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I’m very proud to have created a piece of work for this official Monty Python tribute exhibition.

The opening is this Friday in Leeds from 6pm, at the Northern Monk Brewery (Facebook Event page here).

My contribution is an 8 colour screenprint featuring Tim the Enchanter from MP’s Holy Grail. As an added bonus to make each print completely unique, there is a little killer rabbit printed on each one in a completely different place. This was a time consuming and technical print but I am really pleased with how it came out.

Here’s a little preview…


Screenprinting Workshop – June 2016

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Myself and good friend Cameron Steward will be hosting another Screenprinting Workshop on the weekend of 25th and 26th of June.

The course takes place at the West Yorkshire Print Workshop in Mirfield, and is £130 to enroll and there are spaces for 6 attendees only.

Cameron and I really enjoy running these courses, the atmosphere is really informal and it’s always a good laugh. Cam wrote up a great post on the last workshop which you can check out on his blog: twoducksdisco.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/go-forth-print.html

While not intended as a beginner’s course, no previous experience of screenprinting is required but would of course be helpful. This course is best suited to graphic designers or illustrators wanting to learn how to translate their work into screenprinting, or for those who have already started out in printing and want to improve their skills.

Here’s what an attendee of our last workshop had to say:

The weekend course with Graham and Cameron was the most enjoyable I HAVE HAD of any workshop – EVER!

They are both extremely knowledgeable but at the same time amazing at passing on exactly the required amount of info to pupils within their personal limitations. I really appreciate all the time you gave me and all the encouragement. The trouble-shooting session whilst screen-printing is what I found most valuable – it’s all very well to know what’s meant to happen, but amazing to already know what to do when it’s actually not! Both Graham and Cameron have such a nice, quiet, laid-back style in teaching that it caused our group dynamic to be excellent as well. I have not been to any other weekend course where a group has been as good at pulling together and helping one another out as this past weekened.”

More information and booking details are to be found here: www.wypw.org/shop/screen-printed-posters-june/



Ink&Paper 2 is the highly anticipated follow-up to our 2012 Ink&Paper exhibition. It is being organised by myself and the other UKPA and will take place in London in early May.

Like the first event, this will be one of the biggest exhibitions of contemporary gigposter art in the UK. We’ve curated an amazing lineup of some of the best UK gigposter art talent and it includes some artists who are a little newer to the medium but no less exciting. It promises to be a great event and I’m very proud to be involved.

Come along to the private view on Friday 6th May and enjoy some complimentary fizzy booze-pops and mingle with many of the artists and doodlers involved!

It will be held at Stour Space gallery and is happening with the generous sponsorship of Awesome Merchandise, Lagunitas Brewing, eFrame, and British Underground.

Hope to see you there!


Solenoids & Asteroids Pinball print

Pinball Art Prints is a series set up to celebrate the bold and vibrant art of classic pinball machines.

Along with fellow print making artists Luke Drozd and Drew Millward, I was asked to create a design to be made into a silkscreen art print.

Here’s what I came up with:


And here’s some blurb about what I hoped the piece would capture:


“There’s something really compelling about the space under the glass on a pinball table. Like a miniature theme park or haunted house, full of lights and trapdoors and moving parts, waiting to be explored. I wanted to reference the feeling of that sealed, otherworldly environment and decided depicting it as a space scene would be a good way to go. Initially I started sketching out designs as if they were to be used as an actual table layout but they seemed too flat to me, like they weren’t adequately conveying the space that I wanted them to. So I came up with a more lively space battle scene in a style that might have been used as cabinet or scoreboard graphics, and the vibe seemed to click. As a designer I often have to be rather restrained with colour and composition, so it was actually a lot of fun to pile on all the elements to give it that really frenetic ‘multiball’ feel. I really enjoyed creating this piece of art and I hope it goes some way to capturing part of what makes pinball tables so enticing.”


This print is limited to a regular edition of 100, a foil variant edition of 20, and includes a signed Certificate of Authenticity.

18″ x 24″ 5-color print on archival, acid-free paper.

These are available in my Etsy shop now: www.etsy.com/shop/ArmyOfCatsPrints

Yorkshire Three Peaks Prints

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I recently illustrated and screenprinted a set of prints depicting the Yorkshire Three Peaks: Pen Y Ghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough.

I’ve hiked and run around this area of the Yorkshire Dales many times, and have even done the Three Peaks Fell Race a couple of times also.

I’ve been up them when it’s been clear enough to see all three from one spot, and I’ve also been up when they’ve been covered in snow – whatever the conditions there’s always something special about these peaks and I wanted to commemorate that with these pieces of art.

You can see some more process photos over here. They are available to purchase on my Shop.

Public Service Broadcasting – Green Man poster

I’m very pleased to announce my 3rd screenprinted poster for Public Service Broadcasting.


This print commemorates their forthcoming appearance at Green Man Festival and is a 3 colour, hand-printed silkscreen print in a very limited edition of 60.

For festival goers, this will be available at the UKPA Poster Tent along with posters for some of the other acts playing the festival, other gigposters, artprints, tshirts, bags, and other goodies.

Last year we had a fantastic time showing, selling & talking about our work, so myself and my fellow artists are really looking forward to it once again – if you are headed to the festival please come and say hi and see our work!


If you aren’t going to the festival, I will be keeping a small number of posters back which will go up on my online shop when I get back. Keep an eye on my Twitter stream for when these go live.

As well as a new poster for PSB, I also produced a poster for my lovely Leeds friends HOOKWORMS:


Same deal as above – available at the festival with hopefully a few left over for the shop.

Here is the full set of posters our group have designed for the festival. Read more about the artists and the set on this UKPA blog page here: http://ukposterart.com/post/126506941113/ukpa-poster-series-for-green-man-2015


Dot Spread Print Fair – 27 June 2015


I’ll be showing and selling some of my printed wares at a new independent print fair happening here in Leeds.

Saturday 27th June 2015 is the date, Wharf Chambers is the venue, and 12 – 5pm is the time when you’ll be able to see lovely work by myself and a number of other artists, print designers, & illustrators.

Come on down, chat to the artists directly about their work, and pick up some some afordable pieces of art for your walls.

Check out the Dot Spread Facebook page here for up to date info.

The best design work, especially with regards to logo design, is the stuff that is simple.

It communicates what it needs to without clutter; it’s memorable; it shrinks down/blows up well. A simple logo is basically vital for today’s cross-platform and cross-social media environment.

That said, creating simple work can be deceptively tricky when fighting the urge to ‘add more’, and it also sometimes requires a degree of experience and confidence to get your client onboard in understanding the value of keeping things simple.

Anyway, I came across a video by designer Aaron Draplin who is not only great at talking about why simplicity is key but also takes you through some of his iterative process of trying out lots of different ideas along the same theme. It’s a great example of how trying out one thing will suddenly lead onto another version, and another version, and another… and before you know it, it’s like you’ve sculpted your final logo out of lots of other abandoned ideas. He’s really enthusiastic about design and I think this sells the process to clients as well as designers.

This iterative process, right down from the crappy initial paper-and-pencil sketches is almost exactly how I approach logo design myself, so it was honestly a joy to watch someone working the same way.

Whether you’re a client or a designer, I hope you enjoy it.

Four Mountain Challenge


Scafell, England’s highest mountain – photo by me

This year the wife and I decided to set ourselves a bit of a goal.

As most of our friends already know, we enjoy a bit of fell running – i.e. racing up and down hills and mountains. While it can be quite hard at times, it’s also a lot of fun and there is usually loads of cake at the end.

It’s also improved my geography no end. By visiting various wild places in the UK, it’s amazing how you get a feel for how each place differs; the feel of the ground, the rocks, and even the colours and smells of that particular landscape give it it’s own individual character.

Obviously, there are the well known landmarks of the UK – the highest peaks: Ben Nevis, Snowdon, Scafell, and the slightly lesser known Donard in Northern Ireland. They’re each quite amazing places in their own way and draw in thousands of visitors year round.

As you would expect, there are also officially organised mountain races for each peak, where a few hundred competitors of all ages race to the top and back down.

Since we got into this fell running lark, there’s always been an assumption between Rach and I that these were races we’d get round to ‘at some point’. No need to rush. That said… earlier in the year an idea took form and crystallised:

Let’s run them – each of them – this year.

And let’s do the Yorkshire Three Peaks as well.”

Why not? Sounds like a good adventure!


The Mourne Wall running over Slieve Donard – Photo by Philip Milne




Now for the charity bit. Oh god, not another one, I hear you groan. Just bear with me…

Some people are really good at publicising challenges and using them to leverage raising money for great causes. They can talk eloquently and effortlessly in a way that comes across as humble and inspiring rather than conceited and, at worse, patronising.

For me, honestly, I find that side of things tricky. While many of the races I’ve done help to raise money for the needs of the specific communities that host the race, I’ve never actually attempted to raise money for a specific charity. Not once.

I don’t run for charity, I run because I enjoy it. And because I enjoy it, it doesn’t quite seem like an appropriate thing to ask people to dig into their pockets for.

Most of my friends know, I do these daft races all the time. Rach and I are always off away in the hills. Why would I ask for money for something I do most weekends anyway – it would be like asking to be sponsored for going down the pub on a Friday night.

But, I’m a bit of a cynical, curmudgeonly man at times. I know this. And while I might not be able to raise money for chaaaridee with a straight face, I can at least try to do something positive; pass on something from my experiences to others which might ripple on to do some wider good.


Snowdon – photo by Jimmedia



Indulge me while I describe what we’ve done (are doing), and then I’ll finish off with something I hope people will feel like getting involved in.

Tomorrow Rachel and I are running the Scafell Pike fell race – Scafell Pike is up in the Lake District and it’s the highest mountain in England. It’s also the last of the four major UK peaks which we’ll have run.

That’s right, we’ve already done the others. No mucking about. Just to summarise:

  • Slieve Donard (2,785 ft) – Highest mountain in N.I. – Race took place in March.
  • Snowdon (3,560 ft) – Highest in Wales – Race was in July.
  • Ben Nevis (4,409 ft) – Highest in Scotland and whole of UK – Start of September.
  • Scafell Pike (3,209 ft) – Highest in England – race is 20/09/14 (tomorrow!)

Oh and the Yorkshire Three Peaks Race comprised:

  • Pen-y-ghent (2,277 ft), Whernside (2,415 ft), and Ingleborough (2,372 ft) – although the total climb over the 23 mile race route is 5276 ft. This was back in April.

I won’t bore you with the details of each race. They were amazing experiences but obviously still tough in their own ways. Especially Ben Nevis, where I managed to fall over about a mile from the finish line… All the rocks up there are sharp buggers. Along with bruised ribs, I really gave my left thigh muscles a good smashing in. Barely able to walk for a few days and I am still sore now…

So, if I am grimacing when I run up Scafell tomorrow, it’s because part of me is still trying to conquer Ben Nevis…!

Anyway. I said I wouldn’t bore you.


Ben Nevis – Photo by Bart van Dorp




Rach and I have bought a nice bottle of wine to celebrate completing our own challenge, something that we set out to do together, as husband and wife (not to mention along with many of our wonderful running friends). I won’t lie: It has been great fun.

However, to personally mark the end of the challenge I also decided to do something charitable: to represent each of the 4 Highest UK peaks, I have donated a modest amount to four different charities. Not much at all but something.

I liked the idea of it being 4 and it prompted me to want to share an idea. Nominating people for charity challenges was all the rage recently, so here goes:

I nominate you – each of you – to do four good deeds in the near future.

You don’t have to give money to a charity if you can’t afford to do so, you could do something else instead. Everyone’s circumstances are different, so you’ll know best. The only thing is, it has to be something you’d go out of your way to do. On some level, small or large: a challenge.

Four things. One good deed for each of the mountains I dragged my scrawny, tired legs up and down (and which my wife gracefully ran).

There is no page to record your deeds. Nothing to sign up to. You don’t need to share them with anyone, and I don’t want you to tell me about it. There is no hashtag.

Just do them, mentally tick them off, and then have a nice cup of tea or coffee or even a beer to personally celebrate.

You might already do good deeds all the time. In which case this will be really easy for you (and also, sincerely, good on you).

That’s it.

I wish I could write more eloquently – and could succinctly add something inspiring about life being short, the value of challenging yourself, the importance of wild places, some rubbish about getting fit, secrets of peace and harmony, and all that jazz.

But honestly, I just like running about on hills, so that’s all I got.

I would really be chuffed if it was enough to inspire some genuine good.

Four things. Off you go.

Sincere thanks for reading.




Bristolians! There will be a positively grand exhibition happening in your city THIS WEEKEND, organised by the UKPA, and hosted by the warm and wonderful folk of Jacknife Studio.

It features work by some of the best gigposter and print artists in the UK today (and a rather special US guest artist) – and even some of my own work to boot. If you were present at the first Ink & Paper exhibition, which was hugely successful, then you’ll know the sort of quality to expect. If you’re around the Bristol area, definitely try and make the trip and enjoy some of the fine hospitality of the Jacknife guys and gals.

See the Facebook event page here.

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