The Gallimaufry commissioned an illustration for their weekly rhythm and blues night. Themes of Americana, road trips, musicians and signage were suggested and this was the result. I focused on a limited palette, building the main core of the image as I would when creating a screen printed image.Read More
Another poster image commission from Bristol's The Gallimaufry, this time for their weekly Northern Soul night. I approached the job, again, as if planning a screen print, sticking to a limited colour palette working with simple shapes to get across a feel of the music and emphasis the fact it's an only-vinyl night...Read More
Cumberland Piazza, in the Hotwells area of Bristol, has recently undergone a colourful and illustrative transformation. Made possible by local community groups, and in collaboration with illustrator Dave Bain, the once dismal space is now a bright and inspirational area to pass through and explore...Read More
I've recently had the pleasure of working with Bristol Old Vic and Little Bulb Theatre on the promotional imagery for their Winter children's production. I submitted an initial rough based on the working storyline...Read More
Great to have Young Einstein (Ugly Duckling) take time out from his tour to DJ at The Gallimaufry last weekend. He's quite the gent. Here's the illustration I drew to promote the night depicting the man himself...Read More
Those times between commissions can be a good opportunity to do some self-initiated work or submit to competitions. This piece was a combination of both. I'd been playing around with plant shapes in my sketchbook for a while, so saw it as a worthy...Read More
The team at Taxi Studio teamed up with Bristol's Festival of Print (hosted by The Letterpress Collective) to create a selection of collaborative artworks as part of the music-themed exhibition at Centrespace Gallery.
The task was to add to a sheet of A2 already letter-press printed with the image of a 7" single b-side.
I had a lot of fun with this one and wanted to also use a method of "print", so screen-printed my contribution. The record player featured is a classic portable Columbia GP3. Exhibition photos snapped by the talented Stuart Grimshaw.
I love when illustration and music come together. Today is a nice example of that. Later tonight, The Gallimaufry host their 3 year party and have invited Mo Kolours to DJ as part of it.
To celebrate I had the pleasure of taking a few of the masked characters I've previously created for the Galli and combine them with Mo Kolours' album character to form the key promotional image.
For extra fun, I screen-printed this tee in a limited run for loyal/keen supporters at the dance.
Over the last year, I've had the pleasure of working with the RSPCA branch in the Cotswolds on their branding for a new cats and dogs home...Read More
Bournstream is a local play and picnic site for children with special needs. In early 2013, they commissioned me to produce two murals for their site.Read More
With a wonderful launch, last month, the collaborative exhibition from Laura Wady and myself is now up in 'The Snug' in Tobacco Factory's Cafe Bar and on til the end of December.Read More
I don't often put on an exhibition of my own work and I've never done an exhibition quite like this one.Read More
Running now for a number of years, The Bristol Palestine Film Festival is an in-depth showcase of film-making from up-and-coming directors, as well as digging deeper for film reels from past decades. Previous festival imagery was created by the talented - and also Bristol-based - illustrator Aurelia Lange who delivered a stunning set of delightfully loose and engaging illustrations, which focused on Palestinian landscapes and the process of watching a film.
This year the festival wanted a change in direction with their imagery and so I was commissioned to create an illustration that has a greater focus on the human nature behind the films, picking up on themes of gender, expression, identity, power, choice and autonomy.
By focusing on a female character confidently posed and in a head-dress, this hints at the festivals themes. And by having the head-dress constructed out of film-roll this is enough of a visual indicator to the nature of the festival itself. I choose to keep the image very raw in construction, with obviously hand-drawn lines, rendered in a rough, immediate and textured way, to further emphasis the conviction and independent spirit behind many of the films to be shown.
Being a free-lance illustrator can mean taking on all sorts of unusual and varied commissions from large-scale jobs, spread over many months, to smaller, local projects that perhaps only a few people may actually physically see the results of.
I was recently contacted by a local researcher, who works directly with disabled children and wanted to create a bespoke, sensory book for each of the five children in their study. Rather than simply insert a photo of the child in question, she commissioned me to catch some of the energy and character of each of the five children in the form of a simple portrait.
Between us we opted for the very immediate and common-place medium of felt-tips, with their bright, bold colours and immediately recognisable line. Working from a selection of photographs, I sketched out each of the five children and after a few amends, under direction from the researcher, translated the rough sketches to the final, felt-tip line drawings.
While this was a very small job, with a quick turn-around and with the images now already in use in the play-books - I felt this worth-while blogging about, as it's these sorts of jobs that can sometimes be the most rewarding, due to it's immediacy and very personal use - almost like making a present for someone. Longer and larger commissions can sometimes, depending on the nature of the job, require a reserve of energy to stay motivated and excited about the project in question.
Smaller projects also remind me how useful it can be to break down larger jobs into manageable, bite-size chunks and to tackle a number of those "chunks" in unison. I've found that if I'm struggling to find a solution in one area, by focusing on another section of the project, this can then allow me to return to that original problem area with fresh-eyes. A benefit of being free-lance and managing your own time can mean that you can create a time-table of projects and project sections, allowing you to move between areas with each part potentially influencing and motivating the other.
I've had my head down for the best part of the Summer working on a few things that I can hopefully shout about later this year. In the meantime, here's a quick project I enjoyed collaborating on with studio buddy and quality graphic designer, Dan Hayman, back in July.
When I'm not in my studio, you can often find me digging for records and sometimes even playing them in some of Bristol's bars and clubs. In July, myself and a few friends were invited to put on a night at one of Bristol's legendary underground spaces - Cosies. Dan and I took on the task of designing a poster for the night, which was covering all things disco, house and electro.
After some thought, we decided it'd be quite fun to go for a tongue-in-cheek approach by creating a marvel-comic-book-superhero inspired look to go with the outlandish title of the night. I sketched up a character in this style - taking classic elements from super hero poses and combining them to form the "Supersmash" heroine. We had also decided to produced a small run of screen-prints to give away to early arrivals, on the night. This limited our colours to two and with one being a punchy black, I introduced some half-toning to give the figure extra depth, with the orange colour picking out clothing and other elements across the design.
I then passed this illustration over to Dan who worked on the text, layout and background "burst".
We then spent an evening screen-printing the finished design out.
Regular client Tobacco Factory also have a hand in one of Bristol's best back-street boozers - The Barley Mow (not to be confused with the one in Bedminster, Bristol). Via them, I had the rather lovely commission to visualise the regular pub happenings to fit an A6 promotional flyer format, complete with a simple, quirky map targeting some key local areas.
The odd looking zebra is based on the pub's mascot - a charming, vintage wooden toy zebra.
Making sure this was printed on high-quality, matt, thick pulp-board stock was important to the aesthetic of the flyer's hand-drawn, keeping-it-local and lo-fi focus.
Cats are pretty special. But some cats go that extra mile. In this case quite literally.
Over 50 years ago, France launched Félicette the cat aboard Veronique AGI sounding rocket No. 47 (October 18, 1963). Félicette was recovered alive after a 15 minute flight and a descent by parachute. Epic, I think you'll agree?
In a small effort to promote those cats who, quite rightly, are famous in their own right - I present 'Cats of Fame'. Kicking off with a very limited-edition run of printed bags featuring Félicette - the 1st French cat in space. Each bag is hand printed by myself. Drop me a line, if you would like one.
Look out for more feline activity in the coming months.
Long-running club night, Alfresco Disco, hosted another secret-location party recently and I had the pleasure of devising a creative way of artworking the words 'MAXIMUM JOY' to serve as visuals for the night.
These promoters know how to put on a good party, but they also know the value in getting something new and unique to them, particularly when it comes to the look and vibe of a night. A tight budget and time-scale on this particular event meant some thrifty thinking on how to effectively portray the MAXIMUM JOY words in a quick, yet effective fashion.
The venue, being on the top floor of the Arnolfini / Bush House building, boasts incredible panoramic views of Bristol's harbour and waterfront and it seemed advantageous to make use of the windows surrounding the loft space, but without blocking the evening Summer sunlight.
I focused on constructing a design that used a single shape that could then form a patterned grid, out of which the words could be revealed by removing shapes to create negative space - important space to be able to look through. By sourcing large sheets of coloured acetate, it was a simple matter of cutting out 400 of these identical shapes to then use on the windows.
Before installation, I'd already mapped out each window exactly to work out which shape went where, to save time on the single day we had to set up. I used spray mount to fix the acetate onto the glass, to ensure an easy post-event-cleanup.
The same colours and shapes I carried over to decorate the front of the DJ booth, along with a single infamous Alfresco stag logo.
And to further celebrate this slogan and to pull the focus towards the music, as the night crept in, I adapted the window design to a static visual projected behind the DJ booth that faded between four colour-ways and the stag logo.
Look out for more Alfresco Disco action. This one sold-out in under 24 hours.
lead and final photo credit: Kane Rich
Look what came in the post from Lentejas Press.
On their third issue, this Barcelona based outfit work with Do The Print to risograph print each edition in two colours. This issue has fluo pink and black as the chosen two.
I submitted a playful drawing and am lucky enough to have been included, alongside incredible talent from Austria, Chile, Germany and, of course, Spain.
Each of the 16 pages is a delight and I don't want to reveal too much, as you should go and jolly well buy one as soon as you can. If you're in Barcelona, you should nip along to this event tomorrow (28 June) and buy from them direct.
Otherwise, keep an eye on their etsy shop page and follow them on facebook to find out how you can bag yourself a copy. They have printed 165 copies, so be quick.