Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Absurd Event

The Absurd Bird. Inspired by Monty Python’s dead parrot sketch. 2 colour screen print, edition of 80.

Cock’n’Bull. 5 colour screen print, edition of 30.

Below: Blue version, edition of 10.



These are drawings for a short story I am illustrating in response to a series of analogies that were published in the Washington post. These analogies were sent in by teachers as examples of the worst writing from their pupils. I think they are absolutely brilliant and shall use them as the text for my story. It starts off ‘John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met…..’

The ABSURD EVENT poster no.1

This is one of my screen prints for this years Illustration forum.It is an edition of eighty although in the end 75 survived. It represents a Norwegian Blue parrot as immortalized in Monty Python’s dead parrot sketch.It is an X parrot – the X standing for ten as in the tenth anniversary.. I have printed black then blue onto white paper, I then printed white over the names of the speakers as the blue was a bit too dull. I am very happy with the shades of blue this has created especially the tones on the lettering. I was very influenced by Tara books when making this poster and they inspired me to create the fine line work on some of the birds feathers. I will be making another poster for the forum later this month.

These photos show the printing process. I managed to produce a much more consistent finish than my last effort at screen printing and I am very pleased with the quality of the output.

The original design.