Thursday, 9 September 2010

AOI Images 34 Exhibition

I attended the annual Images exhibition at the London College of Communication on Tuesday night, the 7th September, where I was lucky enough to be exhibiting Fabulous Babylon. I was blown away by the show, the wealth of illustrative talent, and the free beer. The accompanying catalogue - Images 34 - also looks stunning. Some great names within the illustration world were also present; David Hughes, Olivier Kugler and Rod Hunt to name a few. All in all a great night and a great show - props to the AOI!

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Sea Giant Spreads

The following are spreads from The Sea Giant which came highly commended in this year's Macmillan Prize Competition for Children's Book Illustration. The exhibition was held in Foyles Gallery in London.

The story is about a Giant that rises from the sea to take part in a fishing competition, only to find he can't catch anything. To everyone's horror, the Gobbler Fish appears. Will the Sea Giant save the day? Short answer: yes ;)

Friday, 13 August 2010

Vine Street

Situated directly below the metropolis above in
Sub-Babylon, Vine Street is home to ruffians,
cowboys, and robots not deemed fit enough for life
above. Oh, and a few wealthy aristocrat tax dodgers!

At just over 170cm wide, I couldn't upload
Vine Street as one whole document at a suitable
viewing resolution. So I've had to chop it up a bit.
Vine Street was inspired by 50's Las Vegas, the
wild west and various ancient cultures

I should have a better resolution full-view available
at another location soon.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Thursday, 5 August 2010

A couple of strips with the Vine Street flavour.
Click for big :)

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Vine Street Concept Drawings

Developmental drawings for Vine Street, Sub-Babylon

Friday, 30 July 2010

If only...

A picture for the website Illustration This week
the creativity-inspiring word was 'artificial'

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Babylon Concept Drawing

Before I'd settled on a format for Fabulous Babylon I experimented
with having a more 'street level' viewpoint with a view to perhaps
creating a street scene. I later returned to this idea for my second
Babylon related piece, which also featured better spelling.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Giga Foot

One of the few concept character designs I did for
Fabulous Babylon; most were done on the fly and
drawn straight into the image

Friday, 23 July 2010

"I" is for Infiltration

My effort for an ABC book involving the folks on the Children's Book Illustration course.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Advertising Giant

An experimental concept piece for Fabulous Babylon. Always quite liked this one

Monday, 19 July 2010

96 Stories from Babylon

This should be the last of them. Haven't posted all 304 but well, some were a tad crap. All of the Babylon thumbs were done straight onto newsprint with ink pen, a really free and fun way to work. Click for big :)

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

64 Stories from Babylon #1

To coincide with Fabulous Babylon, I produced a series of thumb nail-drawings depicting what I like to call snap-shots or 'stories' from the city. I made over 300 of these thumbnail drawings in total. They act as a means of providing a closer look at city life, showing details too small for the bigger picture. One set consisted of sixteen thumbnail drawings, some of which followed a story or theme, with most not relating at all.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Fabulous Babylon

This image is featured in the upcoming Images 34 annual and should be exhibited at the accompanying exhibition in London, September '10. The image is based on a short story by the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, The Lottery in Babylon, which metaphorically deals with how chance can shape our lives. Click for a bigger version...

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Systems Go!

Nothing beats a man in a suit driving a 3-wheeled racecar with eyes to really get things rolling