Friday, December 21, 2012

Travel & Leisure

I've just finished another map for Travel & Leisure (US) Magazine, this time of Thailand. Christmas feels a long way away!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tamedia / Kellenberger White T-Towel

Some close-ups of the t-towel I designed for the Tamedia christmas project with Kellenberger White Studio.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Tamedia / Kellenberger White

I recently worked on a commission for Swiss newspaper group Tamedia with Kellenberger White studio.

I produced 6 illustrations of traditional Swiss Christmas ingredients for a recipe book, which was printed in crimson, teal, green and gold by Ditto Press. I also illustrated a screenprinted tea-towel, the cover for the recipe book & a promotional Christmas card... phew! I'll post the full collection of work in January, but until then here's a little sample...

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Saturday, November 24, 2012

V&A Jazz & World Music Series

Here is my illustration for December's Caribbean Jazz event at London's V&A. You can see my full collection of Jazz & World Music illustrations here.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Tales Of The Unexpected: William And Mary

I've been thinking about this story by Roald Dahl again recently. One of my faves.

Friday, November 9, 2012


A few months ago, I was commissioned to produce the illustrations and illustrated type for this new novel about a man who returns to his Yorkshire farmhouse roots & family problems from his new life in London. Unfortunately the client went with a photographic direction, so this was unused. But it's definitely given me a few ideas for working more simply, and setting a scene with just a few elements, as well as layering images more selectively.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Les Editions Jalou - L'Optimum

I've just finished drawing these bottles of luxury booze for French publisher Les Editions Jalou.

Monday, November 5, 2012

For No Good Reason

Looking forward to this!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The New York Times - 'Lives'

A new illustration for this week's Lives... I can't believe they're even doing a paper this week but these guys are committed!

Monday, October 29, 2012

V&A Jazz & World Music Series

These are the illustrations I have produced for November's V&A Jazz & World Music Series. This time in response to the theme Music From the Movies. You can see the whole collection of my work for this project at the V&A here.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

National Geographic Traveller - Indian Ocean map

I just finished this map of the Indian Ocean as a double page spread for National Geographic Traveller magazine. You can see some close up details here. There were definitely more plot points on this map than any I have dealt with before! It was difficult to strike the balance between geographical accuracy and readability but I am happy with how this came out.

Friday, October 26, 2012

John Baldessari - A Brief History

One of the best things about teaching is when one of your students shows you something you'd not seen before.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The New York Times - 'Lives'

I just realised I haven't posted any of these for months - here's a selection of new illustrations I have done for the 'Lives' column in The New York Times Magazine which I illustrate each week.


I drew this lion from Trafalgar Square recently for a project which didn't go ahead. But he's still a nice lion.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Frieze Nintendo Family Space 2012

I produced these illustrations for the interior wall at the Frieze Art Fair London 2012 Family Space, sponsored by Nintendo.

The illustrations are based on the idea of pattern and repeat taken from Frieze artist Thomas Bayrle, and the idea that elements from the pattern can be used in different ways by experimenting with basic compositional choices, such as scale, colour and rotation.

You can see all my work for Frieze from 2009-2012 in one place in my portfolio.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Frieze Art Fair Family Guide 2012

Once again I have produced the illustration for the Frieze Art Fair London Family Guide 2012 in collaboration with designers Europa with content written by ReachOut RCA

The illustrations for 2012 on the 5-8 year old side of the activity guide are based on Grizedale Arts Frieze Project where a number of artists, community groups and eccentrics will be manning stalls around the circumference of the Pavillion they have constructed at the fair, selling their home produce and ideas for alternative eating.

The illustrations on the side for 9-12 year olds are based on the Frieze Project by DIS Magazine, a post-Internet lifestyle magazine about art, fashion and commerce.

Visit Frieze London this weekend 13 & 14 October 2012 in Regents Park to pick up a copy of the guide.

You can see all my work for Frieze from 2009-2012 in one place in my portfolio.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Looper dir. by Rian Johnson

The only film about time-travel you'll ever need to make you believe in time-travel.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


In 2009, my good friend Thomas Ormonde came to visit me while I was living in Berlin. We spent all of our spare €€€ in photobooths, and attempted to be the first people in history to turn one into a giant street-sized Periscope, using mirror tiles bought from the Eisenwarengeschäft and sellotaped (safely) onto the back of our bikes (I wish I had photos of this).

While our lighting calculations somewhat let us down on this ambition, we also made a stop frame animation, using elements from illustrations we made pinned to Tom's face. Good days!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Ocado 'This Magazine'

This illustration I did for Ocado just came through the post!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

An Adventure With Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy & Austria

A tiny selection of the things I saw in August whilst flying through Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy & Austria on trains & existing only in moments, no need for future or past, plans or schedules. I'm already missing the smell of single-pot campfire cooking, huge variety of surfaces to feel underfoot (thanks for the tarmac, London) and genuine freedom. (And the hedgehog who came to live in the tent...)

Everything was Moving - Photography from the 60s and 70s, Barbican Gallery

Sigmar Polke, Der Bärenkampf (The Bear Fight), 1974 Froehlich Collection, Stuttgart © The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne, DACS 2012 Boris Mikhailov: 'Yesterday’s Sandwich / Superimpositions', 1960s-1970s

The world changed dramatically in the 1960s and 1970s. From the Cultural Revolution to the Cold War; from America’s colonialist misadventure in Vietnam to the indelible values of the civil rights movement; this was the defining period of the modern age. It also coincided with a golden age in photography: the moment when the medium flowered as a modern art form.

I saw Everything Was Moving at the Barbican yesterday. It is a great exhibition and I was led around it by the narrative provided by the detail in the captions. It illustrated perfectly the importance of context - these photographs were anchored firmly in the moments they came from - social, political and personal. Where the captions had been misplaced in the passing of time, the curators had substituted them with a close match.

A picture of a room with two bath-tubs became the pit stop for the mine supervisor to have first a 'dirty' bath, followed by a clean one; a luxury given the conditions of most working in the mine which followed. The pensive shop-worker was brought to life as the nervous daughter, shortly before her father's counter at which she was standing, was bulldozed to make way for the ignorance of white supremacy. And Afghanistan as the centre of zen spirituality, meditation and art, which led to Sigmar Polke's presence at a bear & dog fight.

A really moving & immersive exhibition, go see it.

Rosemarys Baby

Weekend viewing in my personal Films I Haven't Got Round To Seeing Before series.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Some more animated type...

Some more experiments with animated type today.

Ocado 'This Magazine'

I've just finished some hand drawn type for Ocado 'This Magazine' with a Roy Lichtenstein influence.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Supersonic Festival 2012

A sneaky preview from my sketchbook for a new 3D piece I am working on. It is for an exhibition by The Outcrowd Collective for Supersonic Festival 2012 which opens in Birmingham later in the year, inspired by giving gifts back to the River Rea.

Expanse, Distance and The Foreign

The road is not a place to linger on, 'for there is no home here', but it drives the user onwards. There is only one meaningful action on it; to attain one's destination by the shortet route and in the shortest time. On the road, man is always intent on reaching the anticipated goal. This drives him constantly forward. This tendency to haste and hurry is in the nature of the road itself, and puts the individual under it's spell: no hesitation or standing still! Ever forwards, and as fast as possible! No one can resist this temptation. O.F Bollnow, Human Space, first published 1963

Above is a series of pictures of desire lines I took while travelling an unspecified route through mainland Europe on foot this month. The width of each line guides you forwards; forming a never-ending selection process, insisting you disregard the less trodden - the very least caused by hedgehogs, mice and creatures with the lightest foot. It was a great opportunity to go slower, turn back; or stop completely - dead ends trails made by someone(thing) on a different mission start to present themselves as an opportunity rather than a frustration.

I am interested in the variations present in desire lines; particularly the barriers imposed on them by humans - signs and fences pop up in attempt to divert the route, only to trigger new paths to the left and the right. Forks in the path of equal size present a debate.

This became something which was true of the trip as a whole; passing the same mountain from three different sides - sometimes going back on ourselves across whole countries. I started to apply the idea of a 'desire line' to something which nature takes care of for us everywhere, all the time - not just necessarily where it shows up in the grass. These are obvious ideas, but my real surprise was in finding how clear they became when I had left the unspecified-City & it's imposing rules; wandering is easy where there is no road.

While man in his timeless and purposeless wandering totally retreats from the constant forward-pushing hustle and bustle of his everyday life, he gains contact again with a deeper basis of life, resting in timelessness. O.F Bollnow, Human Space.