Thursday, 23 February 2017

The Grand Tour

Initial sketches I worked on last year for the planning of a worldwide PR stunt for Amazon Prime's motoring show The Grand Tour. It was fun to work on and was supposed to be light-hearted, but some didn't see the funny side, as this Guardian article makes clear. In hindsight they probably have a point, car crashes aren't that much fun in real life.

I like the article's quote from Gary Rae, from road safety charity Brake " worship is dated and misplaced." I wish I could get my four year old son to agree with that... we might be able able to curb his addiction to Hot Wheels cars!

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Kylo Fett

As 2017 is the 40th anniversary of something called 'Star Wars' I thought it only fitting that my first post of the year should should pay homage to it's past and present. So here's two of the SW universe's masked men, in an unlikely team-up. This one's for Will, thanks for the inspiration.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Have a Dandy Christmas!

'Tis the season (in the UK anyway) for the giving and receiving of Dandy and Beano annuals, so here's my take on the stars of those comics. This was drawn for the birthday of an avid collector a little while ago. Hopefully he gets his 2017 editions in his stocking this Christmas.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Going Rogue

Normally a Friday night would mean putting the kids to bed and washing the dishes, but tonight I'm actually escaping to the cinema to see Rogue One. Did this drawing to celebrate.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Strange Cumberbatch

It's been eight years since I produced my 'young' Doctor Strange themed illustration. I thought the impending release of the Doctor Strange movie was a good excuse to revisit the character, so here he is, hopefully with a hint of Mr Cumberbatch about him.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Goodbye David Cameron MP

A bit of odd synchronicity today. I was looking through my blog post archives only to find a post I'd drafted but never published. It contained this attempt to capture David Cameron doing his 'earnest' face, at about the time he became PM. No sooner had I found it than the BBC news website chirped up with the new he was quitting as an MP. So this seems like possibly the last relevant time to post it. Instead of 'Hello David Cameron PM' it's 'Goodbye David Cameron MP'.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Surrey Life - Deepdene Trail Article

No I haven't taken over Gruffalo duties from Axel Scheffler, it's the cover to the September issue of Surrey Life which feature an article on the new Deepdene Trail accompanied by my illustrations. The artwork was originally commissioned by Squiggle Design for use with the trail's information boards and apps. Should you be near Dorking, the trail has it's grand opening tomorrow, 10th September.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Christmas Card 2015

Two designs for Age UK Reading's charity Christmas Card. The final design for the card, incorporating 'Season's Greetings' can be found at Age Uk shops in the Reading area.
Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Every Quiet Moment (2014) Storyboards

Storyboards for a sequence from Every Quiet Moment (2014). This set of boards starts with the main character Tom mid flashback to a 50s set countryside picnic. We then rejoin the elderly Tom in the story's present, in his flat with his son and grandson.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Every Quiet Moment (2014) Storyboards - Panel to Screen comparison

Above are a few examples of storyboard panels I drew for Matt Davies' short Every Quiet Moment (2014). Alongside, for comparison, are the shots as finally realized onscreen by Matt and Cinematographer Eben Bolter. 
All Film images © Copyright 2014 Dichotomy Films. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Every Quiet Moment - Concept Sketches

Pre-production sketches illustrating key scenes for short film Every Quiet Moment (2014).

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Ruby's Skin - concept art

It's been a long time since I've had a chance to post anything, so here's the start of an overdue update. Last year I was asked to provide some concept art for the steampunk tinged short film Ruby's Skin. and now with the film having done the rounds of the festivals, I'm able to show some of the spoilerish artwork.

The story, set in 1865, follows 17 years old Ruby as she accompanies her inventor father to the grand opening of the first hydraulic lift in Europe at a London Hotel.  Whilst there she uncovers the secret of who, or what, she is.

The above colour visual was interesting to work on. This was to be the big finale with Ruby stepping from the shadows into the light of a victorian gas lamp allowing us to see what really lay beneath her skin.

The script later changed to have Ruby fleeing the hotel wearing a coat to disguise her secret and so a coat was added on separate layer on the original artwork.

The story was to change yet again however, with the revelation now happening within the confines of the hotel itself. I really enjoyed being pushed to rethink and then rework this image, you can easily get too precious about even rough visuals once you label them 'finished'.

The film was written and directed by the brilliant Claire Tailyour, and stars Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel, The Quiet Ones) as Ruby. Below are some images from the finished film, including the final version of Ruby's revelation.