Monday, 9 May 2016

Free Comic Book Day at Gosh! Comics

This past Saturday was Free Comic Book Day and Gosh! Comics in Soho had a host of events on to celebrate, including a Kids Drawing Workshop in the morning which I was asked to take part in. Here's the poster with an illustration by John Allison:

This was the first time that I'd done something like this, but it was a lot of fun. It was great to see so many kids into drawing and making comics and I enjoyed chatting with them, drawing alongside them and even given a few tips and advice.

Mauricio Molizane De Souza was hovering around all day taking some great photos, documenting the day's events.

I got a name badge (which I forgot to take off until about half an hour later when I was walking along Shaftsbury Avenue)!

Working on a jam-piece with Ramsey Hassan...

This was probably my favourite thing from the day! One kid asked me to draw a picture of Batman, which I did and then gave it to him to colour in. And after colouring in the cape, he went and gave his Batman yellow marigolds and drew him holding a sink plunger and added a bottle-cleaning sponge to his utility belt. Genius!

A bunch of drawings at the end of the Workshop, including my Spider-Man and a crocodile wearing a scarf.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Olive and Jake portrait

My friend Chris recently commissioned me to draw a portrait of his daughter Olive and her friend Jake...

Card commission

I wanted to share a recent commission I worked on to draw a birthday/house-warming card. This was a fun job and the client was thankfully very clear in what they wanted, providing lots of photos for reference. I was pleased with the final result, and happily so were they!

Monday, 7 March 2016

Happy Mother's Day

Yesterday was Mother's Day in the UK and despite being away in Oxford for the day, selling my comics at Oxcon comic convention, I made sure I'd drawn a card for my mum. She's recently started going to a weekly Dance for Health class, so I decided to draw a picture of her having a boogie!

Friday, 19 February 2016

Graphic Shakespeare competition

I've been busy recently, working on a 4-page comic for a Graphic Shakespeare competition, part of the Elsinore Conference 2016 entitled Shakespeare: The Next 400 Years, which is being held in Kronborg Castle, Helsingor, Denmark in April. You could either adapt the scene of your choosing, or select one of five famous scenes designated by the organisers of the conference. One of the selected scenes was Act One, Scene 1 from Macbeth, which is one of my favourtie Shakespeare plays, so I decided to go with this one. I wanted to create a humourous take on the scene with the three witches that opens the play, and had the idea of one of the witches having to bring along her mobile phone obsessed neice: Three Witches And A Little Lady...

Monday, 8 February 2016

Kung hei fat choy! (Year of the Monkey)

Today is the start of Chinese New Year and 2016 is The Year of the Monkey. The Monkey also happens to be my Chinese zodiac sign, and people born under this sign are supposedly quick-witted, charming, lucky, adaptable, bright, versatile, lively, and smart.

Here's a picture I drew to celebrate...

VAMALGAM 7, The V&A Staff Art Exhibition

As well as doing my freelance illustration work, I've also been working at the Victoria and Albert Museum as a Gallery Assistant since March 2015. And recently these two parts of my working life co-existed, as I submitted an illustration for VAMALGAM 7, The V&A Staff Art Exhibition.

I decided to create a new drawing inspired by the V&A's collection ("Site Specific", innit!) and while looking around at the objects on display, began imagining a knockout slugfest between the plaster cast of Michelangelo's statue of David, housed in the museum's impressive Cast Courts, and the bust of Queen Victoria located in the British Galleries...

The exhibition is on display in the staff canteen area, so sadly isn't on view to the public, but here a few photos of the exhibition...