A friend from work had a birthday recently, so did a pen & soluble graphite illustration for her. She’s a big fan of Sons of Anarchy, and gets particularly creepy when discussing the lead character Jax….
Below are a couple of shots of it, along with it framed next to the Jason Statham sketch I did for her last year.
Made a flying visit to Berlin for an amazing new year party with a few friends, but managed to squeeze in some good sightseeing around this fascinating city too. History surrounds you everywhere you go here, would love to go back again someday for a proper look around. Here’s a few photos from my walks about the place:
…Ok, before you view the below images, know one thing – I am pretty sure that Neal is sane….I think….
To give you a bit of a backstory, Neal used to write twisted versions of Winnie the Pooh short stories for fun. And when he won a free illustration off me in a company raffle, he decided he wanted to convert one of them into an A2 canvas, created in a minimalist Calvin & Hobbes style. Below you’ll see the initial draft sketch and final illustration, and a close up of a few frames too.
The story itself is very entertaining, and this was a really fun illustration to work on – Pooh killing off the gang one-by-one wasn’t something I’d ever expected to draw! But really happy with how it turned out, and Neal now has it hanging at home.
Should make for an interesting ice-breaker for guests over Christmas! Click on the images to enlarge….
I was approached by An Lanntair Arts Centre in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, to create some posters and flyers for a couple of their upcoming Christmas & New Year gigs.
The first, for the popular band Skerryvore, was designed to replicate their energetic sound, while also displaying an image of the fun and excitement to be had at a Leodhasach New Year ceilidh/concert!
For the second poster, An Lanntair wanted a vintage-style design to portray a throwback feel to Scottish Hogmanay ceilidh’s of days gone by. This is for the talented local musician Willie Campbell, who will be joined on the night by some special guests…
Catherine and Donald got married in Inverness this past weekend, and asked me to create them an illustration for using on the invites I was doing for them. I also created their Order of Service, Menus, etc, for their big day, and I’m glad to say everything turned out really well (Thanks to JTCP, Inverness, for printing).
Below is the illustration they requested. In the background is the church they were married in, as well as the Inverness Castle – both features along the riverfront they’re pictured on. The boat they are on there is Donald’s own fishing boat, ‘True Vine’. And like any good marriage, the wife is already in charge!
This is a commissioned 36 x 12 inch illustrated canvas, completed for my friend Laura from work who was recently married in New York!
One of her close friends asked me if it would be possible to create a minimalist piece of art as her wedding gift, to commemorate their wedding at the Ladies Pavillion in Central Park. I asked her to take some photos of the day to give me a better feel of area, and also to get the outfits, etc, correct. So that helped with details like the San Remo Building (upper left) and the distinctive lake in the foreground, with its green coloured water, and a few other parts.
I started the same as I do all of my large illustration pieces, by sketching out some layout ideas in pencil. I scanned those in and began playing about with it in Photoshop, coming up with a rough design and colours, until the client was happy with the general idea. Then, once I got the photos from the wedding I began designing it properly in Adobe Illustrator, working up a draft design which we worked from. The colour scheme totally changed from the original pinks and dark blues, to reflect how the area looked in the summer. Once the overall look was right, the final piece was getting the bride and groom exactly as we wanted it, and this is where the photos really helped, as the kilt pattern, dress, flowers etc all look as they did on the big day.
You can also see the distinctive NYC skyline in background, with the Empire State Building, new World Trade Centre, etc standing out. The full illustration is at the top (click to see full-screen), with a few close-ups underneath. She seemed really happy with it anyway, and that’s the main thing!! Nothing scarier than an angry bride…..
“I value my neck a lot more than three thousand bucks, chief.”
Yesterday would’ve been Robert Shaw’s 86th birthday, so drew this quick iPad sketch of the greatest character in cinematic history as a tribute! A true legend…
My pal Kevin sent me this photo of Die Hard on his TV, next to his framed print of my Die Hard illustration – Pretty sweet!
And just as a wee extra, I’ll post this screenshot of my attempt at the Guardian Movie Quiz last week….MOVIE BOY, MOVIE BOY, MOVIE BOY…
Seen these floating about on a few sites, pretty cool style, liking the Kimbo Slice one too – completely out of place!
…James Gandolfini, who passed away suddenly last week, I created this quick line drawing on the iPad – in honour of his most famous role, the complicated badass that was Tony Soprano.
Undoubtedly one of my favourite TV/Movie characters of all time, and a showcase for how great an actor he was to garner sympathy out of such a violent sociopath. RIP Jimmy.