Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Monday, 30 April 2018

Secret 7" entry

After several years I have entered Secret 7" 2018, I would love to have my work chosen this year and will unveil the design in a month or so. Long wait till the end of May to find out if my illustration has been selected. It has a mythical influence, combining historical cautionary tales to represent my chosen song.

Fashion illustrations

I am producing a few little digital advertising illustrations for a knitwear label. I have always wanted to dip into fashion illustration and using coloured pencils offers a homely feel and texture for my work.

New project updates

I have been working on a large scale wall piece approx 8 x 2.5 metres.

I began the piece in January and hopefully early May it will be ready for installation. I can't wait to unveil the finished version for everyone to see!

I have been using Illustrator a lot more to achieve the technical structure of the architecture. Illustrator also offers clean lines and curves which would greatly slow my progress in Photoshop.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Christmas Mural at mac Birmingham

Christmas has come and gone! Here's a look back of some images of the biggest illustration I have ever walked on, 7m x 1.5m along with 3 intricate Christmas displays.

So proud to work on this and see it all fall together for December. The final elements of Lego we spent a day or so past our ETA but it was worthwhile not rushing the end for the sake of it.

I have been paying more attention to atmosphere and lighting and believe that elements of this mural really show this thinking. I love retro diners, the whole Grease feel and anything art deco so this huge open brief was an opportunity to bind several eclectic influences in a festive aesthetic.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Character illustrations

I have been wanting to improve my character illustrations for a while, as in 2017 I have enjoyed focusing on atmosphere, lighting, colour and composition.

Gustave Eiffel bought the rights in 1884 to build a huge 4-cornered metal tower which would eventually become his namesake and the pinnacle of the 1889 Paris Expo.

Josephine Baker was an incredible character in history. Born in slums, Baker became a cabaret dancer and an overnight sensation in Paris, before joining the French Resistance during WWII and receiving high commendations for her persistent work. In the 1950s she strived for civil rights and performed to an integrated crowd Miami.

Oh and she had a pet cheetah.

Friday, 29 December 2017

Vintage Paris map updates

Over Christmas I have picked up a personal project I started a while back! It will be an illustrated map celebrating turn of the century Montmartre during the swell of artists, musicians and poets, more popularly known as the Children of the Revolution.

Le Bateau Lavoir: Picasso's studio where he painted the famous Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.

The famous Moulin Rouge at the bottom of the hill.

Mural update

This is an illustration of the New Town which sits in the middle of the 6 metre long mural. I wanted to bring in influence from romantic architecture including the Basilica in Moscow and Mont St Michel in France. 

The fictional town is nestled not far from the North Pole and will be decorated with Christmas trees and festive characters.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Christmas Mural at mac Birmingham!

Across November worked on a Christmas Mural which is now on exhibition at Midlands Arts Centre - MAC Birmingham (nestled in Cannon Hill Park) across December!
Turn left at the Terrace Gallery and follow signs for the New Town to see the 6 metre long mural. Proud of this one, photos to come! 🎄🎅💡

Friday, 1 December 2017

A Lego Master?

I have been working on a secret project for the last three weeks which will be unveiled very soon, after posting a few cryptic updates on social media, Lego Masters have already taken notice! Always good to get recognition and love from LEGO (!).

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Birmingham Hippodrome Christmas card

Proud to have finished this design celebrating the spirit of theatre. The design is available at my etsy shop here and Birmingham Hippodrome.

New project updates

Since early November I have been working on a big Christmas display.

The panoramic display is set around a whimsical city that celebrates Christmas tradition.

I have brought together the vintage neon-light aesthetic of american diners and drive-thru cinemas and the art deco style.

Christmas Cards available now!

Adding to my current range are new designs for Birmingham Hippodrome, the Electric Cinema and mac Birmingham. Use the codes at checkout to save on multiple sets of Christmas cards!

Visit my shop here!

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

mac Birmingham Christmas card

I have designed a Christmas card celebrating mac Birmigham - formerly Midlands Art Centre - where I have taught for the last 18 months.

I focused on the distinctive building facade first then added a few characters to bring it to life.

Spending time creating the transparent nature of the bauble adds depth and contains the festive atmosphere within the scene,

Adding small touches like the shadow under the bow and the glint on the bauble add gravity and the realistic effects of light onto the illustration.

I have been focusing a lot on atmosphere, illumination, long shadows, contrast to create a festive warmth. The next challenge is giving my work a more contemporary aesthetic whilst retaining the strong atmosphere. Reducing some detail and line work would remove some of the heavy, traditional appearance to the illustration.