Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Family Project

These are some test spreads from a book project I pitched on a few months ago, which unfortunately went in a different direction. Of course these were just first drafts, but it was great to work on something so loose & playful.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Its All About The River | Film Festival 12 Sep - 12 October 2014

This autumn, the banks of Devon's River Tamar will play host to a major film festival combining epic cinema, historical archive and documentary film and premiering specially commissioned films by international artists. With each film linked to a river theme, the festival celebrates the history and explores a future use of the River Tamar. Opening in Calstock with a spectacular outdoor screening, the film festival flows downriver stopping at Gunnislake, Bere Alston, Cargreen, Saltash, Barne Barton, Devonport and Plymouth.

Being staged with funding from Arts Council England, the British Film Institute Film Festival Fund, the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, the Heritage Lottery Fund, FEAST, the festival aims to celebrate and revitalise cultural spaces and communities and raise new questions about the river’s potential as an economic and cultural force in the 21st Century.

The It’s All About the River film festival is part of the River Tamar Project: a major cultural programme, connecting local and international communities with the river. In partnership with Plymouth University.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Illustration Now! 5 by TASCHEN

I am delighted to announce my work is featured in this new book out now published by TASCHEN, Illustration Now! 5.

TASCHEN's regular Illustration Now! series brings you the latest, groundbreaking work from the world’s most exciting illustrators. A stimulating mix of established master draftsmen and neophytes, working in a vast range of techniques, this Illustration Now! Vol. 5 features 150 illustrators from over 30 countries, including illustration duo Craig&Karl, reportage artist Sue Coe, upcoming Agata Nowicka, old master James McMullan and Syrian artist Youssef Abdelké. The spread includes personal work, as well as high-profile projects for clients such as Nike, The New Yorker, Harper's Bazaar, Google or Time magazine.

Looking back at the history of media, the book's introduction from Steven Heller explores the many styles of illustration. A perfect round-up of illustration's here-and-now for graphic artists, creative professionals and illustration students, but also for anyone with an appreciation of draftsmanship and visual language.

Available from Amazon and probably your local bookstore too!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Focus Magazine (DE)

An illustration from a series I did for Focus Magazine (DE) about Greek food.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Film4 / Two Days One Night : Sketches

My print for Film4 at Somerset House Summer Screen is now available to buy via the Print Club London shop. I thought I'd also post some of the sketches I did when working on the project, while I was working out the most important scenes; a process of elimination to distill the narrative into a single image.

I've answered a few questions about the project below.

Tell us about your creative process and how you took inspiration from the film?

The film tells a very bleak, sad story, looking at the problems with zero hours contracts for workers. I wanted to focus particularly on the relationships between characters, and in particular Sandra's husband; I saw him portrayed as the real hero of the story. He convinces her to carry on and support her when she is at her lowest eb; without his encouragement, she would have given up. I was also interested in the number "17" as the factory kept making it clear that they had realised they could do the same job with 16 workers; and over the course of her weekend, many of them refuse to vote for her to keep her job - knowing that if it's not her who looses her hours, it could be them.

Why did you pick that particular quote, scene or character from the film?

I decided to focus on scenes where there was a lot of dialogue between Sandra & her husband. As a lot of these scenes resembled conflict, the scene which really stuck with me was tenderness between them when he runs out of his shift working as a chef to comfort her after she dashes into the car park in distress. This scene shows the power shift in their dynamic with him wearing his Chef's whites - he doesn't wear a uniform in any other scene in the film, and I felt this worked well with the hero concept I wanted to communicate. I chose to illustrate the type, "No one wants to be Number 17" and translated it into French - using handwriting to demonstrate a quiet, understated acknowledgement of the gravity of the situation by the main character.

What message you believe your artwork carries besides the actual redesign of the film poster?

Because the film focuses a lot on the well-documented problems of zero hours contracts, and the disposable approach to employment, hopefully it does a little to help highlight these issues. But also I hope it conveys a split second of tenderness; a dramatic but fleeting moment between two people.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Film 4 / Two Days One Night

A sneaky preview of my 2 colour screen print for the Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House exhibition opening on 30 July. It is for Two Days One Night, one of the bleaker moments of contemporary French cinema...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Girl Effect Live 2014

I was commissioned by The Sunshine Company to produce an illustration for the Girl Effect Live event created by the Nike Foundation, to be used across 7 steps on a staircase at the event in London on 20 July 2014.

The Girl Effect is a movement. It's about leveraging the unique potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves, their families, their communities, their countries and the world. It's about making girls visible and changing their social and economic dynamics by providing them with specific, powerful and relevant resources.

Created by the Nike Foundation in collaboration with the NoVo Foundation, United Nations Foundation and Coalition for Adolescent Girls, the girl effect is fuelled by hundreds of thousands of girl champions who recognise the untapped potential of adolescent girls living in poverty.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Illustrations for Texas Monthly

I was commissioned to do a very quick turnaround on 3 illustrations for Texas Monthly Magazine. One day for roughs, one day for final artwork; they illustrate a feature about Texan cuisine. Lobster tacos, big 1980's signature sauce zig-zags & food-prep scenes all imagined from above. I'm hungry!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Summer Adventures

In a week or so I'm setting off on a new adventure through Europe with Steve; all we have is ourselves, our tent & our feet. No plan, no reservations, no expectations. No aeroplanes. Tiny 'reduced' carbon footprint* & giant hills to hike up. These are some pictures from previous trips, taken in Corsica, Switzerland & Belgium...

*OK so we did end up hiring a tiny car in Sardinia for 5 days.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Somerset House 2014 Summer Screen Prints with Film4

I am delighted to announce that once again I will be taking part in the Summer Screen Prints exhibition as part of Film 4's outdoor cinema 'Summer Screen' at Somerset House in London, curated by Print Club London.

I have produced a poster for this year's premier movie, which was launched at Cannes in May, Deux Jours Une Nuit, directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne, starring Marion Cotillard of Inception fame...

As a dedicated follower of my blog, you are invited to the Launch Night at Somerset House on 30 July 2014. You can confirm your invitation by emailing Numbers are limited so please only RSVP if you know you're able to attend. Unfortunately I can't be there, but last year's party was lots of fun, there will be free Jamesons cocktails for all, and a great way to kick off the outdoor summer film season!

Friday, July 4, 2014

How Beautiful It Is at Kemistry Gallery

I produced this 50x70cm print inspired by handpainted Brazilian signage & beer-related ephemera, which is now being shown at the How Beautiful It Is exhibition at Kemistry Gallery, London alongside a host of other fantastic artists. It is available in two colour-ways, the way we see the game on the pitch. It is available to buy direct from the gallery.

This coming July, The Soho Warriors presents its debut show at Kemistry Gallery during the 2014 World Cup. The show celebrates football in Brazil, its people, fans and wealth of history and culture.

Working with world-renowned photographer Grant Fleming, the show will document Brazilian culture, people, fans, cities and football from the past 20 years. Alongside this will be work from some of the best international graphic artists.

We will also be showing live games including the QF, SF and Final. The SWFC will also host evening events, documentaries and films screenings. Email in order to get on the advanced mailing list.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

British Heritage Magazine (US)

Another map illustration, this time for British Heritage (US) magazine, for a story about Lizzie from Pride & Prejudice, and her travels through the midlands up to the Peak District. It was nice to draw some familiar landmarks - Warwick Castle was always a classic school trip destination. This map was to run pretty small, just 10cm wide in the page, so I simplified the drawings, focussing on line work & avoiding unnecessary textures & details.

The Wall Street Journal - Off Duty

I don't often show many of these smaller editorial projects, but perhaps they make good blog stories! I was commissioned by The Wall Street Journal to produce another map for their Off Duty section, this time of Provence, showing it's native wine regions. I added a twist of rosé to the colour palette and pared down the labelling. It was refreshing to work on such a simple map which wasn't dominated by landmarks.

Monday, June 9, 2014

How Beautiful It Is Exhibition at Kemistry Gallery, London

I am taking part in an exhibition called "How Beautiful It Is" at Kemistry Gallery in London during the 2014 World Cup. You can see more info on the Soho Warriors website here.

Private View Open to all:
Wednesday 2nd July 2014 | 6pm - Late
Gallery Opening Hours:
Monday – Sunday | 10am - 6pm
Admission is FREE

This coming July, The Soho Warriors presents its debut show "How Beautiful It Is" at Kemistry Gallery during the 2014 World Cup. The show celebrates football in Brazil, its people, fans and wealth of history and culture.

Working with renowned photographer Grant Fleming and a host of international graphic artists, including Malika Favre, Chris Dent, Justin Fines, Dan Funderburgh, Hey, Adrian Johnson, Jean Jullien, Chris Martin, Jordy van den Nieuwendijk, Holly Wales, Supermundane and Tim Lahan.

Kemistry will also be showing live games including the QF, SF and Final, while also hosting evening events, documentaries and film screenings. Email in order to get on the advanced mailing list & for press/images.

Cocktail illustrations for GQ Magazine

Some more recent drawings of cocktails I have done for GQ Magazine in Germany.

Friday, May 30, 2014

V&A Jazz & World Music Series postcard illustrations

I was just looking back at some old work; throughout 2012 and 2013 I was asked by the V&A to illustrate the promotional material for their Jazz & World Music monthly event series. Here are some photos from Jo Glover who art directed the job. You can find more from this series in my portfolio.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Port of Oulu illustration for Destia Magazine

A commission from Dialogi in Finland for the Finnish infrastructure customer magazine, Destia. It is an illustration to go with a feature on Port of Oulu located at the mouth of Oulujoki river, which is suffering from a lack of space for modern cargo ships & needs to be expanded. The client wanted the illustration to have a vintage travel-poster feel, and fade out to the same yellow which the rest of the feature was to be printed on.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I Decided To Leave dir. Daniel Britt

I DECIDED TO LEAVE from Dan Britt on Vimeo.

I know I tweeted about this last week, but I really do love it, so here it is again. 'I Decided To Leave' is directed by Daniel Britt with sound design by my pal Oswald Skillbard and voiceover by Tim Key, who I saw once doing stand-up at Notting Hill Arts Club and laughed at very much.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Windermere Map illustration

And one more for today, a simple map of Windermere in The Lake District for LDHP who have a permanent exhibition at the Windermere Libray and who wanted to show where it was located in relation to the main roads and railway station.

Soho Streetmap illustration

A recent simple streetmap I illustrated of London's Soho...

Saturday, May 10, 2014

HERE Newspaper by Shelter - Spring / Summer 2014

Illustrations from a little job i did recently for homeless charity Shelter. Cover illustration by the talented Hannah Waldron.

They accompanied an article about new 'towns', communities being built from the ground up to solve the UK's lack of housing. Each town has a particular focus, such as greener living and more cycle paths, or community-centred architecture, with access to shared outdoor spaces and community healthcare. This sort of advance planning which is driven by a frightening idealism often gives me the creeps, as I don't know how I feel about places being built for people overnight, rather than by themselves, over time. So I chose to focus on the uniformity of the street signage - it's could be anywhere, but also nowhere. And perhaps like the pop-up towns, it's definitely telling you what to do.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Byron Hamburgers in Exeter

Last week I went to Exeter to check out the signage I illustrated which is up now on the hoarding at Byron Hamburgers. A great little project I was proud to be part of, commissioned by Charlie Smith Design.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Latvian Childrens Films

...And my favourite about a hedgehog who goes to visit a friend & gets lost in the fog...

My friend Maija sent me some Latvian children's animations to watch and here are a few which I have been enjoying this week.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Do The Green Thing

An illustrated poster for Do The Green Thing. Each poster inspires people to do one of the actions chosen by Do The Green Thing’s nine environmental advisors – things like going easy on the meat, cycling to work and sharing a shower.

I chose to do one about opting to walk to work (or wherever you're going) instead of driving or taking public transport, mainly because it's more fun and you can change direction on a whim.

Byron Hamburgers

I am delighted to unveil a project I have been working on since late last year, for the Byron Hamburgers brand. I designed & illustrated these panels for the hoarding at their latest restaurant in Exeter, working alongside the brilliant Charlie Smith. Launching awesome burgers in Devon super soon...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

120 works made between 1936 and 1954 by Henri Matisse on show at London's Tate Modern from next week. Can't wait!

From the top down;

Henri Matisse The Sheaf 1953 Collection University of California, Los Angeles. Hammer Museum © Succession Henri Matisse / DACS 2013

Henri Matisse The Snail 1953 © Succession H. Matisse / DACS 2014

Henri Matisse Blue Nude (II) 1952 Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Droits réservés © Succession Henri Matisse / DACS 2013

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Travel & Leisure (US)

An unused drawing from a project I've been working on this week for Travel & Leisure (US), out soon... enjoyed this one.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Her dir. by Spike Jonze


A drawing of some nice bags by Poler Outdoor Stuff, Portland Oregon USA.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Green things!

New illustrations of some tasty green foods for a special new collaborative project coming soon!