Tuesday, 29 May 2012

A Painted Nat

This is my new painting. It's of my flatmate, the lovely and talented actress and musician Natalia Tena, and the slightly slutty, constantly pregnant cat who also lurks about our house, Teabag. It's acrylic/oil on canvas, and it's 18"x24".

It will be exhibited as part of a portraiture exhibition at the The Arch Gallery in London opening 20 June. Do come! :]

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Secret 7" Exhibition

Recently, several of my illustrations were exhibited and sold on Record Store Day as part of the Secret 7" Exhibition at Idea Generation Gallery in London. The exhibition displayed and sold one-of-a-kind 7" single record sleeves, with all proceeds going to support the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The exhibition...


My sleeve designs...

For Bombay Bicycle Club's 'Lights Out, Words Gone'

For Noah and the Whale's 'Old Joy'

For Florence and the Machine's 'Only If For A Night'

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

London City Farms Illustration

This is an illustration I just finished about one of my favourite parts of London-- its city farms. London boasts around a dozen farms within the M25. These farms are home to a variety of animals, plants, and gardens, and provide welcome respite from their urban surroundings. I try to visit my local farm (Hackney City Farm) as often as possible, as I find visits there offer peaceful moments within a sometimes slightly mad city. My illustration refers not only to the farms' animals, but also to the their pseudo-hidden nature-- thus, the animals 'pop' up from behind buildings. London farms are not particularly advertised, and are tucked quietly away amongst their city environments, community residents often unaware of their presence. I truly hope city farms always remain a part of London life. Support your local farm!

The first two images below show the full final illustration in different colour variants, and the subsequent images depict zoomed views of detail in the illustration. Spot the various bits of London hidden in there!

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Birth Announcement Illustration & Design

I was recently privately commissioned to create a bespoke birth announcement, to be printed and sent out to the couple's family and friends. I worked from several photographs to create a portrait of the couple and their new baby, using a combination of traditional and digital methods, and hand-drew the text. Here is the final product.

The idea for the piece was Hannah Bullivant's, a crafty lady whose rad blog you can check out here: seedsandstitches.blogspot.co.uk

Friday, 4 May 2012

Illustration/Design for The Lines Single

Recently, the lovely UK band The Lines asked me to illustrate and design the packaging and CD artwork for their new single, 'No Illusions, No Cheap Tricks,' available soon through iTunes and HMV stores. Visit their website, their Facebook, listen to their music, because they are quite good lads. 

Artwork/design for the front cover:

Artwork/design for the back cover:

Artwork/design for the CD itself:

When creating designs for this sort of thing, I like to send clients a variety of final options, so that they can decide what will work best for them. I sent The Lines about twenty options for them to choose from. Here are some examples of alternate front-cover designs the band didn't use:

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Some Slightly Sinister Sams and a Flencil

I drew some American-type-doodles a little while ago. Here are some. There are some slightly sinister Sams, and there is a Flencil (why, a flag-pencil hybrid, of course!), which is spewing a load of rubbish.