Sunday, 9 July 2017

Elephant Tree


Firstly, I'm going to start with a huge apology. It's been a very long time since I've posted on here, mainly due to busyness (no excuse, I know). The good news is that I'm not dead. I have been very busy working on a number of different and wonderful projects and unfortunately I've had to put my blog (as well as updating my website) on the back-burner. Hopefully, normal service has now resumed. Thank you kindly for your patience.

Okay, let's kick off my return with Elephant Tree.

Live at The Bird's Nest, Deptford
I discovered the rock band Elephant Tree by chance during the Desertfest Festival in London back in April. I had heard of them but I wasn't too familiar with their sound. My goodness, I was blown away. Completely smitten. The stoner/blues/doom three piece were performing at The Underworld in Camden (I also drew Carpenter Brut there back in February, but I'll save that for another post) and as per usual, I was armed with my pen and pocket sketchbook. Inspired by their sound and incredible performance, I produced a series of sketches, trying my very best to capture the band. Sadly, drummer Sam Hart was out of my view so I didn't get to draw him (and when I did change my position a cymbal was inconveniently obscuring my view). The venue it's self is pretty dark and to be honest, I wasn't quite sure of what I had drawn until the following day. The results were quite staggering. I truly believe that their vibe was a direct influence on what I was drawing. The magic of  two creative elements becoming one.


I later caught up with the band when they performed at The Bird's Nest is Deptford, London, and I presented them with framed prints of my sketches, who are a lovely bunch of guys. Certainly a night to remember, yet again another superb performance.

Peter Holland (left), Jack Townley (right)

The image you can see at the top of this post is one that has been constantly floating around in my head whilst listening to their amazing albums when I've been working in the studio. In the end, I had to exorcise what was in my head onto paper. As with most of my personal artwork, it's very much an image full of cryptic symbolism. I dare say that a road sign featuring a weasel and a tree in a spotlight looks pretty random. There's a dream like quality where by I'm picking out images from my sub-conscience which represent 'something'. In an interesting way, from my point of view, it's very fascinating to hear how viewers outside of the 'circle' interpret the image(s). I hope that you like it.

I also hope that you enjoy the incredible tunes and vibes by Elephant Tree. Please feel free to check them out on their Bandcamp and facebook pages (please click on the relevant links)

Enjoy!

Oh, and I managed to capture Sam in the end

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Inktober 2016: ME Week 4.

Every October, artists from all over the world take on the Inktober 
drawing challenge buy doing one ink drawing a day for the entire month. 
This year I've set myself a personal project to coincide 
with this wonderful creative event.

On each day during October, I will be drawing a scene from
 my local area: The Medway Towns in Kent. I was born, and still live, 
in Gillingham and I thought that this years Inktober would provide me
 a golden opportunity to celebrate and explore my surroundings. 
All of the places I have drawn hold some kind of significance for me.

 Why is the project titled 'ME'? 
Because ME is the postcode for the Medway Towns;
it also stands for 'me' as a person.

All of my images are posted daily on my instagram
and twitter accounts.

If you are from The Medway Towns, hopefully you will 
recognise some of my sketches. If not, Welcome to Medway. 

Enjoy!

All Saints Hospital (Remains)

Holy Trinity, Twydall

The Strand

Brompton Barracks (Childhood Memory)

Water Tower, Bowaters Roundabout

Southern Water Nuclear Bunker

Grain Tower

Priestfield Stadium

Rainham War Memorial

Statue of Thomas Flecther Waghorn, Chatham

Friday, 21 October 2016

Inktober 2016: ME Week 3.

Every October, artists from all over the world take on the Inktober 
drawing challenge buy doing one ink drawing a day for the entire month. 
This year I've set myself a personal project to coincide 
with this wonderful creative event.

On each day during October, I will be drawing a scene from
 my local area: The Medway Towns in Kent. I was born, and still live, 
in Gillingham and I thought that this years Inktober would provide me
 a golden opportunity to celebrate and explore my surroundings. 
All of the places I have drawn hold some kind of significance for me.

 Why is the project titled 'ME'? 
Because ME is the postcode for the Medway Towns;
it also stands for 'me' as a person.

All of my images are posted daily on my instagram
and twitter accounts.

If you are from The Medway Towns, hopefully you will 
recognise some of my sketches. If not, Welcome to Medway. 

Enjoy!

Canada House (Rear view)

Luton Arches

St Johns Road, Gillingham

Finsborough Ness Slipway, St Mary's Island

Medway Viaducts

Medway Little Theatre

Gillingham Park

Friday, 14 October 2016

Inktober 2016. ME Week 2.

Every October, artists from all over the world take on the Inktober 
drawing challenge buy doing one ink drawing a day for the entire month. 
This year I've set myself a personal project to coincide 
with this wonderful creative event.

On each day during October, I will be drawing a scene from
 my local area: The Medway Towns in Kent. I was born, and still live, 
in Gillingham and I thought that this years Inktober would provide me
 a golden opportunity to celebrate and explore my surroundings. 
All of the places I have drawn hold some kind of significance for me.

 Why is the project titled 'ME'? 
Because ME is the postcode for the Medway Towns;
it also stands for 'me' as a person.

All of my images are posted daily on my instagram
and twitter accounts.

If you are from The Medway Towns, hopefully you will 
recognise some of my sketches. If not, Welcome to Medway. 

Enjoy!

UCA Rochester/Jacksons Fields

View from Darland Banks.

Will Adams Memorial/ Clock Tower - Gillingham

Foxburrow Wood

The Nags Head - Rochester

St Margaret's Church - Rainham

Medway Maritime Hospital

Friday, 7 October 2016

Inktober 2016. ME Week 1.

Every October, artists from all over the world take on the Inktober 
drawing challenge buy doing one ink drawing a day for the entire month. 
This year I've set myself a personal project to coincide 
with this wonderful creative event.

On each day during October, I will be drawing a scene from
 my local area: The Medway Towns in Kent. I was born, and still live, 
in Gillingham and I thought that this years Inktober would provide me
 a golden opportunity to celebrate and explore my surroundings. 
All of the places I have drawn hold some kind of significance for me.

 Why is the project titled 'ME'? 
Because ME is the postcode for the Medway Towns;
it also stands for 'me' as a person.

All of my images are posted daily on my instagram
and twitter accounts.

If you are from The Medway Towns, hopefully you will 
recognise some of my sketches. If not, Welcome to Medway. 

Enjoy!
Chatham Naval Memorial

Fort Darnet

Old Town Hall and Mountbatten House, Chatham

Farthing Corner Medway Services

St Thomas of Canterbury Church

Horrid Hill

Figure Head of HMS Wellesley, Chatham Dockyard.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Demoncon 12


Friends, on Sunday the 2nd of October I shall be appearing the Demoncon 12
comic convention in Maidstone, Kent. I'll be there with copies of my book 
The Wormgler and displaying a collection of my artwork, which will also be 
for sale. But, it's not all about 'me'. Demoncon is a fantastic, friendly, family 
based, entertaining event. There's certainly something for everyone... 
and much, much more. I highly recommend this wonderful, joyous event 
packed full of talent and fun. 

I'm very excited to be there and to meeting you all. 

Enjoy!

For more info, head over to the Demoncon 12 facebook page
or the website at http://www.demoncon.co.uk/


Sunday, 1 May 2016

The Wormgler: Out Now.


I'm thrilled to announce that my book, The Wormgler
has now been published. To purchase a signed copy, 
please head over to my shop or contact me via email.
Thank you for your kind support.
Enjoy!

David Frankum presents The Wormgler, a tale of hope, of the 
balance between light and dark and the mysteries within ourselves 
and the universe. It raises questions about our place in the world, 
but leaves the reader to draw their own conclusions.
Each beautifully illustrated panel is cleverly constructed,
 with its unique style belying the powerful themes within.
 Thought provoking and uplifting, each viewing of 
The Wormgler offers something new to discover.
Originally presented one panel per day via Twitter, this publication 
collects The Wormgler into a very special limited edition volume.
With a foreword written by Sebastian Stobbs (Conquer Gear) and
an afterword by Liz Norman (Frothy Betty).

Page One of The Wormgler.