Saturday, 30 December 2017

Painted Skin Project

I'm finally getting round starting my painted drumskin project which has been on the back burner for a while now. I have so many used skins around the house now, it makes sense to recycle them for art while I get to combine and be creative with my two passions. I will be showing the first series at my next show which will be on the 5th April at Flaxon Ptootch, London with Gurdish Haugsdal and Heather Morris.

Now....what's the best way to varnish it?

I'm using both Posca and Molotow acrylic paint pens on this skin. (They provide great coverage on lots of surfaces.) Drum skins are made from Polyester and have a plastic-like texture when drawing on them which is a bit different to drawing on paper or wood (my usual mounts) but I haven't come across any issues yet using these pens.

I thought about priming the skins first to provide a uniform base colour but actually the stick marks showing through give the skin life and history. Perhaps most of them will be covered by the time I'm finished but at least some will still be visible.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Inside the Flash Sketchbook

I've been doing a drawing a day, designing flash tattoos in my's a sneak peek inside my mini sketchbook...

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Feeling Blue

These are the first and last drawings I did in an attempt to take up the Inktober challenge.  I left home without my sketchbook or pens that day, so I borrowed a piece of paper and biro to draw my version of 'Underwater'...which was the Day 4 theme I believe. Anyway, I like the effect, they'd make great tattoos. The fish will be finding a home on my thigh as soon as I get a few hours to tattoo it.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

New Exhibition - Jupiter waiting for the Moon

JUPITER WAITING FOR THE MOON brings together the work of artist Joni Belaruski and photographer Karla da Silva in an exhibit that combines darkness and light, chaos and class, in the quirky and vintage surrounds of The Beaucatcher Salon in London's trendy Stoke Newington.

Join us for a cocktail or two with music by the inimitable ROTTEN BOROUGHS


Using figurative form of both humans and animals to devilishly blend the disjunction between her own reality and fantasy to devastating effect, the artist fuses darkness with light to create signature striking original artworks like no other.

‘I believe in beauty, faces as a window of expression and I draw with both dream and nightmare, splattered with the rawness and imperfection of what I see’


Her distinctive look at the world comes alive in dream-like images, her work features people interacting in the natural world but in other worldly states. Colour and vibrancy and mystical magic influence the artwork both in her minimal landscapes and her portraiture.


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Tuesday, 1 August 2017


As some of you may already be aware, Moss Piglet currently stock a range of jewellery featuring my artwork (and other artists') which are sold at a number of retail outlets across the UK. I had the pleasure of completing a short interview with them recently, discussing all things arty which you can read in full below. You can see some lovely examples of the designs at the bottom of this post too. Happy reading!

(Link to the interview on the Moss Piglet website HERE)

What first sparked your interest in your particular art form? Did a specific style or artist inspire you to go for it or was it independent of that?

I can’t remember a time when I’ve not drawn…I started as soon as I could hold a pencil and it just never occurred to me to not make art. I draw in the way I do because of the immediacy of it, maybe that’s because I’m impatient or get bored easily…I don’t know. Painting large-scale in oils for example just wouldn’t sit with me….I’d never get anything finished!

What’s the next Steps for you as an artist?  – What excites you about the future?

I have a few shows in the pipeline. One is on the 24th Sept at The Beaucatcher Salon in Stoke Newington, London with my good friend and photographer Karla da Silva. There will be a chance to catch some live painting as well in the lead up as I will be doing some artwork directly on their walls, so feel free to pop in.
I also have another collaboration in it’s infant stages combining a clothing and accessory range with a multi-media exhibition at Flaxon Ptootch in Kentish Town alongside Beryl Brewis, a wonderful artist and force to be reckoned with. This will take place in February but I don’t want to give too much away about that just yet. We will be debuting some pieces at a Designer/Maker fair toward the end of the year…details on that to follow.
Aside from that, I am still pursuing my career in tattooing which is super exciting.As much as I love seeing other tattoo artist’s interpretations of my drawings, I can’t wait to be the one tattooing them on skin. I’ve been practicing loads.
And of course…looking forward to passing some more art Moss Piglet’s way!
So yeah, super busy but verrrry exciting.

If you could have chosen a different art form to pursue what would it have been and why?

I’ve dipped my toes in a few different mediums, at college I dabbled in sculpture and jewellery-making but 3D isn’t really my forte. I even tried my hand at acting which I enjoyed and dare I say, not bad at, but ultimately painting and drawing is how I express myself and the stuff that goes inside my head best.
I do have a musical side though and I play drums in a band (The Great Malarkey) which is sheer joy. I love it.

There are many things that help drive and inspire an artist but if one of those things were a musical soundtrack, what music would help to get the creative juices flowing?

I’m just going to give you a random list of some of the stuff I’d put on….Nick Cave, Pixies, PJ Harvey, Gogol Bordello, Dirty Three, Nina Simone, Fleetwood Mac, The Dead Weather, At the Drive In…. and so it continues

Describe the perfect day for you, combining and balancing a day of creative productivity, along with the necessary unwind?

I’d wake up (hangover free)  and it would be sunny so I can paint outside. Art can be such a solitary discipline so it’s nice when someone else is in the studio to chat to and bounce ideas around with. I’d have to do something else in the afternoon, maybe go for a walk or watch a film, as I tend to work in spurts and then come back to it in the evening with renewed vigour and a glass of white wine!

If you could own any painting in the world, which one would it be and why?

I’m lucky enough to already own a piece by one of my artistic heroes, Guy Denning.
Francis Bacon ‘Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion (the original one, not the 1988 version) is my favourite painting. It gives me shivers.

'OK Cupid'

'But I love you so much I want to...'

'All the Pleasure of Now'

'Your Heart belongs to me Now'
'Things I've Seen'

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The messenger from Beyond.....

I designed this Trash Polka-inspired crow tattoo for @cordeironeto recently and it was tattooed by Brazilian tattoo artist Gabriela Droguett. Absolutely love the finished version!

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Bring back Rock n Roll from the Dead

I'm happy to present the front cover album artwork for London-based rock n' rollers Neon Animal which is also being used across their merchandise. The title is in the drawing...

You can buy the album from their website and check out the back cover and inlay artwork in context! (I did 'semi-portraits' of the boys in the band). Have a listen on their Soundcloud page and enjoy the music while you're there.