Noontide Toll

colour, editorial, process
Another illustration for The Financial Times out this weekend, for a book review of Romesh Gunesekera’s Noontide Toll – a series of short stories about a hired driver and his passengers. Set in Sri Lanka after the recent civil war, we explore the lives of these people as they pass through.
I really loved working on this piece and with such evocative imagery to respond to I was excited to explore a new colour palette away from my usual darker tones. Process below!

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Travelling Sprinkler

colour, editorial, illustration, process
New piece for the Financial Times Book review section. Illustrating Nicholson Baker’s new publication Travelling Sprinklers, it tells the story of a failing poet called Chowder. Disappointed by middle-aged life he invests his attention to a travelling sprinkler he has grown emotionally attachment to after a break up with his girlfriend.
The article emphasised the mundanity of Chowder’s life and Baker’s writing style reflecting that. I tried to use colours that echoed this feeling, a quieter and more subtle palette than my usual choice.

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Wreaking havoc

colour, illustration, process
Imageogre-sketchesNew piece here, after completing the Ogre themed illustration for the Orchinfabula exhibition, I wanted to work up another sketch I had considered exploring narrative within the borders. Sketch ideas for both artworks above.

 

Ogres in Italy

b/w, colour, drawing, exhibition, painting, sketchbook, travel
A piece for the Orchinfabula exhibition at the National Archeological Museum in Paestum, Italy. As part of the Festival of Fairy Tales, the exhibition centered around the theme of myths and ogres.

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Exploring mythology for this piece was a departure from my usual work, it’s nicely timed with the new term I’m teaching at The Prince’s Drawing Clubs as we’re exploring myths and legends too. The exhibition lies just across the road from an incredible archaeological site preserving temples of the Greek gods Athena, Hera and Neptune, I’ve just come back from there and tried my hand at painting its surroundings. Working with colours in watercolour was fun and foreign to me since I paint with black ink mostly. Here’s the muddied result along with a couple other quick drawings done whilst waiting for and on trains.

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Italy-11…and a few panels of my Uffizi tour with Jon. Negronis will feature later if I finish this little strip.

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And one last drawing copied from a painting…from which I cannot recall the name. But I loved the dramatic lighting cast over the majestic figures swooping all over the canvas.

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Promo time

colour, illustration, promo
Fuelled by the energy of some extremely chocolatey cookies, I’ve just finished hand writing 200 mail outs that have been carefully designed, printed and pieced together for all the art directors I admire across the globe. Here are the beauties ready to be sent out including an A3 poster I’ve made specifically for such an occasion, spread the word people! Can’t wait to work for you all!

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Harmful pesticide use in vineyards

colour, editorial, illustration
New artwork for French quarterly XXI, on the damaging use of pesticides in French vineyards. Loved working on such a well researched article, it’s a beautifully designed magazine and was great to contribute to it.

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future-generations

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Here are the preliminary sketches for the article.

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Happy Chinese New Year!

colour, illustration, process

Chinese New Year kickstarts the largest annual human migration across the world. Known as chunyun in Chinese, about 3.6 billion people travel across China during this time to reunite with their families, here is my take on this momentous occasion!

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Paint the Queen Mural

colour, painting

Mural that I painted for the Queen of Hoxton in East London, originally working from my Utopia illustration shown below, I adapted the piece to fit the narrow format I had to work with. Using spray paint and some stencils, I completed this mural in just under a week. Battling with the cold and wind of London’s uncompromising weather, it was a challenging piece and scaling up my original artwork had its own surprises, but the whole experience has been an amazing opportunity to work in such a different environment.