Thursday, 31 December 2009

See you next decade.

Last blog post of the noughties(!). We're at a friends house so here's a drawing of
Louise and our god-daughter, Ava, watching Foster's. See you next year!





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Sunday, 27 December 2009

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Futurdude


Someone I saw today... nah, not really. Someone I drew today whilst watching the excellent Moon.

Friday, 25 December 2009

It's Christmas!


No new drawing today but here's a picture of Tippy in the snow. Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Thursday, 24 December 2009

Mods at Christmas


Saw this dude Christmas shopping the other day. Bet he loves a bit of Weller.

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Merry Christmas!


Here's one of four Christmas cards I produced with Louise featuring the festive creature, Tippy Winkles. Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Floaty X 2


Another alien that I drew for Paranormal Magazine's "Top 10 Greatest Aliens in the World.. Ever" (or something along those lines). Available in all good newsagents now!

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Totem


I like Totems. Me and Louise are thinking of building one in the garden. Well, Louise would probably build it. I'd "art direct" from the window in my slippers.

PS Did I mention Louise won the Momiji Couture competition? Well, she did!

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Do They Know It's Chipmas Time?


Today was the inaugural Chipmas (the Saturday before Christmas from now on - please amend your calendars forthwith). Me and Louise made our way to Sheffield (the spiritual home of Chipmas) and chips were consumed and a good time was had by all. Thanks to Kipi and Jamie for hosting this event, Mike and Katie for procuring the pies (despite overwhelming odds!) and for lifts and for Jon for clearing his plate like a good boy (for evidence of Jon's egg laden meal click HERE). Thanks also to Kipi's bunnies and the Two Steps chip shop. Merry Chipmas everyone!

Friday, 18 December 2009

Christmas DoodlePlanet - Complete


My finished piece for the Christmas DoodlePlanet charity auction. A great night drawing along side the regulars - David, Kimmings, Dan, Tomos, Abigail and Stuart as well as guest appearances from Joe List and John Allison. I also had the honour of being drawn by John. Click HERE to see.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Christmas DoodlePlanet

Currently drawing my piece for the charity auction. Finished article on tomorrow's post.


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Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Tortoise-man


This is a drawing of the man who delivered my Amazon parcel today. He was, what can only be described as, a human tortoise. Don't get me wrong, he was very pleasant but, boy, he sure did look like a tortoise! I like to imagine that he was having a courier's delivery race with another driver with big, floppy ears who was so sure he'd win that he was having a snooze in his van somewhere.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Still away..,

...so here's a Christmassy photo. See you tomorrow.


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Sunday, 13 December 2009

Train heave on to Euston...




Just in case I don't manage to post a sketch today, here's a photo. It was freezing this morning but at least the shadows were nice and long.

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Saturday, 12 December 2009

While I'm away...


I'm away from my computer for the next few days. I will TRY to blog from my phone but I'm not guaranteeing anything. In the meantime here's a pic drawn onto orange card with a couple of Poscas.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Old Skool


Some recent artwork I did for a record cover pitch. I got the job but the finished article will have no figures on it just objects (it's going to be a nice sleeve but I love drawing people). There's an animated TV ad to go with it. I'll let you know once it's in the shops and on the box.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Top Gun


An interesting character I saw this week - hi-visibility jacket, mutton chop sideburns and a "Top Gun" baseball cap. I committed him to memory (well, you would, wouldn't you?) to draw at a later date. Unfortunately, the woman I saw on the train today wearing a homemade John Barrowman t shirt couldn't really be captured in a sketch.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Adventures in Live Drawing



Two recent live drawing pics. Both at recent DoodlePlanet events (one in Chester, the other at Glyndwr university - doing it for the kids, yeah). I swapped the top piece for a painting by Mr Kimmings. Good ol' Joolsy! I also had the pleasure of drawing next to Rich AKA Ume Toys.

Friday, 4 December 2009

Googie Müller


You remember Googie Müller? You don't?! Really? Refresh your memory here.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Astronaut


Right, two posts in two days. Let's see if I can keep this going...

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

How Do I Look?


Quick sketch done whilst watching America's Next Top Model (season 12).

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Plant Vampire (Plantpire?)


A teaser for an illustration I've just finished for next month's Paranormal magazine - Top 10 Craziest Aliens (or something along those lines). This leafy fella is officially known as "The Botanic Vampire of West Virginia" (or Keith if you're his Mum). I'll post the rest once the magazine is out. And remember, don't have nightmares.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Heppy & Tommy Floom


Two character designs for an idea I've got for a comic strip- meet Heppy and Tommy Floom. It's an idea which will allow me to draw creatures, cities, crowd scenes and characters jumping up and down playing guitar - think The Moldy Peaches meets Fraggle Rock. Needless to say, Louise is already half way through making a plush version of Tommy....

Update - Plush Tommy now finished! Click here.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Hopton Moss - Privet Detective


Introducing, Hopton Moss - Privet Detective. He lives to solves crimes, drink Martini, woo the ladies and antagonise Inspector Cumulus ("You don't want to make me Nimbocumulus, Moss! You wouldn't like me when I'm Nimbocumulus."). I'm hedging my bets here but I'm sure you'll be "lichen" him! Sorry.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Tokyo Jazz Panda Wall



I spent two days this week painting a wall for the lovely people at Tokyo Jazz Panda in Chester. They've just moved to lovely new premises and to celebrate they asked me to paint all over one of the recently decorated walls. Here's the result.

Saturday, 31 October 2009

Happy Halloween!


My piece from the Halloween DoodlePlanet event in Chester this week. I was drawing between Hammo and Guy McKinley so the pressure was on a bit. They both produced amazing work. Another great night.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

10 years at the Guide.


This month marks the 10th anniversary of my first Guardian Guide cover. It was a REALLY big deal getting my first cover (top left) and the buzz has never worn off. I've had around 25 covers in the past 10 years and these are some of my favourites. Nothing matches the feeling of being out and about on a Saturday and seeing people reading the Guide with my illustration on the cover. As well as the covers I've drawn illustrations for over 350 Hard Sell columns, had the cover to the Guardian Glastonbury Guide (spotted around the neck of John Peel, Paul McCartney and, er, Badly Drawn Boy) and provided icons for the Guide website. It's been an absolute blast and I've worked with some really great people. Long make it continue. TEN years! Where does the time go?!

Monday, 26 October 2009

Shakedown Preston


On Saturday I took part in Shakedown at Preston's covered market. A day of extremes - from torrential rain and grey skies to bright blue skies and the possibility of sunburn - all within the space of a few hours. This is my 8ft wall. POSCA and a pot of orange emulsion. Annoyingly, it's too similar compositionally to the piece I did at Doodleplanet last month. Never mind, there's always next time. Apart from that it was a great day painting alongside Moot (who organised the event), David Setter, HiCalorie and loads of other supremely talented artists.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Inspector Cumulus Sculpt




Look at these! Got these pics from Andy Woo over at Crazy Label this morning of the clay sculpt of the Inspector Cumulus toy. What an incredible sculpt! Few things to iron out yet but I've no doubts AT ALL that this is going to be a great toy. Crazy Label have done an amazing job. It's an absolute pleasure working with them. His head, in the finished toy, will be a milky, semi-opaque plastic. Let me know what you think. More pics here.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Trees VS Buildings


I drew this in my sketchbook last night (whilst watching Project Runway). Coloured it today. Louise thinks it reflects my state of mind.

Friday, 9 October 2009

Recent sketchbook pages




Some recent pages from my sketchbook. May develop into paintings at some point.

Friday, 2 October 2009

More drawing on walls.



Another enjoyable night at the live drawing event, DoodlePlanet. Thanks again to David, Heidi and Matty for putting on such a great night.