Friday, 10 December 2010

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Klausie's Christmas Art Sale!/home.php?sk=group_171283386238272

Hello Lovely people,

Artwork makes lovely gifts!

With Christmas coming I am having a cheeky little sale, All prints are £15 from now until the 24th! (if you buy em that late however you won't get them in time to give them to your loved ones!!)

If you want something, email me, leave a comment on here, contact me via the facebook group or give me a call


Monday, 15 November 2010

Illustrations for the Shadow of the wind.

The first in a series of Illustrations for The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
It's probably my favourite book so it was a pleasure to illustrate, its not a live brief or anything... wish it was.

This one is called

'The Burnt Man'

And the text accompanying the image is just a block of dummy text... I don't have the right to use the actual text of the novel...

Friday, 15 October 2010

Image for Coastal magazine and print for dr baker

Started as a print commission for Dr Baker - also part of a live brief for coastal life magazine.... Its a little rough but I got the brief last night and submitted it today

the blue one is the original,
the other one is the result of a little experiment, I think I like it more...

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

My new website!!!

Friday, 24 September 2010

More patterns

More patterns that Im working on

Monday, 20 September 2010


Think Im finally getting there........

Wrapping paper patterns

Started playing with some patterns, based on sugar skulls,
This started off as a commission to design a Sugar Skull but is rapidly turning into something else, as I play with the patterns to create some wrapping paper designs...

There are several more shapes to add and there will be further variations of the pattern its self...

Any ideas?

Thursday, 26 August 2010


Fallyrag did a feature on me and my work.

Check it out.


Saturday, 31 July 2010

more bits and bobs

A few more old images that are going to be in the book

Friday, 25 June 2010

My Travel Journal

Here are a few pages from the book Im writing / Illustrating. Its based on my travel diaries, photographs and childhood memories of Kenya, Namibia, South Africa and Botswana.

They are in no particular order and are all here out of context, If you want to see them as they are going to be, You'l have to wait until the book is finished...

Monday, 21 June 2010

Stop gap

Its probably about time I added some more work to this thing......... I will, I promise something this week!

Friday, 4 June 2010

Commissions and such

A commission for a doctor friend.
A drypoint of a Barred Owl

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

something i finished but never posted

I still need to take some decent pictures of this but at least you can see the overall shape of the thing. Im really happy with the way it turned out in the end.
When I finally get round to taking some decent shots they'l go up here.

Monday, 17 May 2010

book jackets

I've been making some book jackets, borrowing benedict mayer's expertise in lino to teach me

It has been an interesting excersise, stressful but really interesting if you havn't checked out his stuff then you should.
The top image was my entry for the penguin design awards, It is for Partick suskind's Perfume, the idea of the image is of Grenouille moving through the press of humanity a sinister figure, hunched over bowed under the weight of his hatred, the composition is meant to add to this feeling. the figure's around him are turning away, as though afraid of or at least made uncomfortable by him, the area above the figure's is their scent, something which Grenouille lacks. I was pretty happy with this and with the way I added colour with the typography and made the copy interact with the image.
The seconf image was something that started life as a brief at Uni but I decided to use the image I had created of a man as a monsterous beetle, for Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis and to turn the image into a book jacket. The idea of Gregor Samsa horrified by his transformation into this hideous creature and his inability to comunicate any more is conveyed in the vomit of beetles as he tries to speak. I chose to leave some of the plate tone in the vertical streaks and print the image with a red background to suggest blood / creeping dripping walls. I wanted it to give the image a claustrophobic feeling which I think I achieved.
Once again, I have Benedict to thank here for his help, He chose the font I used and helped me with the layout, couldn't have done it without you mate.... And don't worry, I havn't forgotten that I owe you that steak dinner, you can collect any time.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010


Postcard for the carnivale di venezia - I'l be romoving the little extra face on the left, You'l know the one.


Book cover, Kafka's Metamorphosis. Will post the finished one, with text later on.

First time I've worked with Lino, quite pleased

Poster and Flyer Final

Boom, and they're done, just need to add the shading and some copy....
Time to call in the big guns, cue Scott Robinson

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Second editorial illustration

The second of two illustrations for Jason Burke (guardian) going to email them in and see whether this can become a 'live brief'

Now to add the shading

Right well i think I've finally got the colours sorted, now to do the shading and then this baby's ready to go to print.... Any thoughts?

Wednesday, 5 May 2010


Yet another update.... was meant to be finished by now but i somehow deleted about 3 hours of work and had to do it again.....
some more colour and some shading etc
but Im getting there.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Promotion poster v2

Almost there.... well, halfway

Friday, 30 April 2010

Go Knowhere

Version 2 of Knowhere promotional poster.
This colouring lark is taking an obscene amount of time!

The beginings of a promotional poster for knowhere bar.
Hopefully they'll go with it, we're also doing promo cards and a flyer.... website next? collaboration with Shane Miles.
Pen and ink, digitally coloured... As Im typing this, we're colouring the completed poster, working in ten minute shifts.
Final design to come.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Kit Kat or Drifter?

mug of tea, what to use as a straw..?

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

editorial brief

1st draft for editorial brief.
Im going to remove the chap on the bottom left of the picture or at least redraw him...
I only loosely based the picture on the photograph which originally featured in the article as it isnt actually a picture of the Slum about which the article is written.
any other thoughts?

Saturday, 10 April 2010


I should be working...... to the gym!

Thursday, 8 April 2010

old pics

I've been looking through some old pics,
drypoints that I did while on my access course. Found this one, thought I'd post it
If memory serves it is a picture of my friend cobus, he's a musician, so here's a link to his band...

Monday, 5 April 2010

I miss you like I lost a limb

If you spend all of your time thinking about something, you might as well draw it.

self indulgent and arty maybe but there we go.

Need to get some better lighting and a better camera to put it up properly, but you should get a decent idea of how it looks.


Wednesday, 10 March 2010

make me a monster

Sorry it's been a while since I posted anything, I have a lot to put up and will do so in due course, in the meantime, here's one of my first ideas for my 'make me a monster' brief. I've just been playing about with the idea of what makes a monster...

This was originally an etching i did of a man rescuing a child, i wanted to see how much the image could be changed by adding a red background and making the man's eyes black..... next step maybe to add some blood round the mouth?

Im not sure how successful an image this is but it has given me an idea...............

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

in the meantime

I know Im meant to have posted my Alice in Wonderland stuff, I get a scanner next week.... so its coming. in the meantime Here's an image thats part of a book Im making based on my time working in Kenya and living in South Africa. I want the book to look organic and well travelled so in addition to the images I will be trying different types of binding and posting those up there as well....

Any ideas?

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

It's coming

Its coming, I promise, The Alice in Wonderland stuff will be up here as soon as I can make my scanner work.

The sketchbook stuff will all go on Flikr

Friday, 19 February 2010

re: the last post

I would hasten to point out that the image below is me throwing about ideas and not something I feel is appropriate for a children's book..... damn censors

friday friday

I have a brief to do a book jacket for Alice in Wonderland, have been throwing about ideas, I've decided to do something a bit like this... Il put the designs up over the next couple of days, but Il probably do it in white on a black background... I've been working on the type as well..... I am not a fan of typography


I have to get to a scanner, i have lots to upload.

I am skint, so all work on flikr is available as prints for £30. Originals available on request.


This has been a less than perfect few weeks and Ive been feeling nostalgic. I drew this from a photograph I took while I was working in Nairobi, Mutatus....crazy. I used Acetate to make the plate instead of metal, it's soo much cheaper than copper / tin and it holds up pretty well. Only downside is you only get a few good prints before the plate deteriorates, so its a seriously limited edition.

Friday, 12 February 2010

does this count as self indulgent?

who cares, as an arty type its allowed surely...


this year i am not a fan of valentines day... why is it that you dont notice this day until you become single? and then its fucking everywhere!

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

I have finally figured out how all this ting works

Friday, 22 January 2010

And so it begins

I cant sleep

Rugby match in the morning and have issues with the bank. Thought I'd try and do something productive rather than lying awake waiting for sleep.

Il figure out how to do this as I go along Im sure

x Ben