hey tumblr, seeing as some of you have been very kind and very enthusiastic about my drawings, maybe i could direct you towards my new website which is filled with illustrated things.
you could click that picture up there, or follow this link to www.matttaylor.co.uk
there are AT LEAST three things that I’ve finished, but can’t quite share yet so it will be updated with some regularity in the future. i hope you like it.
New year, new art!
Actually, it’s not that new seeing as I drew it in the summer, but I completely forgot to post it, and I was reminded when I saw it on a book cover the week before Christmas, so there you go.
This is for the UK edition of John le Carré’s The Night Manager, and my first original cover for the UK - all the previous covers were for Penguin USA, even though some of them have been used all over (fun fact - some will soon be seen in Korea).
And as you can see, it’s inspired by the utterly wonderful Princess Mononoke. Not much else to say really other than this was doubly inspired by both loving the film AND having just hung the great great Olly Moss Mondo print in my lounge, so seeing it every day has meant it’s on my mind.
This is a four color screen print (printed by the good folk at Half and Half), and will be on sale from FRIDAY at the Gallery1988 pop up space at the corner of Bowery and 3rd, New York and online sometime over the weekend in an edition of 30.
So, almost exactly one year ago, I was in Paris with my wife having a discussion about how I wasn’t really loving my job and wanted to get back to freelance illustration again. I came back off holiday and handed in my notice, and one year later the last piece of work I did at ilovedust is out there in the world (which once again serves as an illustration of the kind of lead times on some of the projects i work on).
This was part of a pair of snowboards for Sims - the other is out there too if you want to track it down, but this one was my favorite. That was mainly because the brief was pretty much free reign to draw what I wanted and it turned out quite nicely.
Fun fact, this is actually the second time I have tried my hand at this illustration - the first time around it was for Waste, and I’m glad I got the chance to do it again, because I don’t thinkI did it justice the first time around!
Although sadly I don’t think i can justify the expense of buying one for the archive, this is now available to buy from all reputable and disreputable retailers.
It’s that time of the year again… Gallery1988 are throwing another of their Crazy 4 Cult shows (which i have been very happy to contribute to in the past), and this time around they are celebrating the bad guy.
I decided to turn my pen to Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet and do a piece featuring the Tybalt Capulet - a great bad guy from a really genuinely five-star-great movie. I watched it again recently, and I think it’s fair to say that it’s the definitive big screen take on the text. I wanted to try and capture the Miami by way of Mexico vibe of the fictitious Verona Beach setting and it’s unflappably cool bad guy.
This will be available as a giclee print that you can buy from this Friday when the show opens at Gallery1988 West and soon after that online.
I think every illustrator has a list of dream clients. Pretty close to the top of mine was The New Yorker - so many of my favorite artists works have graced their pages. Last year whilst I was at ilovedust I was able to produce something for them - the Looper illustration above - and whilst it was a very enjoyable experience (and one that won an award!), the fact that the byline read “illustration by ilovedust’ meant that it wasn’t fully satisfying.
So I was over the moon when I was asked to do a piece for this weeks issue to accompany a review of Gravity (which, seriously, is my most anticipated picture of the fall). I’m very happy with how it turned out, and I can’t wait to see a copy in my hand.
Here’s a brief insight into the lead times on some of the projects that I do: the last two things I worked on whilst at ilovedust before I left last winter are just now popping into existence. One isn’t quite out yet - but when it is, i’ll blog like crazy because i’m SUPER proud of it - but this 8” Dunny for Kidrobot hit the virtual shelves yesterday and you can gosh-darned buy it now!
It’s rather nice to see something that only existed as a page of drawings in real life, and I look forward to having one of these for the archive at some point in the near future.
My former workplace ilovedust have recently updated their website and have included a little personal project I worked on last year.
I had an itch to do something Norse themed, so drew up these three guys to dress the bottles of the fictitious Vargold vodka brand (Vargold is the name given to the end of days - or wolf age - in Norse myth and I stand by the fact that would be a GREAT name for a vodka maker). So we have Odin and his raven, Vidar battling Fenrir, and the unnamed eagle atop Yggdrasil - the world tree.
Someone very kindly mocked these up on to bottles so they look pretty fantastic, and you can see these along with plenty of other work (some of which I worked on, a lot of which I didn’t) on the website now.
The multi-talented Timba Smits has taken the art directing reigns of movie mag Little White Lies this month, and he invited me to draw this portrait of James McAvoy to accompany an interview with the actor, soon to star in Irvine Welsh adaptation Filth.
Not much to say other than that this was really fun to draw, and thanks for Timba for getting me involved. The issue should be on shelves in all reputable and disreputable stockists now.