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’m really chuffed that I will now be working with creative production agency, Shop Around. Based in the Netherlands and the USA, they are far cooler than I could ever be. The fact that I used the work ‘cool’ says it all really.
I’m always thinking of ways I can inject colour into my work, I feel it needs more although I’ve been assured it doesn’t. Well, I’m not listening on this particular occasion so this week I’ve bumped up some food illustrations with a zap of cyan and magenta. Yum!
I’ve included this week an editorial illustration which communicates the overwhelming accumulation of material possessions we now have. People in some parts of the modern world with more disposable income have acquired so many things that it can be overwhelming. As a result of this, a minimalist movement has been growing for a few years now: chuck it all away and learn to live with less. Which is is nice if you have enough money to acquire all these possessions in the first place. Not so lovely for the people who will always have to get by on very little.
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!