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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

bits and pieces

these are the new dready bits and pieces that make up the embark show running at the Ritz, Grand Cayman through February ...
embark, ya know, leave, set out on a journey; so they were all about journeys in a sense, 'cept maybe the one on the top left which is entitled 'im bark!
life's full of journeys ...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

dready in new group show ...

group shows are easy on the system because the need to perform on opening night is spread across, in this case, 14 people ...
this show's called 'Embark' ... the beginning of a journey.
the two previous posts are art for this show as is the push cart image in the poster to the left ... journeys begun.

Friday, October 21, 2011

dready's little cayman flight

i first went to little cayman 17 years ago ... there's a certain blessed tranquility to the place a removed sense of yesteryear that calms you; the lack of the noise of progress and the haste of modernity.
Peace and love!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

dready smart car!

i like this dready ... dunno what else to say

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

active lifestyle

i don't fish and i seldom paddle board but looking out the window the other morning, the water was shimmering and clear and three men were standing in the water, one the guide and two fishing - it's a common sight in south sound, bone fishermen walking thigh to hip deep, backpacks on, their 'technical shirts' caps and dark glasses ... casting.
when you walk out in the evenings the bone fish are in close to shore churling up the water, hunting in little packs for food amongst the turtle grass.
when the wind's up the sound fills with kite boarders and when its flat paddle boarders stroke the oar ... is beautiful.
bless up!

Monday, October 3, 2011

new stuff

the idea is to create some 'generic' images that can work on cards and other products; images that have their dreadyness intact but might be accessible to wider use.
i pulled this tree for instance, out of an original image for a Bacardi corporation Christmas card and left it to stand on its own.
walk good!

Monday, August 22, 2011

back to the drawing board ...

there are all sorts of new things going on with dready and yet am drawn back to some of the original images ...
time I think find a new, slightly revamped template for the old designs, new shirt styles, lighter, v necked ... hmmm!
and go at it again.
old is new!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

working in TV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhZu1BZ2u4s is the youtube link to Dready's first TV ad ... an ad for Car City service department.
cool for me!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

another life ...

another life ... another dready ...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

an heirloom?

i just finished a commission to commemorate 100 years of the life of a lady ...
it was a big thing deal for me to hear people discuss dready in terms of a family heirloom that would go down through generations ...
big up selecta!

many rivers to cross!

i first went to britain when i was barely 9 ... little tanned island bwoy being fitted for uniforms to go to boarding school in the hills of malvern.
taken away, so to speak, into captivity!
after I left boarding school it took me almost 20 years to go back; i'm glad i did because i like it there and the farther the distance i look back from the better the memories of those days.
i'm on the way back to britain on business and so the cab seemed appropriate.
required of us a song!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dready, version 5!

i like the back and forth with clients ... the subtle changes that lead to version 5.

everybody wants to be jus' a likkle bit Bob!

there are 3 kinds of dready art that I can think of:
there's the art of dready characters themselves and their situations.
there's the graphic art which is more about colour and mood, like 'wine glass and plate on green 368'.
And there's dready art that's progressed past stick figures to something still whimsically cartoon like ...
And there's a theme of red yellow and green, african-caribbean colours, that runs through the edges of all the art
I think that the dready marlins series might just epitomize all three kind of art!
everybody wants to be jus' a likkle bit Bob!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

do you know where you going to!

there's a big dready world out there ...
nuff said!

Friday, April 8, 2011

things a go on!

in the places i come from we'd say "t'ings a g'wan!" ... i've been lucky, let me just say that off the bat; maybe i've worked hard on that luck, but still ...
i think i might have been born lucky, you know, although sometimes, in those darker days, i've referred to myself as the luckiest unlucky man on the planet!
anyhow, back to the luck, seen; i've just done a co-branding logo for the cayman islands for the UK's Jazz FM a digital broadcast across the UK and live online ... it's one of those you've come a long way, in a short time baby, moments ...
dready got soul!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Friends in hotels!

Cotton Tree is a small 4 cottage boutique hotel in Cayman ...
i like them, i've done plenty of images for them.
i'll do more.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

life calling!

in the past 2 years i've done a few architectural elevation dreadys ... this is one am working on now as part of a larger piece of work that'll include the family to whom the house belongs.
i like doing these ... dunno why, deep down inside i may have wanted to be an architect, although i don't ever remember that calling coming to mind!
i wanted to be a farmer once; i grew up on farms and so i guess in a sense i was one ... but i like what i've become. i like this dready - ness that i do.
be yourself!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

i love what i do, i love the eclecticism of what people ask me to draw images for ...
today a baby shower, yesterday an ad for a car company, tomorrow a birthday present ...
i've always been a restless yute and so,
eclecticism suits me.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

new ideas!

this's the evolution of an idea ...

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Dready in the paper

Shane Aquart

By now we’re all familiar with dready art, but in the CTA’s Elevations art show, on until the end of February, we see a new dreadyness emerging. Except for a singular appearance in a very cool green and perfectly realised VW Combi Bus, the show is bereft of the usual stick figure dready. The colours, the tone, the style, the whimsy are all there but the characters that appear are all filled out as are the elements of life, the cars, the boats, the buildings; all slightly comic versions of their reality. That said you’d spot them all as dready art the minute you laid eyes on them

“The show was called Elevations, so I included ‘architectural’ elevations and what I wanted to describe as ‘elevations’ in the dready style; the filled out characters were part of that elevated style,” Shane explains.

The filled out characters are inspired it turns out by dready designs for the new Active Capital/Dart Enterprises business Caribbean Canvas Company; a Caribbean active lifestyle clothing company set to launch in February of this year. CCC is the brainchild of Hugh Treadwell who invited Shane to do a series of dready for CCC designs.

“Hugh wanted a dready of Caribbean Canvas Company’s own, something ‘more’ really and the end result was six active lifestyle designs with more evolved dready characters. The Bone Fishing dready in the Elevations show for instance and the Divers with Grouper are both part of that series. The Girl on Jet Ski is also an off shoot of that.” Shane advises. “I loved doing these and I love the end result; a kind of new dreadyness.”

As to architectural elevations; there are ‘elevations’ of the yacht Octopus and of the aforementioned VW combi-Bus but there is one truly unique panorama of famous buildings of the Cayman landscape; starting with the West Bay Fish Fry and ending with the Mission House in Bodden town; it’s like a West to East two-dimensional slice of Caymania.

“You have to see the dusk sky in the Octopus piece.” Shane adds. “It’s purple, but it’s the Cayman panorama that I really like and I’m planning, at least in my head, versions that go further East.”

He continues: “I just wanted to add, because it’s an important step in all this, that this is the first time that dready prints have been done on island, the art for the show and the subsequent prints sold were all done at Picture This, from printing through matting, stretching and framing.”

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A new series?

i started to work on a series of surfing images and as i was doing the third one i thought that some alpine skiing dreadys would be just the shot as well.
this is my first attempt ... verbier ride.

Friday, January 14, 2011

leaving on a prop plane!

i went to live in new mexico in the 1980's and work for a guy name eugenio perez; the distances were so vast that we often flew in his cessna ... I often flew his cessna, when it was airborne ... I wouldn't have wanted to fly it before, cause jah know the runway was very short, downhill and ended abruptly in a barbed wire fence!
anyhow, this was about drawing a cessna 'wonnit' ... and i had an idea to show 3 views of the plane and that the views would run off the page. i dig the end result, the perspective, the touches of colour ...

Saturday, January 8, 2011

new things!

seems appropriate to work on new ideas ... the whole vision for the top of this work in progress seemed to be new and different ... los angeles on the left and big bear on the right; the life of the client's below, part of the life anyhow ...
new t'ings, same like the old t'ings ... only different!