My new mailers have arrived! A big thanks to Steve over at inky solutions for sorting out the printing of these, a really great job. I did a couple of new illustrations for this and tweaked some old ones – Endangered Invertebrates on one side and some animals I love(jellyfish, hammerhead sharks, King of Saxony bird of Paradise and a Golden Frog) on the back along with my all time hero - Sir David Attenborough.
Here are some close ups:
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...
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.
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.
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:
Here's a piece of promo work I did featuring LeBron James and his new signature basketball shoe the Nike LeBron James 11 (for all you shoe nerds out there it's the parachute gold, King's Pride variation.) The trainer looks great and LeBron is an awesome player, so hopefully I did them both justice, regardless the Nike Lebron pairing is providing us with some awesome, fresh kicks. Anyway here are some close ups...
Okay so I don't normally put personal jobs up here, but I love VW's and I love that these guys gave me pretty much free reign on how this was going to look.
Not sure what else I need to say, VW camper, Camden inspired(ceremony, reception and home) portraits of the bride, groom and little one – cool.
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 ...
On Monday it's Silver Surfers Day, no not the intergalactic comic book superhero. Apparently it's to celebrate the elder and more venerable generation's fast-growing uptake of web services. I don't know who made it up or if it's even real, but Plusnet and LBi asked me to design and illustrate their infographic-come-paper-doll to celebrate it.
Originally he was going to come with a range of different stylish moustaches, clothing and accessories, but they decided to concentrate on the specific items for the copy, but you never know, I may upload an updated version here with everything on it ... if I get some spare time.
That time of year has arrived when Dark Star set about letting all you hop heads know what their line up for next year is going to be. Once again I was invited to create the Tasting Notes, with this years theme being Leonardo Da Vinci!
Here's my hand drawn (and some Wacom drawn) offering. Each quarter there is a new A6 insert containing the upcoming monthly specials. I even managed to get them to emboss the wax seal so it's all nice and touchy feely!
Some more work I did a while back for Dark Star labelled special edition bottled ales.
We wanted to highlight the playful nature of the company along side their artisan brewing. Big hops providing a textural backdrop for some fun lettering.