Friday, 9 January 2015

All Aboard! Big Hoot Competition Submission!

My design is titled Owl Aboard! I wanted to create a piece promoting Birmingham’s forward- thinking and development of the new Metro service which will travel from Snowhill to New Street. Focusing on this theme was when the idea took flight.


I created a whimsical world in the trees above Birmingham where owls flock to catch the Metro to Snowhill. The little owlets departing the train are on a school trip is an ode to Birmingham recently being named for best UK city to visit. 


I have given the owl’s individual looks and personalities to represent the mixed cultural population in Birmingham and it is safe to say they are having a right hoot. 

Christmas Cards have arrived!


This was the lovely box crammed full of Christmas cards for 2014's range! I hope 2015 is the same :)


Yorks Bakery Cafe completed Christmas card!


Yorks Christmas card complete! I added a vintage 1930s feel through the choice of typography and gave the impression of night time through the vibrant lighting inside and the purple hazed snow reflecting the winter night sky.

Yorks Bakery Cafe Christmas card progress

Some good progress on the Yorks design, including a coloured wreath, lamposts and the boy with the sled.



I wanted to capture the essence of Yorks homely feel, and the golden tones set by the low-hanging bulbs have been echoed in the illustration.

Yorks Bakery Café Christmas card progress

I have begun my final design for this year, a Yorks Bakery Café Christmas card. 


Although this is the last for 2014, it will mark the beginning in a new range of greeting cards which I will carry through to 2015, including a Boston Tea Party and Electric cinema greeting card illustrated in a similar style.





Friday, 14 November 2014

Christmas Yak and Cat cards complete!


A double post! Two new designs I enjoyed working on here. I like challenging myself with recreating the fur on different animals, as correct shading is imperative in making the animals look convincing both in the fur they distinctly have but also as a vehicle to show their form and shape


The Grand Budapest Hotel Christmas card

I wanted to recreate the lush pinks and homely colours that Wes Anderson so splendidly delivered in his latest feature length. The art nouveau patterning and illustrated bow reflect the look of a lavishly designed box of chocolates

Winter Dogs Christmas card

I have completed this pair of scheming pooches, plotting to break their stoic stances in favour of building a snowman. Recreating the aesthetic of the fabric required some translation to look convincing in pencil form and this was a nice challenge

The Grand Budapest Hotel Christmas card teaser


Coming Soon!

Early 1900s Insurance City Maps


I am in love with these graphic logos used as document covers for Insurance Maps for different cities in America.


The intricacy and crispness of these stunning designs are seldom seen in any form of graphic design nowadays.


My work always in some way harks back to the traditional and I may use these as a basis for a future greeting card or piece of packaging design

It's Going to be a Long Night

Although later split into two separate cards, the original intended design is a pug standing proud, awaiting orders to deliver an insurmountable piles of presents to the world

WWE Sheamus meet and greet!


I took a short break out from my current Christmas-themed work to turnover an illustration which was essentially a two day project. Above shows me explaining the intricacies of this piece to Sheamus ;)


I am interested in producing more line illustrations created with pen, coloured in flat tones. I have a lot of areas I want to refine, including both the definition and colour palettes, but this was a nice tester to see how things look initially.


Weird dogs update!



 I am illustrating a pair of winter-dressed pooches as part of my Christmas animals range






Imposter Puggy!

Pug card complete! A reindeer couldn't make it so this chubby pug bears the challenge of delivering Christmas to the world.

No Sleeps Left Christmas Card

Here is the completed Christmas Sleigh piece. I have gone with a traditional red and gold palette on the wooden sleigh to further the vintage feel introduced in the 1920s car designs.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Christmas Sleigh card on the way

I have coloured the sleigh in slightly muted colours to reflect a worn old fashioned sleigh. I will separately draw a pile of presents and drop them into the sleigh. Either I will add a snowy background and leave it like this or add the pug to make the piece more humorous, this depends on whether the pug adds to the composition or unbalances it.

Festive Pug

I will be adding reindeer antlers to this little fella, I'm tempted to make him pull a huge sleigh to give the reindeer a rest.


Christmas Updates

A few traditional and animal Christmas cards on the way including a Christmas Yak