Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Synesthesia Magazine Illustration // The Radiator has a Tummy Ache

I produced this illustration for the February 2014 edition of Synesthesia Magazine the theme of which was Nonsense. It is based on a nonsense poem which you can read below...

The Radiator Has a Tummy Ache by Carlotta Eden

I once prescribed tablets
to the old microwave, and
consoled the lemon squeezer,
I hadn't used in a decade.

I remember hearing the kettle
having an asthma attack, and
running to save it by pulling
its plug out, and that

was that. I suggested the radio
stick to one station, tried to fix
the funny noise
the radiator was making.

Now the nurse lends me a smile,
makes me warm in my bed
I shut my eyes tight,
see me pulling a blanket

over the hole in the shed.

Monday, 20 January 2014

New Internationalist Magazine // Detention Centre Map DPS // Issue Jan/Feb 2014

I was commissioned before Christmas to produce a map for double page spread that would be a satirical round up of the worlds detention centres, much like a website or guide book review giving them minus scores.

I took a antique map approach to this, the implication here being, migrants as explorers searching for a new/better world, with the sea monsters of the old maps replaced with metallic leviathans made of aspects of detention centres – these being the hazards they may encounter en-route.

This is a very interesting & terrifying issue and I highly recommend grabbing a copy of the magazine if you get the chance.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad // House of Illustration & Folio Society Competition 2014

Cover & spine design

1. 2.

1. Black shapes crouched, lay, sat between the trees leaning against the trunks, clinging to the earth, half coming out, half effaced within the dim light, in all the attitudes of pain, abandonment, and despair.

2. I had to beat that shadow – this wandering and tormented thing. “You will be lost,” I said – “utterly lost.”

3. It was more than a year since his death , more than a year since the news came; she seemed as though she would remember and mourn forever.

Friday, 29 November 2013

The Transmitter Magazine Illustrations // Just Desserts by Justine Crow // A Christmas Ghost Story

Just up the road from me is Crystal Palace, former site of the rather stunning building of the same name – which perhaps someday soon shall rise again. It is also home to the a massive radio transmitter from which the local magazine The Transmitter derives it's name - also the reason several of my friends refer to it as Crystal Paris, the transmitter is somewhat reminiscent of a certain tower, in a certain French city. 

The Transmitter is a lovely little free local magazine exploring the many wonderous facets of South London and featuring reviews, short stories, comics and more. For their Winter Issue I was asked to illustrate a short story by local writer Justine Crow called Just Desserts, the black comedic tale of a food critic who pays the price for his sharp tongue. You can read the story with my illustrations in tow here (pg 26) or if you happen to be in Crystal Palace in the next few weeks they are available in many of the local independent shops for FREE but I recommend popping into Bookseller Crow as they will have lots in stock and it's a particularly nice place to hang out and peruse/buy books.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Happy Friday // Creature Mag

This little Axolotl and its Nudibranch friends – look em up, they are ace - are here to brighten up a rather grey Friday!

This illustration is for Creaturemag which has a new Happy Friday Illustration each week. At the mo Gemma Cotterell a friend and fabulously talented illustrator is doing the weekly drawings but I took over for her this week whilst she was on holiday.

Hope ya like it!

Monday, 19 August 2013

Pet Portrait // Lily & Pippa (the doglets)

This is a painting I did for my mum a few months back for her birthday. Lily & Pippa are miniature Daschunds, they are ace little dogs, I think I captured them rather well (hopefully my mum agrees!). This was a rather fun piece to work on, if anyone fancies a drawing/painting of their pet gissa shout.

Monday, 22 July 2013

London College of Fashion Show Illustration for Amelia's Magazine

This illustration is for an article in Amelia's Magazine about the 2013 graduates from the London College of Fashion. You can see the dress created by Sarah Buchanan that it is based on below. 

It made me think back to the Book of the Dead exhibition at the British Museum that I saw a couple of years ago and of Ancient Eygptian Gods such as Rah the falcon headed sun God but also Stargate and sci-fi, so .... Ancient Egyptian Gods in space, pretty logical yeah? Obviously I wanted my central character to be female and this led me on a path of research towards the Goddess Bestet

Cat Gods FTW!