Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Very First Giveaway

Just stopping by to share with you that I am having a twitter giveaway. It's my very first, so I'm praying it's successful, and that I don't end up with only three names in a hat! Please hop on over to my tweet and RT to be in with a chance of winning your choice of A5 print from my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013


Occasionally I work with Reggie as a design assistant. (If you remember, I first interned with them on a t-shirt project back in 2010.) At the beginning of October, the creative director approached me about doing some illustration work on an ad campaign for specialist telephone technology company, Netcall. I can finally show you my work as the campaign went live yesterday. 

The concept was based around the heroic images used on wartime propaganda posters, using the tagline 'The Customer Experience Revolution' developed by Reggie. Below are the illustrations I produced, which were aimed at marketing the different services that Netcall provide. 

This is my first advertising commission, and I had to work out of my comfort zone in the dreaded Adobe Illustrator. The deadline was quite tight too, but the stress and challenge were a welcome deviation from the monotony of my day job, and the procrastination of my personal work. Receiving payment was a delight too, of course.

You can see the illustrations live on the Netcall website.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Brave New World

Since before Christmas, I've been working on this year's House of Illustration brief, which was to illustrate three scenes from Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, along with a cover design. I almost ran out of time to submit my entry because I had other jobs and commitments on (plus a dose of the usual procrastination), but I managed to come up with the goods in plenty of time.

I could have tweaked them forever, but I'm more or less happy with what I came up with. This is probably the first time I've submitted to such a large-scale competition. The winner gets the £4,500 commission to illustrate the rest of the book for The Folio Society, which would be incredible. Good luck to all the other entrants; I've done my research and there is some absolutely cracking stuff out there.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Muse Trees

Recently I was asked to have a go at illustrating on to some trees. They're called Muse Trees, in that you're suppose to gaze at them, take in the shapes, and generally.. well, muse. The owner of these trees would normally sell them as is, the idea being to find shapes in the branches and negative space. I have been asked to try out some drawings, to see if there is a sellable product in an illustrated Muse Tree.

This is just one that I tried out this afternoon. I did a wolf's head and torso, with bits hidden on other branches. The project is only in its experimental stage at the minute, so I would be grateful for any comments or suggestions anyone might have for these trees. You don't have to have a blogger account to leave a comment, so please use the form below and share your thoughts. eg. Where you envisage these trees being sold, how much you would pay for one, what other kind of designs would work, or just some nice comments!

Wednesday, 2 January 2013


Now that Christmas is over and this piece of work is in its recipient's hands, I can share with you another portrait I worked on. This one is of the Rottweiler of some good friends of mine, Tyler. He sadly passed away in September, so I did this as a Christmas gift to them. (apologies for the second picture being a bit out of focus.)

 RIP Tyler