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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

The Strange Case...

I've been very conscious of how 'digital' everything seems to be lately. That's not necessarily a bad thing but where I can I'm definitely looking to bring more traditional elements back into what I make.

These are a couple of portraits I finished up over the last couple of weeks, based on the titular characters from Robert Lewis Stevenson's 'The Strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'. 

Although the frame is entirely digital, there's much more of the original drawings present in the portraits that I would have normally.

Technique aside, I tried to use elements of Victorian London such as the buildings and bridges to mimic the ornate design of typical portraits of the era. Just something to add a little narrative to what otherwise would have been very straightforward portraits.

Looking to bring in some watercolour or gouache into the next one, fingers crossed!

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Book Project tease

Alongside having lots of fun making terrible art with alien traditional mediums (I'm looking at you watercolour....) I'm currently working on a few book and cover projects (hurray!), and have been given permission to share a couple of the chapter images created for one of them.
Evil seagulls are sadly not the subject of the book....

Pictured: A book

The book is titled Mike Wright - The Fabric of Time and is scheduled for publication early next year!
I'm doing the cover as well as the chapter illustrations so really looking forward to seeing/sharing the final product.


Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Razorblades + Handgrenades

Late last year I was approached to produce a series of illustrations for an upcoming album from rapper 'Lockstarr' entitled 'Razorblades and Hand grenades'. Album cover, social media banners and promotional illustrations were all needed, and needed in a more linework focused 'comic' style.

I have learned to respect the line, for she is a fickle mistress, and will punish you at any given opportunity. I've also developed an even greater respect for people who work primarily with ink and line, the Bernie Wrightson's of this world are nothing short of sorcerers!

Here's the highlights of the project..

Back Cover/Interior

Final cover illustration linework

The actual final version of the cover features razor blades floating in the champagne glasses as well as the grenade, but I felt like it worked better without so that's the version I'll be showing off (Sorry Dion!).

Final artwork

Promotional image

Social media banner
As you can see, she (Lockstarr) had some pretty specific ideas about the kind of imagery she wanted but luckily was also very willing to work with me and I think we ended up with some pretty interesting images.

Below are a few sketches that didn't make the cut but I enjoyed none-the-less! This is probably one of the only projects I've worked on where I was really excited about all the sketches done

Hi, I'm a rap stereotype...

This was my favourite sketch for the cover, but oh well, maybe next album?

Mixtape is available to buy/download/hear here.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

In a galaxy noir noir away...

Bad pun yes I know.

Been a bit scarce around here recently, thankfully it's because I've been pretty busy with work. I'm hoping to be able to share some of it soon but in the meantime here's a little personal project from between the client stuff.

Trip-tic of Film Noir inspired portraits.

The anti-hero, ladies man, and wise cracking badass investigator. The seductive and destructive 'femme fatale', and the mysterious and devious villain known only as 'The Count'.

It's always fun to do something for yourself, hoping to get some more personal work done soon.