a quest now to try a skateboarder ... as a yute in the rolling suburban-itys of Victoria BC where i was partially 'schooled' we did a lot of skateboarding ...
boom shaka laka!
Monday, March 22, 2010
i keep telling the children that fiddling gets you nowhere ... don't tell them but I lied ... I been fiddling with surfing images mostly because a delightful guy from Portsmouth, Nigel Petty, has been trying to get me to come up with dready surfing images ...
and then I came across an artist named Mel McDonald who does these lovely paintings of surfers off the cornish coast and her colours inspired me and her art gave me a slightly different direction to go in than the images I'd been pursuing before ...
Jus' so you know, dready ain't be surfing no cornwall coast or the severn estuary ... dready surfing warm, caribbean breaks where you can stop for rum and fish fry!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I went to a birthday party the other day and this dready was on the wall over an elegant antique mahogany sideboard ... when I was a boy there was a similar sideboard in the house, with similar decanters of rum and scotch and gin; their sterling silver labels like chains around sweet bwoy's neck. Seeing the dready there on that wall, above that sideboard gave it a sense of place in my mind. Dready would like it there.
I did a series like this, (dare I say I went through a period ... though short lived if I recall) a very minimalist yet 'evolved' style of a revisiting of some of the very early dreadys ... but you know, with the characters progressed, matured ...
much like me.
It's not the first time dready's been through a period of 'sameness'; I did a series with a large window in an otherwise cream space (art chick and lawyer boy: the red headed artist: are two that I remember.) and right now I'm in a bit of a blue sky with cloud phase ...
The idea of this piece was to show the lives of the owner and of dready; the baller, the working man, the sweet bwoy ... dready likes to dance, I like to dance ... back to the old motto; live, love, life!
take your shirt off and dance!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
this image makes people nervous ... and i've never quite understood why.
the thought process behind this dready, was looking at 'racism' in the caribbean context with a not very dark skinned character writing 'kill whitey' across a wall.
growing up in a mixed society like jamaica, where elitism (money in the bank ism) rather than racism was the dominant factor, at least in my mind, in mixed company when 'white' was referred to it didn't mean any jamaican in the room, it meant foreigners; North Americans, Europeans (no matter what the complexion of their skin) ...
out of many one people!
this very simple image has its roots in earth day 2009; dready did a series of 8 foot square flower murals for the national gallery of cayman on the construction wall around the new government office building.
on the back of that I was asked to design some note cards for someone based on the flowers ... and this was the end result of that design.
this isn't really what you'd think of as a traditional dready ... but I feel that the dreadyness of this image is in its simplicity, its whimsy ...
(and the fact that i designed it!!!)
I never promised you a rose garden!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
This is one of my favourite recent dreadys; it was done for a save the date notice for a wedding ... still waiting for the two of them to decide to get married ... he's italian she's african ... together they'll have beautiful little 'afrilian' children!
dready's loves children; children are our future.
runnin wild an free!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
as part of an ongoing commission to produce 7 images based on old time cayman sayings we resorted to a very cool book (if you're a Jamaican or a Caymanian I guess), published in 1910, called Jamaica Negro Proverbs and Sayings ...
this image is called 'time longer than rope'! which means both that 'time solves everything' and 'time is your enemy'
But this dready could equally have been called christmas beef!
the idea of christmas beef is that you buy a 'cow' early in the year and you fatten 'he' up with all kinds of good food, you spend time with he and you nurture he and you chat with he, you and your friends sit around and drink rum next to he and then when christmas comes ... you slit he throat and make he inna steaks!
keep your head!
PS I just noticed that I used the same cloud and birds as the pedro castle image ... repetitive cloud syndrome! And then I remembered why; because I used the Pedro Castle image as the template for these.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
pedro castle is a landmark building in the cayman islands, the end result of an undertaking by the local government to rebuild a piece of cultural heritage.
it was also a landmark in the progression of dready art ... this was the first time i'd used shadow and shading in an image and it spun me off to a whole new way of portraying the simple dready ideas.
it also started me doing a series of buildings; I did a 22' mural for antigua featuring a series of historic buildings, the image of devon house, jamaica, in the header above for a group of guys that wanted to commemorate a rugby tour ...
but more importantly, this single image was the precursor to dready images of yachts and cars and stuff that i can only think to describe as 2 dimensional 'plus' ... you know just like getting an A+ in school, shouldn't really exist but we dig it when we get one anyway!
PS this original sold at a charity auction in London to benefit island games ... cool
Monday, March 1, 2010
everybody needs stuff and dready's got stuff; shirts, caps, bags, art, postcards, coffee cups, custom cards, bookmarks and inlaid cedar boxes ...
not everything available everywhere but everything available somewhere!
caps, bags and shirts in barbados and grenada, shirts in antigua, shirts, art and boxes in Jamaica, shirts, caps, art, boxes and postcards, caps in cayman, shirts and coffee cups at portsmouth ... everything on the world wide web ... and in each place a different dreadyness, one that reflects the time and place.
I'm really proud of the cap; great quality printing, fine twill, velcro backstrap ...
(A lesson learned is that you have to be careful of the continuity of quality through your brand, that something's as good in timbuktu as it is in providence ... so to speak!)
you can buy stuff at www.dreadyworld.com ... the site hasn't evolved as fast as dready has and certainly not as fast as this blog but you can still buy stuff, that part's easy ...
Sunday, February 28, 2010
i've been following portsmouth football club ...
portsmouth went into voluntary administration on friday to avoid being forced into liquidation by what would seem to be a rather petulant 'her majesty's government'.
I like portsmouth, they like dready, I like dready, you like dready, you should like portsmouth ... in some form of happily twisted semi logic.
the attached image is one of two that i created just for portsmouth; very cool, very fun, very dready. The other one is somewhere below in the plethora of dready-ful thought and wonder-full imagery.
take the time, go to http://www.portsmouthfc.co.uk/ keep up with them, follow their football, follow their news, cheer them on, it's nice to root for the underdog! I'm rooting for them.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
things evolve into other things ...
i liked the harley rider's dreadlocks-ed hair from the previous post and you know i dig the dready vdub: and then someone came along and asked me to mock up a surfing idea for a pitch in australia and these things all seemed to suit the evolution into this other thing ... this 'surfing' image thing.
the flag in the background is intended to be a changeable 'icon' so that you can use the image in multiple locations just by changing that one element ... if dready wants to surf the waves in cornwall, or barbados, or white horses by yallahs, is cool!
I never surfed (i skateboarded) and i don't know why because i've always wanted to ... the lifestyle, the sea, the beach, the sport ... the surfing ... all of it would seem to be just the thing for me ... and for dready, seen ... but I just never evolved that way!
two of the things in life that i can always remember liking; steppenwolf and bikes ... neathersole, the gardner, introduced me to his honda 50 when I was just a 'liccle yute'! i used to ride on the back or sometimes on the front and hold the handle bars with him ... the honda 50's not much of a bike, but for a 5 year old it was very cool
my older sister introduced me to steppenwolf ...
and so this is what nurture vs nature is all about ... bob marley on one teat, john kay and magic carpet ride on the other.
anyhow, the other day a friend introduced me, by phone, to the guys from full throttle saloon (check them out at www.fullthrottlesaloon.com ... i ain't seen it but i hear the tv show rocks as much as the bar) and asked me to do a pitch for mike ballard and his girl ... attached is the concept.
dready likes to ride, i ride, not much, but when i do i ride happy ... me (and dready) we used to work sheep by 650 honda in the backwoods of new mexico and we've been 130 miles per hour on a race rigged suzuki katana ... the suzuki was fast, but then so was that particular life.
blouse and skirt!
Friday, February 12, 2010
I drew the kangaroo and the range rover for another piece of art (to be found somewhere below) and when I was done I'd fallen in love with them and created art around them -
I sent this art along with the following pitch to the top of Range Rover ...
"Attached is a quick sketch of the idea just to lay out look and feel (and a LR series II as a sweetner) ... you’d have animals and places and vehicles, humour, landscape, comic situations, colour, verve etc ... All easily animated ... Easily mutable to print, video, outdoor etc. transferable from culture to culture (by a change of say the hat in this case!!)."
there's nothing like shooting for the stars, the worst that can happen is that they say no and then you haven't lost a thing, you've only gained in trying ... dready, believes in himself and therefore is fearless!
Monday, February 8, 2010
this is our second year with the Massive sponsored Squash Nationals - last year's image was equally 'iconic'.
this goes back to a mixture of the ideas of personalized invitation cards and personalized advertising design all together as a T shirt design - not so unlike making Tshirt designs for Chukka Caribbean or Stingray City Antigua, but different still!
this is us doing our thing to help your thing; in general terms dready likes that idea.
Ps go check out massive group they're an interesting company, very nimble and easy to evolve to change and possibility.