Perforated Eardrum Out Now!

You can now buy 'Perforated Eardrum' This is a zine I illustrated. The text is by Clara Heathcock. It documents the time she burst her eardrum. On doctors orders she was told not to listen to music for a month while her ear healed. The text is about music and various other things like anxiety, politics and gender refracted through music and the experience of not being able to listen to it. Each chapter relates to a particular song or artist. David Bowie, Julie ruin, Life Without Buildings and Kate Nash among others all get a look in. It was originally published without my illustrations as a series of blog posts on the site

Below is the cover plus some of the drawings from it which are currently on display at the 'Oh My Zine!' exhibition at The Bowery Gallery in Leeds. As well as the video I made a couple of weeks ago about the process behind drawing 'Perforated Eardrum'. You can buy the zine here for a tenner plus postage. 36 colour pages.

Perforated Eardrum Zine

Drawing 'Perforated Eardrum' Video.

This short video demonstrates the process behind creating the drawings for the zine 'Perforated Eardrum' made in collaboration with Clara Heathcock. I selected a different part of the text to that which I used in the original drawing for the relevant chapter in 'Perforated Eardrum' and got my friend Shane Bordas to film and edit a short video which shows me drawing the picture from start to finish.

The text this drawing responds to is the following 'It's funny, writing about music. My friend Karren is fond of the phrase ''writing about music is like trying to dance about architecture''. I've never watched a good piece of interpretive dance about architecture but I bet one exists, and I bet the moment the moment between two architects when they catch each other's eyes watching it is really something.'

The drawing I created for this video is a bit looser than those featured in the zine as it was done in one take, specifically for this video. The zine will be for sale on this site later in the week and it's currently on sale at The Bowery gallery in Leeds where some of the original drawings are also exhibited. For more details about the 'Oh My Zine!' exhibition visit