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Dark Star Revelation!

Dark Star Revelation
Here's the second in the new canned line – Dark Star Revelation, which I was really happy about it was one of the brews that I'd designed the pump clip for a few years back. With this came it's own challenges, namely that apparently people love the clip so much that they didn't want to move too far away from it at first. But when showed the guys and gals at Dark Star my concept for reinventing Revelation in cans with nods back to the clip graphics, they were really happy to embrace the new art direction.

So we've still got stained glass but with a lot more detail and hop-worshipping! I've really tried to get across the feeling of the light coming through the clouds and bursting out of the stained glass. The inscription across the central panel of the stained glass window is 'Pro amore humulus' which, as I'm sure you've worked out, is about as close as you can get to 'For the love of hops'. Continuing the ecclesiastical theme round the back we've got a couple of cute little cherubs helping out with the brew, based of course on my own little angels(more like devils actually!)

Hopefully number three is coming later this year, and I've already done concepts for a couple of them so it'll be a case of waiting to see which brew Dark Star choose to release for their next run.

Here are some close ups:

Dark Star Revelation can close up
Dark Star Revelation can 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

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

Endangered Invertebrates

Endangered Inverebrates
I saw an article on 8 of the UK's most endangered invertebrates, and this image immediately came to mind – we always hear about all the large scale ecological disasters around the world that such small things as these can often go unnoticed and unappreciated. The threatened species are from top to bottom(excluding the crushed bits!) – Small Tortoiseshell butterfly, New Forest Cicada, Bog Hoverfly, Shrill Carder Bee, Hornet Robber Fly, Tansy Beetle, Rossers Sac Spider and the Ladybird Spider.

Here are some close ups:

New Forest Cicada detail
Small Tortoiseshell detail
Tansy Beetle detail
hoverfly and bee detail
robber fly detail

Embarrassing Bodies gut war map

Embarrassing Bodies Map
This was an immense piece I did for Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies television show. It was to be an oversized map of the human body with details of the regions of the digestive system marked out like countries on a war-room map from the Second World War. It was printed larger than life-size and laid out for little 'bacteria-armies' to be pushed around like troop movements by Dr Pixie and Dr Christian. It's the second time I've done illustration work for the telly and it's always very exciting to think that my work could be seen by millions of people that watch such a popular TV show.

Here are some details:

embarrassing bodies torso detail
embarrassing bodies head detail
embarrassing bodies gut detail
embarrassing bodies map serial detail

The Electra Project

Electra Project poster

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...

Electra Project poster close up
Electra Project poster extreme close up

Rat Rod

Rat Rod Buck
I recently caught Sin City Motors on TV and it gave me the idea for this new illustration. Ever since my first car, a lilac SoCal VW beetle, I've loved car customisations and I think what Welderup do is the ultimate in custom car builds. This one is a quick, nimble, classic rat, set in Monument Valley with the mule deer come to take a look.

When I've got time, I'm hoping to do a series of these with different rat rods and custom rides inspired by the american landscape and natural world. One day hopefully I'll be able to own another classic car, probably not a custom build quite up to the standard of Welderup's creations though!

Here are some details:

Rat rod deer detail
Welderup style rat rod engine detail

Lürzer’s Archive 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide

I came back from holiday to find this, what a great birthday present! I'm on page 59 of Lürzer's Archive's 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide 14/15. I'm not usually one to blow my own trumpet, but it's nice to think that from some 5,100 submissions my piece Yakuza Games was selected by the jury to be included.

Lon Chan – Lürzer's Archive 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide 14/15

For those of you who don't know about Lürzer's Archive publishes jury selected collections of the best work in illustration, advertising, photography and specials editions for categories like packaging design and automotive ads, and have been doing so since the 80's. I was really happy to be approached to submit for the 14/15 edition of the 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide, and even happier a few months later to hear that one of my pieces had been selected.

If you'd like to see more of the great illustration work in this special check out the Lürzer's site or to see the illustration in more detail and what inspired it see my blog entry here.

p59 Lürzer's Archive 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide 14/15 – Lon Chan

Yakuza Games

UPDATE – this piece was selected by the jury for Lürzer's Archive's 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide, and will be in the latest book out this summer!

Yakuza Games 200 best illustrators

What started as a bit of fun for an image of paper scissors stone, has become my new favourite illustration! I knew the game had come from China but never realised how popular it is in Japan, which gave me a whole new tangent of ideas to bring into the piece. Sansukumi-ken (three-way deadlock), Yakuza gambling and yubitsume – the possibilities were endless …ish! It also gave me a chance to play with my love of Japanese textile print and tattoos too – a bit of contemporary illustration in a Japanese style. Jankenpon!

I am so happy to have this piece selected by Lürzer's Archive, and be in such good company amongst the 200 best illustrators worldwide today. There are some great artists up there so have a look on their website to see the whole list.

Here are some close ups:

Yakuza Games close up
Yakuza Games extreme close up