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James Alexander Graham: Not An Ugly Bastard.

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

The Twilight Sad played two gigs in Portland yesterday, and I had the pleasure of chatting with the guys for a bit after each. I had drawn a portrait of James, and gave it to him after the first show, a small acoustic session at a local record shop. James is absolutely gracious and kind. And contrary to what he said, he is definitely NOT “an ugly bastard”.

James Alexander Graham | The Twilight Sad frontman, drawn from a still of their Paisley Abbey performance. Finished 01 November 2014. I had the pleasure of giving this drawing to James at their in-store acoustic performance the day after I finished the work.

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Dragon

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

My latest portrait: JP Reid (The Dragon), musician, songwriter, and one of the sweetest people on the planet. You may know him from his collaborations with Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro. Please listen to his bands: Sucioperro and Medals. <3

Graphite on 11×14” Bristol board (drawing is approx. 6.5×11”). ~46 hours.
Finished 17 July 2014.

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Blessed.

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

I have had the wonderful privilege of making miniature guitars for two of my favourite musicians, Mike Vennart [Oceansize, British Theatre, Biffy Clyro] and JP Reid [Sucioperro, Medals, Marmaduke Duke].

Mike’s “old piece of shit” Stratocaster:

JP’s three main guitars:

Love.

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The Twilight Sad

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

I have had Andy MacFarlane’s beautiful white Jaguar on my business cards for a year now, and The Twilight Sad knew it, but I wasn’t able to send them that pendant until last week.
It arrived with the guys yesterday, and they very kindly posted a picture of it. :D

@thetwilightsad

Really cool tiny Jaguar pendant based on Andy’s guitar made by @frenziedsilence Thank You Kathryn!!! pic.twitter.com/Hg82JBBQ3v

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I AM {X}

Friday, May 17th, 2013

This past weekend was one of the best experiences I have had, all thanks to a bunch of friends, and an amazing band called IAMX.
I had, of course, made necklaces – and my friend Sioux very kindly passed one of them on to Chris Corner for me.

She told me that Chris really liked it, and band member SammiDoll made some pretty fun comments about my own necklace the next day. :D

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Surreal

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

I hope this won’t seem egotistical or bitchy.. those who know me, know that I am not like that. In fact I don’t think much of myself or what I do, which is why I am posting this:
I just entered ship dates into my last two orders in my spreadsheet, and in looking at the list of recent pendant orders (and gifts), had to laugh and say REALLY?? because included in the list are Anderson, Neil. Bellamy, Matt. Johnston, Ben. Johnston, James. Neil, Simon. Wolstenholme, Chris.
It’s surreal. I mean, I only got to give my silly miniature guitars (and drum) to four of those people in person, but they were so gracious and thankful. Lord knows what any of them did with my gifts, but – it’s just kind of fun. :D
And let us not forget the wonderful thanks and help that I get from The Foreign Resort when they so enthusiastically share my work at their shows. <3
Music makes the world go round.

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Biffy Clyro in Seattle

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

On Monday, 11 February 2013, Biffy Clyro played a tiny acoustic show in Seattle. Of course I brought pendants for the boys, and their super sweet tour manager. I gave the pendants to Neil before the set started, and he was absolutely grateful. He gave the pendants to the boys before the show, and they thanked me after the set, and I got many hugs.
They may have just received #1 album in the UK, and they may be the best musicians ever, but they are still the sweetest bearded Scots you will ever meet. <3

Simon’s violin-burst Stratocaster:

Ben’s kick drum:

James’ signature Jazz Bass:

Simon smashed one of his electric acoustics when it stopped working, and Neil gave me a very nice chunk of it. I also got Ben’s setlist.

Thanks, Biffy Clyro, for a WONDERFUL evening.

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