Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Stuff I am liking at the moment

This is just a quick list of stuff that I am liking at the moment form a design point of view.......

Got to see one of these close up for the first time. Loved the scale of it, the classic proportions, but modern take on the marque, the sense of occasion. Stunning, and would you believe quite subtle given the size of it. Ideal in Black or Burgandy.

Someone at home keeps driving past our house in one of these in 8C Red, and it looks stunning in the cold winter light...Love the surfacing, the way it stands out in the traffic. Certainly most desirable car in the Focus class.....A car for the heart. Got sent a brochure the other day, and even that was stunning.

More to follow...........

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

1 year on...

Its comming upto a year since I was last permanatly employed. A year of frustration, failure, striving, portfolio reviews, wondering where God is in all of this, soul searching, getting irrate as others appear to be better than I am at this design lark.....you know a year of feeling sorry for myself.....Anyway shit happens and God is Good. I am still here, still have a place to live and food on the table, and a family who have put up with so much crap from me over the past year, and still love me. And here I am wondering what God will do, where he will take us, whether design is the long term plan or not, needing his grace big time, spending to much time on my computer and dying for a cup of tea....

A big big thankyou to char and the kids, and to so many others  who have been incredibly generous with time, support, prayers, encouragement, help (in many ways), even the positive phonecalls.

The new sketch below is a start of major photoshop practise, as once again I thrash around trying to work out where I am going.


Thursday, 22 April 2010

The stuff below is my entry to tha last Local Motors contest, for which I was shortlisted in the top 10%. If you have the time visit the site www.local-motors.com and have a look at the other entries becasue some are fantastic.....

Friday, 19 March 2010

Its been a while!!!

Sorry I have taken so long to get this up and running again. It coincides with job hunting, and getting my stuff out there, admist the need to be still and know the master designer for who he is, not what I am....Hopefully I can be more together with this now...Blessings!

Pt Folio 2010

New folio images 2010 - Sorry its been a while!

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

A challenge.

Its been a challenging week this week. The idea of what I gain from having a job has been on my mind, prompted I am sure by the master designer himself. Yes we all need an income, yes we all need not to be watching daytime tv (certainly a big yes to that one). But what do I derive from having a job, and what do I miss by not having one right now?

Well to be honist, I get a sense of purpose, and identity, a sense of being needed, which in turn comes out of a search for acceptance and value. I love having a job that is different from the norm, it makes me all the more interesting to talk to. I feel I contribute something of value, and also find security in being good enough at something to be offered a job in the first place. It props up a fragile ego. And here is the rub. If I am to truly be in realtionship with a loving God, the master designer, then surely this stuff should all be found in him. Surely I must be able to view myself outside of just what I do and what I can sketch, and even what I might have got in production. For a designer, working in an industry where jobs are given on the basis of promotion of what we have done in the past, thats a challenge.

Do not get me wrong, none of the above are things that are wrong in themselves. And I am not recommending that all designers put down their pens and take up holy orders or swell the numbers of Monks in the world. I just think that when faced with all the challenges of unemployment, its easy for me to think that my life without a job is a waste, and that unless I am not designing or sketching, or arguing with a supplier as to where I can and cannot put a dashboard switch, then I am useless and have no value.

Truth is that God has to be of higher value than all of this, he still as to be my God whether I am working or not, in the good and the not so good times. If my love for him is purely based on what job can he get me into, or how he can massage my fragile ego, then what kind of a love is that. I am writing this for myself to lay down an Ebineza stone if you like. I know this will continue to be a struggle, (indeed after another "thanks but No Thanks" today, what I am writing is already being put to the test). However I do believe that God in his grace and power knows this and will work on my fragile desire to follow him for who he is, and not the benefits package that I hope for so often

Friday, 4 September 2009

Thursday, 3 September 2009


Check out this new Audi commercial.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Tough day today. Must confess to feeling somewhat sorry for myself, what with the current work situation. Kepp looking at others skethes, which seem very good. Would love to be doing cars again, or boats for that matter. Could do with more self belief, especially in things such as full scale modelling, more design experience, stil this nagging inner doubt about whether I can really do this thing. Would still love to work somewhere like Aston Martin. Tired of sending CV and portfolios. Tired of there being noone taking anyone on at the moment. My son asked me yesterday how many jobs I had lost. When I said "2" he then asked;

"Daddy why do you keep loosing them?"

Hmmmmmm, quite!

Had to laugh though.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

The classic car stuff i earler stuff I did, about ten years ago, and which I might return to should design really not work out, although if others feel that I might be a loss to the world of cleaning then declare it now......

Great time away in Scotland, a real break form CV and applications, and phonecalls to studios. Great to see good friends as well, photos to follow! Its been really difficult this whole jobless thing. I thought I would manage it ok second time around (I am a former MG Rover employee), but I have struggles for motivation, confidence, and everyone appears to be in the same boat. The top floor office can also be a very lonely place to be. And now I am on the verge of a 3 day trial interview with a company, yet it has not sunk in. How many others are going through this, thousands I think. Oh well, an early night, shine my shoes (as someone once emailed me), pack my lunch, (any suggestions are welcome as to the content of that one), iron my fetching shirt, and work out exactly where I have to be at 8am tomorrow morning. Oh and most importantly, seek the input of the master designer, without whom this new opportunity would never have come about, and thanks also to Duncan F.

Sorry, I have been away and doing some other stuff, but on the eve of a job interview, and the day where England have regained the ashes, I a posting some new stuff on the blog. Thanks for all those who have looked in on this, and please sign up as a member or follower, and I will keep you posted on developments...............

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

So this is my blog, or rather the one for Job 38 Ltd, my freelance transportation design business. Really, its a notice board for sketches, references, inspirations and the usual witty banter coupled with a song or two. Please feel free to add comments, greetings, messages of love and understanding, or perhaps a funny tale. Please remember that above all else, Job 38 is under the direction of the ultimate designer and creator, and as such, I am just employed by him in this for a while.