Thursday, 15 September 2016

grey

Today it is sunny.
I've had a lovely year of busyness and lots of lovely projects to get my teeth into, working with lovely clients.

But at the beginning of the year I was a bit quiet.
I decided to do some work for MYSELF!...
I wanted to make a picture book for grown ups and children about depression.

This book probably won't go anywhere, get published, or really be seen by anyone apart from the few people who view it here. That's ok. I just needed to get some words and some pictures down.

I'd like people to see it.
Cause I think its really important to talk about depression. I've suffered from it for over 20 years. Not all the time, but I've had a couple of bad glitches and I'm aware of it all of the time. It can be really really hard.  I used to think that having a child would help 'shake me out of the gloom' that I'd have to be less selfish and get on with it.  It doesn't work like that.  Its hard.

Anyway I wrote this when I was feeling good (that was kind of important, otherwise it might be a bit TOO grey!) its overtly autobiographical, so maybe other people won't relate to it... but I'm proud I manage to- in my slightly clumsy, rambling way - communicate something about this greyness.

Let me know what you think, share it with pals who you think might get it and any mental health publishers out there get in touch!!
















Sunday, 5 June 2016

not forgotten

Hmm - I feel like I need to say my blog is 'not forgotten' as I haven't posted anything for zonks, but well I've just been busy drawing pictures!

These are some pictures I am very proud of.
The project very nearly didn't happen, and was probably about a year in the making with lots of ups and downs, which makes me even more proud of it and in particular Soph - whose baby it is!
Here we go drum roll please...

Not forgotten
by Sophie Lewis illustrated by me








































Currently there are only a handful of english copies, as the project is being launched in maternity wards across Paris  "N'oublie pas" (and soon to be going to Brasil- I believe!) because of this- below I have put each spread, so you can scroll through and pretend you are reading an actual book! Click on them - to see them BIG.

Are you sitting comfortably?
Then I'll begin...





















The book is part of a bigger project called the 10th month, with lovely videos and resouces for new mummies.
Have a look.



















Friday, 6 November 2015

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

46 square metres of artwork!





What a poor neglected blog!…anyway here's some BIG work I have been doing recently for an exciting project with Willis & Newson. A new dementia unit is being build in Hertford. Its a place where newly diagnosed patients go for 40 days to be monitored and assessed. Its both a medical & residential space so art plays a big part of it. I have been commissioned to produce 46 square metres of artwork that covers the corridors to help orientate patients as well as give them visual reflexions.


  • The market scene is full of busy details, buildings are a mixture of generic & real bits of iconic  architecture in Hertford.
  • The canal scene is supposed to be more reflective & with a calmer feel but still lots to engage a viewer.
  • The trees are designed for patients to be able to decorate through-out the year, attaching leaves & blossom and other seasonal decorations
  • The building details are decals which will be dotted around the whole centre.
Its all in production at the moment being turned into GIANT digital wallpaper…look forward to seeing the real thing soon.