Hunt the Stag

Hunt the Stag

Hunt the Stag

Well, that was tiring but fun. Here at id-iom we had a stag do to attend in Manchester on the weekend. Needless to say it got a little out of hand at points but then again what do you expect when you put twenty odd lads together and ask them to have some fun. Anyway I thought i’d try and get my eye back in and this is came out. Looks like I might need to go back to bed for some further R&R.

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Out of the ether and on to the paper

Out of the ether and on to the paper

Out of the ether and on to the paper

Whilst rustling around for some paper to start a piece on I came across a bit which had, quite lazily, been used as a piece of scrap to test a pen and wipe a paint brush. It had obviously been the closest thing to hand. As it had no other apparent use I decided to just have a little play around with it and guess what happened this little beauty came out of the ether. I’m not really sure what to say about it apart from the fact you never quite know what you’re going to get before you start…

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id-iom

Title: Out of the ether and on to the paper
Materials: Paint pen, acrylic, spray paint, watercolour and charcoal
Size: A2

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Give us your daily bread. The next episode.

Give us your daily bread. The next episode.

Give us your daily bread. The next episode.

Seagulls. They’re a noisy bothersome lot. But here at id-iom they hold a special place in our hearts. We originally hail from the Isle of Man and, like a lot of places near a coastline, we share our space with an inordinate number of the unruly beasts. Whilst this is nothing special in and of itself it has given us an excellent understanding of seagulls and their rather loutish behaviour.

This piece was created as a warning to all those out there who are not ready for the attack. But it will come, oh yes, it will come. There you’ll be enjoying a sandwich on a sunny esplanade in any number of coastal towns when suddenly a shadow crosses your path but before the prehistoric part of your brain can react the seagull will swoop down stealing away with your tasty lunch and taking it to the nearest roof top to devour whilst screaming bird obscenities at you between gulped mouthfuls.

You, bereft of your lunch will probably fall to your knees, cast your eyes up to the heavens and scream ‘Why me?’. Alas, it is already too late, this round goes to the avian yobs. All you can do is retreat in shame whilst keeping one eye on skies above in case he returns…

Seagull eyed viewers will note that we have done this imperious looking chap before but this time he’s been flipped to better fit the wall for this little back yard commission all completed in the blazing sun on a Bank Holiday Monday.

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#Catselfie – Collaboration between id-iom and Sir George Raggett

#Catselfie - Collaboration between id-iom and Sir George Raggett #Catselfie – Collaboration between id-iom and Sir George Raggett

You might not think of a cat as being a narcissistic hipster but believe me when I tell you that they are. Whenever I leave my phone in the front room overnight I wake to find literally dozens of pictures of my cat hanging out with a few friends in my photo gallery. I’ve never woken to find them in my house yet every picture is taken either in the front room or, more frighteningly, in my bedroom. Whilst I’m asleep. There is some evidence they’ve been uploading them to instagram and twitter too but i’m too scared to check exactly what they’ve been up to. Be warned.

This is the second of three collaborations we’ve done with the ever affable Sir George Raggett. If you haven’t seen his stuff before go check it out. I think you’ll agree he has a superb cheeky irreverent style that you’ll just fall in love with.

Cheers

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Title: #Catselfie – Collaboration between id-iom and Sir George Raggett
Materials: Paint pen, acrylic, spray paint, water colour and charcoal
Size: A3

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Madam, I think you have something on your face – A collaboration between id-iom & Sir George Raggett

Madam, I think you have something on your face - A collaboration between id-iom & Sir George Raggett Madam, I think you have something on your face – A collaboration between id-iom & Sir George Raggett

Here at id-iom HQ we use collaboration pretty much every day to produce our pieces. So it should come as no surprise that we are always more than happy to collaborate with other people. In fact it’s a whole load of fun as you never quite know what the final product is going to be. And I just love a bit of mystery.

This time around we got in touch with the honourable Sir George Raggett. If you haven’t seen his stuff before go give it a look. I think you’ll agree he has a superb cheeky irreverent style that you’ll just fall in love with. If it isn’t obvious who did which parts of this piece we did the girl and George did the sardines. Ours is not to reason why. This is the first of 3 collaborations we’ve done with George, so expect to see more soon enough.

Cheers

id-iom

Title: Madam, I think you have something on your face – A collaboration between id-iom & Sir George Raggett
Materials: Paint pen, acrylic, spray paint, watercolour and charcoal
Size: A3

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Under the sea

Under the sea Under the sea

With rain a distant memory and sunshine predicted it was time to get out of the house to get some painting done. A few calls later and we’re on our way up to Bethnal Green to do our thing on a wall next to Deep Sea car wash. It just so happened that I was painting a canvas which had a water based theme when we got this wall and so it felt like fate. We would do a bigger version along the same lines as the canvas. So far so good.

The wall was some old school brick that hadn’t seen a lick of paint in it’s entire life and was quite dusty so it was massively thirsty for paint but other than that it was pretty much plain sailing. Some appreciative local bobbies even popped by in their fancy interceptor car but once i’d given them the old ‘these aren’t the artists you’re looking for’ line they passed by without another word. Apparently they were called by a concerned member of the public who thought we were committing an act of criminal damage. As if! Cheeky tinkers.

Anyway we thought we’d celebrate diversity and the majesty of the female form in all it’s glorious variety with this one. So rather than a waif-like supermodel we’ve gone for a slightly larger boned lady with this one. She does, in fact, look a bit like an American tourist with her Hawaiian shirt on but rest assured she’s just trying to blend in whilst finding the secret of the oversized koi carp that are swimming around her. My favourite touch was the chain (which was already fixed to the wall for some unknown reason) and the anchor which we added after finding some suitable hook like things to hand the chain off. A big thanks to Dan and Nelly for help finding the wall.

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From Brixton to Hong Kong

A little while back we did a commission screen print piece featuring a couple of friends who had gone on to become teachers. Since I already had the screen exposed and ready to print I thought I might as well use these two likely looking ladies on a couple of other pieces just for my own amusement. It just seemed a shame to break the screen down after just one use. So I didn’t.

Anyway, here’s ‘From Brixton to Hong Kong’ on some hand made rag paper that I’ve had knocking about for ages. If you’ve been to the bustling metropolis that is Hong Kong perhaps, like me, you were taken aback by just how many people, tiny flats and huge skyscrapers they can fit into such a small space. That and the fact that they use bamboo scaffolding. That stuff just looks plain scary.

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