Mariko Jesse

February 26, 2011

Spotted some lovely illustrations on Channel 4’s River Cottage Everyday just now. The show’s title illustrator is Mariko Jesse, who also provided the illustrations for the book accompanying the series, and also has a lot of other nice work on her portfolio site.



January 24, 2011

There are so many bus shelters promoting new film Black Swan in Cardiff at the moment that I’m getting a bit sick of it without having even seen the film yet. These alternative illustrative posters by design studio LaBoca I think would have been much more interesting. See both the photographic and illustrative versions below. Kind of remind me of a mix between Noma Bar, Abram Games and a bit of Lautrec.


(Found via Parade Film)

CD Packaging

September 9, 2010

As my dissertation avoidance continues, I thought I’d share some nice-looking CDs that have come through our letterbox recently. This first CD is for the album Treacherous by Over the Wall. It has been designed by the London studio Wallzo.

The second is a self-titled album by Keaton Henson. He also designed the cover, and there’s a lot of other good work on his website.

Williamsburg Street Art

September 3, 2010

Some nice bits of street art spotted in Williamsburg, NYC last week!

CSAD Summer Show

June 11, 2010

Have been looking around the Cardiff School of Art & Design Summer Show this week, which features work from final year students across the CSAD courses. Lots of lovely things to look at! Couldn’t help feeling a bit daunted looking at the third years’ Graphic Communication work, let’s hope we can match up to it next year. I don’t think I will ever get used to looking at graphic design in a gallery setting, but these pieces caught my eye.

Clever mini posters dealing with the issue of consumerism by Andy Penny. I especially liked the small wooden stands and want some of my own.

Lovely illustration by Hannah Smith for the Puffin Book Design competition. I love the handwritten title and the traditional style of the design

A series of posters by Jack Butcher, that deal with the issue of religion and promote the website,, a public forum for religious debate. I like a good debate and thought it was a very witty and effective print campaign. I must have been very susceptible to bright colours the day I visited the exhibition.

The contemporary textiles exhibition was very pretty and feminine. So much nice work but my favourite things had to be these bears handmade by Alice Rose Lewis. I want one!

The Illustration exhibition was held at an empty shop in a shopping arcade in the centre of Cardiff. It was a nice space and thought it was a shame that the other courses couldn’t have been held somewhere outside of the college environment too. Really liked the two pieces above by Adam Travers that are reactions to our chaotic world.

There was a good yet creepy and disturbing animation shown in the basement, I watched a bit of it, but as I was alone and in a small dark room, I had to stop incase something frightening happened. Still from the animation made by Jake Eldridge.

I have no idea if this bike which was leaning against the wall was part of the exhibition, but I was very taken by it. On the back wheel is drawings of famous moustaches, and on the front, famous glasses.


June 3, 2010

The bulk of my 2nd year is over, and summer has begun!

Though there haven’t been many updates recently, but I’m off to London very soon to do a work placement here, for a couple of weeks. So expect more to come! In the meantime, look at Kate Bingaman-Burt‘s new book, documenting everything she has bought in a year.

(found via Grain Edit)

Wind Turbines

July 6, 2009

wind turbine illustrationA few weeks ago, I was e-mailed by the people who run to ask if they could use one of my drawings for a banner. I said they could, but then forgot about it. It’s now mysteriously on their test website but not on their live one. I don’t know what that means, but here it is: .

EDIT: It is now on their actual website. Bit annoyed there’s no credit though.