Saturday, 8 December 2012

Blogoliolio: The End

Hi Folks, it is with a heavy heart that I am now closing down this blog. I will leave it online as an archive for my old work and diary entries. The good news is that I have started a new blog over on tumblr mainly because its quicker and easier to use.

Here is the new web address for the new blog.

You can also follow me on Twitter if you wish to stay up to date with 'works in progress' and new work by clicking here.

There is also a Facebook page as well.

Bye! x

Friday, 14 September 2012

Some Recent Works

Sorry for the long silence on this blog. Life and work have been very busy but I thought, in this moment of peace, that it would be worth posting a couple of new pieces up. The blog will probably be quiet again until early next year when I'll be able to announce the big project that is currently taking up most of my time. I can't wait to tell you all about it. 

Anyway, below is a personal piece of work called 'Particle'. 
 This next image was for an article in Wired magazine about the correct etiquette for using Google +. 
These last two images are featured in this month's Waitrose magazine about 20 ways to be more green and eco-friendly.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

NY Times Illustration

I had a phone call early evening on Thursday from the New York Times to ask if I could illustrate an article for them for their edition on Sunday. I was in the pub at the time of the call so I finished my drink (ordered another, drank that) and headed back to the studio to work on a rough sketch. The article is about the recall elections in Wisconsin and you can read the full article HERE

Thanks to Bjorn Lie, Dunstan Baker and Tom Frost for helping me spit ball some ideas in the pub.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Ghost of Gone Birds/Birdlife Research Trip to Malta

It's been a very busy month and on top of commissions and the Pictoplasma festival, I went on a research trip to sunny Malta with the Ghost Of Gone Birds team. Cery Levi, the man behind Ghosts, and a group of artists went to volunteer for Birdlife to help understand what is happening there in regards to hunting legislation and the migration of exotic birds that stop off in Malta on their travels. As well as formulating ideas of how best to visually represent the situation there, we got to learn how bad the hunting is in Malta. So many endangered birds are killed in incredible numbers and illegally to boot.

We started each day at 4.15am and after a 10am-1pm break we were back out in the fields again monitoring hunters and the migration patterns of birds until the sun set. It was extremely tiring but hugely rewarding work. Thank you to everyone at Birdlife and the Ghost Of Gone Birds team for a unique and fascinating experience. In the coming months I'll post work in progress shots of the work that I'll be producing for a group show based on the artists experiences of the trip.

Pictoplasma 2012, Berlin

I had the great great honour of being asked to exhibit and talk at Pictoplasma this year in Berlin. It was the first time I had visited the city and the festival itself and I'm now hooked. I'll be back next year as a ticket holder for sure as the festival has such an incredible atmosphere and I love how the speakers, artists and attendees all mingle together drinking, talking and laughing. 

I took an updated version of my Masks show out to the festival to exhibit as part of their 'Character Walk' that takes place through the Mitte district in 16 different venues. New collaboration work with Felt Mistress and my father were the main features of the show. I can't thank them both enough for their hard work and time making this show something so much better than I could ever manage on my own.
Felt Mistress' Masks were hung from fishing wire so that they seem to just float in the air in front of the wooden masks on the back wall. It really made the front room come to life. 

The last felt mask was used in the back room along with all the mask prints. 11 prints were exhibited in total. I cut a few from the original show in favour some new incarnations.

Here is my good friend and illustrator, Nikko Barber modelling the Goom mask. I'd like to say a big thank you to Nikko for his hospitality and help through the show. A truly great human bean.
The lovely Felt Mistress' new look and the awesome Tippy.
Above is the new mask that I made with my Father. He really is utterly amazing. I can't wait to start work on some new sculpture projects with him.

Below is a picture that was taken during my character lab talk at .HBC (picture by Tamar Moshkovitz). A big thank you to everyone who came along, I was so surprised and happy to see such a great turn out.
Last but not least I would love to say a big thank you to Peter and Lars for inviting me to be a part of the Pictoplasma festival this year, Danielle for all here help organising my show and the venue and the rest of the Pictoplasma team for their incredible hard work. 

Friday, 27 April 2012

Animated Animal Menagerie Teaser

Here is a work in progress teaser trailer for the 'Animal Menagerie' which is being animated by the extremely awesome, James Wilson. It's currently at a low resolution as we don't want to give to much away at the moment. If you would like to see some of James' illustration work then click HERE to see his website.

Volkswagen Illustration

A couple of months back I was asked by DDB London to produce a small illustration for Volkswagen to be used as a mail out to potential customers. I worked with Art Director, Peter Mould on this mainly provided the aesthetic touch to this idea. A throughly pleasing job and a delight to see it in print. Here are the results below.

Monday, 2 April 2012

'Masks' show is going to Pictoplasma, Berlin.

I'm very proud, excited and nervous to announce that my MASKS show will be going to Berlin for the Pictoplasma festival. The show will be part of the Character Walk that runs over the whole festival from the 11th until the 15th April and MASKS will be exhibited at Berlin Weekly. I'll also be giving a talk at .HBC as part of the Character Lab talks and workshops (you can read more about the other speakers HERE).

The MASKS show has been expand a bit from the London show at Nobrow last September. New collaborative work with my Father, Colin Newman and the ever fantastic, Felt Mistress will be on show for the first time. Here are some sneak previews.

Pancho Guedes Portrait for Architectural Review

Recent editorial piece for Architectural Review to accompany a piece written by Sir Peter Cook about the Architect, Sculptor and Artist, Pancho Guedes. I had to loosen up and work with a strong flourish of Pancho' s visual language. It was tricky but fun to still keep a sense of myself and Pancho in the final illustration.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

A Tribute to Dr Seuss at Gallery Nucleus

Opening on the 3rd March at Gallery Nucleus in Los Angeles is the 'Look at this! Look at that: A Tribute to Dr Seuss' exhibition'. The show runs until the 24th March and features 35 artists reinterpreting and paying tribute to the great Seuss himself. My submission is an edition of 10 prints, 3 of which will be available at the exhibition, and is titled 'A Hat on a Cat'.

Life and Fate Trailer Wins Royal Television Society Award

I am very pleased to announce that the 'Life and Fate' trailer for BBC Radio 4 has won a Royal Television Society Award. Working as the designer on this project was an absolute joy and for an animated advert to promote a radio show on television to win an award is something I am so incredibly proud of. I'd like to say a big thank you to Lee Edwards at Devilfish, the BBC for commissioning the trailer to be made and Miki, Vicky and Daniel at WONKY for their amazing storyboarding and animating skills.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Test Flight Birdie

Birdie Test Flight, Collaboration with James D Wilson.
A little test from a collaboration between myself and a very fine gentleman called James D Wilson. You can see his work HERE.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

GOOM for Gosh!

Just before Christmas I was asked by the kind folk at Gosh! to design a poster for them..... here it is! The image is based on an old Jack Kirby monster called Goom. Gosh! is a very awesome comic shop in Soho, London and I positively implore you to go visit.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011


TPost is a wearable magazine where the article is written on the inside and the graphic interpretation is on the outside. This issue of TPost was about American political satirist, Stephen Colbert so the illustration is based on a mock Presidential campaign. It was a real pleasure to work with TPost and the job became much more of a collaboration as Giuliano and I batted the design back and forth. I'm really pleased with the results and I had a great time working on this. Thanks to the TPost gang and the very beautiful model for making this T-Shirt a success. Check out the T-Shirt and their website HERE.
Oh... and here is the promo video that TPost asked me to make to help promote my design.

Opera Louise - Le Canard Chipeau

When Opera Louise approached me to draw a 'phantasmal gadwall' I knew this was going to be a really fun job. You can listen to snippets of the album from Le Canard Chipeau's website HERE. It's mighty impressive.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Cover for Brummell Magazine

I loved working on this job it was really engaging and fun. The issue is themed around timepieces so the art director asked me to illustrate the watchfaces and cogs deconstructing and reconstructing in a similar way to one of my images for the MASKS exhibition. Check out the amazing past Brummell covers HERE. I am very proud to be among such a great selection of illustrators.

Astro Cats Wrapping Paper

Just in time for Christmas! This new 3 colour Astro Cat wrapping paper is now available from Nobrow. Click HERE to purchase some!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Come to 'Ghost Of Gone Birds', London this Saturday

Come to 'Ghost Of Gone Birds', London this Saturday (19th November) at 1pm to see the last colour of a new edition of the Bishop's 'o'o being printed live. I'll be signing these beauties as they fly of the screen printing beds. Come along it'll be great and the show is awesome so if you haven't see it yet then hurry up and come along.

'Ghost Of Gone Birds' is being exhibited at Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, Shoreditch, London and is on until the 23rd November.

Kamen Riders Vs Super Sentai Exhibition

I feel very lucky to have been asked to take part in the 'Kamen Riders Vs Super Sentai' exhibition at Q Pop gallery in Los Angles. About 100 artists were asked to reinterpret any character or image from either of these classic Japanese children's TV shows into a one off piece of art. My one off prints are available HERE and HERE.

IBM Think Tank Illustrations

Around April, I was asked by French design agency Oglivy to work on 9 illustrations for IBM's next issue of their 'Think' magazine. The themes of the articles in the issue are about how the public sector in France can be improved by looking at how their private sector is run and how new media and technology can enhance that. All nine of the illustrations were very complex but we managed to wrap the job up in about two and a half weeks.... that consisted of very long days in the studio. Anyhoo, these illustrations are very clean and very bright... take a look.