In the beginningwas the creator Artifex. Artifex was bored with
having infinite time, darkness and nothingness so he devised a plan to create
They are going to need light to see he thought, so he
created a ball of rock and set it on fire, this became the Sun.
They are going to need a sky and a moon to look at he thought, so he created
thousands of balls of rocks and one special one he made out of cheese and called
it the moon.
They are going to need a place to live, he
thought. So between the sun and the moon
he moulded another ball of rock, rolling it around in his hands until he had
created a planet.
Now he had made their home, and it was perfectly visible and
warm with all the sun’s rays, he began work on the first people.
I’ll make two types, he thought, and I’ll call them Man and Woman.
So he set off making man. He sculpted the heart, lungs and all the other parts
and laid them out in front of him. He made a soft ball and rolled out four
sausages, a smaller ball and a thicker sausage for the middle.
He put all the parts in the middle section and
sealed them in. “This seems a bit floppy” he thought.
So he created hard bones and moulded the sausages around them. “That’s better!”
He pieced them together bit by bit, and after many attempts, he made a man that
looked just right.
“This man needs a friend!”
He made woman in a similar way as man, and laid them next to
Suddenly, they started moving and took their first breath of
After a bit of wandering, man said to Artifex, “we are hungry and thirsty”
So Artifex pulled up mountains and poked gigantic holes across the planet and
filled them with water.
He also gave man crops and animals, so they could live and eat together.
Artifex was hugely proud of his creation and wanted more
people to inhabit his vast planet.
He took measurements and data from his man and woman and set to work.
After three days and three nights he had made all new kinds
of men, women and animals and they lived together in the beautiful world he’d
Artifex’s work was done, and in a spectacular flash of light and storms, he was
This project was about how the way many people throughout history lived was to come back and haunt them in the end, they were their 'own executioner'.
So I decided to find out a little bit about each person on the list. In the end I chose E J Watson. He didn't seem to be a very well known name with people I asked, but I decided to research more about him and he had a very interesting life story.
So my illustration is a visual biography which will hopefully tell you a little bit about the man. For more see here
These last few weeks have been insanely busy, I've been working on a drawing of Borough market for an exhibition at the poetry society café in Covent Garden, a project about cocklepickers and a new zine with my coursemates called 'Drawnography'.
I think I'll split these into seperate posts!
Anyway, Here's the Borough market drawing which I was very happy to find out has been selected for the show at the poetry society café, Covent Garden.
"An exhibition of 40 works by students and staff of Middlesex University’s Illustration programme responding to the places where great poets have lived, boozed, loved and died in the city of London, displayed in the intimate atmosphere of the Poetry Cafe and basement, in Covent Garden. All work is for sale to help students fund their Degree Show."
'The haunts of the poets'
Locals please come and have a drink/look/buy!
22 Betterton Street Covent Garden
One more thing I got ridiculously excited about is an email from my course leader saying something like this "Andrew has been asked to send info and pictures to Creative Review and the Times supplement"... so in a few posts it may be about me being in those magazines! Awesome.