Introduction

I'm a freelance illustrator/designer/art director and if you think I can help with your project, want to offer words of encouragement or simply say hi, feel free to get in touch.

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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

New Horizons

Mankind's exploration of our solar system has taken another great leap as, after almost a decade, NASA's New Horizons mission has made it to the Pluto system and begun sending pictures. 

Congratulations you brilliant, brilliant people, you!


'Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers and we are wanderers still.' - Carl Sagan

So, what's next?

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Shadow Of the Giant

Chewie his up there with Fett as my favourite Star Wars character so I was hugely excited to see him return for the trailer for The Force Awakens.






































I really hope we get to see him tearing up the place and going 'full Wookiee' on some hapless troopers.

In the words of the Mighty Chewbacca himself, 'Wrraaaaaaghhhhhl'.

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Sunday, 14 June 2015

Rosetta: One Little Comet

Well in a surprising follow up to Novembers Rosetta image, Philae is alive! Today ESA announced that Philae had made contact for little over a minute but are hopeful it will continue to communicate.


Goooo science!

Friday, 12 June 2015

Home?

A follow on from my recent Human Child post that shows something further down the line.


Question though, does the text work? I mean, the robot dialogue is supposed to be tricky to read, but does it detract from the image? I've yet to make up my mind.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Well played


Scarmanga
Flay
Saruman
Dooku
Dr Catheter

DEATH

Christopher Lee
1922 - 2015

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Human Child

Spent some time in Northumbria recently, clambering around on Hadrien's wall and other Roman ruins. The forests in that part of the world were thick with damp moss and dew, and had a real unearthly feel to them, so it was only a matter of time before my pictures reflected the inspiration they provided.

As per usual, I have a whole mythology planned out for these little guys (it takes time to produce these pictures and that whole time my imagination is going at 103mph), and it'll probably rattle around in my head for a while before I find an outlet.


At least it wont be lonely.

Monday, 4 May 2015

May the 4th: Rogue One

I have no right to be excited about Rogue One. But I am. Very.

A huge fan of Gareth Edwards' work and I've always hoped to see Star Wars with a bit more of an edge and a slightly darker tone. At this stage this looks to be that.

May the 4th be with you.


Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Mr. Fox

I've just started reading Fantastic Mr. Fox to my son. I was a huge fan of Dahl's work as a child, with Danny the Champion of the World and the BFG being personal favourites, and I'm hoping to pass on this appreciation to my kids.

Such is the imagery created I immediately came to my study and produced this.


Once I finished I realised it was disappointingly close to the cover. Unintentional plagiarism irks me, but I guess that's the power of a good book, elements of it stay with you for life. This is the same copy I've owned since I was 7.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Speedpaints

Been working on doodles for a few long term projects as of late so not had a lot to show, but here's a couple of images I did for some semi regular speed-paint session I take part in with some colleagues. 

The first was done for the brief of 'Dark Fairytale'. Forests always conjure up great imagery and lost children are a staple fairytale theme. 


The second images brief was very open, simply 'Something Blue'. I immediately thought of the sea and the amazing animals I've been fortunate enough to see. 


Its clear to me with these two that in an hour I can either focus on character design, or a more detailed background. Not both. 

What's not so clear is why I can spend hours and hours on a piece and it not come out this well. I guess there's something to be said for working under pressure.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Star Wars Celebration 2015

Its Star Wars Celebration 2015 in Anaheim. For those of you who cant make it over to pick up my Little Boba's Destiny print, it is now available on-line at Acme Archives. Woop!


I should remind you that you can still pick up the other entries in the series. And you should! All of them. Go on... Still here?


Now I must go and watch the new Episode 7 trailer. Again. And again...

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Little Fett's Destiny


Boba Fett. Almost certainly my all-time favourite character from the Star Wars universe. I thought I'd have fun make him as unassuming and cute as possible. Unlike the super-cool bad-ass we've decided he is.


This will be available as an officially licensed, limited edition print shortly, but I thought I'd give you guys an advance preview. Because you're awesome. 

I'll let you know when its available.