Friday, 19 December 2008

Tuesday, 9 December 2008


I guess this guy will probably be printed on tee shirts an sweatshirts in the near future.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008


Here's a picture I've been working on which is probably going to be the subject of my next tee/sweater design. He's also featuring in some work I'm doing with good friend and fellow art fiend Mike Solo.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008


So, Far (aaaargh!!!) are back together and touring the UK this week and it's safe to say I am pretty excited.
Jonah sent me over this image of a pony and asked me to screen some bags for the tour. It was all pretty last minute (mostly due to my being overseas last week) and I just got done printing!
They're looking pretty sweet, if you're at any of the shows from Glasgow onwards be sure to pick one up. They're a pretty limited set so be quick!

Saturday, 22 November 2008


I had planned to meet up with my mate Anthony in Riga last weekend as it was his Birthday. He's been away for a few months travelling around Russia ( and is now heading back to the UK through Europe. I somehow managed to make an absolute mess of booking my flights and what was supposed to be a 3 day trip to Riga ended up being week long saga.

After a few days in Riga we went to Estonia and made a fairly wreckless attempt at camping out in Lahemaa National Park. Tallinn is absolutley beautiful, especially in the snow.

Tallinn Old town at night.

Snow on the beach in Lahemaa National Park.

Trekking the woodlands of Lahemaa National Park.

Two idiots.

Ruins at Segulda National Park, Latvia.

Thursday, 13 November 2008


One of my illustrations was recently used by Napier Student Newspaper, Veritas. A good friend, Rowan Lear, is art editor with the publication and kindly thought of one of my drawings for the music pages.

It may appear on various clothings in the near future.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

football in autumn...

The pitch was sodden and heavy, legs tiring in the mud. The wind made the ball do all kinds of crazy things, carrying it just out of reach. It was cold, wet, tiring, frought, filthy and I loved every second.
One of my favourite childhood memories is of playing football in horrendous conditions, another is of the bewildered looks from my mother when I'd come home shivering and muddied from head to toe....not from me dad though, he understood.

Football, in autumn. There are few things finer.

Friday, 7 November 2008

Fresh Air Poster Bear

I was recently asked to deisgn a poster for Edinburgh Uni radio station Fresh Air by Max and Chris who present The Lowdown.
I'd like to say a big thank you to my friend Mike who volunteered his graphic design skills to this job.
As you can see the show airs on Wednesday evenings at 9pm, please take the time to check it out.

Saturday, 1 November 2008

my first pumpkin...

So when I was a kid and we'd go out dressed like all kinds of evil to scare sweets out of the hands of our neighbours I'd take a carved turnip.

I always assumed that pumpkins were for American kids and in the UK the turnip was the domestic lantern veg of choice. This week I fond out kids in the UK have been using Pumpkins for years and it turns out I was just poor! (somethings never change)

I might not be able to do much about the fact I'm poor but I'm an adult now and so help me I can have a pumpkin if I want one.

This is my very first pumpkin, I carved him last night and now we've formed an affectionate bond.

Thursday, 30 October 2008

London and Newcastle, Bears and Bagels.

You might remember that I came up with a design for Jonah Matranga ( a short while ago. Well, as part of our 'trade' he was kind enough to let me sell my stuff from his merch table at a couple of his recent UK shows.

I was sadly only able to attend London and Newcastle as the other shows were either too far away or conflicted with a certain local derby last Saturday :)

There are some nice photogrpahs from the trip up on my flickr page ( taken by Karen Taylor ( who came with me and was an immense help.

It was a really great experience and hopefully Jonah and I will work together in the future.

Sunday, 19 October 2008

sew tired...

Rowan loves sewing...

...Uhh, maybe not.

After two false starts my friend Rowan and I decided to spend our Saturday afternoon sewing scarves...well, Rowan did the actual sewing. I just pinned stuff up. It was an enlightening experience and I now have a deeper sense of admiration for textile workers of all kinds....especially Rowan (Thank you!).

I'm glad to say the scarves look ace!, they'll be up on my site this week.

Monday, 13 October 2008

Snake Bags

I printed my snake design on to some fairtrade organic cotton bags. I'm printing it (and another design) on to some tees later this week.

They'll be available through the site very soon, I'll keep you posted.

Here's a detail showing the birds.


Picked this up from a charity store and customised!

My stuff will be heading to those Jonah shows in style.

Monday, 6 October 2008

snake with birds

I've been working on this for a little while and now I'm happy with it I'm going to print it on American Apparel Tees and Scarves. It'll be going on Dijon tees in a dark brown, on Cream scarves in scarlet and on Grey scarves in dark orange.
Autumnal, i think you'd call it.

Friday, 3 October 2008

Tees at Bolshie

My tees are now being stocked by Bolshie.

Bolshie is a wonderful little organic store/cafe in Glasgow selling all manner of nice clothing. They are on Bank Steet (just off Great Western Road) so please head over and check it out.

A big you to Karen Taylor for the photographs:

tagging on trains...

....of a sort. Last minute as usual, I tagged my tees on the train on the way to meet Carolyn of Bolshie Glasgow.

Big thanks for Karen Taylor for the photographs:

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Jonah 'treefrog' Matranga Tee/Zip-up hood.

I recently had the pleasure of coming up with a design for Jonah Matranga (far, onelinedrawing, new end original, gratitude) who I have been a huge admirer of for many years.

The design is up and available to buy now as a tee or zip-up hood from:

The design was done on a trade basis and as part of that trade I am going to be setting up a greentees stall at some of his UK shows towards the end of October. I will be in London (12 Bar) on the 22nd and Newcastle (Trillians) on the 23rd, possibly Leeds (cockpit) on the 24th. I'm really excited about it and hope to see a few of you there.

If you're not familiar with Jonah or his music then check him (and the rest of his tour dates) out at one of the following:

scarf design, detail.

Here's a detail of the snake/birds design in progress.

It'll be going on cream scarves in scarlet and grey scarves in an as yet undeceided colour....suggestions?

scarf design

I've been working on a new design for a set of scarves I'm doing.
Two little birds being cradled by a snake, i'm pretty excited to see how it turns out.
It's hard to see much from this picture so I'll post a detail of the work in progress...

blood owls

I've been working on those owls a little more, this time in red on a stone coloured paper. This is pretty much the colous scheme I will be using for the tees and bags. I'll get the finished peice up soon so you can get a better Idea of how it will look.

My window makes a great natural lightbox......though it is less useful when the dark Scottish winter arrives.

Sunday, 7 September 2008


been collaborating with a friend for the first time in a long time. She wrote some lovely music and I contributed some words, about wishing to have been alive in a different time. This was inspired by that collaboration.

international mail.

Here is a package for my first intenational customer, soon to be on its way to Portland, Oregon.


been working on this lately, a possible design for Autumn.

Saturday, 6 September 2008

two shoots

We did a couple of photoshoots for the first set of tees and now the shots are up on a flickr slideshow;

We're using them on the site too, obviously;

A HUGE thanks to Karen Taylor ( for taking such great photographs. There is a mixture of her personal and professional photography on her flickr page, check it out.

Thursday, 21 August 2008


I got some flyers delivered last week, been out hitting up Edinburgh today and I'll be doing a heap more in the weeks to come.



So we roped a couple of cool people into posing for shots of the tees.

Big thanks to Mike and Rowan, the photos are currently being edited by the photographer and they'll be up on the site as soon as possible.


Monday, 11 August 2008


Mythologies are often, as I see it, exaggerations of real life. These three monsters are most commonly associated with Hebrew stories but exist in other mythologies also. I like these exaggerations from an artistic point of view because they allow me to draw whatever I want. I can read various descriptions and follow one which I particularly like or make my work an amalgam of all those accounts.

That’s what I did with the Leviathan. She’s a sea monster, I’ve wanted to draw her for a long time. There are suggestions that in reality she may have been either a whale, sea snake or Nile Crocodile.

The Behemoth is most commonly accepted to be a hippopotamus but elephants, rhinoceros, bulls and bears have all been identified as possible sources for the stories which led to this legend.

Ziz is less well known than the other two, she is a giant hawk-esque bird and in myth is the protector of all birds. RSPB do I good job, but I think I’d prefer her looking out for me.

Stick any of their names into google and you’re sure to get a truck load of information about them and their origins. You’ll be sucked into a world of mental big things which wreck the place, then the Young Earth Creationists show up with their daft opinions and you’ll laugh until your head falls off.




Tuesday, 29 July 2008

just back from Cork...

....where we had a couple of great days away. As you can see, airport security has been taken to another level!

I met some cool people, stocked up on some great music, watched Sunderland and lined up some outlets to sell my to follow.

Saturday, 26 July 2008

new illustration....


I'm not proving too good at keeping this updated but I've had a heap of stuff going on in the last couple of weeks, anyway....

here's a new illustration, it's part of a set of three along with the leviathan (below) and I'll be putting the third up in a few days I hope.

I've decided I'm going to put these on clothing for the autumn, so sweaters/track tops probably. I've been scouting a new supplier too as American Apparel don't do 100% organic cotton sweaters...think i've found a good source tho.


Thursday, 10 July 2008

I'm up a height...

...My very first Blog. Exciting.

In this space I'll be keeping folks updated with all my art endeavours. I'll post updates on the progress of Green Tees ( ) as well as anything else I have going on.

Here's where I am right now...The tees for my first run are all here, the Jackdaw design has been printed and I'll be doing the other two this weekend. I'm going to get better pics up on the site once all tees are done as those photoshopped efforts are a little small.

I'm also currently working on a set of three illustrations I'm excited about turning into my next set of designs. There's a pretty poor photograph of the first at the top of this blog. Once all three are done I'm going to do a run of screen prints and tees which will be based on the originals, but not identical copies. It'll be a while until they're all available but I'll keep you posted.
Thanks, Neil.x