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Digital Artist • Calligrapher • Letter Carver • Golf App Developer

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.

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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 the Tai Chi Reflections cards for Findhorn Press.

If you would like to commission a Book jacket design  please click  here for more information.

Thank you for your interest. If you would like to contact Richard to commission artwork, please email him in the first instance at rwcrookes@googlemail.com

This home page works as a blog with news items added here automatically below – please scroll down.

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.

Best wishes, Richard

 

All quiet on the eastern front

Not much to report on the art front at the moment as I am currently working hard at promoting the Radial Golf app ( which you can download freely in your app stores)

here for Android

and here for Apple

…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.

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Radial Golf …quite a diversion

RG playstore feature graphic copyThis 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.

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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:-

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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 :-

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All the information is fully editable so you can add all your past scoring history, add photos, notes and maybe even excuses!

Radial Golf is available here in the Google Play store (for Android) and here in the Apple store.

I have a dedicated website for Radial Golf here

Link to Radial Golf on Google Play

Radial Golf on iTunes app store

Radio interview

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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.

I pop up at around the 54 minute mark.

Many thanks to Trisha Gelder

Simplicity

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.

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Simplicity

“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.

Super review of the Tai Chi Reflections cards

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I’m very happy to see this new review of the Tai Chi Reflections cards from Anna Jedrziewski of InannaWorks

Do You Tai Chi?

Whether you do or don’t this 48-card deck will blow your socks off. Beautiful photographic-based illustrations capture the energy of Tai Chi postures and provide connection points for those looking to tap into and understand that special, ancient energy.

The deck is not intended to be instructional. It is meant to inspire by reflecting the energy of these sophisticated ancient postures and aligning the user with it. Crookes is famous for decks like Angels of Atlantis Oracle, Animal Whispers Empowerment Cards, and Angel Heart Sigils. He delivers big time once again with this exceptional panorama of images. Beautiful to look and powerful to work with, its something different that won’t disappoint.

— Anna Jedrziewski, InannaWorks

and don’t forget you can try out the mobile app on any platform.. Just search for Tai Chi Reflections on itunes, google play or amazon apps and look for this icon :_

apps also available on itunes,  and Amazon

apps also available on itunes, and Amazon

Calligraphic wood carving

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I have recently taken up my chisels again and am in the process of creating a circular hand carved alphabet. From the response I have had from social media friends, as well as the pleasure of working with wood again, I am greatly encouraged to take this work further and become much more serious about this aspect of my work.
I plan to create at least 10 pieces over the next year and exhibit here in Bangkok.

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