Mark Faulkner (he/him)
I would describe myself as an illustrator, designer and dealbhadair who’s work is tactile, instinctive and narrative-driven.
My studio output this year has focused on my fascination with the history, landscape and culture of my home turf, Lochaber – it’s history marked by semi-mythical beasts, warring factions and, to this day, tyrannical landlords. I aim to put my own spin on my homeland’s heritage and tradition of oral and visual bardic storytelling through my comic and print works.
My comic, Rìoghachd na Forraiste Fiadhaich or The Wilds of Rùm, encapsulates all these themes and ideas. The narrative framework is based on a research expedition undertook to the biggest Small Isle in the depths of winter. The volume – drawn in sumi ink and risograph printed – incorporates printmaking, my own typeface design, and utilises repurposed waterproof fabrics – an essential shield from the harsh elements. I collaborated with poet Cameron Wilson on a series of Gàidhlig couplets in the comic, taking form as collagraph prints that add to the visual narrative. I was further inspired by Bansho shashin zufu by Sadahide (1864) – a stab-bound woodblock manga full of vibrant vistas and island landscapes – after reading it in the GSA special collections, purchased in the late 1800s by the school during an official visit to Japan.
I have also included smaller separate projects from the year in my showcase, including developmental projects, poster work and children’s book illustrations.
Rìoghachd na Forraiste Fiadhaich or The Wilds of Rùm
Original Ink Drawings
Ink drawings pre-colouring – scans and process
Sketchbook + Photographs
Recycled Waterproof Fabric Prints
Printing on recycled waterproof tent fabric, which I used further in the comic
Poetry & collagraph collaboration with Cameron Wilson
Eilean de Fhamhair
Bhon fùirneis thig ruadh
Lorg thu do h-innealan
‘s làidireachd le seo
Ach fo eagal an t-ainm a’ ràdh
Bha an fiadh glacte
Thoir an aire, luchd-adhartach
Bidh an talamh a’ glutadh gach nì a rinneadh
Tuitidh ‘s grodaidh tíoranaich borb
Chan eil neach os chionn na sgùrran
Tha Rùm na laighe sàmhach
dh’fhuadaich sanntas na h-uile nì
ach na daimh
“Bloodstone” display typeface
I designed this typeface specifically for the comic, inspired by Late Medieval stones found around the Inner Hebrides. File available on request.
early moving sketch set to archive audio from Am Baile, originally recorded in the 1980s preceding conservation efforts aimed at preserving the threatened bird’s habitat. I was inspired after hearing the iconic birds call on the island of Iona.
Poster & Flyer Work
Selected poster and flyer work from the past year
Kid’s book illustration social enterprise collaboration with St. Albert’s Primary School children, Polloksheilds. The project aims to put more POC charterers on the shelves of children’s libraries, illustrated by artists from ethnically diverse or neurodivergent backgrounds.