Welcome to the home website of Richard Crookes, multi-disciplined artist and designer.
Here on the home page you will find the latest news of project and products from Richard Crookes. He hopes you will enjoy browsing the other pages and the wide range of design work on show.
If you are looking for Radial Golf – there is a dedicated website for that project here.You will also find some details of that in a following post below.
For over 30 years Richard Crookes has been working as a freelance artist, illustrator and calligrapher in the various branches of the publishing industry. Now living in Bangkok, he is primarily involved with oracle card and book cover design for international publishers. August 2015 sees the publication of his first fully authored project theTai Chi Reflectionscardsfor Findhorn Press.
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I hope you enjoy browsing my work here on the site. Please feel free to comment or approach me if you think you could use my services. I also have a companion site called Still Glides the Stream where I post my occasional musings, both serious and humorous.
I havent posted any new work in quite a while.. I havent been idle, in fact very busy. Ive been working on new oracle card sets… a lot of book covers and also teaching myself to use Sketchup 3d modelling.
I started to model our wooden thai house on the outskirts of Bangkok in its entirety with a view to designing extensions to the property at the rear. This is almost nearing completion but in the meantime here is a short video showing the model of the spirit house we have in the garden. Also a few stills from the model…
…although I have been working on a map for Warwick University’s sculpture trail with a colleague of mine in the UK. Quite an interesting job for me as I do enjoy a foray into illustrator now and again. Here is a rough draft which apparently is on hold while they build a few multi-storey car parks. Maybe I should get into that and maybe make a little more money… ha ha. I did all the line drawings and the map – but not the layout.
At present I am promoting and marketing my Radial Golf mobile app and so creating images for that which can be quite fun. Here’s a shot I took on the course the other day which I trimmed up to look like a postage stamp.
This is quite a diversion from my normal activity…a golf scoring mobile application. All the design, photography and concept is mine of course, but I have had the great pleasure to have worked with Loichai studio who have made this dream a reality for me.
I started playing golf just over two years ago and looked for a scoring application to record my results. The ones I found were not what I wanted so I started to record them in my own unique way on a sheet of radial or polar graph paper my father had given me when I was young.
The idea is that the centre of the wheel is a par score of 72 and the outer edge is set at 120. Every time you play you add another point to the curve in a clockwise direction. Ideally, as your scores come down you will create a ‘spiral of improvement’ and eventually hit the centre. I found this visual idea to be such a great incentive to get out and play, that I decided to create it as a mobile application so beginners like me, as well as more established golfers, could do the same.
It has come a long way from my original graph and now looks like this:-
As you add your own courses to the list you colour code them so you can also see progress on those individual courses as well :-
All the information is fully editable so you can add all your past scoring history, add photos, notes and maybe even excuses!
I was very kindly asked to join in on the Cosmic Consciousness show on Kcorradio.com by Trisha Gelder – Spiritual Numerologist, who has enjoyed using my oracle cards in her work. There’s almost an hour of chat talking around my career as an artist if you are interested. You can find the link here.
Here’s a new project in progress…a hand carved inscription on an old wooden stool. Lettering designed with double pencils on paper and written quickly and arranged in a simple block layout. It is such a joy to work in wood. The crisp crunch of a sharp chisel cutting through the grain a most satisfyimg sound.
“Truth is ever to be found in Simplicity” ( not in the multiplicity and confusion of things ) … Isaac Newton
I love the simple utilitarian nature of the stool. It just came to hand as a pleasing idea to add some calligraphy to it.