Monday, 21 March 2011

Ganbare Nippon!

I donated one of my Storks prints to Illustration Rally's Japan Tsunami appeal. It's now on sale in their Ganbare Nippon Etsy store along with lots of other pieces donated by artists and illustrators. 100% of the sales will be added to I.R's appeal on Just Giving 

Visit to see all the work available. There's something for everyone, from £3 postcards to £150 original drawings.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Ganbare Nippon: Japan Tsunami Appeal

With much of northern Japan left devastated by the weekend's earthquakes and tsunami, and now facing the very real threat of nuclear meltdown, I'm thanking my lucky continental plate that I'm far, far away from the Ring of Fire. The notion of a nuclear disaster immediately following two natural ones seems like a really, really severe case of kicking someone when they're down, and has hugely intensified my feelings against nuclear power. If you're looking for a creative way to do your bit for the thrice affected people of Japan, look no further than Illustration Rally's Ganbare Nippon: Japan Tsunami Appeal. Illustration Rally founder Natsuki Otani is a Japanese illustrator currently based in the UK and has set up a JustGiving donation page as well as running two art-based fundraisers. The first is an open artwork donation: any piece(s) you're willing to give, be they large, small, 2D, 3D or anything else, will be accepted and sold on Etsy with all proceeds going direct to the appeal. The second is a special illustration rally for those artists with close ties to Japan to produce some unique and special products to raise money. It will be a great opportunity to grab some unique and memorable pieces for a truly worthy cause. Head over to for all the info.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Alice's Adventure's - New designs added to Envelop

I've added another set of goods to Envelop, this time featuring my Adventures In Wonderland design. I originally created the image for South West Artwork's 'What Alice Found' signage competition, run to find a designer for their upcoming Boscombe shop's signs and logo (I previously blogged about it here). They eventually chose this gorgeous and super-slick creation by very talented fellow Falmouth graduate, Ben Farrell. Ben's design is so perfect for the shop, and I can't wait to see it finally up on the store-front. The shop will open to the public on the 2nd April, and will be full of SWA's artistic treats plus vintage wonders from co-owners The Cherry Closet.
 Part of my design was this Art Nouveau-esque White Rabbit illustration, which I'd imagined either adorning part of the front window or painted across an interior wall. I think it looks equally great on the Envelop tote bags and aprons though, and I hope they'll go down a treat. Whaddaya reckon?

Envelop Apron

Envelop Tote

Click on a product name to be whisked away to it's Envelop page. Unfortunately I managed to commit a heinous punctuation crime on the apron page, but I can't change it without re-uploading the whole design and, as it's been approved and published, I'm just going to walk away and pretend it never happened. Let's never speak of this again....

Friday, 11 March 2011

Challenger Times - eatbigfish

I've been meaning to post this for a while. Before Christmas I did some work for international branding company eatbigfish, and was asked to keep it under wraps until they'd used it, but my scatterbrain kept forgetting to share it after it was published. eatbigfish specialise in working with 'challenger companies', so the illustrations I created were all based on specific challenger types to be highlighted in their promotional newspaper, Challenger Times. I did six in total, and these are my favourites.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Envelop Goodies and Crawley WORDfest

 So. In the three weeks or so since I was last on here I've been designing and adding some bits to Envelop, a lovely Belgium-based online store where you'll find lots of beautifully patterned textile goodies like cushions, aprons, pot holders, bags and more. So far I've added these oven glove and apron designs, but there's more to come, so watch this space!

The oven glove has a tree on the palm side and my pink sparrow print on the front, while the apron has the whole Little Birds pattern.Go to to see my shop.

I've also been working on my illustrated book jacket for 'Cover Versions', an exhibition in Crawley library, which will be held from the 2nd-9th April as part of WORDfest Crawley. Organiser, Jo Harrison, asked artists to illustrate alternative covers for their favourite books, to be printed onto dust jackets and displayed on books in the library. I find it hard to choose favourites when it comes to books (I feel bad for all the other books), but I do love Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series so, partly as an excuse to re-read it, I went back to the very first book in the series, The Eye Of The World. I had to read the book again as it's been ten years since I first started the series (and because I love it. I'm eagerly waiting for the 14th and final book to come out next year. Oh the anticipation!). I'd forgotten not only how good it is, but also how much I dislike fantasy covers. The WoT illustrations are far better than most, and I don't want to underplay the importance of illustrator Darrell K. Sweet's contribution to the genre. Without him we'd probably still be stuck with the weird, greasy, women-in-bikinis-no-matter-how-little-relation-it-has-to-the-story style illustration that was the norm before he came along (see this blog for some 'great' examples). I think that my main quibble with these ones, specifically, is that the character's appearances just aren't how I imagine them; and that's why I try to stear clear of showing faces in any of my own work. They are far better than the new covers though, which are basically no more than in ident in a variety of colours. Dull, dull, dull. But all this illustration-bashing is very unsavoury, so here's my design...

And above are the original cover by Darrell K. Sweet and the current design, which is the same for every book. Click for bigger versions.