Monday, 23 August 2010

A coupla NOIR posters.

Here's two new poster for NOIR. The brief was very much 'surreal', so I tried to make the illustration quite bizarre and mysterious. I like to think of the figure as some kind of tree spirit or something, but really, 'he's whatever you want him to be...'
The two nights were related to each other, so the different posters needed to have the same theme and feel about them to really get this message across, hence the similarity between the two pieces. NOIR have been really cool, giving me quite a lot of regular work, which is always appreciated, and due to the quick turn-around nature of the briefs, allow me to change the subject matter of each poster quite dramatically, which always makes for an interesting brief!

Friday, 20 August 2010

I like birds, I do.

Spot the difference.
Watercolour and ink sketches of cheeky little blue jays. A friend described them as 'jolly with a big belly that's all ruffley', which, in my opinion, is the best description of my work so far!

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Awkward Ideas

I actually have quite a lot to show you lovely, loyal readers, but this will have to do to start it all off. This is a squirrel idea that I've had ever since my student days (I'm making it sound like I'm a wise old sage, whereas, infact, those halcyon student days were only two years ago...) which I just can't seem to let go, even though I've never found quite the right medium to fit it into. Children's books - the story is too mature...Older fiction - the older kids don't particularily like animal characters (except for the classics like Redwall et al) in my mind and sketchbooks this idea shall remain...for now. What can I say, I'm just a sucker for those tribal red squirrels and grey squirrels with swords.

I'll upload more stuff soon, and as always, thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 11 August 2010


... a vital ingredient.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

'Noir' Poster

This was probably the most intense deadline I've ever had...3 hours! It was literally a few sketchs, a chosen design and straight to messing or experimenting, just down to the nitty gritty. The nitty gritty being my Photoshop crashing 3 times on me, losing the entire illustration, screaming at my computer, realising I had 2 hours left, and getting used to another computer very quickly. I'm glad I did it though, more than anything just to prove to myself that I can! I really enjoyed the Film Noir feel to it, and whilst there are a few things I would have done differently had I the time (lighting coming through a window for added, nutritious noir-y-ness), and considering the problems, I'm actually quite happy with it.