a couple of years ago i did this portrait of Hemingway, which seemed to be quite tumblr popular. i meant to revisit it at some point and do some other counter-culture and beat icons but never quite got around to it.
fast forward to this afternoon and I find myself with a few hours to kill waiting on client feedback and so do this. i think it turned out nice, and i would be even happier if i had remembered to save the file before i closed it. it’s a good job i took a decent hi-res screen shot before i did otherwise i would be fuming right now.
i have a list of more of these i might do, expect it to be about two more years til i get around to it…
If you would like this hanging on your wall, why not mosey on over to my web shop…
The theme of this image can be summed up as Emma Watson has a nice face.
Originally intended to be something for the old day job, but it never got used so here it is now. And it means I have something to post while I’m clearing my desk in my studio so it is suitable for working at again (as it had become something of a dumping ground for comics, books and miscellaneous rubbish).
More to come shortly!
Almost eighteen months ago I posted this picture and said goodbye to freelancing to join the team at ilovedust. A lot has happened there in the intervening time - I’ve worked on projects for some of my dream list of clients, drawn alongside some fantastically talented individuals, made some good friends, and I got to hang out near Karl Lagerfeld and drunkenly accost Rosario Dawson.
Outside of life in the studio I had the best day of my life when I got married (to the very wonderful and supremely talented Harriet Seed), did more work for other dream clients and tried to juggle my own work with a long day job that was at the wrong end of a hour and half commute. I tried to reconcile my own style of working with that of being in a studio which for better or worse was very different. I also read this article which made me stop and pause about how much of my life was being consumed by my job. If you haven’t read it, take a moment to - I’ll wait.
Which is a roundabout way of getting to the fact that come January 1st 2013, I will be once again striking out as a freelancer. I’ve had a good run at ilovedust, but in all honesty it’s not for me, and for now I’m very happy to once again be drawing full time under my own name. I’m looking forwards to being able to go for a run by the sea in the morning and get coffee on the way home from my local cafe. I’m looking forwards to spending more time with my wife in our studio. I’m looking forwards to a bunch of new projects that I’ve already lined up. I’m looking forwards to what comes next.
Into the wild blue yonder once more!
Quarterly is a rather nifty little subscription service that I became aware of a little while ago. Basically, the deal is that you pay a quarterly subscription (see what they did there) to a creative of your choice from their selection, and four times a year you get something wonderful in the mail. Their current curators include go getters and trend setters from the world of design and art to science and sustainability.
One of their curations which has now sadly just wrapped up was with the blogger/writer/creator Bobby Solomon (who you should know form his fount of web-wisdom The Fox Is Black). Bobby has been kind enough to feature my work on his blog in the past and a while back I designed a desktop wallpaper for him.
For his final mailout, he asked me to work with him in designing a sci-fi themed art print, and that’s what you’re looking at above. I of course was only happy to oblige, and after batting some points of reference about we settled on my take on a sci-fi-Bond-girl. The final print was four colors on a charcoal grey paper and once they have winged their way across the atlantic i shall be blogging pictures of them because they look gorgeous!
Thanks again to Bobby for inviting me to be involved, and keep an eye out for his new sci-fi themed project that will be happening in the near future…
I will have a very small number of these in my webshop in the next few weeks, if you’re interested drop me a mail.
SHOP might be the coolest magazine that until recently i had never heard of. Published in 90 editions across 28 countries, it’s a high end guide to the best shopping destinations in the world.
But why it’s cool is that they get the BEST illustrators for their covers (and obviously this post lets you know they were kind enough to ask me to join those ranks). They are even good enough to put a collection of all of them online here. I suggest that you have a quick look at mine above (abridged version: alpine, skier, dynamic, etc) and then get busy looking at all this art by Jack Hughes, Paul Blow, Pietari Posti and the rest (i just realised as i was scrolling through they even have some Jason Brooks, who was a huge influence on me when i was starting out - i do love some Jason Brooks).
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…
More from my Matador project, which I’ve already cryptically teased was part of something bigger that I was going to write a blog about. Well that’s still not quite ready, so in the mean time here’s some new art to enjoy instead. Expect more later in the week as well as an explanation of sorts about what it’s for (apart from just being something I wanted to draw, obviously).
Still working on my Mardi Gras Indian and in the process of printing it out to draw some new components, ended up with an outlined version of the AI file. Seeing as it looked pretty cool, i thought i would post it here. So there you go.
Early work in progress for some drawings of Mardi Gras Indians that i’m working on. Maybe to be a print at some point.