The Headless Creeper

Posted in Black and White, Line Art with tags , on November 20, 2016 by samzuppardi

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Not sure where this sinister character has crept from…

Jack’s Worry in Portugal

Posted in Books with tags on October 16, 2016 by samzuppardi

The Portuguese edition of Jack’s Worry has just arrived! He’s known as Gaspar over there.

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You I and the Sky

Posted in Colour Pictures, Projects with tags , , on October 9, 2016 by samzuppardi

This is the artwork I created for You I and the Sky, the debut album from Clark and Zuppardi, a foot-stomping UK bluegrass duo of which my esteemed brother forms one half.

I love collaborating with him and, given my musical ability is sorely lacking, it was exciting to have this chance to be involved in the project in a way that did not require me to play an instrument.

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We wanted the artwork to capture something of the distinctively sky-dominated Norfolk landscape that is the duo’s home whilst also evoking a sense of the open-road American bluegrass tradition from which their music draws its inspiration.

The album is out very soon, you can watch them performing an exclusive track here, and it can already be purchased in digital form here. happy listening!

 

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More about the album:

Blending original compositions infused with a passion for bluegrass and old time music with traditional songs and tunes the debut release from this acoustic duo showcases a uniquely transatlantic take on the American traditions of bluegrass and Appalachian mountain music respectively, strongly influenced by their own British origins. The album features an original repertoire of tunes and songs of their own composition, alongside a selection of tracks from the likes of The Carter Family, old time instrumentals, and a rendition of a shape note piece from the Sacred Harp songbook.

Both seasoned instrumentalists in their own right, the duo have developed their own unique sound with clawhammer banjo, tenor guitar, mandolin and guitar. Nic Zuppardi regularly performs with BBC-folk award nominee Dan Walsh, and is a third of the Georgia Shackleton Trio. Adam Clark is also one half of Nobodaddy, and has worked with a huge range of artists from Mobo award-winner Zara McFarlane to West African ‘Griot’ Sefo Kanuteh.

 

 

Too Short Pencils

Posted in Writing about Drawing with tags , on October 1, 2016 by samzuppardi

I just came across this little collection while having a tidy up. This seems to be the length my pencils get to before being relegated to the dreaded Drawer Of Bits. Surprisingly consistent.

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Goose and Crocodile

Posted in Colour Pictures with tags , on September 15, 2016 by samzuppardi

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When Everyone Has Gone Home

Posted in Black and White, Line Art with tags , , on August 21, 2016 by samzuppardi

More from the beach this week. Even when ostensibly relaxing, people are often surprisingly busy and industrious…

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Sketches from the beach

Posted in Black and White, Line Art with tags , , , , on August 11, 2016 by samzuppardi

Here are a few sketches of people on the beach at Robin Hood’s Bay, where I’ve been staying. The weather across the week was changeable so the beach-goers ranged from sunbathers to determined British holidaymakers braving elements with ice-cream stubbornly in hand. The couple in deckchairs had even come equipped with umbrellas, which came out a couple of times. I really enjoyed sketching from life, trying to capture people before they moved on. There’s nothing like it for getting you to take notice of you surroundings.

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