Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Albert Hofmann

January 11th 1906 - April 29th 2008

Discoverer of LSD-25. One of the greatest accidents in human history.

Rest In Peace.

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Selected Drawings Online Gallery Exhibition Private Views

James Jarvis Selected Drawings Online Gallery will be available for all to see from Saturday May 3rd at 2pm.

Meanwhile there will be private views for Gold and Silver online store members on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd May respectively. Members will receive invitations shortly.

Although access to the gallery will be widely available, it will not be possible to buy artwork before 3rd May unless specifically invited to one of these private views.

A direct link to the gallery will be posted on this blog later in the week.

Friday, 25 April 2008

In the jungles and rainforests of Copenhagen.

We had a great time in Denmark. Big thanks to Simon and all the guys at SweetTalk CPH for putting on the event and looking after us while we were there. The talk went well and the other speakers were great, especially the guys from Parfyme. Before the talk JJ and I had a pretty relaxing day wondering through the botanical gardens, eating lunch by the lakes, and in the afternoon we cycled around the lake at Christiana using the city bikes. Later that evening we got to hang out with the locals, and the beer'n'talk flowing freely. Copenhagen is a great city with decent people, and a perfect place to visit in the Spring.

While in the jungles of Copenhagen, James searches for his prey, high in the forest canopy... the elusive Danish Pastry.


I'm just back in the hotel after giving our talk. Russell is still holding forth in a gay bar.

The talk seemed to go down well, at least no one complained and there was polite laughter at our banter. I am so impressed by the rest of our European cousins' ability to speak English so much better than we do ourselves.

I'm still not running, so I went out for a vigorous walk this morning around Copenhagen. It's a really nice looking city, very civilised. I ended up in the Botanical Gardens, to which I brought Russell for Elevenses. Here he is in the magnificent Palm House.

We also found a great shop selling wooden bicycles and last night we visited Copenhagen's oldest punk rock bar, which was nice.

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Blah blah blahness in Copenhagen.

James and I will be visiting Copenhagen over the next two days to talk at an event organised by Candy (and ride on rollercoasters). This particular talk will be similar to the one we gave at their event in Dublin towards the end of last year. There we spoke about how we met, what drew us together, and the ways in which we have worked with each other since. It was an interesting exercise as James, who has given many talks, was not used to doing so with someone else. We both come at things from with a very different approach and this really came across when looking at our different influences and the ways in which we have incorporated them into what we do together. And we bicker a lot too! The audience seemed to like that. And our pictures of Black Sabbath circa 1970.

So if you happen to be in Copenhagen on Thursday evening (24th April) then please come down and heckle us. The SweetTalk event will take place at Rummet in Republikken, Vesterbrogade 24, Copenhagen. Doors: 7pm, Admission 75dkr.

We will do our best to send you away confused...

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

More YOD.

For your own ideas and sketches...

Available this weekend, together with YOD mugs and stickers, at

Monday, 21 April 2008

YOD is back!

Imported fresh from Japan.

Possibly the most expensive sticker set you will ever find! But beautifully produced by our friends at One Gram.

And a china mug, sure to offend most British tea drinkers.

Coming very soon to the Amos online store.

Thursday, 17 April 2008

Selected Drawings Gallery

I've been writing notes for the 50 drawings that will be up for sale in the Gallery next month. It's quite weird looking back at what I was drawing, and trying to consider what was going through my mind at that particular time.

Togas, Victorian suits, Medieval maidens?

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Giant Robot

The new issue of Giant Robot magazine carries an interview with me.

Friday, 11 April 2008

Selected Drawings On-line's official.

Okay, we lied... sorry about that. We were nowhere near ready to get this up and live in March. But we think we have cracked it now! So consider this an official announcement.

The James Jarvis Selected Drawings Online Gallery will go live on Saturday May 3rd.

Definitely not rescued from the recycling pile (see previous post dated 3/9/07 ) these drawings have been carefully picked by the man himself and are some of his favourites from the recently published Selected Drawings book. There will be 50 original pieces of work (errors, smudges and tea stains included) available for viewing (and to purchase if your hearts desire). All in editions of one!

Keep checking for news of private views for online store members.

London Marathon Update

For those readers (if there are any) who are interested, here's an update to my running status. Unfortunately, my ankle injury hasn't cleared up so it looks like I won't be running the London Marathon this Sunday. I'm pretty devastated about this; I've put in a lot of hard miles and it's incredibly frustrating to have to pull out right at the end, but there you go. 

I'm hoping whatever it is will clear up soon - this is the longest I've gone without running now for several years and I'm getting terrible withdrawal symptoms.

Sorry for such a miserable post. My drawings remain surprisingly jolly!

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Copenhagen bound...

Today we confirmed a trip to Denmark to speak at the Candy Talk event that they are hosting in Copenhagen on April 24th.


home of Tuborg beer...

Freetown Christiana...

Hans Christian Anderson...

Alan Nielsen (scorer of Tottenham Hotspur's winning goal against Leicester City in the 1999 League Cup Final)...

and marauding Vikings...

If only I could all sail around the world in a Viking Ship armed with a battle hammer!

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Potato Heads

Every so often, I find myself in a slough of despond regarding the ubiquity of the Potato Head in my work. I feel oppressed by it. I want to reject it, to move on, and yet there is something in the shape I keep coming back to.  Then I sit there and draw potato heads angrily until I feel purged.

Here is one such drawing, up for sale in the forthcoming Selected Drawings Gallery. 


First of all, apologies for the lack of recent posts.

Last week we moved out of the office we've been in for the past five years. I've also been working on a really interesting freelance job which should see the light of day next month.

I have approved sculpting and am finishing up the colour spec and packaging for our last scheduled figure for 2008. I've also just sent off the artwork for the next series of Amos T-shirts.

I've also been tapering my training for next week's London Marathon, which I am doing for the first time. I did a last long run of 28 miles on Easter Sunday and since then I've been winding things down. I managed to pick up a hopefully minor injury to my right ankle since then, but I'm hoping that will clear up in the next couple of days. I'll be running London for my club, Herne Hill Harriers, so look out for me in a red-and-black horizontal striped vest if you happen to be spectating on the day.