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.
Apropos of nothing, but I was chatting with a friend and fellow illustrator this morning about initial sketches and it reminded me that I had this image sitting on my hard-drive.
This is the rough process for my North By Northwest illustration for Gallery1988 earlier in the year (a handful of copies still available here - and with a seasonal discount!). You’re looking at my inital scribble (probably about 1” high), rough photoshop sketch to get balance of color and final art. There were more stages in between, but these I think best sell the process.
I’m a big fan of looking at other artists sketchbooks (Chris Ware and Paul Hornschemeier have both had lovely collections published). It’s a great insight into the creative process and can show an idea from it’s inception on the back of a diary page to a finished illustration. I shall be making the effort to post more sketchbook work in the new year - apologies in advance for clogging up your timeline…
Apropos of nothing, here is a sketch of something that i have been doing lunchtimes, evening and weekends. It will be a screen print, in may look slightly different in it’s final state, it’s for a show happening later this summer, and you will be able to buy it.
Don’t expect this to be the last that you see of this…
Sick of hearing me bang on about book covers? Then you should probably not read this post.
Once again, the good folk at Penguin (specifically Mr Paul Buckley and Gregg Kulick who art direct me and design magnificent type to sit over my drawings) have asked me to illustrate the covers in what is becoming a substantial backlist reissue of the books of John le Carre. You remember? I’ve made a few posts about them. These two (which have appeared on the coming soon section of the Penguin website, hence the blog post) will be numbers nine and ten, and there’s another couple to come as well.
Also: process sketches! Because that’s what blogs are good for. There’s some early ideas and my finished pencils for A Murder Of Quality (actually, ‘pencils’ is a misnomer, because i do everything digitally these days. But if i had been drawing by hand, this would have been the pencilled stage before i launched into colors and inks). I hope that someone finds these interesting enough to justify posting them.
These will be on sale in the summer - expect to be beaten into submission with more blogs about them (and the other two covers from this batch) when the time comes.
Just a little something something today - instead of utilising my lunch break roaming the streets of Southsea in search of a sandwich, I thought i’d put in an hour on something BIG i’m currently scribbling at for a pitch to one of my favorite publishers. I think if I did this every day i would start going vampiric from lack of sunlight, so don’t expect an update everyday, but i’m pretty happy with an hours work…
More actual blogs to come this week because i’ve done some new work that i CAN share. Huzzah!
This isn’t really representative of what this piece will eventually look like in a finished state, but what is a blog for if not for putting random pieces out there.
This is going to form part of my summer self promotional push and will be a folding poster with one big image on one side and a bunch of smaller things on the other. More to come soon…
Word has reached me from the other side of the pond that the February issue of American Wired has come out, and one of my drawings is in it. This is that drawing - it’s to accompany an article about songs written about Mexican drug barons. There’s a few sketches here as well if you like that sort of thing…