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
Earlier this year, in preparation for the opening of their second restaurant in Guildford, the Chilli Pickle had a branding makeover, overseen by Design LSM. The idea was to formalise the visual and environmental elements of the restaurant to enable brand consistency to be maintained across multiple locations. Up until this point, their visual identity had evolved in a piecemeal, organic manner, but had nevertheless proved very successful, so an important consideration during the project was not to lose sight […]
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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.
Categories: Uncategorized • Tags: Adobe Illustrator, autodesk sketchbook, bicycle, books, boys, Buildings, business, Café, Cartoon, Character design, Children, Cooking, cycling, domestic scenes, Drinks, fire, fire engine, Food, girls, Humour, Illustration, Interiors, library, Lifestyle, Men, Party, Restaurant, sci-fi, traffic, Transport, Travel, urban scene, Vector artwork, video game, Women, workplace
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 […]
Categories: Uncategorized • Tags: Adobe Illustrator, Animals, boys, Buildings, Café, cars, Character design, Children, Cooking, Costume, Drinks, education, Food, girls, Humour, illness, Illustration, Interiors, Lifestyle, Men, music, Packaging, Publishing, Restaurant, Shopping, sport, Transport, Travel, Vector artwork, vector illustration, weather, Women
There are some jobs you simply have to do. I was contacted recently by Mark Carew, the perma-grinning slap-bass player from local rockabilly legends, The Long Tall Texans, about creating a cover for their forthcoming 10″ vinyl release, ‘Headless’. It was great to learn that they’re still going strong, and I was more than happy to get involved. I did a number of record covers and t-shirt designs for the band back in the early-90s, so it was great to […]
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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, […]
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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 […]
Categories: Uncategorized • Tags: Adobe Illustrator, Beach, boys, Buildings, Café, China, Cooking, Family, Fashion, Food, girls, Holidays, Home, Humour, Interiors, Japan, Lifestyle, Locations, Market, Men, Narrative illustration, People, Shopping, Situations, sport, Students, Technology, Transport, Travel, Vector artwork, Women
There is, of course, some element of character design involved in any figurative illustration. For characters that will be used multiple times, from different angles and in different situations however, special attention needs to be paid to aspects such as recognisability, consistency, distinctness, etc. I’ve had lots of experience of this sort of thing. Sample vector-style character designs for ELT educational title. My line-drawing & colour style was eventually chosen for this project as these samples were considered too different […]
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The following is a selection of Christmas card designs I’ve produced over recent years to send to friends and family in both print and electronic form. I could do the same for you. This one actually worked for anyone with the time and patience (and curious lack of anything better to do) to cut it out: The cut-out Santa and Fairy designs below were intended to be made into tree decorations; if you would like free, print-ready pdf copies to […]
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A slightly nebulous category, I admit. Food and drink, eating, restaurants and cafés all frequently play a peripheral part in my illustrations, but here I’ve selected a few in which comestibles, beverages and eateries have a more central role. A wider selection of my Chilli Pickle restaurant images can be found in their own section. Following two images produced for Square Meal magazine.
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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 […]
Categories: Uncategorized • Tags: Adobe Illustrator, boys, Cartoon, Cat, Character design, Dick Whittington, Drinks, Families, Food, girls, Humour, Interiors, Lifestyle, Line drawing, London, Men, Neon signs, Restaurant, Surreal, Vector artwork, Women