Author Archives: richardcrookes

About richardcrookes

artist/illustrator/calligrapher http://www.richardcrookes.co.uk/

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​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…

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.