An uncolored panel from Zero #7, courtesy of Matt Taylor, whose website you can find right here.
I rarely retweet other blogs, but this is my drawing so that makes it alright.
Issue 7 of Zero. Coming in the spring.
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.
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.
Brand. New. Website!
So January 1st heralded a return to working for myself again, and I thought it would be a good opportunity to redesign my website (but not too much because I was pretty happy with the old one - it just needed a little bit of a polish).
I am now available for freelance hire, so if you like what I do please don’t hesitate to get in touch - I will consider most things. You can drop me a message through Tumblr or send me an email at email@example.com - i look forwards to hearing from you!
ON. SALE. NOW
So if you want either of these Breaking Bad prints that I produced for the current show at Gallery 1988 (see the post below for more on that), then you can find them here. Editions of 50, and at the time of writing this there are
less than 10 of the shrine print, and about 25 of the chapel print left *UPDATED* all the shrine prints have gone now, there are a few of the chapel prints left still.
Both lovely hand pulled screen prints courtesy of Parliament of Feathers (four and three colors respectively), and when they’re gone they’re gone forever…
Way way back in the autumn of 2010 I was contacted by the folks at Burton Snowboards and asked if I would like to design a pair of gloves for their winter 2012/13. Obviously I said yes (because, come on, it’s Burton), and worked on a calavera/day of the dead themed design.
Artwork was signed off and sent off, and then began a very very long waiting game, thanks to the substantial lead times needed in the production of snowboarding gear. Now, almost two years on from doing them, they are in the new season catalogue and online. Honestly i was slightly worried that seeing them now, so long after doing them, they wouldn’t stand up against my current work. But you know what? They totally do. I’ll try not to think about what that means with regards to two years of improvement in my current work.
So there you go - if you’re headed to the slopes this season, get your mitts in these. You can see them online here; not available to buy yet, but i have no doubt they will be soon…
Are you in LA? If you are, have you been along to Gallery 1988's excellent Crazy 4 Cult 5 show? If not, why not - didn’t you see me mention it was excellent just there? Transatlantic peer pressure aside, I have it on good authority that this years aforementioned Crazy 4 Cult is the best yet (and the fact it can keep getting better after five years is a testament to the keen eye of the guys at G1988).
Obviously the reason I mention this is because I have a piece in the show this year. That’s it, at the top of this post. Point Break is arguably the king of testosterone driven dumb action adventure and this is my little tribute to the quasi-mystic buddhist bank robber Bodhi.
It’s available in an edition of 30 for the not unreasonable sum of $35, so if you want one, point your browsers towards the Gallery1988 webshop.
I know, I know - I keep posting bits of Matador art with the intention of it being the last one (and threats that you’ll have to buy the book to see them all), and while that’s mostly true, it also happens that this project is rapidly gaining more pages, so sharing a little more with you now isn’t the worst thing in the world.
Did I mention I was going to make these into a book? Well I hope to - currently dependent on getting a good price quoted - probably an A5 thing, akin to Cowboy Versus Indian (what’s Cowboy Versus Indian you ask? it’s this), but in color. And it’s also the first thing in a new publishing venture that I WILL blog about this week. Or next.
In other news, I’m going to be doing a comic. With a proper up and coming comic writer who has plucked me from obscurity and everything. Can’t really say any more than that right now, but expect to get tired of me banging on about it for the foreseeable future…
Early work in progress for some drawings of Mardi Gras Indians that i’m working on. Maybe to be a print at some point.
Two panels from my next comic experiment. As you can see, this weeks color tint of choice will be orange. Three of ten pages penciled, inked and toned, the rest to come over the next week…