The New Humanist has had a big redesign and switched from a bi-monthly publication to a larger, quarterly magazine. It’s got some great stuff in the new issue (published on November 21st) – you can find out more about that here.
I was commissioned to produce an illustration for an interview with Simon Singh. The interview covers his issues with homeopathy and his new book: The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets.
Here’s the illustration:
I’ve had this warm up sketch lying around on my desktop for a few months now. I tried colouring it at one point and was never all that happy with it. Finally dug it out this morning while waiting for feedback on a project. I added some brutalist buildings in the background and used a completely different colour scheme. Probably been staring at it too long so have decided it’s as close to finished as it’s going to get:
My lovely friends Patrick and Eleanor are getting married and I illustrated and designed the wedding invite. They wanted something Art Noveau-ish with a purple colour scheme of some sort…
(I realised as I was about to post this that my friends may not want random people showing up to their wedding so have filtered some of the text at the bottom)
A friend of a mine is a Latin teacher and has been frustrated with the standard textbooks that exist. Frustrated enough to try and update them and make them more fun by making a new one in her own time!
She’s writing a narrative into the textbook that guides the kids through the educational bits in a more engaging way. With a couple of time-travelling school-kids. She asked me if I could design the main characters Guy and Fergus and draw a few facial expressions to litter the textbook with. She also needed an image of the kids going to pick up a sword, and an image of a Roman boy they meet called Lucius. It’s in the early stages at the moment, so it’ll be black and white and a bit of an experiment to see if it works. But I threw in some basic coloured versions for fun:
The designer collective Bureau For Change are in the process of setting up their website and wanted me to draw some bespoke portraits for their bio page. Had a lot of fun inking these. Here they are:
With the Edinburgh Fringe only a couple of months away, I’ve been working on a few posters/flyers/logos for various shows.
First up: The delightful John-Luke Roberts (who is responsible for this gloriously silly sketch) is going to be busy this Edinburgh. He’ll be doing his one man play Sock Puppet, co-hosting and presenting The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society, and doing a new hour of stand-up with Broken Stand-Up. He asked me to help design the poster and flyer which is here…
More Edinburgh posters coming soon…
The bad news: no In The Frame this week sadly.
The good news: because I was asked to contribute a full page illustration to accompany an article about the zombie bankers of Mayfair. The article won’t go online until next week sometime but I’ve been allowed to share the illustration here…
Normal service should resume next week with In The Frame.
The Media Reform Coalition are holding another rally this year. Here’s the blurb:
The last year has given us an unprecedented understanding of the power of the owners and editors of the British press. The Leveson Inquiry showed that a handful of people have the power to destroy lives, make deals with Prime Ministers, collude with corrupt police – and to label anyone who criticises them as an enemy of ‘free speech’.
The unaccountable power of media corporations undermines our democracy: it leads to politicians who care more about Daily Mail headlines than their citizens, allows cover ups like the Hillsborough disaster, and excludes millions of ordinary people who never see their lives or opinions reflected in the mainstream media.
We want to see world where media moguls are cut down to size, where journalists can stand up to bullying editors, where investigative journalism is protected, and where the media is seen as a public good, not a channel of influence for the super-rich.
If this is the future you want to build, join us June 17th.
I was asked to provide another poster (see here for my 2012 poster). Last year the brief was to try to communicate some of the infrastructural problems with the media, this time round the brief was to communicate a distinction between their media and ours. Here was what I came up with:
Here’s a new warm-up sketch I’ve been working on this week. I’m trying to work sketches I’m pleased with into poster designs or fuller pieces that I’d want to have on my wall (if it wasn’t my own work). I spend a while at the end of each day tinkering and experimenting with photoshop and the colours. I’m constantly trying to develop my process with colouring and I’m enjoying trying different styles. It has such a dramatic impact on the original art.
I watched The Man Who Fell To Earth last week for the first time. Followed by the Five Years documentary (which was great). The film has a lot of Roeg hallmarks: weird sex scenes, a contempt for hand-holding exposition, and beautiful imagery. So, y’know, it was disjointed but fascinating. Bowie is brilliantly alienated and so effortlessly iconic in every shot. It’s a flawed film but it stayed with me and left me desperate to draw something relating to it.
The only thing I knew going in was that Bowie was to be the only part of the image coloured white and that I’d use variations of the orange hair as the rest of the colours. I opted for a similar screenprinting registration error that I used in my Seventies sketch as I think it has a pleasing but disconcerting effect on the eyes.
A quick process note: The background and borders, like the textures I use on top, are all created out of elements I made myself (either screenprinting rolls of paint or using brush and ink on big scraps of paper). I’m also trying out some bespoke brushes in photoshop. I prefer the hands on approach though. I think using other people’s textures or sourcing things like this on the internet is a little disingenuous. If you’re going to spend all this time in front of the computer doing post-production on an image, you may as well get your hands dirty and have some painty/inky fun first.