Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Thursday, 4 November 2010
Thursday, 28 October 2010
A Tiny bit Marvellous
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Monday, 20 September 2010
Travels to Cambridge and Italy
I’ve been getting out and about a bit recently which makes a nice change from being stuck behind a desk! Firstly, my illustration collective Gumbo and I were invited to appear at the Lodestar festival, an up and coming music and arts fest in beautiful countryside just outside Cambridge. We had lots of fun doing some live drawing, and were helped along by many local kids who joined in with gusto. We also set up a stall of wares selling prints, books, cards and lovely kerchiefs by Sandra Howgate. It was a good, if somewhat messy day!
I was also asked by my Italian publisher Corraini to do some kid’s workshops at Festivalettarura in Mantua, Italy. I was doubtful at first – how was I going to manage 30 8-11 year olds with very little Italian?! Luckily it was all very well organised, I had an interpreter, and lots of help! The theme of the workshop was ‘Magical beans’ or ‘Fagioli Magici’ as inspired by the story Jack and Beanstalk. After some explanations from me, kids could design and make their own magical bean packets which they could decorate however they liked – plus make some magical beans to go inside!
Friday, 3 September 2010
I am very happy to be part of this amazing book which has just been published by Chronicle – ‘The Exquisite book: 100 artists play a collaborative game.’ Artists were divided into ten groups of ten with the first artist in each group being given a few words to inspire their image. This image was then passed on to the second artist in the group, who would use it as a starting point and inspiration for their own image, before passing it on to the third artist to continue the story, and so on. A visual link runs through images in the form of a continuing horizon line, which connects one image to the next. More info here: http://www.exquisitebook.com/
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Central Illustration Agency book
My agency CIA has recently brought out this beautiful book ‘License to Inspire – A Collection of work from some of the most inspired illustrators and the story of the Agency that represents them’. Here is the cover and one of my pieces (from a few years ago!) that is featured in the book.
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Monday, 12 July 2010
…and a sausage (or is it?)
It is not every day (luckily) that you are told your illustration looks like a poo…but this is what happened with this ad! I actually found the whole thing rather funny when it was pointed out that the sausage in this ad looked like something else… Hopefully you won’t be able to see what I mean as I am only going to show the amended version here. A fully barbecued sausage…talking to a mushroom. Why not? The ad was commissioned by Ruby Agency for The mushroom bureau.
Thursday, 8 July 2010
Friday, 25 June 2010
Sunglasses and art
Hello Ciao. Well, it’s been a busy couple of months. I have spent much of it working with Edizioni Corraini on this book, commissioned by Italian sunglasses company Persol. It was an unusual and challenging project - as well as making sunglasses, Persol have a collection of contemporary art: 17 specially commissioned pieces by young artists from all over the world. My job was to make links between the sunglasses and the works of art, with the essential idea being that Persol glasses are a work of art themselves. Although it seemed an impossible task at first, after a week in Milan working intensively on it in the Corraini’s studio, the ideas and drawings began to flow (helped along by some lovely Italian food…) The final result (I think) is almost like a cross between an exhibition catalogue and a sketchbook with it’s mix of photography, text and drawing.
The book has a punched cover with special sheets that can be inserted to give different views through the glasses. It was launched in Basel last week at a very swish do with copious amounts of prosecco flowing….or some type of sparkling wine, it was very nice anyway!
All images from the book Art in process. A work of Persol. © 2010 Luxottica Group spa © 2010 Maurizio Corraini srl
Monday, 14 June 2010
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
Posh scarves and bags
I was recently commissioned by Hermes to do some illustrations for one of their upcoming window displays, along with two other illustrators, the brilliant Gemma Correll and Paul Desmond. We were asked to illustrate storyboards focussing on various Hermes products. My two were the ‘Kelly bag’ (made famous by Grace Kelly) and ‘The story of silk’ (all about silk scarves, ties etc.) Here are a few of my images. Hope to post a pic of them in situ soon!
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Since my last post I’ve had to make some changes to some of my images for the Women’s clinic – and some of the more humorous bits have had to be taken out... including the T-Rex from the ‘Extinct family lines’ image. The poor old dinosaur really is extinct! Also a couple of other interpretations of egg-sharing, plants and flowers sharing their seeds.
Also as part of this brief (but ended not being used)…..the selfish gene!