Final illustration for The Guardian’s Industrial Revolution series

Illustrating for The Guardian has been a bit of an honour if you want to know the truth. A bit sad that this is the last illustration for their five part essay on the next Industrial Revolution (aka robots taking over the world bleep bloop). Fingers crossed I will hear from them again soon for another collaboration!

Anyway, this final essay is about how it’s becoming common for people to have all kinds of jobs and careers throughout their life. This is due to such a wide range of education and training available online.

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Human Cermet

Okay so this is a bit of a random caricature….I follow Julian Solomita and Jenna Marbles on youtube. In a recent vlog, Jenna talks about how she dreamed one of her dogs as a human version of himself. I love trippy shit like this so couldn’t resist drawing it up, I used her description as a guide. You can see the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7hfG1gIUwY

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Another linocut, yew!

Okay so this process is a little addictive. I love how it takes a lot of thought. And then there’s the energy of carving it out and making a nice mess of lino bits everywhere. EVERYWHERE.

This piece is inspired by a true story of someone dear to me. If they wrote their life story, this is how it would begin:

“When he was a young boy, a crow stole his watch. Perhaps this explains everything that’s happening right now.”

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My first linocut print

I’ve had a couple of pieces of lino and black ink laying around for a while. At last over the weekend I pulled them out and had a carve. While the designs are simple, it was satisfying for me to complete the process and I felt really pleased with the results. I just love the intensity of the black ink and there’s a tiny thrill when pulling the piece of lino up off the paper after inking it up. Credit for the words go to someone dear to me.

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Stills photography shoot

Late last year I was hired by Kojo creative as a stills photographer for a GSK film shoot.

The set itself was so wonderfully put together, with one of the scenes mimicking a doctors surgery from the early 90’s. When I wasn’t too busy photographing, I loved taking in all the details (old desk top organiser, manila folders, a little kangaroo ornament souvenir…..).

Just as impressive were the crew and talent who were so professional that we were able to complete the shoot in one day.

I reaaalllly enjoyed myself and would love to do something similar soon! Here are a couple of my favourite shots from the day.

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Commissioned graphic novel

 

I took some time off from posting “businessy” things over January. It’s February already (what??) and so I’m keen to get back in to sharing what I’ve been up to. So let’s start with this piece I finished off late last year.

A lovely person approached me to illustrate her words as a short graphic novel. It was to be a one-off hand made piece, a gift for a close friend of hers.

My illustrations used pen and water colour paints. I then made a cover with thick card and hand bound it all together using cotton. As a finishing touch, I added some stars and planets to the cover using a silver pen.

What a pleasure it was to complete. MOAR PLEASE! COME AT ME!

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This nakey dancing lady I drew is celebrating the fact that I now have a Society 6 page! Yew! Buy all the things! Or don’t, I won’t know if you personally didn’t, it’s okay. Really.

I have photo prints, paintings (prints) and even t-shirts and phone cases. I will be adding to it over time, but there’s certainly lots to choose from already.

 

Do I do character design? YASSS!

A while ago I finished working on an amazing project. It involved creating characters and illustrations for an educational app to help prevent racism. Read more about it here.

This morning however, I heard back from the client who needed a specific graphic for promotional uses. The graphic was to have all of the characters together as a group. I suddenly realised how many characters I designed and developed for the one app; 30 in total! It also reminded me how much I love working on character design. There’s something so wonderful about using your imagination and creating a little being. Every detail is so deliberate to building that character’s personality.

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