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Kong Skull Island art show

Tribe of Kong
My Kong Skull Island poster has been selected by Poster Spy and Legendary Pictures to feature in the Tribe of Kong Art show in New York's Bottleneck Gallery! I am so excited to have been selected from over 220 entries to exhibit along side artists from great collectives Mondo, Poster Posse, Poster Spy as well as the official movie art.

In celebration of the return of Kong in Kong Skull Island, Warner Bros. and Legendary curated a series of Kong tribute art that was showcased in a limited engagement gallery at the Bottleneck Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In addition to original concept art and key art from the film, the gallery featured original pieces from artists around the world commissioned by Poster Spy, Poster Posse, Mondo and Bottleneck Gallery.

It's great that the heads over at Legendary were involved in what was apparently an incredibly rigorous process to whittle it down to a final 10 prints from Poster Spy and really adds a lot of prestige to the whole show. The Tribe of Kong art show was a great exhibition with art from some of the greatest artists currently out there. It looks like it was a great show and I wish I could have seen it in the flesh and met with some of the other great artists that took part.

Here are some awesome photos but check out Legendary's post here.

Tribe of Kong

Tribe of Kong

Tribe of Kong

Tribe of Kong

Tribe of Kong

Tribe of Kong

Tribe of Kong

Tribe of Kong

The Other Typist

The Other Typist cover
I've recently been working on reworking a bunch of book covers to see what could have been if they were completely illustrated.

My first one up here is for Suzanne Rindell's The Other Typist, a dangerous tale of 1920's prohibition New York and it's inhabitants. What starts out as a seemingly glamorous Gatsby-esque adventure unravels as the lies of the characters fall apart to reveal darkly twisting truths.

I wanted to represent as much of the feel of the story as I could without giving anything away, which is why I took the start point of the book, the 1920s typewriter, and pulled it apart with a suggestion of everything not being quite as it had at first seemed – to get behind the scenes and expose the working of it all as it were.

I had a lot of fun working out how the different types of typewriters of this period worked and how I could show enough without filling an A3 page with exploded, levers, push-rods, springs, screws and countless other components! So there I did use a bit of creative license to keep parts together to get the balance right.

As I'm sure you know I love hands so whilst I almost felt I shouldn't go down that route it felt so right for this cover, elegant and seductive, really suggesting the entanglement and topsy-turvy nature of the story and it's two main roles.

There's also been talk that The Other Typist is going to be made as feature film with Kiera Knightly in one of the starring roles, so that would be interesting to see what the film posters look like when it comes out.

The Other Typist close up

The Other Typist parts detail

The Other Typist hand detail

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