Categories: Uncategorized • Tags: Adobe Illustrator, boys, Buildings, Café, Cartoon, Character design, Cooking, Crowd, Family, Food, Games, girls, Holidays, Home, Hotel, Humour, Illustration, Interiors, Landscape, Lifestyle, Men, music, musical instruments, Party, People, Transport, Travel, Uniform, Vector artwork, Women
Here’s another selection of recent publishing illustrations in a similar vein to those in the last post. People, locations, and situations pretty much sums it up. Click on any of the images to enlarge.
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The following is a selection of recent vector-style book illustrations, created for a series of educational publishing titles. The images I’m commissioned to produce usually involve figures in specific settings or situations. The subject matter can be pretty prosaic, but I managed to keep this project engaging from my own point of view by trying out a slightly different technical and stylistic approach to the final artwork. Experimental, but not radically so. It was also very well received by the […]
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In 2013 I worked with a small London-based games company, Go For It Games, on the packaging design for their Games With Names card game. The job went well, and subsequently led to us working together on a significantly more ambitious project in 2015, re-imagining and combining the classic card games Happy Families and its US equivalent Go Fish, for surname-specific target audiences. This was to involve not only the pack design (and multiple variations thereof), but also 52 individual card designs. As I say, […]
Categories: Uncategorized • Tags: Adobe Photoshop, Animals, boys, Cartoon, Character design, Children, Christmas, Cooking, Costume, Design, Easter, Families, Family, Food, Games, girls, Go Fish!, Halloween, Happy Families, Holidays, Illustration, Interiors, Lifestyle, Men, Packaging, Women
Illustration to accompany an item on restaurants and cafés as an instrument of gentrification, for Square Meal magazine. The image is inspired by the recent, high-profile case of Shoreditch breakfast joint Cereal Killer being targeted by Class War demonstrators, which is referred to in the article. Great fun doing this one, and creating alternative versions of Snap, Crackle and Pop. It occupies a full page of the magazine and, at first glance, could easily be mistaken for an ad. Although emphatically NOT […]
Categories: Uncategorized • Tags: Adobe Illustrator, breakfast, Café, Cartoon, Cereal, Character design, Cooking, Food, Humour, Illustration, Lettering, Lifestyle, London, Packaging, Restaurant, Vector artwork
A shameless mash-up of Indian and Mod iconography – Quadrophenia as re-imagined by Bollywood. Poster for Chilli Pickle restaurant’s summer 2015 collaboration with Brighton’s Big Screen event. We later adapted the main character from this poster, who we felt should have a longevity greater than the 2015 Big Screen event, and gave him a starring role on a poster advertising the restaurant’s amazing takeaway service:
Categories: Uncategorized • Tags: advertising, Bollywood, Brighton, Chilli Pickle, Chilli Pickle Canteen, Cinema, Curry, Fashion, Film, India, Indian, Lifestyle, Mods, music, Poster, Restaurant, Transport, Vector artwork
Educational publishing, in particular English language books for the overseas market, has been a constant source of work from the very start of my career in illustration. It’s an arena that has perhaps unfairly gained a reputation among illustrators for being slightly uninspiring and workaday. While it’s true that these commissions tend to arrive with quite prescriptive and detailed briefs (the images usually have very specific roles to play in support of related text and audio content), and do not provide the ideal platform […]
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These three maps, created for the US store Party City, were used on their website in 2009 as interactive guides to their themed products in the run up to Halloween. Party City is a big store and Halloween is one of the key dates on their calendar, so there was a lot to squeeze into these images while still leaving enough breathing space between the ‘locations’ to enable on-screen navigation. Click on them to expand and have a closer look at the detail.
That is, anyone from teenagers down to youngsters. A large proportion of my output has been for this age range, so you will find several other relevant samples elsewhere on this site. The following images are from publishing jobs (educational and fiction), CD covers, wall-stickers, website content, magazines and personal work:
Categories: Uncategorized • Tags: Adobe Illustrator, boys, Buildings, Café, Children, Fantasy, Food, football, girls, Home, Interiors, kids, Lettering, Lifestyle, music, musical instruments, playground, Restaurant, Shopping, Situations, sport, Surfing, teenagers, Television, Transport, Vector artwork
Elaborate 60th birthday piece, jointly commissioned by a group of mutual friends and eventually presented as a large-format giclée print. It certainly helped that I personally knew the subject in this case. Good fun if a heck of a lot of work. A step-by-step account of the ‘making of’ this image can be found on my Drawstring blog.
Full-page illustrations for editorial / opinion pieces in Square Meal magazine. This Dick-Whittington-inspired image accompanied an item on the rise of high-end restaurant chains in West London to the detriment of smaller, independent operators: Image to sit alongside outraged opinion piece on Government proposals to include calorie-counts on restaurant dessert menus: Formal vs informal service in restaurants; the evolution of ‘fine dining’: Not all about the food; restaurants with a welcoming ambience: Illustration to accompany an item on restaurants and cafés […]
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Website comic-strip for the Chilli Pickle restaurant. Armed with just a few scribbled notes made during my meeting with the owners Alun and Dawn, I was tasked with creating a comic-strip account of the long-debated decision to add a takeaway service to their successful restaurant business. It ended up running to nine quite busy horizontal panels and can still be found on their ‘Canteen’ website. The first commission of what has gone on to become a most enjoyable and creatively fruitful […]
Categories: Uncategorized • Tags: Adobe Illustrator, Buildings, Car, Cartoon, Character design, Chilli Pickle, Comic strip, Cooking, Drinks, Food, Humour, Illustration, Interiors, Lifestyle, Railway, Restaurant, Transport, Vector artwork