Sunday, 28 June 2015

Primate Family Portrait. The Aye-aye.

I've always had more than a passing penchant for all things primate. It's a remarkable thing to look at such a menagerie as you find in the various branches of our primate family tree and know that we are a part of all that (kinda like meeting long lost relatives at a wedding...). One such remarkable relative is the Aye-aye.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Black Books booze... Life Cry bottle label.






A couple of my very good friends had birthdays in close succession recently and, as we all share a love of the estimable Dylan Moran's superb channel 4 comedy series Black Books, I made them both my take on a bottle of the drink Life Cry which features briefly in the episode titled Elephants and Hens (the only playable link I could find on youtube is speeded up and cropped, so part of the bottle label is missing, still, you can get the idea if you jump to 3 min 25 seconds in). On the show Life Cry would appear to be a budget, rough, alcopopish beverage best avoided but I hypothesized its makers had relaunched it for a trendier 21st century market. Fans of the show might get some of the references I included on the back label and, if you haven't seen Black Books yet... what's keeping you ?! I cannot recommend it strongly enough. "You always know you're in for a good night when there's a polar bear bleeding on the label." Cheers!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

a smattering of sketches...


Still working on, for now, 'keep it under the hat' stuff. Here's some sketches that hint at aspects of the project. All very good fun, I look forward to showing more...

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Apollo Poncho.



There's something about drawing spacesuits that I just find highly enjoyable so, when I arrived at the notion of a "poncho spaceman" with a mate last week, and then that mate had his birthday this week, this drawing for a card was the result.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

surplus neanderthals... (not a bad band name either)

Well you would be forgiven for thinking I'd dropped off the face of the earth but I've been busy with some exciting projects and won't have anything I can show for a while save occasional sketch crumbs which fall from the drawing board. The first scattering take the form of neanderthal portraits which, although the wrong flavour for the project in question, had a little something I really liked.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

merch for the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation with my little, orange fellows on it...

Happy 2015 everyone! It's nice to be able to start the cold and shivering blog year on a warm and fuzzy orange note and finally share photos of some goodies I received through the post.

Towards the end of last year I was approached by The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation as they'd seen a couple (one and two) of my little, orange fellows on the web and wondered if I'd be willing to donate merchandising use of them for T-shirts and the like. Well, if you look back through my blog it would become evident I've got more than a passing soft spot for all things primate so I was very happy to be able to help the BOSF in their worthy work. I'm no expert but sadly, as with other urgent charitable causes, there is a real need to be answered and many devoted and hard working individuals who need the support. If you can spare the time I know these lovely folks (and the hairy, orange guys and gals they care for) would appreciate your interest.

I'm not sure of the ins and outs in getting hold of these BOSF products from countries other than Indonesia but I would suggest a visit to their web shop and in working with them I've found them to be very friendly and eager to help.





Sunday, 14 December 2014

It's Newtonmas 2014 !!! Deck the halls with prisms and apples fa la la la laaah...

Well it's that most wonderful time of the year when all those so inclined celebrate the mind (though perhaps not the personality) of Isaac the birthday boy. I don't know at what point something becomes a tradition but as this is my third Newtonmas card (see the others here and here) I'm going to call this a tradition of mine.

Raise a glass of spiced cider and don't forget the apple on top of your Newtonmas tree this year. Warmest compliments of the season and a very happy new year to everyone!

Sunday, 30 November 2014

a somewhat spotty triceratops...

Here's my (last minute) creature for this months a little bit bunny. Triceratops was always my favourite dinosaur as a kid (so many pointy bits, though not as many spots as mine now has)... but, for a wee while, there was some proper noun panic over whether it really existed...

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

mammoth prize draw...(draw in both senses of the word)

Torquay Museum are finding lots of exciting uses for the mammoth illustration I did for them. I'm led  to believe there is a Mammoth Free Museum Weekend at Torquay Museum this weekend along with a special prize draw, for which I've been asked to doodle a couple of mammoths as prizes (so long as the post arrives in time). Very relaxing drawing mammoths. Nice and scribbley! Sadly I'm too far from Torquay this weekend otherwise it sounded like a fun old time !


Monday, 10 November 2014

Aesops fable of "The dog and his bone" for Storytime magazine...

In some small defence of my slipshod blogging of late I've had one or two illustration jobs that I had to keep under wraps until they saw print. One such commission was for the grand folks at Storytime magazine who kindly asked me to provide illustrations for the Aesops fable of the dog and his bone (a.k.a the dog and his reflection) for their November issue. Y'know the story; dog finds bone, dog happy with bone, dog sees his reflection with said bone in the river and thinks it's another dog with a better bone, so dog goes to bark at this 'new' bone owner and nab the better bone... What do you know, dog loses his bone in the river... The moral of this fable, avoid rivers!

I pitched three different dog characters (named Sniffer, Banger and Spot... for ease of distinguishing them apart) for Storytime to choose between. Most gratifyingly, after the story was illustrated, they asked for a further group illustration of all three dogs (plus heads and a bone icon) to use for a game page to accompany the original story. All in all a very rewarding brief to work on.

I must say it's great to see the modus operandi Storytime have adopted for themselves, commissioning a variety of distinctly different illustrators to accompany a stimulating mix of story content in a well designed and produced quality magazine for children. Long may it continue.