My name is Benjamin Symonds, I'm currently part of the BA Illustration course at AUCB.

What you see on here is a mix of my work and other peoples that I admire/take inspiration from & not just illustrators... work from all areas of art. I'm also using this blog as a digital sketchbook for course assesment etc.

Note. Click on any image to see it in full.

Sunday, 31 January 2010

Listening To:

Every Sunday I will upload a song which I think everyone should hear.

This week's is Love Cry (Joy Orbison Remix) by Four Tet.

Follow this link to download.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Final Drawing Approaches Pieces.

To be printed A1 on quality paper and exhibited side by side (left to right) & accompanied by a booklet i've produced, consisting of my text based work:

Collection of map scans and found imagery:

Collection of my original abandoned car drawings combined with cropped map scans & various found papers:

Collection of my Radiohead inspried typography work:

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Sunday, 17 January 2010

More Radiohead Typographic pieces:

Be sure to give these a click to see their full effect.

Friday, 15 January 2010

The first of my "Hail To The Thief" Typographic work:

These look much nicer in full so be sure to give them a click!

More to come over the weekend.

GOLD PANDA: Back Home.

 A great video for an even better song.


Video cut together from found public domain footage... just like the track.

Gold Panda's a producer and remixer who makes instrumental soundtracks to half-remembered, dreamy summer days. He scours charity shops for old records and VHS tapes to turn into distorted samples, and wraps them in minimal, warm beats.

He's obsessed with Japan and its culture, and once sold his entire record collection to pay for a Japanese diploma at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Can't stop listing to it so I supose it's bound to have an imapact on my artwork! Fits in with my chosen theme of Journeys very nicely too!

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Some more text based works (to fuel my upcoming work). Various Artists & Found Works:

Julia Guther:

William Hall:

Nebojsa Cvetkovic:




Olly Moss:

Ed Ruscha:

David Carson:


A really interesting talk given in 2003 by graphic designer David Carson (particularly 6:00-7:17).
To see full screen click here.

Other's I couldn't find the creator of: