The months of sleeping on a freezing cold, constantly deflating air-bed are over as I have recently moved into a new HQ. Now the place needs a bit of character and I am writing seeking house warming gifts from kind and loving people. I am seeking bones, anything depicting the Royal Family, union flags, fake flowers or anything you deem interesting. Anyone sending a gift will be sent something in return including things like free zines, doodles, tangerines with faces drawn on them etc.
If you are interested in sending something, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title 'HQ' and I shall reply with the address.
I thought I would take a brief break from day dreaming out of the cafe window, exploit the free wifi and speak of all my recent happenings as it has been far to long. It has been such a chaotic time recently. In amongst it I have:
Met David Hockney (I was a stuttering mess),
Met David Shrigley,
Had coffee with Mike Redmond,
Danced with Philip Grisewood,
Started learning to play the ukulele,
Bumped into Nic and Will from Nous Vous at End of the Road festival,
Marveled at the wonders of David Thomas Broughton,
and made a lot of pesto.
In more relevant news, I have recently received a copy of the Big Book of Contemporary Illustration to which I have contributed some Skinhead portraits, and my Disco piece. I have just added them to my site and the book can be purchased online.
I am still working on some projects that I will talk more about shortly.
Craig Atkinson linked me to this blog that have posted on the topic of his prolific Cafe Royal, which includs images of my Welcome to Prison zine. See the link below. Still a few copies left by the way. Plug smug pug.
Two more skinhead portraits completed today for the ever growing collection. These ones were drawn from a tattoo book in a section titled 'Tattooed Heads'. It was quite strange drawing these again, as the last ones were made last year. I do however plan to keep the series growing.
Finishing a sketchbook always brings a strange feeling. On one hand I always feel a sense of achievement that it has reached it's completion and on the other hand I feel a great attachment for the completed book which I feel will not be present when the next one begins. Anyway, A'Rebours has been a good companion over the past months. Check out some selected pages over on the sketchbook section of my site.
I would just like to share two text messages I received from the illustration machine that is David Callow:
1.- "Zeroten is like a really long fish covered in hair."
2.- "Might get Zeroten tattooed on my leg."
Even funnier when you consider that they were sent at 1:10am when my eyes were just closing for sleep. Anyway, as well as making genius text messages, he also produces genius work. I especially like this made for the Independent on Sunday. Click the link below to see more of his work.
I recently traded zines with Mike Redmond and was fortunate enough to have recieved some real beauties. Astrologer and Night Hours (pictured) are now available over on Cafe Royal. Two of the best zines I've seen in a while actually. I would strongly recommend them.
I've decided to start a blog that I could update more frequently and more informally than the news section of my site. I'm hoping it will feature updates of yours truly as well as lovely work I find interesting by other artists. Blah blah blah blah blah.
I AM ZEROTEN, A FREELANCE ARTIST AND ILLUSTRATOR BASED IN LONDON. I LIKE PEANUT BUTTER, CULTS, SKINHEADS, WITCHES, JACK THE RIPPER, JARVIS, MAGIC AND PEOPLE IN TOP HATS. PAST CLIENTS INCLUDE ENERGIE, AMELIA'S MAGAZINE, BEARDED MAGAZINE, FAESTHETIC, YCN, SUPERSWEET AND THE RODNIK BAND. I AM AVAILABLE FOR COMMISSION: