Blog Archives

Elvis was a hero to most (but not this one)

Elvis was a hero to most (but not this one)

Elvis was a hero to most (but not this one)

Now most people might look at this fella and think of a young Elvis Presley but it’s not he. This is, in fact, a very dangerous man named Bobby Elvis Saunders and he is a teddy boy and not a very nice one at that. Just out of picture are his brothel creepers and a very snazzy jacket which contains a small bottle of vitriol in case he comes across any trouble. Which he invariably does. If you see him you’re best steering clear. You have been warned…

Cheers

id-iom

Read more →

The Boy who Cried Wolf

The Boy who Cried Wolf

The Boy who Cried Wolf

Now we’ve surely all heard the tale of the boy who cried wolf and the fact that when a wolf did attack his flock no would would believe him and come to his aid as he’d cried ‘wolf’ too often before. This is obviously a cautionary tale on the perils of lying and believability that the subject of this picture could do with absorbing. He’s forever telling tales to try and make himself look good and his buddies/siblings/other kids look bad. He’ll be in danger of having no one left to believe him when things do eventually go pear shaped, as they appear to have here…

To say painting this piece was a labour of love would be a lie as I find painting skin tone is one of the hardest things to get right. There are just so many colours involved that you would never guess would be. Whenever I try it usually makes me feel pretty inadequate as an artist but this time I kind of like it – even after hating it for so many hours. Oh well onward and upward i suppose…

Cheers

id-iom

Title:The Boy who Cried Wolf

Materials: Spray paint, paint pen, acrylic, pencil, pastel and charcoal

Size: 60 x 60 cm

Please email if interested

Read more →

Godzillas v Rocket

On Saturday we packed up the id-iomobile with just about as much stuff as we could get in there (as we never like to travel light and be without something we may need) and headed for Peterborough for the Overground Arts paint jam. This collaboration piece was actually our second piece of the day and was painted alongside the ever affable Parlee. Our barely thought out plan was to have Parlee’s ‘Rocket’ character being attacked by our large and angry looking Godzilla. As we progressed we thought what better than having Rocket deal with two Godzilla’s – both of which were now to be sporting laser eyes. Whilst Rocket seems to be defending himself from the blasts his little fly companion seems to have suffered a direct hit. If it wasn’t for those pesky Godzillas…

We also had some added assistance from Process Smith in creating the clouds and rather surprised looking budgie at the bottom and Miss Wah for the kind loan of her bunny skull stencil which we turned into a little swarm of flying bunny skulls hovering near Godzillas’ head. Their intentions aren’t entirely clear but i suspect them to be evil.

Our ‘l’esprit de l’escalier’ moment came when driving back and we thought we should probably have added some parachute lines to Rocket. Ah well, c’est la vie…

Cheers

id-iom

Read more →

The Boy with the Red Face

The Boy with the Red Face

The Boy with the Red Face

Well, well, look what we have here. It looks like someone has been caught doing something they shouldn’t by their mum. The red face and sullen eyes are an obvious giveaway but just look at those tears as well – that’s a sure fire sign if ever I saw one! The only thing I’m not sure about is what exactly this lad has done – but don’t worry, we can always make something up…

Hubert, for that is what we shall call him, was on his way to the shop to fetch some ciggies for his mother. When the proprietor turned his back Hubert decided to steal some Disney Princess ‘Princess Glamour’ Sticker Collection packs from the counter but Hubert wasn’t a skilled thief. Needless to say the owner caught him and promptly escorted him back home after leaving the shop in the hands of Mrs Clompton who had only just popped in for a pint of milk.

The story continues of course but i think you can fill out the rest of the story yourself and how he ended up like he is in the painting…

Cheers

id-iom

Title: The Boy with the Red Face
Materials: Acrylic, paint pen, spraypaint and glitter
Size: A3
Please email if interested

Read more →

Scream for all your worth

Scream for all your worth

Scream for all your worth

Now if you’ve ever fallen off your bike at great speed you’ll know that screaming a few expletives is a great way to stop thinking about the pain. If you manage to really hurt yourself the best advice i can give you is to ‘Scream for all your worth’ and keep doing it, as apart from a magic plaster it is the best way to sort out any injury. But then again I’m no doctor…

Cheers

id-iom

Title: Scream for all your worth
Materials: Spray paint, paint pen and charcoal
Size: A2
Please email if interested

Read more →

Forever family

Forever Family

Forever Family

Just like The Chipmunks and the Chipettes sang in 2009’s classic Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (whilst giving their own inimitable version of Sister Sledge‘s 1979 disco hit ‘We are Family‘) ‘We are family, I’ve got all my brothers with me’. I think this just emphasises the importance of family connections (especially as id-iom consists of two brothers).

Families should stick together and this is exactly what this pair are doing. A cute brother and sister combo who just have to do everything together. Thick as thieves as they say and guess what – this particular duo are a pair of little tea leaves, when i was painting them they managed to rob me for £20.

Cheers

id-iom

Title: Forever family

Materials: Acrylic, spray paint and paint pen

Size: A2

Please email if interested

Read more →

Nothing to lose and everything to gain

Nothing to lose and everything to gain

Nothing to lose and everything to gain

Look at this little tyke. Just look at him. You can just tell by the slightly sullen yet steely look in his eye that he’s on the warpath. He was probably involved in the riots or lives on the wrong side of the tracks. You get the feeling that someone has taken something of his and he’s pretty determined to get it back. Or something like that anyway.

To be honest it can be quite trying to put words to our pictures but i do enjoy doing it as taxing my lexicon can be a motivator in itself and sometimes it allows you to show some of the thought processes behind the piece. Although saying that i’m not entirely convinced that explaining yourself is at all necessary (surely someone can make their mind up about whether or not they like a piece without knowing anything about the artist, what it’s about or why it was created?)

Sometimes the write up is just froth off the top of my head to give an otherwise puzzling piece some levity. Either way it is what it is and this kid is still not very happy with you…

It is A2 in size and is made using the magic of acrylic paint and ink. Signed on reverse.

Here is the ebay link

For further information about us and what we get up to you can visit our flickr (www.flickr.com/id-iom) and twitter (@thisisidiom).

Cheers

id-iom

 

Read more →

Don’t Cry Son

Don't Cry Son

Don’t Cry Son

We’ve all been there as a kid when we’ve had an accident and all of a sudden the world seems a dark and daunting place. What a poor soul this boy is… He’s hurt his knee but he has no need to worry as he has a fairy godmother. The fairy on the picture is whispering – ‘Don’t cry son. A plaster is on it’s way’. This is offset somewhat by the legend at the bottom saying ‘Pain is life’. He’ll soon learn. And I doubt that fairy godmother will hang around forever…

It is A2 in size and is made using the magic of acrylic paint, watercolour, spray paint and paint pen. Signed on reverse.

Here is the ebay link

For further information about us and what we get up to you can visit our flickr (www.flickr.com/id-iom), blog (www.thisisidiom.wordpress.com) and twitter (@thisisidiom).

Cheers

id-iom

Read more →

Study can sometimes be fun

Study can sometimes be fun

Study can sometimes be fun

As we all know studying is pretty tedious and boring at the best of times. Sometimes though it can be quite the opposite, all that’s needed is a little forethought and you’ve got something that can keep you going in to the the early morn and it looks like this guy has got it clocked.

It is A2 in size and is made using the magic of acrylic paint and chalk . Signed on reverse.

Here is the ebay link

For further information about us and what we get up to you can visit our flickr (www.flickr.com/id-iom) and twitter (@thisisidiom).

Cheers

id-iom

Read more →

Come one, come all

Come one, come all

Come one, come all

At last! Summer seems to finally be here! What a result! We got a call on Friday asking if we were interested in doing some boards at the  Whitecross Street Party on Saturday. We checked the weather, which was, surprisingly, promising warmth and sunshine and so promptly agreed. As it was in London it didn’t even require a particularly early start. Which was another good result. After finding ourselves a board to paint we set to work and had this done by closing time. I think the boy in the piece looks a little more sinister than we originally intended but I think it works quite nicely because of that. He certainly looks as though he’s been up to some kind of mischief…

Cheers

id-iom

Read more →