I have two main styles that I use: a very finely executed graphite style and a looser, more fluid style in watercolour and indian ink. Most of my work is the former but commerically, the later is more in in demand. However it’s harder to do because I have to let go a bit more. You have to trust the ink and the brush and accept that a splat or quite flurry with a brush could muck the whole thing up. Even though I have Photoshop (Gawd bless that software), you still end up holding your breath at certain points.
I wanted to do this illustration for DrawaDot with a futuristic feel to it, and when I saw the text in the corner of the mount board, I just had to incorporate it into the final piece of work.
The delightful girl that posed for this photo was so brilliant at giving off an air of, “I don’t give a fuck” that this has become one of my favourite illustration I’ve done in a long time. She’s a cocktail fairy if you can have such a thing. She’s holding some of the ingredients for the Bramble cocktail with mint, lemon and blackberries in the background.
My illustration for the Sunday Times was published this weekend on the cover of the Parent Power supplement. This is what it looked like.
This illustration was a pitch for a magazine editorial inspired by the cover of Gemma Bovery, a graphic novel by Posy Simmonds and one of my favourite writers and illustrators. This doesn’t have the punch Posy’s cover does because the lead has a shifty look in her eyes but I’ve always loved that crimson flash on danger on a deep blue background.
I’ve been a bit quiet for the last month because I’ve moved house and also because I’ve been very busy. It’s quite vexing that the busier I am, the more sparse my online presence is. Here is an illustration for my portfolio which needed updating and this is a male version of exactly how I look when travelling in between London and Amsterdam. Smart, professional and with purpose! If you see someone looking stressed and messy, that is my twin sister!