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Hey Keira,

Do you reckon that people will be more likely to click through to your print shop if the first thing people see on your site is “I have prints and you can can buy them here!” rather than “I never update my blog and you might be able to buy prints at some unspecified time in the future,” like it is now? Maybe do something about that, huh?

So yeah, dear reader, you can buy prints of Poe illustrations 1-6 and a number of postcard paintings on my Etsy shop which is HERE IN THIS LINK.

And it will help me keep the lights on.


Poe, postcards… prints?


Yuh-huh, all of those things.

1. I recently completed the illustration for Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Alone’ – a beautiful little poem which forms the lyrics for a song on one of my favourite albums, Arcturus’ ‘La Masquerade Infernale’. It’s quite a departure from my metalhead days though, as it has a self-consciously childlike colour scheme with the primary red-yellow-blue palette. The way I read it, ‘Alone’ isn’t about being lonely, it’s about growing up as a romantic dreamer, learning to explore and find beauty in a world which doesn’t exactly make that easy. That person in the middle, the only black element, she’s alone, and she likes it that way.

Have a look here: Edgar Allan Poe > Alone

Prints of ‘Alone’ will be available soon.

2. Not long after finishing Alone, which took aaages, I also finished another postcard which pays homage to my favourite landscape, the Peak District. I moved a little further away from it recently so I’ll need to go back soon, to check it’s still there. ‘The Slumbering Giant’ is my love letter to the hills and valleys of Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

Ey a neb reight’ere: Postcards > The Slumbering Giant

Prints are available here: Etsy store: The Slumbering Giant

3. What’s that? You sell prints now? Um… yeah, now that you mention it, I’ve been sayiong I’ll do that for a while now. They’re a thing. I have some. Quite a lot. Do you like prints? You can have some if you want. Yep, you can just have them. What’s that? What’s the catch? Oh yeah, you have to pay cos apparently that’s how you business these days.

Business my prints here: The Business End of a User Interface



Tomorrow I’ll be introducing Sheffield’s joint-second-worst poet of 2018 to the very scary world of Youtube. She’s a little nervous about it. Edgarella has previously performed at Sheffield and the Edinburgh Fringe’s anti-slam contests for bad poetry.

Watch the preview video here:

Coming Soon: Edgarella

She writes about all the stuff that makes us both giddy, nervous, anxious, depressed and all those other emotions it’s no fun to talk about, and she does it in the most grandiose and pompous way possible. She performs in honour of the Bard of Baltimore, Edgar Allan Poe and worships Roger Corman, Vincent Price and Hammer Horror movies.

Sometimes I wonder if I should ask her to tone it down… but she gives me a look. A serious look.

Oh yeah, I’m a proper website now, not just a wimpy blog.

Postcards: Ice Demon, Midnight Ruins


Here are a pair of postcard illustrations. They aren’t painted yet. That may take a while. I’ve just moved flats and, well, everything takes a while when you’re balancing a whole bunch of variables. They will be dark. But at the moment, they are  pencil on card.  The former is a gribbly monster inspired by a ridiculous pun. The latter is… well, it’s mostly darkness, but you have to imagine the darkness for yourselves.

It is easy to imagine the darkness.

13. Ice Demon

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14. Midnight Ruins

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It’s an arboreal barracuda. But that’s a gobful, so just call it a forest demon.

Here’s the newest addition to the Postcard series, inspired by the Sandworms of Beetlejuice, and various other terrors that dwell in the deep, dark woods. There may be a story behind this, if I can ever be bothered to write it.

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Forest Demon 1 (Arboracuda), Black & Sepia acrylic ink, Titanium White acrylic paint on greyboard, 162 x 238mm.

I’m… er… also considering retiring the ‘Grindstone Art’ monicker, as it was originally a way to label my art without using my deadname. I’m more comfortable having that on work, so I might just start using the site that bears my proper name.

Not immediately, mind. But soon.

A screen-related thing…


So there’s this character from that film, Avengers: Endgame. I like that film. And there’s this character from that TV show, Game of Thrones. I like that show. Here’s a  picture I painted involving those characters. It’s linked rather than straight-out posted, in case you haven’t seen either of those things yet.

“It’s ok, buddy. I understand.”


So! It’s been… um…


..three years since my last blog post. I am not good at this informing-the-people-of-the-things lark. Since my lat post, I’ve totally finished one album cover, which was a while ago, and finished an EP cover a couple of weeks ago, which is part of a much larger work whcih I’m not showing you yet cos it ain’t finished. Catch up with that by going to the shiny Hamerex page and having a gawp.

I’ve also been working on a bunch of illustrations based on Edgar Allan Poe stories and poems, starting with ‘The Masque of the Red Death’ in december 2015 and having just drawn ‘Ulalume’ in the last few weeks. Wearily wander over to this page for a look-see.

Also also, I’ve satrted working on a bunch of smaller illustrations of whatever I fancy, which might one day be sold as postcards or lil’ prints. Cute little gribbly monsters, aliens, landscapes and all sorts of this, that and the other. There isn’t a page for that, but there will be… soon.

Everything will happen soon. The scary part is what happens after.

Hamerex: The Last Ride (part 1)


Hey, I recently completed the cover artwork for Hamerex’ new EP, The Last Ride. The EP has been available for about a month now, and is already getting great reviews such as this one: http://sinisterangelsrealm.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/hamerex-last-ride-ep-2015.html – here’s the first part of my commentary on the process of making the cover.

TLR Final Print 6 Preview

The EP can be ordered on CD or downloaded from the band’s Bandcamp page: http://hamerex.bandcamp.com/album/the-last-ride

This is a new method of communicating the ideas and methods behind my work – I get to post more updates which means my blog spends less time gathering dust, and you don’t have to read it all at once, which helps if, like me, you have  habit of leaving a hundred tabs unread.

Part 1 (Themes & influences):

I was given the title of Hamerex’ latest release some time last Autumn. It wasn’t difficult to imagine what the cover art should look like – the EP had a strong ‘apocalyptic’ theme, with song titles and lyrics all referencing mass destruction and the end of the world – the cover had to be a scene which reflected chaos, terror and doom. I went through a few sketches of imploding planets and collapsed cities, but since ‘The Last Ride’ is a lyric from the song ‘Ride On Ruin’, there was my concept straight away. Rider. Ruins. Ace.

The biggest influence in musical imagery was undoubtedly the cover of Judas Priest’s Painkiller album – it’s been one of my favourite album covers for many years, and I have the poster flag hanging above my window. I’ve wanted to do something in homage to it for ages, and this was the perfect chance. This shows most clearly in the burning ruins in the background, and the fact that the Rider’s position is similar to the ‘Painkiller’ character, albeit reversed.

Judas Priest – Painkiller (1990) Illustration by Mark Wilkinson

The other major influence was John Martin’s series of apocalyptic paintings, which are huge canvases featuring massive storms, earthquakes and Biblical judgements destroying populations and civilisations on a grand scale – an ideal fit for an apocalyptic-themed record.

John Martin – The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (1852)

I wanted to update the John Martin feel by giving the ruins a distinctly modern look – the left edge is framed by a huge collapsed building with a metal skeletal structure, and the horse rides across a metallic girder-like structure above tangled steel reinforcing rods. This is partly a carry-over from the last Hamerex album cover, 2013’s ‘IX’ – which also features a ruined cityscape with a few visible modern features such as shattered glass, reinforcing rods and sewage pipes. The idea is that these infernal environments aren’t a medieval fantasy as in one of Heironymous Bosch’s Hell scenes, but an echo of the world we live in. In that sense, The Last Ride is less the Great Fire of London, 1666, more the Great Fire of Leeds, 2015.

It also looks a bit like a Warhammer Chaos Knight, with its massive horns and flowing cloak. But don’t tell anyone I said that. That’s not cool.

Part 2 coming soon!

Hamerex official website: http://www.hamerex.com/

Hamerex on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hamerex/