The Little Chimp Society.

Recently published on The Little Chimp Society:

"Illustration from 'Five Wounds, an Illuminated Novel', by Jonathan Walker & Dan Hallett.
Writer & Historian Jonathan Walker wrote Five Wounds, he gave me a loose script for the illustrations which I could interpret with a high level of creative freedom; in some cases the story was even adapted to accommodate the illustrations, as long as my misinterpretation was interesting enough. The result is very unique book which, in which the illustrations are an indivisible part of the story.

We are currently working on a full-blown graphic novel which is teaching me the tremendous amount of work and sacrifice that comic art demands, but all the more satisfying for that reason."


Sketches from Montserrat.

Montserrat is a Mountain, and natural park, close to Barcelona. It's a misty magical mountain range big enough to feel the immensity of nature, yet small enough to not get lost. Here are some recent sketches and photos from Montserrat:

Montserrat is known for it's unique formations made up of sedamentary rock.
Study of a small rock from Montserrat:

On one visit I got faced off on the path by a curious ibex mountain goat and turn back in retreat. 


Tree patterns.


Persian lilac (Melia azedarach).

Rough and studies of the tree's leaves.


Palm tree pattern.

Pattern design inspired by the relief decorations in plaster and stone of the Alhambra in Granada.

A sketch and drawing of a column of the Alhambra. Many of the decorative elements in the stone and plaster work are poems and mottos written in calligraphy stylised to suggest vegetation, referencing the the palace gardens:

Sketches date palms from Tarifa and Barcelona:


Five Wounds: Visual Communication.

Jonathan walker has written an article on the 'Design of Five Wounds: An Illuminated Novel', featured in Visual Communication (May 2013 vol. 12 no. 2 217-241), a leading academic journal on visual studies.

Page from Five Wounds, page layout (Zoë Sadokierski), illustartion (Dan Hallett) scripted & written by jonathan Walker.  

"In recent ‘hybrid novels’, which incorporate illustrations and other visual material as an integral part of the narrative, design is not just a matter of typography and layout. Rather, design organises all the signifying elements on a page within an integrated system, so that form exemplifies content. In this reflective practitioner article, the author uses his novel Five Wounds as a case study of this approach to design."


Lizard doodle.

A tiny 10 cm high doodle from my sketchbook, featuring a lizard which I saw on the way home from work.


Motion-Picture Cameras (Georges Méliès).

Drawings of motion-picture cameras on display at an exhibition in the Barcelona 'Caixa Forum' about Georges Méliès (1861-1938) . I was surprised to learn that most of the films by Méliès were melted down by the French army to extract the silver and celluloid for making boots and other military equipment during the war.

The remainder of his negatives and costumes were destroyed by Méliès himself after becoming disheartened with his work by economic disaster, war and a badly negotiated contractual agreement in which gave the deeds to his house and studio to the film studio he worked for. 

Georges Méliès is now recognised as one of the most important pioneers of film and credited in the exhibition as introducing "dreams, magic and fiction to cinema". His should be a lesson to all creatives; always make sure you sign a contract with full knowledge and acceptance of it's conditions, and don't destroy your own work, you never know what value it may have. 

Below are some clips from a (well known) hand-colored film by Méliès from 1902, with the addition of some modern music


'Decoration'. Automatic Drawing (Doodle).

Automatic drawing which began with an observational drawing of the dice and wooden figure pictured. 


Filogis: Translation and Philanthropy.

Illustration for Filogis Multilingual Services. The work of associations such as 'Translators Without Borders' play an important role in overcoming the presumed difficulties of linguistic and cultural differences.


Michael D’Onofrio

Postcard designs commissioned by the historical restoration and construction firm Michael D'Onofrio.

Below are some of my initial proposals.


Wild Rose.

Sketch from the woods. The petals had detached, one by one, from the flower at the top of this page by the time I had finished this sketch. 
The drawing depicts it's last five minutes of being a flower and it's transition to becoming a fruit.