Neighbouring 3D designer Jonathan Thomas, worked with me to produce this tongue in cheek poster to promote one of his products raising money for a great cause.
The Walthamstow Dad T-Shirt raises money for the Whips Cross Hospital maternity Unit. £5 from every purchase goes to the Big Push Campaign. And I was challenged with a fantastic brief which in short was “Watchmen meets Les Dawson”.
Jonathan’s own work specialises in unique artisan projects ranging from huge workplace installations to bespoke furniture for private homes.
His background includes a prestigious list of clients & projects including WPP interiors, Savile Row window displays and marketing campaigns for the National Gallery.
He has collaborated on a number of high profile projects with Thomas Heatherwick and helped to establish what is now Heatherwick Studio. He was a creative consultant at The Partners and has lectured in 3D design at UCA Canterbury and Surrey Institute of Art & Design. He previously founded the award winning multi-disciplinary design company Make Limited.
The Walthamstow Dad Challenge throws down a gauntlet to owners of the T-shirt to take a photo with them in the tee, in some exotic location. The winner bestows the honour of being named Walthamstow Dad of the Year.
Get festive with my Christmas robin wallpaper for your electrical thingies.
So Elf has been on TV, we can now finally get excited about Christmas coming. The tree is up, the mild panic about un-bought presents is starting to descend (as is the alcoholic hue brought on by too much mulled wine and Christmas parties).
All you have to do is click on the relevant size below to download your wallpaper, and follow your device’s instructions.
These cute and festive robins were originally created for some christmas cards available to by in my shop
Get your Christmas robins as a set of cards by clicking here
These cute little festive fellas will make even the hardest humbug grin.
I’m using a lovely local printers to make 2 colour risograph printed christmas cards using environmentally friendly soy-based inks.
The signed, illustrated Robin Christmas Cards are available from the shop in packs of 4 and 8.
But be quick, Christmas is coming!
Been a while since I added something to Illustration Friday.
A combination of painting in Photoshop, textured layers & colour halftone filter was used to create this piece called Jump.
I’m really into the illustrative work from the 40s & 50s, particularly that used in advertising. Illustrators like Allen Kass produced tons of images for romantic novels. Hopefully this style is conveyed in the over-saturated colours.
The image is inspired by some photos I took while travelling by boat around Tonlé Sap in Cambodia. The Great Lake is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia and is home to both Cham and Vietnamese communities who reside in floating villages.
Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation. Illustration Friday was created by illustrator Penelope Dullaghan. You can see her own work here.
This was fun, creating a poster for an official street party to celebrate the Royal Wedding, something that is shortly due to send the whole world Royalty bonkers. Whether you are a Royalist or not, it’s still a great chance to have a good party (particularly when us lot in England have got the day off).
“Whoever you are and wherever you look a revolution is taking place. Cycling is quickly becoming a part of the fabric of everyday life in London. During Summer 2010, Transport for London will will join the revolution with the launch of its Cycle Superhighways and Cycle Hire Schemes as well as a host of other initiatives to improve cycle safety and security. In conjunction with these programmes, London Transport Museum and the Association of Illustrators are delighted to announce a call for illustrations featuring cycling as an emerging mode of transport in London.
Students and professionals are invited to submit entries that demonstrate the environmental, health and/or recreational benefits of cycling. It is the task of entrants to create an illustration that shows cycling as a fun and efficient way to get around the city.”
I looked at a few solutions in regards to the brief but kept returning to the word revolution. The connotation of circular movement is linked with so many elements on a bicycle. I also imagined the idea of cyclists reclaiming the streets from a sort of tyranny imposed by motorised transport .
The Cycle Superhighways will create their own map of destinations across the city, and I though it was interesting how the cycle sign sat well as an interchange on our existing underground map.
Results are announced 31 May so fingers crossed!
This week my studio has been transformed into a print room as I turn my hand to a skill I lasted used at art school some 16 years ago. It was time again to do a lino print.
I wanted to create an image that would be relevant as a Christmas card but also to stand up on its own as a print.
The first stage was to sketch out the image and then refine it to something that would be workable on the lino that I would be using to create a printing block.
Transferring the Image
This image was then in turn, transferred onto the lino ready for cutting.
Get a Second Opinion
My cat Iha was happy to oversee my progress.
Making the Print
Then the printing began. I rolled the mixed ink onto the lino with a rubber brayer, carefully placed the card or paper onto the lino, covered and applied pressure with a baren. Normally you would use a large printing press that acts just like a mangle, squeezing the paper against the lino but the baren is cheaper, saves space and keeps your arms in shape!
Once the first run was complete, I cut into the lino more, repeating the rest of the process for the second colour.
And there we have it, hung out to dry! The prints and cards will soon be available to buy online but in the meantime if you are interested in picking one (or some!) up, send me an email, I’d love to hear from you!
As well as design, music is my passion. My latest project combines the two, designing this flyer for I night I will be playing at in November.
Al Mackenzie has been busily recording his new album “In Memory Of…” for D:ream who reformed last year.
The iconic image of Gregory Peck seemed both iconic and perfect for the ‘black sheep’ concept I was after.
Despite all the postal strike problems, my new business cards finally arrived today. Hopefully these should add some colour to meeting clients!
If you want an illustration of yourself, please do contact me.
With this weeks Illustration Friday topic being pattern, it was a no-brainer to submit the development of this original illustration into a gift wrap concept. You can see how the wrapping paper turned out on my previous post.
It’s my birthday in September and I was lucky to receive cards and gifts from my friends and family. This was just something I sent them to say thanks.