After yesterday's blog post about Daniel Craig starring in both the Bond films and the upcoming remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, today I saw the poster for the second Sherlock Holmesfilm and I began wondering if maybe there's a shortage of actors out there to star in all these franchise movies.
As well as playing Sherlock Holmes, Robert Downey Jr is also Iron Man and will be in next Summer's The Avengers movie. And Chris Evans (not that one!) is also in The Avengers as Captain America, but was the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four movies a few years ago. And before all this, Sir Ian McKellen was both Gandalf in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, and Magneto over in the X-men films.
Surely they must get confused about which character they're meant to be playing...
While I was out and about yesterday, I saw the poster for David Fincher's remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo on the side of the BFI IMAX cinema. Seeing Daniel Craig taking on the role of Mikael Blomkvist gave me the idea for this drawing...
I was commissioned to produce an illustrated book cover for James Minter's first novel The Hole Opportunity.
The Hole Opportunity is an English farce, revolving around the misadventures of Colin Griggs and his wife Izzy, who decide to set up a "Hole Farming Business", supplying holes to the local golf course. When things don't go exactly to plan, Colin ends up making an enemy of the club's captain: Major Woods.
You can order a physical copy of the book, or download an eBook version, from Amazon.
I was commissioned to design a poster and marketing material for the University of Arts London's Christmas carol service, which was held last week at St Paul's Church in Covent Garden. The A3 poster had to appeal to people regardless of their religious beliefs, and I came up with this design using a hand-drawn pattern in the background to suggest Winter and the lettering in the title reflecting the long thin appearance of a candlestick.
Using a modified version of the design I also produced an A5 postcard, a digital image to be projected onto a plasma screen, and the front and back cover for the Order Of Service.
**UPDATE 14 March 2012***
And slightly belatedly, here is a photo that my friend Olympia took on her phone of my poster up on the wall at UAL's building at 272 High Holborn, which serves as a central hub for all of the various colleges...
Voting is now open, and if you like my drawings, please click on this link and tick the box with my name (It's the sixth name down in the second list, in case any of you have a problem finding it). You can also check out the other entries while you're there, in the interest of fairness.
Voting closes on Thursday 15 December at 11:59 EST and the two entries with the most votes will be the new weekly artists joining the current bunch of regulars. Wish me luck!
I've been listening to it on my iPod for a while now, and was pleased to get an email last week asking if I wanted to draw a comic strip based on their song Jesus The Reindeer to be included as a festive treat as part of their christmas advent calendar on their facebook page!
My comic strip was featured today behind Day 8 of their advent calender!
Tonight I went to Rough Trade East to see Emma & Tim perform an in-store gig as the last part of their This Is Christmas mini tour. It was of course a very Christmassy affair, and as well as the songs from their album they also played cover versions of Last Christmas and Fairy Tale of New York, as well as other Christmas songs. At the end of the gig the pair did a signing and signed a copy of my comic strip for me!
The Line It Is Drawn is a weekly online column on the Comic Book Resources website. Each week a comics-related theme is suggested on the Comics Should Be Good blog and twitter with people posting suggestions for that theme during the week. Seven artists then each pick one of the suggestions to draw and the results are posted at the end of the week.
Three of the regular artists involved are stepping down soon, so they are currently looking for new artists to replace them, and I decided to throw my hat into the ring. Over the next couple of weeks, all those people wishing to try-out for a position get sent the list of suggestions and have the chance to submit their work.
This week's theme was "Super-fy It: Turn a person, real or fictional, into a superhero". Out of over 250 suggestions, I finally decided to go with The Virgin Mary(!) and made her into the superhero Immaculate, based partly on the cover to the Image comic Invincible #32...
Next week's theme is "Team-up two comic book characters who have never had a team-up before".