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THE WYRD BLOG OF JOSEPH SCROBB

Illustration, Story Telling, and Wondering

 

September 7, 2018

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September 2, 2019

I am very excited to announce that I will be exhibiting my set of Cock Robin paintings in  Castle Gates Library in Shrewsbury from Monday 9th September! The paintings will be on display there until 19th October, along with a first edition copy of my book 'The Death of Cock Robin'.

The exhibition will then be followed by an event on Thursday 24th October at University Centre Shrewsbury which will feature a performance by myself, as I prese...

June 6, 2019

At last, my book The Death of Cock Robin, the culmination of my Masters Degree and almost two years of work and research, is now available to purchase!

The limited-edition volume includes the original text of the old English Nursery Rhyme ‘The Death of Cock Robin’ with my own additional verses, accompanied by a series of 15 watercolour and gouache illustrations depicting the animals in the story (reproduced at life size). To expand upon the illustrated story...

May 16, 2019

My full set of Cock Robin illustrations, a preview copy of the printed book and details on how to order one for yourself, will be on show at the Aberystwyth School of Art as part of the 2019 graduate exhibition from 20th - 30th May. So to see the full project revealed make sure to come along! 

May 16, 2019

Here is a preview of what I am calling a 'prototype' copy of my Cock Robin book. The illustrations in these first copies unfortunately came out with inaccurate colours, due to a discrepancy with the computer screen I was using to prepare them on, but I am very happy with the quality and look of the book itself. I will be having them reprinted correctly before they are available to purchase. One of these samples will accompany my original paintings in the Ab...

May 11, 2019

My apologies for the lack of updates this year, but I have been hard at work! 

My set of illustrations for The Death of Cock Robin is finally complete, as is the design for the book that will bind them together, and I am very excited to say that it will be printed this week! After 2 years of research and development, the finished book will materialise as a very limited print run of only 25 copies. That's a very small number, but I couldn't settle for a produ...

September 7, 2018

I am delighted to say that my Rook picture, from the Cock Robin sequence, was awarded 1st prize in the Shropshire Open Art Competition 2018! 
I was absolutely gabberflasted to receive such an honour, and was so happy that people responded so well to the work. 
The Rook and the Robin from the series are both currently on show in Gallery3 at the Gateway centre in Shrewsbury, along with the myriad of interesting entries to this years competition. It is a galle...

September 7, 2018

Hello! 
I am sorry that I have not posted any updates since May, it has been a very busy and stressful time, and unfortunately despite my efforts I have had to postpone the completion of my MA and the printing of my Cock Robin book, until May 2019.

The illustrations have been taking so much time and energy to get right, I simply was not capable of completing them all in time for exhibition this month, especially not alongside the myriad less creative concern...

June 12, 2018

From the set of Cock Robin illustrations I have so far finished, a choice selection from the series of 15 paintings, to whet your appetite! 

Cock Robin is dead.

Who killed Cock Robin?

"I" said the Sparrow,

"With my bow and arrow,

I killed Cock Robin!"

Who will make his shroud?

"I" said the Beetle,

"With my thread and needle,

I shall make his shroud."

Who will be the parson?

"I" said the Rook,

"With my little book,

I shall be the parson."

All pieces are painted with...

June 12, 2018

It's been a busy few months since I last updated the blog, but it has been time well spent. I have finished the first set of 9 paintings from the Cock Robin series, and exhibited them last month at Aberystwyth School of Art for the first of my two Masters exhibitions. Work on these illustrations has been exhausting, enthralling, frustrating, challenging, and immensely fulfilling. This project has become an all encompassing journey, and several of the painti...

February 23, 2018

This is the first in what I hope will be a series of posts, in which I shall be sharing a selection of illustrations for the Cock Robin story as they have appeared throughout history, a mixture of pieces I have acquired myself or examples I have found online.

There are a surprising variety of iterations, though they mainly date to the Victorian era. In contrast, as far as I can tell, there does not appear to be a single modern illustrated version of the...

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