As you can probably guess, I am a big fan of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth. So it comes as no surprise that this has strongly influenced a lot of my work. As well as illustrations of the characters I've drawn in the past, I've also started a collage series reflecting some of the darker acts of the play. This first one represents the ghost of Banquo returning for the feast, as Macbeth toasts his health. For those that don't know the play, I suggest you go read it! But just as a quick overview (*Spoilers!) Banquo is Macbeth's best friend, whom he has murdered.
A few of my favourite points of reference in the piece are the three sketched profiles of women, representing the presence of the three weird sisters, the multitude of dogs scattered around which are of course 'man's best friend' and very loyal creatures, and the stag below the doe, which shows Macbeth's place in his marriage.
There's a lot of other symbolism dotted around, but I'll let you make your own minds up about those...
A while ago back in the summer, my Ripper Street illustration got quite a bit of attention on Twitter. A lot of people asked me for a similar picture of all the ladies, including the actresses that played them. As gleefully exciting as that was, unfortunately deadlines and business have kept my hands exceptionally busy - until now!
I present to you, the ladies of Ripper Street; Rose Erskine, Long Susan, and Jane Cobden...
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I had a lot of people asking me if they could use my ripper street murders picture as their cover photo for facebook, so I re-jigged it to fit a little better. Feel free to download and use at your leisure.
If you're not sure how to, just right click the image below and click 'save image as'. Save it to a file on your computer and then upload it to FB.