Went for an autumnal colour palette for this little guy. One more session for the highlights and details then this piece should be good to go!
My raccoon is now all set for it’s digital transformation.
I’ve never really been one to post works in progress before. It’s always felt a little unnerving to post something before I’m 100% happy with it but it’s something I’m now keen to do more of.
Next stop … Vector city.
Been working on a heap of projects simultaneously in the evenings of recent weeks. Constantly trying to balance my day job with freelance and find time for a social life but I love it.
Current projects include charity posters, repeat patterns for fabric, tshirt designs and even a tent!
Excited to share it all once each task is finalised.
Worked up some additional elements for my AwesomeBet print tonight whilst watching Sherlock Holmes. Acorns & Feathers … the digital stage is near.
p.s. Guy Ritchie is king
Tonight I thought I’d take a break from talking about Superfex and share some of my own personal heroes. These people inspire and motivate me on a daily basis and deserve so much recognition and respect for their sheer talent and hard work!
Gavin Strange (Jamfactory)
Location : Bristol, UK
I’ve been a huge fan of this guy ever since I first came across his work in Computer Arts Projects back in 2008. Since then I have literally been in awe of the guy… He’s relentless! Always putting in the hours, working on mad projects and constantly trying his hand at new mediums. Needless to say he perfects every one of them. Gav is one of the main reasons I got so heavily into character design and I was lucky enough to actually meet him recently.
Longfox (Iain Sellar & Barbie Lowenberg)
Location : Bristol, UK
Now I know Barbie isn’t a bloke but she’s just as important in the awesome partnership that is Longfox. Iain also happens to be my tattoo artist and a bloody nice guy! Together these two phenomenal human beings constantly crank out artwork that blows my mind. In fact, I think half of my place is covered in their drawings and prints.
They have taken on so many varied projects all over the country, collaborated with huge names and always seem to absolutely smash it!
All in all, a hugely motivational couple and I am so happy to see them thrive.
Alan Wardle (Anyforty)
Location : London, UK
Like I’ve said before, I owe this guy a lot. Whilst working as the Art Director at Computer Arts Projects Magazine back in 2010, Alan commissioned me to create a character for the character design issue. I was so excited by the opportunity that I started working on it straight away and all through the night. Thus, Barnaby Bluefuzz was born! It was the first major publication I had the chance to be involved in and even to this day I’m super proud of it.
Whilst working as a freelance graphic designer, Al is often found working his fingers to the bone trying to push his clothing label, Anyforty, onwards and upwards. And like I said to him at Boxpark the other day, it’s really great to see it doing so well and always moving forward. Everything is really falling into place and I can’t wait to see what his next move is.
Location : Manchester, UK
I would describe Guy as a bit of dark horse. His skill with a paintbrush is truly insane and I first discovered his work whilst over in New York on a ‘school-trip’. On return of my trip I eagerly tried to find him online only to find that he was actually based in the UK!
His style is very different to anyone else’s I’ve seen and I love the angular nature of his characters. Though he is constantly posting up new work or sketches and initial drawings, he doesn’t seem to promote himself all that much. Then again if you’re that good then I guess you don’t need to.
Location : Plymouth, UK
This little gem has recently fallen back into my life after having met him at university four or so years ago. Dan is known to be a bit of a work-a-holic but then people with big dreams often are.
He is both a very talented Video Director and Musician. I would love to speak about his films in a technical fashion but the truth of it is that I’m not really up to speed to do it justice. What I can tell you is that he sees the world in such a beautiful light and tries bloody hard to create his stunning pieces of cinematic wonder. The determination, drive and tenacity of this chap is really something to behold and definitely encourages me to better myself and work harder.
Location : Frome, UK
I say this fella is based in Frome but to be honest it could be Berlin. I’ve never known someone to be so on the go all the time. His Instagram feed mainly consists of beautifully crafted graphic design, the ever-changing contents of his luggage bag or pictures of cats.
He’s just over a year out of the graduation gate and has already produced a pretty substantial portfolio for himself. Working for some big names and some smaller ones, he always refines each project down to the last detail for that high quality feel. It’s a no-brainer why people are constantly asking for branding, as that’s definitely something he excels in. If I were you I’d keep an eye on this one as he’s going to go far!
Couple of photos from the ‘Spring-Break’ colouring wall I did for Toronto Pearson International Airport. It has just been installed and has already seen a fair bit of action from passing travellers waiting to check in.
The past couple of days have been incredible. I ventured to London yesterday to watch Finch at the O2 Academy in Brixton. It was the first time I had been there and I was taken back by the venue itself! Both Mallory Knox and Finch absolutely smashed it and I met some lovely people.
Earlier today I went to the AnyForty store in Boxpark - Shoreditch to visit Alan. This guy commissioned me for CAPMag (character design edition) back in 2010. I owe this bloke a lot and it’s great to see his dream coming to reality. Plus he’s a super friendly chap so show him some love!
So many projects on the go at the moment so it’s back to the sketchbook!
Spent the evening wrapping up the new branding for We Heart Arts
I wanted to give it a professional yet playful feel whilst also portraying the charity as a kind of ancient tribe, fighting for the creative cause.
A simple colour palette combined with vector illustrations and natural textures gives the brand that all important organic/handmade feel which, is very close to their heart.
Working on some Social Media imagery and a newsletter template so the brand is communicated consistently across all platforms.
THE BEST CAKE IN THE WORLD and it came all the way from Plymouth Barbican!!! Thank you SO much :) #bananaslice #bestbirthdaycake
Birthday tattoos from @iainsellar today. So fucking happy with them thank you @theblacklodge #tattoo #theblacklodge #iainsellar #tiger #horseshoe #traditional #happybirthdayme
@guymckinley you bloody lovely man! Not only was I stoked to get my mountain men print today but you snook another one in there too! Big love! #guymckinley #illustration #nicestguy #hero
Well hello there! This is a quick shout out to all my fellow creative folk. My good friend Tony Cannings of We Heart Arts is kick starting a project this year called The AwesomeBet and we want people to get involved!
As you know there are 26 letters in the alphabet. Each one will be assigned to an artist to illustrate or design in some way to make it ‘awesome’. They will then be produced as A3 prints with the profits going towards young peoples creative arts projects. Cool huh?
The artwork produced will then be made into a wonderful little picture book to help children learn their A-Z. Tony has also said that for every five copies sold he will donate one to a local school.
There is also talk of an exhibition but details on that are tbc.
This is such an amazing opportunity to get involved in something truly memorable with such a great cause behind it. It’s a chance to promote the creative arts and inspire the next generation.