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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

New work and some sketches

A big scary(ish..) mummy done (just about) for halloween, trying to get a more cohesive book cover portfolio together.

Also a few sketches including an experiment with a very big forest shape, an unsuccessful experiment I might add.

Got some interesting things I should be able to show soon, including some comic style pieces.

As always,

Friday, 26 October 2012

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.

Okay, so nothing is borrowed, but I've got the rest covered!

First up, an old (few months) image inspired by a night out with good friends and good music.

Also a satyr, in a forest, not looking at too much.....this image isn't finished and probably never will be, it began as a sketch and evolved into an experiment with background and values. I've got a few more like this, various attempts to use more silhouette and less colour. They're fun but pretty terrible compositionally.

Last but not least this image (which I pretentiously titled Blue Africa) was also an experiment of sorts, while painting one of the afore mentioned experimental images I found myself playing around with a monotone palette and decided to challenge myself to create an image using one colour. It's pretty crazy just how much variation you can get with such a restricted palette and just how important colour relationships are.

On a side note, I bought some've been warned!

Monday, 20 August 2012

Special Agent Bob

Finished up the agent character for the Rednecks vs Aliens personal project. Unfortunately most details about him are classified so I can't tell you much, but he does like NASCAR.

Just a quick process for the character, starting out with a pretty terrible digital sketch!

Live long and prosper

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Just in case you're not sick of them yet

Few more bits from the Get Ahead of the Games campaign, these were done for the website.

The van base was modelled in-house at Picasso Pictures, and the gymnasts penciled by Damian Johnson.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Olympic Poster Process

Over the last few weeks I've received some really lovely emails expressing how much people have enjoyed the GetAheadoftheGames transport posters for the Olympic Games (Go team GB!). I've had conversations about specific characters, peoples favourite poster, hidden meanings, and even the Illuminati, but what I've been asked about most is process.

So here goes..

Initially we'd be given a brief description and/or a basic sketch (think stick man) of what was needed for the poster. From there we'd have a limited amount of time to get a first pass or rough sketch drawn up for approval. This was usually done traditionally (with good old fashioned pencil and paper!), however for whatever reason this one ended up being sketched digitally.

If everyone is happy, then we'd be asked to do a final drawing and layout the poster ready for painting.

After making any changes (I was asked to change the sign she was holding to a no entry sign on this particular poster) we'd do a flat colour block in for one last approval before the painting begins. (I seem to have misplaced this particular step sorry!)

Then after many hours of painting and some more back and forth, we reach the final painting. At this stage the painting is passed onto M&C Saatchi and final tweaks will be made before it's laid out with everything (type etc.) and sent to print!

Taken from

Aaaaand done! Here's one of the final posters featuring the artwork.

The basic process

There were a dozen artists working on the campaign, with each poster being a collaborative effort. Often with several artists working on the same poster at various stages throughout the process. Each finished poster represents a huge team effort, and I was privileged to part of it.

Click here to download a large selection of the finished printed posters. 

Shout outs to the team!
M&C Saatchi, London, by copywriter Joe Miller, art director Tristan Cornelius and illustrated by twelve designers under the supervision of Sam Lanyon Jones and Andy Cope at Tokyo Plastic, produced by the lovely folks at Picasso Pictures. credits via the inspiration room.

Move it football head

Just for fun

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Olympic trickles

I hope everyone has been enjoying the Games, seems like as good a time as any to share a few more bits from the Get Ahead of the Games campaign. All the posters are now out and about so I should be able to share some of the full poster work very soon.

Here's a few character sketches and some heads, drawn for the 'Avoid the Ques' poster here.

Along with Henry (the guy with the newspaper) who I was lucky enough to be asked to paint up as well as redesign.

Stay tuned for more, go Team GB!!

Available for work

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Miscellaneous ensemble

A random collection of random images from in-between jobs and travelling. Mostly working towards the concept Team Challenge

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Top 10 Olympic ads

Big art post coming soon, lots of fun things in the works, in the meantime the Olympic Get Ahead of the Games campaign I was lucky enough to be a part of has been voted one of the top 10 for 2012! Congrats to everyone involved!

Be sure to keep an eye out for all 36 posters if you're in and around London, and enjoy the games!!
Available for work

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Posters for all!

A whole load of the finished posters for the GAOTG (Get ahead of the Games) London 2012 Olympic campaign I had the pleasure of working on have been made available to view or download online.

There's still a lot more to come from me and the campaign so keep your eyes peeled.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

London 2012 Olympics - Get Ahead of the Games

For the last 9 months or so I've been fortunate enough to be working as senior designer on the GetAheadoftheGames campaign for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The campaign aims to raise awareness and provide solutions to the inevitable transport issues caused by hosting such a huge event! As well as the character and spot illustrations for the website, the project features a daunting 36 illustrated posters. Over the coming weeks I'll be sharing my work on the project as well as promoting and sharing the work of the enormously talented people I was privileged enough to collaborate with throughout the process.

For starters here's a few character concepts I did for one of the posters, and one of the characters painted for the website.

There's a great page about the process involved in creating the posters here.

Stay tuned for more soon. In the meantime check your magazines, newspapers, busstops, and billboards for posters from the campaign!

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Steve sketch v.2!!

I had a little free time in-between client assignments so decided to revisit an old character from the uni days. Sketch in Photoshop, few hours work the other afternoon, Steve....

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Not dead

Finally found some time to do a bit of personal work, and finished off this sketch I started out over a month ago.
More to some point..... when this huge project is over with.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Marvel-ous parodies

Some really well done Wolverine covers from Marvel, each in a different art style. From Classical Japanese to Modern pop art they have all the bases covered, the Dali'esq one is my personal favourite.

Apologies for the lack of updates of late, I'm a little snowed under with client work. I'll get something new up as and when it happens.