The Usual Suspects – UPDATED

August 14, 2014 - Leave a Response

**Added the 2 outline images at bottom to give an idea of how much detail goes into each illustration/character**

A friend of mine asked me to create this digital illustration of his 5 favourite TV characters, done in a Usual Suspects line-up style. Incase you don’t recognise them, from l-r are Don draper (Mad Men), Walter White/Heisenberg (Breaking Bad), Tony Soprano (The Sopranos), Rust Cohle (True detective) and Dr Gregory House (House).

As well as drawing them in their signature clothing, I also added iconic items like Tony’s cigar, Walt Whitman’s ‘Leaves of Grass’ book, etc to the piece. Good fun working on this one!

Here’s the initial sketch layout, final piece and a few close-ups:

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Rocket Racoon sketch

July 30, 2014 - Leave a Response

Did a quick sketchpad drawing in black pen of Rocket Racoon, with the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ film coming out this weekend. looking forward to seeing it!


Moon Landing Sketch

July 20, 2014 - Leave a Response

This is an old sketch I did, but as it’s the 45th anniversary of Buzz and Neilly-boy sauntering about on the moon I thought I’d post it anyway!

I’m fascinated by space and wish we’d explore it more – imagine all we could achieve if we spent £trillions on that instead of war and nuclear weapons….





Thierry Plays On….

June 22, 2014 - Leave a Response

A mate asked me to do him a novelty illustrated congratulations card for the wedding of friends of his – the bride plays the saxophone, the groom is a massive Thierry Henry fan. Hence the result below!


Movie Posters

May 23, 2014 - Leave a Response

Click here to see some awesome illustrated posters by Justin Van Genderen.

Crofting logo

April 27, 2014 - Leave a Response

A friend is launching a crofting tourism business, Air an Lot (Gaelic for ‘On the Croft’), and asked me to create the below logo that represented the main aspects of it. So I used the silhouette of an old style crofter using his spade to turn the ground, with a sheepdog created out of the negative space between his legs.

We settled on this colour also, that represents the seas surrounding the district of Ness (in the Western Isles of Scotland) where the business is based. Read more about it on his blog HERE.

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Cohle Investigates…

April 2, 2014 - Leave a Response

Was rewatching an episode of ‘True Detective’ on TV tonight and decided to do a quick illustration at the same time. Need to do a full proper one soon!!

This is black pen on paper, with a couple of digital enhancements to give it the dark, Southern feel of the show….


‘Jax’ illustration

February 22, 2014 - Leave a Response

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.





Berlin for Hogmanay

January 5, 2014 - Leave a Response

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:






‘Winnie the Pooh’ Comic Strip….

December 17, 2013 - Leave a Response

…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….

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