Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The Gift by Justine Crow // Transmitter Magazine – Christmas Edition 2014

So back in November 2014 (which seems like a very long time ago now!) I created these illustrations to accompany a short story by Justine Crow for Transmitter Magazine, a local magazine created just up the hill in Crystal Palace about all things Crystal Palacey. The story features mysterious presents, a monkey friend and a dark spirit. You can read it in the digital version of it in the magazine below (full screen the magazine and skip to page 58).

Twas a brilliant little project, turns out drawing monkeys is fun! Which is of course obvious and I have no idea why I hadn't realised it before. This dancing little fellow was a pleasure to create indeed.







Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Folio Society & House of Illustration Competition 2015 // The Folio Collection of Ghost Stories

So I started the year as I have for the past few years, head down and focussed on finishing my drawings for the Folio Society and House of Illustration Book Illustration Competition. Though this year I only heard about the competition a few days before Christmas so it was a seriously mad dash to the finish line. 

Four drawings from conception to completion in two weeks. The last image was completed in 8 hours, setting a new personal best for speed of full page illustration creation! They are based on so a series of creepy old ghost stories, lots of spooky unseen beasts lurk in the depths, mwahahahaha. The three stories and a summary of the book can be read here.

I hope you like my drawings and keep those fingers crossed for me!

The Folio Collection of Ghost Stories – Binding Design

A Tale of an Empty House - E. F. Benson


The Upper Berth - F. Marion Crawford

The Treasure of Abbot Thomas - M. R. James

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

STIR Magazine // London School of Financial Arts

I was asked to illustrate an article for STIR Magazine envisaging what the new London School of Financial Arts hackspace might be like. The term hacker in this context being someone who looks at an existing system, dissects it and looks at it in a new way. 

I wanted to created a cosy environment with all the information and technology a young, innovative financial hacker might need to hand.


You can find it in the Autumn issue of the magazine, out on October 8th and available for pre order here.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Ain't no party like an ice cream party!

How in the **** has it been nearly 4 months since i posted anything here. Where has the time gone? I mean obviously I've done a bunch of things in that time I just seem to have failed to document that. This is going to change. 

So here is a little present to you to say sorry for my absence. Take this, make it your desktop and rejoice in the glorious melty joy of it all.

DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT AN ICE CREAM ORGY, THEY JUST LIKE EACH OTHER A LOT



Monday, 19 May 2014

Drunken Butterflies // Animation

Earlier this year the illustrious Garry Sykes released his first feature film. It's called Drunken Butterflies and is about a group of young girls in Newcastle and the trials and tribulations of everyday life. The imdb sums it up better than I:

Newcastle Upon Tyne, the Twenty-Teens. A romantic, violent, life-changing day in the life of eight teenagers.



It's a brilliant film funny, charming & rather upsetting. If you get a chance to see it I highly recommend it. My contribution to the film was a small piece of animation, a little 'trick' you might say. As a result of this I now have an imdb credit. Oh yeah, I am an animation department, dontchaknow!




TTIP & TTP // New Internationalist // May 2014 Issue

This months print issue of New Internationalist Magazine features another double page illustrated by yours truly, you can buy a copy here or read the article online

I was completely unaware this trade agreement was happening until I was commissioned to produce this illustration, if you are interested you can find more info about TTIP here.

Or if - like me – you like things to be explained in comic form ... http://economixcomix.com/home/tpp/

Also what the Green Party have to say on the matter and why you should clearly be voting for them on Thursday! 

"... it would blow apart the power of our democratic decision making. The deal provides corporations with new rights to sue the Government for legislating in the public interest – that’s definitely not acting for the common good. "





Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Synesthesia Magazine Illustration // The Radiator has a Tummy Ache

I produced this illustration for the February 2014 edition of Synesthesia Magazine the theme of which was Nonsense. It is based on a nonsense poem which you can read below...


The Radiator Has a Tummy Ache by Carlotta Eden

I once prescribed tablets
to the old microwave, and
consoled the lemon squeezer,
I hadn't used in a decade.

I remember hearing the kettle
having an asthma attack, and
running to save it by pulling
its plug out, and that

was that. I suggested the radio
stick to one station, tried to fix
the funny noise
the radiator was making.

Now the nurse lends me a smile,
makes me warm in my bed
I shut my eyes tight,
see me pulling a blanket

over the hole in the shed.