Sunday, 6 September 2009

Blues Logo Complete

Coming back to the little blues-band job I was doing for 2DA: here are the what the later sketches became.
This is the final image that 2 Dreads + an Afro have decided to use for their band logo.
The above two images were other alternative suggestions in colour.
The gold came about quite accidentally while fiddling with adjustments in
Photoshop- but I kind of like it! And it could look real nice on a record sleeve
or the record itself etc.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Its Aliiiiiiiive!

Thanks to the talented Miss Penni Ralph, my piece for "friendship", along with a few pieces from other collegues have now gone live on the online zine Creaturemag website and can be seen at

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Blues Logo

Currently working a logo for a band called 2 Dreads and an Afro. These are the starter doodles for that.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Making life taste better.

Illustrating "Friendship" using the image of salt and pepper mills. Because they just look pathetically lonely when theyre seen on their own! Created with paper cutout and paint marker.

Friday, 10 July 2009

Storyboards doodling/

This week I've been getting some work experience at Soho based advertising company Storyboards Harpers Ltd. during which I exercised my barely-there Photoshop skills and whizzed a few fine liner doodles into the programme to add a splash of colour and have a general play about. (I found some cuban looking buildings to get me in the mood for my trip to Havana!) I've also been formally aquainted with a Mac. About time too.

Friday, 26 June 2009

More Empire

These are just a few more roughly placed concept pieces created on the build-up to my models investigating pattern, shadow and colour application.

Friday, 22 May 2009

More Empire

These are 2d development tryouts for my models. The feedback i got from this particular image was that it still felt a bit "cartoony" and needed to look a bit less like a cbeebies set. Since then ive done a couple more: photocopied some drawings onto accetate, painted on the back of these and placed these onto some new backgrounds with more collage than previously seen.
I'll be pushing this kind of image and way of working into a 3d model for photography.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

The Incredible Book Eating Boy

I just wanted to share a great great find i have discovered. I bought a wonderful little childrens book today which i have absolutely fallen head over heels inlove with. Its a beautifully crafted peice of work which was both written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers and uses alot of delicate- but far from shy- paper collage and colourful painted characters with lovely hand rendered type. Its done with a real sensitivity to ephemera. Its all very whisical and wonderful and comes complete with a little disclaimer on the back which reads "Please dont not eat this book at home." Buy it! You won't regret it.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Ford's Empire

Right, now for recent work for a current project. This brief is a nice narrative based project- illustrating Richard Ford's short story Empire. It's an interesting piece set in the 80's on a train running through western Montana, USA. Since I have a habit of focusing on character based illustrations I thought it would be interesting to push the narrative, and my own boundaries of approach, through evocative backgrounds and locations rather than its characters. My initial thoughts were to treat these locations rather as model film sets and let lighting and photography become part of the final image.

These are some quick concept/ mood boards to get my head around the general Americana, 'western small-town' feel of the text. Again this is all magazine cutout technique which provides some nice flat block colour and nice patches of pattern which is intergral for that "Memphis" 80's look. Work will now start on creating my model sets. I'll keep you posted on any good progress made.

Monday, 18 May 2009

It''s a fine life

Doodles whilst on London's awe-inspiring modes of public transport... in fine liner. This again is all sketchbook work.

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Southend on Sea

Some older work now...
The above drawings are taken from my Southend-on-Sea sketchbook. Weapon on choice? Fine liner and a limited paint pallete. There's something about seeing white and cerulean paint on brown paper...they're a match made in heaven.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Sketchbook work

Backgrounds here for an animation done in paper cut-out some of which remain unused.