Saturday, 7 January 2017

Cards Of Christmas Past

I was contacted by Pascale in November last year to draw a few Christmas cards for members of her family. She already had quite clear ideas of the design for each of the cards, so it was a fairly straightforward process.

First up was a card for her nephew(?), who I had previously been commissioned to draw a birthday card for earlier in the year:

Then there was a card for her boyfriend's two nieces:

And finally a card for her boyfriend, featuring the pair of them:

I also took part in The House Of Illustration's Illustrators' Christmas Fair in December (more of which, later!) and designed my own Xmas cards to sell at the event and to send out to friends and family afterwards:

3 Weddings and a Birthday

Back in October last year, my friends Arina and Chris got married. The day was fairly grey, but amazingly the sun came out exactly as Arina entered the chapel where they were getting married, shining right through the window onto the pair of them and lasted right up until they left the building! Who says miracles don't happen? Here's a card I made for them:

Also last year, my brother got engaged. Here's a card I made for them:

And at the other end of the spectrum, my parents recently celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary. Here's a (lovingly cheeky!) card I made for them:

And in non-marriage related news, it was my cousin William's 14th birthday last week. He's a transport nut, so I drew him this card of him driving an Underground train (and hopefully not striking!):

Monday, 31 October 2016

Hitachi Data Systems

A couple of years ago, I was commissioned to draw a series of single panel cartoons for Hitachi Data Systems, to be featured online in the run up to their attendance of VM World, a global conference for virtualization and cloud computing (whatever that means!).

And this year, I was commissioned to draw something new for them, a 6-panel comic to be featured online on their blog, ahead of this year's VM World...

[click to enlarge]

It's an interesting experience to be drawing something based around a subject that you don't really understand, but I'm fairly happy with the end result and thankfully, so was the client!

Monday, 24 October 2016

Happy Birthday Dad!

Today is my Dad's birthday. He's 72 years old. Here's a card I lovingly made for him...

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Comics In The Kitchen exhibition

Way back in June, I took part in the "Comics In The Kitchen" exhibiton at Orbital Comics, London, alongside a bunch of other food-loving cartoonists and illustrators creating illustrated recipes.

I decided to revisit two characters from a recipe comic that I created last year, featured in the Comics Cookbook, published by Centrala, but come up with a new recipe to illustrate. After giving it some thought, I decided to do a cake recipe, because I enjoy baking cakes. I looked up some recipes online and decided to go with a chocolate and beetroot cake, which I did try baking before deciding if it was the right recipe to use for my comic.

The exhibition was great and there was a really strong mixture of different styles and recipes. Obviously, it's long since been taken down, but here's my piece from the show [click to enlarge]...

Secret 7"

Earlier this year, I submitted a design for the 2016 Secret 7" show. The annual show has been running since 2012 and each year takes 7 tracks from 7 musicians/bands and press each one 100 times to 7” vinyl. They then accept submissions from creatives from around the world to interpret the tracks in their own style and 700 sleeve designs are selected and printed, to create 100 unique copies for each of the 7 tracks. These are exhibited and then sold for £50 apiece to raise money for a selected charity.

Of the 7 tracks available, I decided to create a design for Art School by The Jam. Sadly, my illustration did not get selected for the final exhibition, but that doesn't stop me sharing it here...

UniQlo x Nintendo, Global T-shirt Design Competition UTGP2017

UniQlo held their Global T-Shirt Design Competition (UTGP2017) during the Summer to design a t-shirt based on a selected theme, which this year was Nintendo!

The designs could feature characters from any of the following series' of games: Super Mario, The Legend Of Zelda, Pokémon, Animal Crossing, Star Fox, Splatoon, Pikmin, Metroid, Kirby and Donkey Kong. You weren't allowed to cross them over with each other, but otherwise it was open to your imagination.

As T-Shirts and Nintendo are two of my favourite things, I couldn't let this moment pass, so submitted a few designs based on past Nintendo-themed drawings I'd done, plus came up with a new one...

This was a drawing I did, based on the artwork for Super Mario World on the SNES...

Here's a baby version of Samus from the Metroid series, hugging a cuddly Metroid...

This was my take on Peppy Hare's line from Star Fox: "Do a Barrel Roll!"...

And here's a new design I made, featuring Bowser and his offspring, the Koopalings and Bowser Jr, in the style of The Brady Bunch opening. Because, why not...

The deadline for the competition has now closed and the winners will be announced early next year...