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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Monday, 25 April 2016

426 (with free bonus video!)

Happy Aliens day! (almost)

Apparently.

I'm assuming the 26 of April is some kind of ancient pagan festival, and not a commercial ploy by a leading film studio to boost the popularity of one of their IPs. Right?

Regardless, Alien and Aliens are spectacular movies. Fact. As well as both being seminal science fiction movies that pushed the boundaries of what was possible at the time, both films are genuinely terrifying in very different ways.

Alien saga's ongoing themes of motherhood are never so apparent as in the relationship between Ripley and orphaned space urchin, Newt.


Over the years I've had numerous questions about the process of creating digital imagery so I've decided to record myself at work on the Newt image. It took about 1:15 to complete, not including sketchbook doodling.


Its an odd sensation, showcasing the process of creating this kind of speed-paint, as It allows a glimpse of the trials and frequent errors that help arrive at the finished result.


I have no doubt various bad habits and lack of planning are evident, but I hope some of you find it useful. Feel free to send any questions. Or answers. I always like a good answer. Especially if its correct.


'Mad props' (I think that's right), to hashfinger for the excellent music.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

100101 101

Another speed paint. I know, I know, it's all I seem to get time for these days! The topic was 'Robot DJ'.

Just for fun I turned it into a GIF to bring it alive :-)


Here's the Jpeg in case this one gives you a seizure. I hope it doesn't.


Mental note: Forgo sleep. Draw more.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Speed Kaiju

Been indulging in a weekly speed paint (1hr limit) and have produced this sequence over three hours.




I think it shows that the last one was completed over 2 half hour sessions, and I lost my way with it a bit.

The moral? Forfeit lunch for better results.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

What a gem!

Without a doubt the finest TV show I've ever seen, Deadwood is a bruised and bloody, mud-stained delight. The multiple character arcs twist with tension and are awash with the darkest of dark humour and the authentic dialogue is so marvellously crafted that despite foulest of foul f**king language* it often feels like poetry.

From Bullocks rage infused 'hero' to the silent menace of McShanes wonderfully vile, landlord/gang-lord/pimp/all round evil cokesucker, Al Swarengen, the town is littered with colourful portrayals of the real, often infamous, characters that passed through Deadwood.

The announcement that it is going to be revived as a film gave me an excuse to revisit it all over again. Yay!

*Honestly. I cant stress enough. It made me blush. (... And then clap with delight.)

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Haters gonna H8

I finally got round to watching The Hateful 8. Tarantino's ablity to play off tension, violence, and comedy is unparalleled and whilst not being his strongest work, its still a master-class.

Brutal yet bloody hilarious. There were some great performances throughout, and I couldn't resist drawing up a couple of my favourites.

I really hope he doesn't quit making films any time soon, as he's repeatedly threatens to.


Here's hoping that Kill Bill Vol. 3 will be prefixed with: The 5th Film by Quentin Tarantino, thereby squeezing one more drop of excellence from his promise.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Happy Birthday Roy!

Name: Roy Batty
Model: Nexus Six
Inception Deate: 08-01-16. Today.

I've enjoyed films for as long as I can remember, but Blade Runner was shown in my art class when I was about 15, just at the point I was realising that movies were grown up and smart, as well as simple entertainment.

With its flawless cinematography, visionary design and a rich, slow burning, noire story, its remained up there with my favourites ever since.


'I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire of the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the TanhaΓΌser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time like... tears... in... rain.' - Roy Batty

Happy Birthday Roy!

Incidentally... Roy Batty? Sounds like an ageing newspaper seller from 'oop north'.

Monday, 4 January 2016

The Force Awakens Pt2 (spoiler free, I promise)


There was so much to love here, the humour, the characters and their relationships / interaction / dialogue, BB8, Solo and Chewie, the Falcon-ohmygod the falcon, a great villain... I could go on but I wont. I'll just leave this image here instead of my frothy rant.

Rey and some nods to her journey. I loved the planet Jakku and its history. Such a barren blistering hot mechanical graveyard.


I wanted to blow the lighting out more, but it would have strayed from the others too much. In the same respect I was close to making the previous image of Finn an almost black and white environment, closer to the movie palette but it wouldn't have sat as well with the other images. I digress.

Who next?

Saturday, 2 January 2016

The Force Awakens Pt1 (spoiler free, I promise)

Star Wars: The force Awakens. It was magnificent. It wasn't flawless, but I had to scrabble about in the dark to find the flaws as they were lost amidst the fun, adventure, comedy and the visual spectacle. It was exactly what was needed form the new film. I loved it.

It has delivered some of my all time favourite characters to the Star Wars mythology so I'm going to add some of them to my ongoing destiny series.

First up, FN-2187, AKA, Finn.


The others in the series that includes Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, Vader, Ventress and Fett are available as fully licenced prints from ACME Archives. Alternatively, you can purchase signed copies from my own store.

Right now I want to do another so I need an excuse to hit up a third viewing. \0/

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

The highest Peake

Today Tim Peake, left planet earth on the Soyuz rocket and became the first British astronaut for the European Space Administration.

I couldn't help but feel for his family who watched the launch, especially with a number of recent disasters in space travel as of late. Still, it all went smoothly and the Soyuz successfully docked with the ISS.

Congratulations to Tim and all the other members of the Principa Mission who made it happen.

GoooOOO Science!



Monday, 7 December 2015

Akatsuki came back (it just couldn't stay away)

In 2010 the Akatsuki spacecraft launched with the intent of entering the orbit of Venus. It failed, pulling a 'Darth Vader', and spun off into space.

After a staggering recovery manoeuvre over a five year period and several orbits of the sun, the Japanese team managed a second attempt and Akatsuki is now safely orbiting at approximately 10,000 miles above Venus ready to begin its mission.



Well played JAXA! We're just taking this solar system conquering in our stride.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

You're so cool

Just got back from the BFI re-release of the flawless True Romance and had to sketch up a quick tribute (which is basically a frame from the movie).

Scott delivered his usual visual flare but its Tarantino's poetic dialogue and a perfect balance of sweetness and brutality that made it something special. I wont even go into the cast, but it is peppered with retrospective A-listers.

All of this is tied together with Zimmer's beautiful score.


Without a doubt my all time favourite film ever. Of all time. Ever. For real. See it.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Now I have a machine gun. Ho. Ho. Ho.

I was recently commissioned by Last Exit To Nowhere to produce a series of Christmas cards for them, featuring a child emulating sequences form one of the all time greatest Christmas movies, Die Hard!

Here's a  preview of a couple of the images.



Head over to Last Exit To Nowhere now to buy a set, and why not treat yourself to one of their awesome shirts as well.

In fact, you should buy me one as well!

Much obliged.