Ping Pong

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Its Gold Cup week in Cheltenham (the posh donkey derby event) so I thought I should post an entirely unrelated picture.
Ping Pong has got me through some tough times, namely, P.E lessons in school (it was an option) and the third year of my degree.

These days I have a game as a warm up to football on a Sunday to ease into 'sports mode'.

So, as I am developing the new Night Draws In style, here is a wee Ping Pong sketch.
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

To mark the occassion of a new sketchbook, I have created endpapers featuring the little rascal from my 'NIght Draws In' series. I'm trying to work more freely on this cartoon so these were good practice.

When I reach the end of the sketchbook I will do the same for the back endpapers and see how much progress I've made (which I'll post at the time).

Materials used included: Pentel Brush and calligraphy pens, Kurecolor Markers and a pot of black acrylic ink.

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Check out this little rascal for the upcoming Paperfox Press website. He's a little illustrated fox to go with the twitter feed widget. More details on this project coming real soon.

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Flat on the Floor

Friday, February 12, 2010

If only I had somewhere to go this Friday evening. Very hard and satisfying week and I'm deliberately winding down for the day now.

I've been working on some little characters for a quarterly e-newsletter I plan on sending out to promote myself so here we go.

Other adventures include a stack of greeting cards created, preparation for the Paperfox collective website, 10 pages of the St. Georgia comic drafted up, a 5th dummy book of a kids started, a new Night Draws In comic strip almost done and I finally got to grips with InDesign.

Clap clap me. I'm going to go see if anything lives inside a tree (gnomes, hattifatteners etc).
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Renmen Project

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Hallo there,

Yesterday, I created a piece for The excellent Renmen Project, artists in support of Haiti.
Its a pencil.... with birds on it.
Here is some blurb about the project...

'Renmen' is the Haitian word for Love, the bird in the logo is the Hispaniolan Trogon, the national bird of Haiti. 'The Renmen Project' has been brought together by the team at Thunder Chunky and Ben The Illustrator in order to raise funds for UNICEF's Haiti Appeal.'

So we can see the birds, having a canoodle on top of the pencil, as birds tend to do. The pencil itself is in the colours of the Haitian flag and then we have the name of the project down the side. The 4H is a nerdy touch and can mean "for Haiti". Yes!
Then we have a little heart where the exposed pencil usually is.

To all you artists and illustrators, go send your support.

(Greeting card design)
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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Messing about with the logo earlier...
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Lint in stranger's pockets

Tuesday, February 02, 2010
I've never met, or spoken to Nick Dewar but he has been an artist who frequently revisits my attention and his passing has come as a shock at his young age. Along with Paul Blow, Stephen Collins and A.Richard Allen, he had become one of my favourite contemporary editorial illustrators, with work that demonstrates an admirable intellectual passion that stands out above even his excellent line and colour skills.
If any Illustrator ever wonders if their work will make a lasting impression then take this as an example. Nick's work demonstrates real dedication and love for his craft which has been inspiring to me over the past few years as a young, developing Illustrator. This is a man who I only know through his work, and his passing has still managed to have an effect on me.
We should all honour Nick as fellow Illustrators, and do him proud, by making sure we put as much thought, creativity and heart into our work as he did.
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Pipwhizzi,Its a new decade!

Monday, February 01, 2010

To coincide with my latest website update I thought it best to update the blog. I don't have a lot to say thus far so here are some recent pictures of work.

Time is spent currently realising that Sartre wasn't as grumpy as I first thought and that Joe Sacco is still great. Brief.

In sad news, Nick Dewar has passed away and I urge you to have a good look at the smart editorials he left behind.
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All Towards The End

Saturday, September 26, 2009

An editorial illustration commenting on Bipolar disorder.
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Punching Biscuits

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The first of the illustrations for my editorial overhaul. My aim is to use cliches and symbology responsibly to communicate the message of the picture. This piece is is about guilt and it following you around.
Looking forward to end of the week, things are beginning to settle down in Cheltenham and will hopefully get into an exciting routine in the next couple of weeks.
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