So I want to drink a lot so I drank a lot then I drank a lot then I thoghtt oh then I drabj then I came home because no more dribks but there were people but not the right people so I sat and threw up and it was good to throw up. It was good to throw up so it happened more then I sat here and fucking tumblred shit. I threw up all over tumblr and then I fell asleep. A true motion picture. 

Marker experiment. 
Bought fuck loads in my college days, never really used them much. Thought I’d sketch using a minimal palette just to see what happens. I concentrated on gestural marks over a final finished piece, where I’d get bogged down in millions of perfect subtle shades.
More vibrant IRL, PS is sucking balls tonight. This the light scan.
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Chameleon Screenprint Experiment, 2012

Done roughly around Christmas time, an experiment with screenprinting. After painstakingly drawing out and filling in the drawing on tracing paper (with ink) for exposure, I knocked a glass of water onto them. I was annoyed. I dried them out. Ironed them. Effect actually looks alright, especially as it was unintended, but wasn’t what I was after, wishing for perfect overlaying blocks of colour. One piece has gone missing.

An outlined overlay was produced to perhaps better tie the two layers together, but I didn’t ever get around to printing as was pretty fed up with the whole experience.


Woodcut Experimentation, 2011/12

Selection of woodcuts, dried after printing. I pretty much always prefer the cuts to the prints created, there’s something about inked up wood, and me being a perfectionist. The contrast of light, virgin wood and dark ink isn’t bad. I don’t think I have much of a vision when it comes to prints, not seeing much further than off white paper and black ink.

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Albino Boa  (3.10.12)
Sketch; washed and lined with a water soluble brush pen. Nowhere near the result I intended, but I kinda like it.
(Copyright Joe Ward 2013)

100th follower! A fresh post to celebrate a blog of 100% original content, I’m very proud.

I’ve lost a  fair whack of confidence over the last year (concentrating on the necessity of bill paying/survival post-grad), but there are still bits of work appearing in sketchbooks and scraps of note paper in pubs around Cheltenham (a pint always helps).

Here are two pieces I recently did at my work; SOHO Coffee in Regent Arcade, Cheltenham. The scale of both (roughly A1), positioning (near the floor) and limited palette were a fresh challenge. I’m pretty happy with them, it’s great sorta going at it blind, not knowing a final outcome. It’s a great confidence boost and realisation of skill when people compliment you, it’s easy to forget that lots of people don’t really draw! So thank you :)

Feel free to pop in and say hi if you are local (or not!), we don’t bite. Plus we do pretty decent coffee and locally made, organic food, so that’s not bad.

Cheeeeeeeeeerrrrssssss x

New portfolio site!
Nothing you haven’t really seen before, just in a more professional setting. 
(if anyone knows how to fix it to “flipcard” setting, could you let me know…)
Commission in the works, so will have an update fairly soon.
Enjoy! x
Nemo, August 2012
A recent commission, A4 ink and watercolour on slightly bigger paper. Having been ill treated in her past life, it’s taken Nemo four years to be comfortable rolling and relaxing on her back with Rachel. 
It’s always interesting comparing the painting with the source photo a few days later, noticing how it’s been naturally interpreted, such as expressing some colours more than others (pinks and blues) and how textures have been created. If done again, I would perhaps try to create less of a harsh contrast between the inked fur lines and washed bedsheets. Just a niggle though.
I’m open for commissions now that home life and work seem to be at a manageable level, so mail me if you are interested :)
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Can’t argue with that, can you?
Birthday Bouquet, 2012
I’ve never received flowers before. I wanted to kiss her, they made me so happy. Sat at my desk for the best part of a month, and past their best in most people’s eyes, withered and slightly mouldy they are still pretty. A quick watercolour sketch before they completely loose it.
What a silly girl.
Maisie, 2012
Recent commission, A4, watercolours, ink. She’s a beagle mutt. Sorry about the lack of updates recently, this blog has primarily been used for my Uni work, and so has had to be submitted to various exam boards. I’ll make up for it. In the near future you’ll also see a new portfolio blog and hopefully an online shop, just been very busy recently! Thank you for all the new follows and rebloggings, it’s always appreciated and puts a smile on my face. Much love.
(copyright Joe Ward)

Beautiful work; rebeccapomroy:

My degree show space! Come down and see the talent, open to the public 27th-3rd

mutatedgenez asked:

Where can I buy one of the books?

Hi! Thanks for your interest! If you email me at, we can discuss a price and postage. I only have 3 left, doubt I’ll be making more. I’ll be having a major online overhaul over the next week, making a new site and shop :)


My plants, 2012

Should be focusing on Research Project, but decided I needed a nice, stress free drawing sesh. Handy my uni desk has a windowsill full of my plants then int it?

Sgt. Pepper has steadily flowered for the past year, having a new chilli ready once a week or so, and after a hearty, well earned feed just before the LBF, now has loads of fresh leaves and flowers about to bloom.

The strawbs are coming along nicely too, one has a flower on! *nod*

Opaque  by  andbamnan