Sunday 29 May 2011

Tiger & Tusks

This is an original piece of commissioned artwork I've recently created, approx A3 size. It's watercolour with black indian ink outlines.

There is an south-east asian connection in the couple I created it for so this gave me the opportunity to indulge my mild tiger obsession.

Thursday 26 May 2011

The Corncrakes - Ingo and the Bouncy Castle

I've done EP artwork/layouts for the folk band 'The Corncrakes' before.

Now, they've got a full album release out, Ingo and the Bouncy Castle, which gave me the opportunity to design and illustrate all content for a CD release with a 12-page booklet. This was great to work on as I've always wanted to get the chance to work on something like this from the ground up.

Below is the main artwork, inspired partly by the title track lyrics, created for the release; booklet cover spread, booklet inner spread and back cover artwork:

Here are shots of the final package:

The front and back cover of the jewel case CD.

I jumped at the chance to allude to old-school gatefold sleeve art (albeit in CD dimensions). The front booklet spread continues on into the second and third page of the booklet. Also, the leg of the escape artist at the far right of the inner spread can be seen coming into shot at the far left of the front spread, creating a revolving, carousel effect.

The album is available to buy from their website now and should be available on iTunes soon. So good luck from here on in guys!

Saturday 21 May 2011

Beware... The Man

This is a piece that I submitted to a competition from t-shirt design collective Kurst Wear. The brief was to create a design on the theme of 'supervillain' within the Kurst house style of street art/trashy/comic book/retro.

Ideally, it was to be created as vector artwork, utilising only three colours (as well as black and white).

I wanted to hark back to trashy 50's sci-fi/horror movies with a modern anti-big business spin.

Thursday 19 May 2011


Here's a new self-initiated illustration. Wanted to spend a bit of time getting the shadows and light effects just right. Click to embiggen.

Below is the initial pencil/ink work...

Sunday 15 May 2011

Heeeere's Johnny!

A few pages at pencil stage of my own set-up containing the main characters of Strontium Dog from 2000AD, Johnny Alpha and Wulf Sternhammer.

Tuesday 10 May 2011

He is The Law...

Here's a few sample pages I've done recently containing everyone's favourite fascist of the future. The pages are worked from a 2000AD sample script. It goes without saying I had a lot of fun but still think I'm having issues getting the balance right between gear changes from (semi)realistic rendering to overtly cartoony stylisation.

Also, in the past week this blog has been up and running for a year. Still can't fully make up my mind whether it's a useful tool and incentive to create work and catalogue what I'm at or just another area of dithering and time wasting in my life.

Wednesday 4 May 2011