The following images are a collection of works-in-progress, mixed media illustrations and art works that haven't quite made the big time yet. They are often the result of unselected client concepts, late night random thoughts, procrastination or Explosive Idea Farts™. Enjoy!
Directors to Watch Series.
Featuring a collection of (7) portrait illustrations for AirBnB Magazine. The magazines art directors were looking to illustrate 7 different “Directors to Watch” for their pre-academy-awards and upcoming Movie Issue. Each portrait was to be illustrated using patterns developed, as reference to their movie(s) while also keeping a realistic, but comic-y feel of each of these new faces.
Portraits include (in order of appearance)
Director: Capharnaüm (2018)
Director: Hale County This Morning,
This Evening (2018)
Director: Oh Lucy (2017)
Director: Vox Lux (2018)
Director: The Rider (2017)
Director: Beach Rats (2017)
Director: Madeline's Madeline (2018)
The Music Oracles is a series of (fifty) portraits illustrated over a four month period in 2018 and in cahoots with with UK publishing house Laurence King. The illustrations are depictions of famous musicians hand-picked by LKP from the last 100 years (apart from two) as both inspiring, and, controversial figures and include the likes of John Lennon, Beyonce, Elvis Presley, Miles Davis & John Coltrane, Grace Jones, David Bowie, Bjork and Bruce Springsteen (to name but a few).
Each portrait was created to support a ‘Music Oracles’ box set in the LKPs ‘Oracles’ series - a tarot-style collection of 50 creative inspiration and life advice cards for the budding musician. Box sets will be available from may, 2019. Watch this space for an updated post.
Los Angeles based charity run FIRECRACKER L.A. tasked me to design the official mascot for their 2019 run/walk/ride in aid of charity. My designs will feature on various marketing & PR including posters, staff and volunteer t-shirts. The design itself was inspired by atomic-era Japanese cartoons including AstroBoy and Mighty Atom and was arranged to look like some reference to vintage firecracker packaging.
A series of illustrated campaign posters to support a couple of Miller Lite’s Summer Festival events. These two artworks were created for the New Orleans Jazz Fest and NYC’s Gov Ball in the typical styling of ML’s creative guidelines, only using the brand blue, gold and red standard colours and rich with halftones and dynamic POVs.
The following typographic opener and spot illustrations were to support an 8-page feature in Popular Science magazine called BIG MACHINES OF SCIENCE. It's about the biggest machines in [science], which include massive man-made inventions (machines) like satellite arrays and the hadron collider.
The brief was to reference retro trading cards, the kind that came with a stick of gum, featuring 10 trading cards for each of the features chosen machines. The art was to look authentic 60s/70s in style and use a chosen colour theme. The result were these 10 mechanical marvels...
Various illustrations to support ESPN’s ‘Show Me The Receipts’ series as seen on theundefeated.com. Each illustration features a portrait of a central identity (the star) surrounded by a typographic quote (from said star). The series itself profiles famous actors, musicians and celebrities who each boasted - at some point in their career - about playing sport (kind of well) in college and/or professionally after graduating.
This is an illustration for The Ringer, with a portrait of the cult sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick to support an editorial piece about the legacy of PKD in 2017 around the release of Blade Runner 2049. The editorial was to compare Blade Runner to the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, and touch on The Man In the High Castle TV show. There were also mentions of movie adaptations of PKD’s books like Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, and Minority Report.
With this as my brief, my art direction focused on PKD in a neo-tokyo, Blade Runner-esque setting complete with references to most of the film adaptations mentioned throughout the editorial piece in the background.
You can read the editorial piece here
For The Grip Of Film, iconic London publishers Faber & Faber contacted me to work closely with the writer/director Richard Ayoade (umm, a dream!!!) on his latest book cover, The Grip Of Film - a fictional A-Z novel written by Richard's alter-ego Gordy LaSure on the historical importance of The Action Hero and how in the hell film actually works. Richard's brief to me was simple: to create a likeness of him as if he were an 80s action man. Complete with torn sleeves and that cold - I could kill you with only my eyes - stare whilst gripping a handful of torn celluloid film, i.e. The Grip Of Film. But truthfully, I think I was secretly fulfilling Richard's dream of seeing oneself as a bulked-up male adonis! haha. It's safe to say that this was one of my favourite projects, ever! So I get to draw an action hero? check! And it's about film? check! What? Richard Ayoade is my subject matter?!? check, check, check!
Your can purchase the book here
As part of their ongoing world refugee awareness campaign, World Vision Australia invited me to respond to a series of short films that shared heart wrenching stories from child refugees about their experience of living day-to-day in crisis areas. My challenge: To create an illustrated poster that is a powerful piece of propaganda that could be exhibited, in print, and shared across social media with the hope that it captures the hearts, and help of many.
After watching all of the videos in the series (and crying, a lot), I came to the understanding that at such young ages, these children have lost their innocence. Through the constant bombing of their towns and having to flee their homes, to watching family members die right in front of them, each child has been forced to grow up too fast, too horrifically. It is this thought which gave me the inspiration to create the artwork INNOCENCE LOST. If you look closely, within the composition, you will find that all of the children toys featured within my illustration, in some way, reference a harmful device that causes harm, death and painful thoughts and feelings from a blown-up Barbie, to bullet-shaped crayons and a wounded teddy bear.
Playboy Magazine asked me to create a fun data graphic for their July issue in a new section called DRAWN DATA – a nice play on words! They had me at the pun. The brief was pretty straight-forward, but complex - to create a great visual using type and spot illustrations to get a lot of information across in a fun, non-conformative approach. Some of the stats and facts revolved around Independence Day and given that this issue was out around July 4th, I made this pretty patriotic in colour, most certainly with the playful Firework wielding Hot Dog at the graphic's centre. I had a lot of fun with this one. Thanks to Chris Deacon & Cat Auer for the fun brief!
This Summer (2016) I was commissioned by the lovely folks at Juniper Park/TBWA to create a visual advertising graphic for their client Miller Lite in lead up to current baseball sporting season. My job was to create a base illustration that could be customised to the branding of well-loved teams adding a touch of localisation to the campaign. Throughout the project I worked closely with Juniper Park making sure both the team colours, logos and Miller Lite's own branding was true to their respective brand guidelines. Hey batter, batter, batter, Saaaa-wing batter!
For the November 2015 issue of Little White Lies Weekly I illustrated the cover for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 featuring a portrait of mega-babe-a-saurus Jennifer Lawrence. My inspiration behind the artwork was the 'propo' (propaganda) angle so heavily featured in Part 1 and early on in Part 2. I worked on the cover with my own contemporary spin on WWII Soviet-era style propaganda posters. C'mon, with Jennifer Lawrence leading the fight, tell me you wouldn't sign up?
Illustrations, menu and new website designs for iconic London restaurant chain The Diner who asked me for a new look for their branding. Umm, Burgers... Illustration... Fries... Illustration... Shakes... more illustrations. It was a no-brainer really. Anyone who knows me well enough, would know that this combination is pretty much a match-made-in-heaven. I love inventing characters so this was a pretty fun brief. Bon apetite!
Type, illustrations and layout (including icons) for WIRED Magazine UK who asked me to develop a 6 page feature section on 'Why The Block Chain Matters' - a story on bitcoin currency and the importance of digital currency protection. I personally find the whole digital currency movement a bit weird. Like with Monopoly money, it just doesn't seem real. You know? So for the styling, I went back in time almost to the beginning of money as we now know it and chose a late 18th century Jules Verne look. Steam punk dollar bills yo!
My groovy illustration of Joaquin Phoenix for Little White Lies Magazine issue 57 - INHERENT VICE, directed by the amazing Paul Thomas Anderson. The film stars Josh Brolin as BIGFOOT the detective and Joaquin Phoenix as a stoner private investigator on the search for his foxy girlfriend who goes missing at the hands of an elusive syndicate of bad dudes. Inspired by 1970s psychedelic wallpaper and hippy floral prints, I hand-illustrated and digitally coloured this portrait of Joaquin for the cover, who, almost blends into the background a little like his character in the film, a tripped-out wallflower. I mean, far out, man.
Illustrations of the great Don Letts and Henry Rollins for Huck Magazine's debut book PADDLE AGAINST THE FLOW - a small hard-cover coffee table book of collected words of wisdom by some of the worlds most influential personalities. Each personality and their quote was accompanied by beautiful hand-drawn portraits by some of the world's leading artists. It was a real honour to draw these guys (and Rollins' arms..!!!) as their music has always been so inspirational to me as an artist.
"I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone." - Henry Rollins
New York Pawn is a urban-inspired illustration for South African T-Shirt brand Mingo Lamberti and their limited-edition PAWN SHOP range. The brief was pretty simple, and open and so I chose to focus on a make-believe environment in which a pawn shop could (or would) exist. In my illustration I've tried to capture all the would-be dodgy references you’d find in and around a Pawn Shop in Brooklyn, New York including the basement adult video store and XXX peep show next door, to the scantily clad woman getting dressed in an upstairs apartment window to the classic american muscle car and alley cats. The shop itself is derelict, closed down, tagged with graffiti and covered in grime a relic of a time-gone-by. A wink to New York’s fading identity.
Dunlop Racing invited 3 illustrators to graphically interpret 3 key eras in the 100 year history of the famous 24 hour Le Mans endurance race. For the project I was asked to interpret the 1950s during which time the famous 'running start' was still an iconic part of the race. The cars would be lined up and the drivers would have to run across the track, into their cars, and then take off! For this poster, I chose to focus on this aspect. The finished illustration is a combination of hand-drawn and vector designed elements in a warm and summery mid-century colour theme.
Illustration of a gritty Oscar Isaac for Little White Lies Magazine issue 51 - INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, directed by the one-and-only Coen Brothers. Starring Carrey Mulligan and Oscar Isaac (as Llewyn Davis) INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS follows the story of a struggling folk musician during a bitter cold winter in 1960s Brooklyn. Inspired by 1950/1960s era music bill posters, I hand-illustrated, collaged and digitally coloured this portrait of Oscar for the cover. To this day, it remains my all-time favourite Little White Lies cover.
A portrait illustration of Jim Carrey as an exquisite corpse for Little White Lies Magazine's special 1994 issue - celebrating the 20th year anniversary of the classic Farrelly Brothers film DUMB AND DUMBER and the release of DUMB AND DUMBER TO (2014). For the cover I drew portraits of Jim Carrey as Lloyd Christmas, The Mask, and Ace Ventura, Pet Detective and then mixed them up for the cover using a torn collage effect with each layer revealing the next character - a simple but effective idea to convey Jim Carrey's incredible character repatoire.
Illustration of Matt Damon for Little White Lies Magazine issue 48 - ELYSIUM, directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9). Starring Jodie Foster and Matt Damon (as Max) ELYSIUM follows the story of sick man who agrees to undertake a dangerous mission that could bring equality to the population as the ultrarich live aboard a luxurious space station called Elysium, and the rest live a hardscrabble existence in Earth's ruins. Elysium was my first cover design for Little White Lies and the start of my love-affair with drawing portraits of some of my favourite movie stars and their characters.
Illustrations for UK street wear brand Dephect who commissioned me to create a series of 3 screen print designs as an official Timba x Dephect collection of tees inspired by mid-century MAD magazine advertising coupons. You know, like those whacky Sea Monkey's and Woopi-Cushion ads. Each one features a combination of hand drawn characters and type combined with vector elements and textures.
Illustration of David Oyelowo for Little White Lies Weekly issue 6 - SELMA, directed by Ava DuVernay. Starring Tim Roth and David Oyelowo (as MLK) SELMA is a chronicle of Martin Luther King's campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. In this illustration I’ve tried to incapsulate the power of free speech in a political propaganda kind of way. BIG, BOLD, SHOUTING type and different quality of halftones come together to portray a man in a struggle for human rights.
"This life is temporary but the soul is eternal". This powerful line of lyrics is from 'Thieves In The Night' - a recording by Yesin Bey (Mos Def) and Talib Kweli, together, known as Black Star. This typographic poster was originally illustrated for the group exhibition 'Rap Graphics' at 71A Gallery London as a collection of A2 posters inspired by the poetry of rap lyrics. Curated by influential London Film Director Ed Andrews, 12 influential illustrators & typographers were asked to interpret a line of lyrics from a pre-selected rap artist and into a poster combining illustration and type. Just a few of my favourite things...
Various illustrations for everyone's favourite tshirt brand and notorious prankster Johnny Cupcakes. I've had the pleasure to design a number of limited edition tee designs for JC and of all the projects I've ever worked on, these have been some of the most fun. Johnny's charming personality and overall attention-to-detail with his brand makes for a pretty great person to work with and the message is in the playfulness of these artworks. And, who doesn't love a good cupcake or two?
A selection of various type designs, experiments and letterforms from over the years. Some hand drawn, some vector, some a combination of both. What's your type?