This is an illustration I’ve had in my mind for years – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Being both a book and a movie, and a movie again it is a story that has been imagined and re-imagined so many times. I wanted to see what my representation of it would be, so whilst based on Rooney Mara’s Lisbeth, I wanted to take it further and create a new version of her with my style.
It was really about the tattoo, so that was where I started. I first remember drawing dragons like this as child, it’s obviously from all the Chinese dragons I’d seen growing up and especially every year in china town. I think my first proper ones though were a giant silk wall hanging I painted for my uncle in Singapore when I was bout 12. To be honest the design of the dragon hasn’t changed much over the years although this is much more aggressive in it’s posture and expression – a proper bad ass. It’s also a whole lot more detailed and I can draw scales a bit better now, all in all I’d say it’s a lot better than my 12 year-old self’s attempt – as you’d hope!
Whilst it took a long time drawing Lisbeth and her tattoo, I spent almost as much time on the lettering as I did on the rest of the drawing. I really wanted to make the typography an integral part of the illustration, not just an addition slapped on at the end. So various incarnations of the smoke and how it became the lettering as well as under and over ‘punking’ the letter forms until I felt it was the perfect balance!
As usual it’s the little additions of the lighting that really make it come to life and make the colours work.
Check out some details below and if you’d like to see a video of the tattoo check out my instagram here
Here's the artwork for a new theatre production by Hungry Wolf for The Theatre Workshop. The Electra Project is the youth theatre group's piece for the Brighton Fringe and later in the year will also be at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The Electra Project is a piece of theatre that alludes to a 2012 nationally publicised and controversial GCSE performance, which resulted in the sacking of two drama teachers. Drawing off this nationally publicised event and the moral conundrum it provokes, The Electra Project is based on a group of A level students devising a Greek tragedy that goes horribly wrong. The Piece, a comedy, will explore themes such as the importance of drama in schools, the boundaries that are in place and questioning whether we are still allowed to make mistakes in education. Written and Directed by Dave Jackson, NYT, ITV and Radio 4.
Check out full details of The Electra Project on The Theatre Workshop's site.
We didn't want to give too much away so I chose an image from a crucial point in the performance that will hopefully draw you into the story. As ever here are some close ups...
An image originally for a music event, but now available as a high quality limited edition giclee print.
Following up from my LeBron James promo piece, here's my next installment, a London Grammar image for the amazingly haunting single Strong by the British trip hop three piece. See the video (while it's still up there) on their website here. I've tried to reflect the feel of the video with the style and colours and the composition hopefully pulls you in like the story itself. Hope you like it ...
J'adore – what's not to love, limited edition silkscreen print, pink colourway.
James bond-inspired, bingo-themed illustration – legs eleven!
This was an illustration for a music event, very straight brief, girl holding a melting oversized heart(not gory please).
An illustration to accompany a piece about your hopes and fears and the challenges you face to achieve your goals.