Monday, 30 January 2012

Contagion by Spike Milligan


Elephants are contagious!
Be careful how you tread.
An Elephant that's been trodden on
Should be confined to bed!

Leopards are contagious too.
Be careful tiny tots.
They don't give you a temperature
But lots and lots - of spots.

The Herring is a lucky fish
From all disease inured.
Should he be ill when caught at sea;
Immediately - he's cured!

Spike Milligan

The last of the poems. Again it needs a few tweaks and the text as they all do. Also think I might try photographing them all, instead of scanning them. Scanning seems to play with the colours a bit!

Look At All Those Monkeys!

Look At All Those Monkeys!

Look at all those monkeys
Jumping in their cage.
Why don't they all go out to work
And earn a decent wage?

How can you say such silly things,
And you a son of mine?
Imagine monkeys travelling on
The Morden-Edgware line!

But what about the Pekinese!
They have an allocation.
'Don't travel during Peke hour',
It says on every station.

My Gosh, you're right, my clever boy,
I never thought of that!
And so they left the monkey house,
While an elephant raised his hat.

Spike Milligan

Another poem, this one was one of my favourites to do, although it was also the most work! Lots and lots of tiny bits of paper, my studio looked liked it had been subject to some kind of hurricane!

Philip Le Barr by Spike Milligan

Philip Le Barr.

Philip Le Barr,
Was knock down by a car,
On the road to Mandalay.
He was knocked down again
By a dust cart in Spain
And again in Zanzibar.
He travled at night
In the pale moon light
Away from the traffic growl
But terrible luck
He was hit by a duck
Driven by an owl.

Spike Milligan

Jumbo Jet by Spike Milligan

Jumbo Jet.

I saw a little elephant standing in my garden,
I said 'You don't belong in here', he said 'I beg you pardon?',
I said 'This place is England, what are you doing here?',
He said 'Ah, then I must be lost' and then 'Oh dear, oh dear'.

'I should be back in Africa, on Saranghetti's Plain',
'Pray, where is the nearest station where I can catch a train?'.
He caught the bus to Finchley and then to Mincing lane,
And over the Embankment, where he got lost, again.

The police they put him in a cell, but it was far too small,
So they tied him to a lampost and he slept against the wall.
But as the policemen lay sleeping by the twinkling light of dawn,
The lampost and the wall were there, but the elephant was gone!

So if you see an elephant, in a Jumbo Jet,
You can be sure that Africa's the place he's trying to get!

Spike Milligan

Another of Spike Milligan's lovely poems. More tweaks and text to come!

On the Ning Nang Nong.

On the Ning Nang Nong.

On the Ning Nang Nong
Where the Cows go Bong!
and the monkeys all say Boo!
There's a Nong Nang Ning
Where the trees go Ping!
And the teapots jibbers jabber joo.
On the Nong Ning Nang
All the mice go Clang
And you just can't catch 'em when they do!
So its Ning Nang Nong
Cows go Bong!
Nong Nang Ning
Trees go ping
Nong Ning Nang
The mice go Clang
What a noisy place to belong
is the Ning Nang Ning Nang Nong!!

Spike Milligan

Another spread for Spike Milligan's nonsense poetry. Again a few tweaks needed and the text needs to be added!

Granny by Spike Milligan


Through every nook and every cranny
The wind blew in on poor old Granny
Around her knees, into each ear
(And up nose as well, I fear)

All through the night the wind grew worse
It nearly made the vicar curse
The top had fallen off the steeple
Just missing him (and other people)

It blew on man, it blew on beast
It blew on nun, it blew on priest
It blew the wig off Auntie Fanny-
But most of all, it blew on Granny!

By Spike Milligan

For one of my four major projects I was asked to illustrate 6 of Spike Milligan's nonsense poetry. Here is one of the spreads. It still needs a bit of work and I eventually will add text!

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Update on Folio.

Well, my folio society entry is now in the hands of the judges! I've looked around and there are some beautiful images out there, (some are here, Ben Hendy, and here, Eileen Kai Hing Kwan) so we will see what happens. Anyway here are the updated images with a few little tweaks here and there, plus the rough binding for the book.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Winning by a hare!

Merry Christmas and Happy new year (and happy chinese new year too!). Here is a lino I did for my dad's christmas present. its a five colour lino of a Norfolk hare! x