Monthly Archives: June 2015

Dark Star American Pale Ale – in cans!

Dark Star APA
It's official after months of secrecy I can finally reveal the artwork for the new Dark Star American Pale Ale (APA) in cans! Dark Star came to me and asked if I could create something extra special for their new adventure into the world of canned beers – I know that some fans will recoil at talk of artisan beer in a can, but Dark Star assure me that there is good reason for canned beers – no light gets in to spoil the beer, they are safer to take out on picnics and of course they look awesome!

My idea was to bring in all the classic american imagery that we've grown to love, and then turn it on it's head Dark Star style! So it's all about the hops!

This was the first can artwork I'v done and the print process is crazy complex with reverse trapping all over the place so I had to dial down the detail that I'm used to working with but we think we've pushed the limits of the process to get the best out of the can, hope you all like it too.

This is just the first of three so watch this space for more

Here are some close ups:

Dark Star American Pale Ale can close up
Dark Star American Pale Ale can detail
Dark Star American Pale Ale can

Metroid Samus Dissection

Metroid Samus Dissection
I've just been in the Los Angeles retro game gallery iam8bit's 10th Anniversary show. Jon asked me to create a new artwork for the show which being the gallery's 10th anniversary was going to be based on the classic subject of retro games. After much deliberation and discussion, I decided on making a piece inspired by Nintendo's Metroid. This is how I always imagined Samus's helmet should fit on (in a crazy robotic dressing machine style!) lots of swooshing, clicking and electro fusing! It made my brain hurt a little bit to work out how it could come apart but around Samus, but I think it would fit together (pretty much)!

Anyway the gallery opening looked like a lot of fun, and it's now available to buy from the webstore – 18 x 24 inch Giclée limited edition of 30 prints, so get them while they're hot.

Here are some close ups:

Samus Dissection close up
Samus Dissection detail

In Phoenix Gold

In Phoenix Gold
Here's an illustration for a great descriptive cinematic musician, Mark Edwards, who's just released his debut album In Phoenix Gold. I really enjoyed drawing all the feathers on this artwork and love the details as much as the final composition. Check out the album available through Mark's website

Here are some close ups:

In Phoenix Gold feathers
In Phoenix Gold detail
In Phoenix Gold close up

Sir David Attenborough

Lon Chan – Sir David Attenborough portrait close up

A couple of weeks ago I managed to meet one of my all time heros – Sir David Attenborough. I saw went to see him speak at the Environment Trust's annual talk and it was an amazing treat to see and hear him in real life.

It just so happened that it had been his birthday a couple of days before and as I had recently been working on a new illustration for a future mailout which featured him I decided to get a couple of giclée prints made up as a present (printed by the extremely helpful and skillful David at DOTtoDOT printing.)

He was really nice and appreciative of the gift (he even managed to hide any outward sign of being freaked out at receiving a portrait of himself by from an enthusiastic fan!) Being a little star-struck I forgot to ask him to sign my copy, but luckily I managed to get in the queue and have a slightly calmer chat about my illustration and get a special addition on my print!

What a legend!

Here are some close ups and pics:

Lon Chan – Sir David Attenborough portrait

Lon Chan – Sir David Attenborough portrait close up

Lon Chan – Sir David Attenborough portrait detail

Lon Chan – Sir David Attenborough

Lon Chan – Sir David Attenborough again