Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Educational Bar

A few images I have just finished for OUP.

I'm really pleased with the colours on these. It's nice to have the time to put a bit of effort into a job every once in a while.

This is the usual thing the educational companies ask for. "A girl doing this, a boy doing that, and man etc etc". I really like being able to add something to a boring class book. A little colour and some style if I can.

It's not as interesting as narrative but usually pays better.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Axe Cop re-jigged as a British P.C. with a huge friggin' wood-chopper. Wanted this to look like an exploitation film type poster.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Wild Apple

An image for the good people at Wild Apple Design who I've worked with a lot this year, for use on some stickies they are producing soon as a bit of self promotion.

I took the company name and ran with it. I always thought kids in over sized halloween costumes looked funny so did that as my theme.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Many Ways to Learn

This is the cover to the book I've just finished for Magination Press.

It's a second eddition of a previously illustrated book, which feels odd, but I'd never seen the original anyway.

I really enjoyed working on this book so much. I had some fun ideas and the good people at Magination let me run with them, bless um.

Becky Shaw, the editor I worked with on this and my previous book, left the company before I finished the book, but I'd like to wish her the best of luck in her new job.

You can read more about the book here and you can pre-order it here.


Friday, 6 August 2010

Screen Shot!

I was doing a bit of an experiment in colouring on a new image but pretty soon in I just knew it wasn't me. It wasn't going perfectly but with a bit of work it would have come out okay.

But the process and eventual outcome was not something I feel comfortable doing myself. The way I colour is something I've developed over the years and I quite like it. That's not to say experimentation is bad. I just know this one isn't for me.

When I finish this image I'll put it up here but I thought I'd like to post this never to be version as it stands for a later comparison.


Mr Fox

Just thought I'd add another animal image here.

I did this last October as a doodle on a train journey coming back from some school events for Tamarind in London.

I'd never done an 'anthropomorphic' animal character before. I had just bought a copy of Roald Dahl's 'The Fantastic Mr Fox' from Waterstones in Picadilly and thought about my own take on the character and how I'd do such a thing in my style.

And this is the result.


Thursday, 5 August 2010

I don't get asked to draw animals all that much. Not that I mind. I love drawing people. Characters. But it's nice to do something every so often. And I relish the chance to draw other creatures when it comes along.

This image was done for the good people over at Magination Press for the book I'm just finishing off for them.