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 Abdelk√©. 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.