Monday, 14 April 2014

Cover me, I'm going in!


I popped down to the Secret 7” exhibition, Downstairs at Mother in Shoreditch. 700 one-off record sleeves interpreting 7 songs by 7 bands/musicians. The twist is you don’t know who the artist is or which song it is until you’ve bought the sleeve.
All the sleeves go on sale on Record Store Day next Saturday 19th, first come first served, £45 each, with all the money going to the brilliant charity War Child. At that point you’ll find out which artist made 
These are some of my favourites (my contribution not included!) but you can see the whole lot on the Secret 7” website.



Think I know who painted this one…

And I have my suspicions about these two…








Thursday, 10 April 2014

Booze Book

If, like me, you are fond of a tipple, but not so fond of the resulting hangover, then this book could be for you.

I drew about 60 illustrations for How to Drink and Not Look Like an Idiot, written by drinks expert Emily Miles and published by Dog 'n' Bone books.






































It was a really fun project and I'm pleased with how the book has turned out.

More spreads below.

Cheers!














Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Secret 7"

I'm very excited to be part of this year's Secret 7" exhibition, and I'd like to share my design with you.































I'd like to, but that would defeat the object of the project!

My love for visual art is equalled only by my love for its sonic cousin, music (see also my comic Hitsville UK) and Secret 7" is an ingenious way of combining both and raising funds for charity.

The organisers have got 7 artists or bands to release new 7" versions of their songs, and invited artists (a mixture of famous bods and open submissions) to design the record covers. They then print 700 one-off covers (100 for each record) and sell each record for £45 on Record Store Day.

The twist is that the artwork on each cover doesn't explicitly tell you which record it is or who the artist is, so you only find out once you've bought the record.

You can browse all the designs on the Secret 7" website, and peruse them all in person on April 12th and 13th Downstairs at Mother, 10 Redchurch St, London, E2 7DD.

See anything you like? Recognise anyone's style? Mine's up there but I can't tell you which!

You can part with your hard-earned cash on Record Store Day, April 19th and it all goes to the brilliant charity Warchild.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Gosh!, a new Hitsville print

Thanks to everyone who came to the Great Beast spring party at Gosh! Comics last Friday.

Gosh are absolute heroes in supporting new, indy comics in the UK and it was great to hang with the other Beasts and see friends new and old.

Special mention must go to Rich of Comics Printing UK who took it upon himself to donate more beer after the thirsty hordes had drunk Gosh dry in record time.

I produced this new Hitsville UK print for the party. It shows Ruthie of Carrie Nation's Revenge and Horace from the Dreadnoughts getting on down with Gwillum, who has been possessed by THE SONG.

It's A3 (297 x 420 mm) on archival matt paper, and is now available from the Great Beast shop for £15 plus p&p.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Funky Blue Tee!

I decided to submit my depressed funkster to Threadless.

If you fancy wearing this on a t shirt then get over there and vote!
https://www.threadless.com/designs/funk-6




Sunday, 19 January 2014

JANUARY FUNK!

I've been struggling with the January (post-birthday) blues, so I decided that rather than (just) sit around sighing in my dressing gown I would channel it into something positive. This is what I came up with.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Strike! exhibition

I have a couple of pieces in an exhibition of illustration from the radical political mag Strike! Here's a crap picture of one of my pieces (on the right of the photo) sharing a wall with Ralph Steadman (on the left). 


















The exhibition has been put on to celebrate Strike!'s first year of publication, and there's some really good stuff in it, from well known artists such as Steadman and Stanley Donwood, and lesser known talents. 

One of the things that I like most about Strike!, and which sets it apart from other grassroots political publications, is that it's beautifully designed, with top notch illustration.

You can check it all out until 8th Feb 2014 at the amazingly named Flaxon Ptooch. As walk as a gallery, it's a hairdressing salon, so you may have to work around some 'do's being done, or you could get a cool chop yourself!

My illustration in the picture above is from David Graeber's article 'Bullshit Jobs', originally published in the Summer 2013 issue of Strike! and then online, where it became a bit of a viral phenomenon. http://www.strikemag.org/bullshit-jobs/




Monday, 6 January 2014

Doctor Sax

First finished picture of 2014, this is based on a passage from Jack Kerouac's weird childhood memoir Doctor Sax.




















There are some other vivid passages in the book that describe scenes in hues of just one colour. As and when I find the time I'd like to do a few more of these colour mood studies.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Monday, 9 December 2013

Maddaddam

Here's an illustration from a few months ago. This was to accompany a review in Nature of Margaret Atwood's latest novel Maddaddam.






The piece went through a few changes as the art director, Barbara Izdebska, checked details against the review copy of the novel in the Nature offices.

I wasn't totally in the dark as Maddaddam is the third book in a trilogy and I had read the first novel in the series Oryx and Crake a few years ago and was able to speed-read the second book After the Flood while I was doing roughs for the illustration.

I was pretty happy with how it turned out in the end and Barbara very kindly sent me on the review copy so that I could finish the trilogy!

The trilogy is a captivating and terrifying depiction of a world after a pandemic has wiped out most of humanity. A handful of human survivors manage to cling on to a perilous existence, along with the Crakers, a tribe of bio-engineered humanoids bred to populate this brave new world (on the left in my illustration). Both groups must contend with the pigoons, ferocious and intelligent creatures who are the descendants of genetically modified pigs bred as human organ farms.

The whole trilogy is great but Oryx and Crake remains my favourite. Start there and see how you get on.