Introduction

So this is where I quarantine my work long enough to deem it safe to move on to my website.

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.

I'm also on Twitter and Facebook. Follow me to find out every time I haul bits of imagination kicking and screaming into reality.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Where the eagles soar

I've always enjoyed reading about the small pockets of civilization that continue to live with their culture relatively unchanged for hundreds, if not thousands of years, so I was fascinated  by a story on the BBC about a Kazakh girl who is training to hunt with a golden eagle amongst the Altai mountain range in western Mongolia.

The article and the accompanying photographs by Asher Svidensky were the inspiration for this illustration.


Now I want a Golden Eagle. Even more.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Dawn

Titanfall servers down = a couple of hours of creativity. (So the following is a wee bit rushed.)

I've been out of the house early enough to see the sun rise a few times recently and while this isn't an interpretation of any particular location, its a refreshing site to see the valleys still cool with dew and mist as summer comes crawling our way.


There's half a dozen other projects / favours I should be getting on with but when inspiration strikes, it strikes. It takes a stronger man than me to ignore it.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Victor

Wow. had a few issues uploading this without it being distorted beyond what's reasonable. I can only assume it was with all the red. So, with that sorted...

I recently saw a competition about designing a warrior and so began throwing around shapes and colours but after a while I diverted from the brief of creating a character so I gave up and just created an image rather than the character himself.


All along I liked the idea of  someone who had clearly fought with every fibre of his being in a phenomenal battle and come out the other side, if only just, victorious.

I imagine when battles were fought hand to hand with blades and pikes that the survivors would number very few an in some cases they would come down to the last two or three warriors desperately and exhaustingly swinging blades in a last ditch attempt to stay alive.

Bloody terrifying!

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Clash of the Titans

Well, over the last few days I've had passionate relationship full of excitement, fear, rage and tears, but alas, the Titanfall Beta was never going to be forever.

Off the back of that fling I was finally teased into doing something I've rarely attempted: Hard surface illustration. Namely, a giant Mecha. (For the uninitiated, that's a robot. A big one. That you wear.)
 

The main give-away that this isn't a direct illustration of a Titan is the fact the assailant has a sword. Which is a bit silly really. Not a chance in heck.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Los Vengadores Mexicanos!!!

I've long been a fan of Robert Rodriguez's films and have enjoyed the splat happy, continuity lacking, insanity of the 'Mexiverse' many of his films erupt from. Having finished watching Machete Kills I felt it necessary to produce the following faux poster, something I've been meddling with for several years.

A team up of all the gun wielding, psychopathic, leather clad, amputees that populate his films would deliver a fantastic antidote to the slick, glossy, superhero movies that currently barge into our multiplexes.

And lets face it, basing a film on a trailer is so last decade. But basing a film on a poster, now that's ballsy! ;-)

Friday, 7 February 2014

Charming Prints

Hey! You! My most recent Destiny images, Little Chewie's Destiny and Little Vader's Destiny, are now on sale over at ACME Archives. I think they'd look great on your wall.


Heck, you've been working hard right? There's still a few Han, Luke and Leia images left. Why not treat yourself to two! A matching set! And you may as well get one for that baby shower you're going to as well. Perfect gift material to initiate the newborns into the world of Star Wars!


Also, feel free to enquire about the very limited, signed artist proofs that will be available via my own store soon.

Friday, 17 January 2014

Moor Work

So, happy new year. I'm a bit slow off the mark but I'll just start this off with a quick sketch of some local moorland I produced this evening once the family were all tucked away in bed. Got a lot of ideas on the go so I'm going to have to be stringent with my time in order to get some finished... As soon as Black Flag is done with.




Thursday, 19 December 2013

Who do? You do? Pandoo!

Pandoo Nation is a forthcoming game that blends virtual entertainment with real life by allowing its community to have a direct impact on a number of charitable causes. To learn more about this original concept, check out the teaser trailer.

I had the opportunity to develop the look and feel of Pandoo Island along side a number of its inhabitants. The brief was to use South-east Asia as inspiration.

The first character I developed was a member of the mountain tribe. I drew inspiration from traditional tribal face-paints and head-wear.


Once he was locked I was able to create a female equivalent and then the other races that would compliment their diminutive stature and build on the notion that Pandoo is populated by several unique cultures each with their own rich history.


Having I'd previously visited Borneo I had first hand experience of the rich colours, textures and cultures that make up this diverse part of the world. One of the first elements I created was the Pitcher tree which incorporated themes that were used throughout the world of Pandoo which was that it seemed to simultaneously feel familiar, yet alien.


Developing architecture I was inspired by traditional buildings found across the region.


I also wanted to create a world that reflected the ramshackle nature found in the rural areas without presenting this a negative element so the colours from the local fauna were included to break up the texture and make it more picturesque.


Boats were going to be a strong element of Pandoo Nation so creating believable yet fun aspect of the game so incorporating the same themes from the architecture I produced some concept art for these modes of transport.


The islands that made up the world of Pandoo were situated in a lush tropical seas and building the current civilization on top of temple ruins delivered the idea that there was a rich history to the islands.


So over to you. With the game almost done, Pandoo Nation is currently undergoing an indigogo campaign for that final push to completion. So get involved, learn about Pandoo, bag yourself some limited edition merchandise and begin to make the world a better place in the process.







Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Sith are red and Wookies are... blue?

So in order to placate your frothing desire to learn about the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VII (no?... Just me then?) here's some previews of the next characters to get the 'Destiny' treatment, Little Vader and Little Chewy. Both will be receiving limited print runs, fully certified by Lucasfilm, in the near future.

Keep an eye out on here or on my facebook or twitter feed for details of when the prints will be available.



The images depict Anakin/Vader unleashing his early desire to become a pilot and the not so Mighty Chewbacca at home on Kashyyyk (Pronounce it? Not a clue.) momentarily distracted from his playful rage

While the first three Destiny images were conceived to work as a set, these two have been designed as companion pieces to Luke and Han respectively, with Anakin/Vader running to collide with Luke against a foreboding red sunset and Chewie, like Han, is distracted by a glimpse of his destiny.

ADVERTISEMENT... well... promotion. Of sorts.
In the meantime, in order to grab the other images in the series head over to my store where there are still some remaining from the limited stock I have. And remember folks, exclusively, each image bought on my store is signed and will include a hand drawn sketch of that character.

Be sure to get your ordered now to beat the Christmas rush!

Friday, 22 November 2013

Sketchbook Medley

Ok. My time has been elsewhere as of late but despite being AFK I've still found the odd moment to meddle in my sketchbook. Here's a small selection of what I've done over the last few weeks, mildly
enhanced to ease me back to work.

I'll possibly colour a couple of these up.

One day.

 


Saturday, 5 October 2013

Welcome to the official GRAND OPENING!

Due to popular (and unpopular) demand, I can finally announce that my new on-line store is open for business.

To coincide with the opening, I'm happy to announce I'll be taking orders for the full set of Destiny prints, officially approved and certified by Lucasfilm. Exclusively to my own store, each of these prints will be signed and include a small original sketch of that character.


There is also a selection of my other work available. I'll be adding more items to the store over the coming weeks but in the meantime and I'm happy to answer questions about these prints or any other pictures on my blog or website.


Go on, treat yourself, you know you deserve it. And after all, its practically Christmas.

Sort of.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Lets get ready to rruuumble! - Part III

(Part I)

The primals are a colourful bunch of characters, Colour is a simple yet successful way of differentiating between environments, and certain hues immediately bring to mind certain geographical regions. Because of this its easy to dream up surroundings such as ice, desert and jungle levels as they're easily associated with a specific hue.





However, alongside these staple elements I wanted to illustrate some less familiar scenarios that drew from dino mythology explored in decades of popular culture. Environments such as the tar pits, or a night-time landscape lit by the unearthly glow of the comet that brought about the end of the age of lizards. Or birds... whatever they've decided today. Fish?

Anyway, enough science! Congratulations to all at Rivet on their hard work and go see for yourself as Rivet Studios' title Primal Rumble is out very soon! Get rumbling!

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