The Gordano Home Front are a group of history enthusiasts based in Portishead, near Bristol who recently approached me to design a war-time inspired logo / emblem for their upcoming website and promotional material. Taking visual cues from world-war two propaganda posters such as those produced my the WPA in the 1930s and 1940s, I produced this clean design sporting the old Portishead power station as its main focus, and in a style that sits comfortably between art deco and modernism. A nice, quick job and a lot of fun.
I was thrilled to have been invited to contribute to the Mail Me Art project for 2013 and after much procrastinating popped my C5 effort in the post yesterday. I eventually decided on a fashion portrait inked on parcel paper with black and yellow acrylics with white gouache for the hair. A very loose, sketchy […]
In the mood for some trashy pulp pop? Try The Midnight Caller. In a new piece for my portfolio, i’m entering the world of pulp fiction with a cover illustration for The Midnight Caller. A story in the tradition of the classic pulp paperbacks of the 1940s and 50s, full of sex, murder, intrigue and now sporting […]
I was recently commissioned by the New York based children’s toy and accessories company Skip Hop to produce an eight page comic book for use as a fun way to advertise their products at an upcoming trade fair. I jumped at the opportunity of working with the company whose celebrity fans include Selma Blair, Ricky Martin and Joel Madden, […]
Friday nights as a youngster for me was all about classic horror. The BBC, for a short but memorable period used to show a brilliant selection of Hammer Horror and Roger Corman movies every Friday night at 10pm and I absolutely lapped it up. Many evenings were spent in company of Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing […]
After losing the entire crew of the Nostromo on LV-426, nobody was going to convince Ellen Ripley to return. Corporate lackey, Carter Burke manipulates her into facing the Alien for a second time in this scene from James Cameron’s 80′s classic, Aliens. This week’s Illustration Friday submission.
If the living dead riding a skateboard wasn’t enough, how about wakeboarding? Continuing my series of illustrations for the upcoming extreme sports brand Live Over Board, i’d like to introduce you to the Wakeboarder of the living dead! For those who missed my previous post, this is the second in a series for the Florida based company […]
Ever wondered what a zombie on a skateboard might look like? Coming soon to a T-Shirt near you is my brand new illustration for Live Over Board, an up-and-coming extreme sports company based in Jacksonville, Florida! I was commissioned to produce this illustration as part of their new range of T-Shirts covering all aspects of […]
I’ve been trying to get my hands on one of IDW’s coveted Artist’s Editions ever since the series started with The Rocketeer by Dave Stevens (one of my all-time favourite comic book artists) and I’m still looking for a copy. But given the highly limited print run of only 300 copies, it demands a hefty […]
“Long before Willis O’Brien, myself, and Steven Spielberg, Charles R. Knight put flesh on creatures that no human had ever seen.” – Ray Harryhausen – Film Director; One Million Years B.C. Released this March from Abrams is the biography of esteemed wildlife artist Charles R. Knight (1874-1953). Written by award-winning author Richard Milner (also editor […]
There’s a conversation between the characters Cher and Josh in the movie Clueless about how Marky Mark (aka Mark Wahlberg) would like to use his popularity for a good cause. My intention was to use that as the basis for my Illustration Friday sketch this week. It didn’t quite work out so I give you […]
This week’s Illustration Friday theme of Forward comes courtesy of Rocky Balboa.
Army of Darkness gets a comic book style Alternative Movie Poster Treatment. Another new movie poster illustration to start the week based on my personal favorite of the EVIL DEAD Trilogy, Army of Darkness. Starring Bruce Campbell on top form in a pitch perfect horror/comedy, my poster illustration adds 1980′s inspired fantasy/adventure styling to the mix. See […]
John Huston’s Classic Key Largo gets an Alternative Movie Poster Illustration by Christopher King. I’m a big fan of John Huston’s noir classic Key Largo so it was an easy choice to start the new year with this poster illustration. This was inked by hand with brush and pen, mostly as separate parts and brought together […]
Given the topic of ‘Grounded’ by Illustration Friday this week, the best my primitive intellect could come up with was Star Trek IV, in which Kirk, Spock and the crew are grounded in 1986, where they are forced to locate the ‘nuclear wessells’ in order to power their voyage home while also saving the whales.
With the imminent release of IDW’s Chuck Jones: The Dream That Never Was (review coming soon) I thought it was an appropriate time to look at an earlier book titled Chuck Amuck: The Life And Times of Animated Cartoonist. Originally released in 1989 and reprinted several times since, this entertaining memoir predominately covers Chuck Jones’ time […]
Bernet by Manuel Auad collects the work of Spanish comic book artist Jordi Bernet, known for his work on the Belgian comics magazine Spirou, Torpedo, a short run on Batman and most recently Jonah Hex. Introduced by Will Eisner and with comment from many others including Joe Kubert, this is a collection of noir tinged (not […]
I have to confess that I was unfamiliar with Steve Rude (aka The Dude) before I picked up this book, and it left me wondering why I hadn’t discovered his work sooner. In terms of the artistic influences we share you couldn’t get much closer with Norman Rockwell, Andrew Loomis and Alex Toth. His extremely […]
It’s back! It’s Alive! It’s the return of the Halloween competition!!! The rules are simple… Name all five of the classic horror movies as drawn here by myself and you could win a free print of your choice from my Society 6 shop!* Place your entry in the comments section below. Only one entry per […]
More promotional material for the Dinosaur Safari Mini Golf course this week in the form of this vector illustration for a die-cut, A5 flyer. I’m definitely channeling some kind of Nintendo vibe with this one.
Presenting my foray into the world of Burlesque poster art with this series for L.A’s premier burlesque troupe The Dollface Dames. The first poster is a re-working of an old illustration of mine that’s been re-inked and coloured to bring it in-line with two brand new posters, creating a series that I now call ‘The […]
I couldn’t help but be drawn to the Ritzy 100 poster competition, celebrating 100 years of the Brixton based cinema. A perfect opportunity to try my hand at a poster for the spaghetti western classic, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly. Here are some shots of the original pencil, pen and ink work… Hope […]
In my Little Black Book of Illustration Ideas, i’ve had ‘Roller Derby Romance’ written down for a while. Without a clear idea of what to do with it (except that I knew I wanted to create an image that referenced classic romance comics of the 1940/50s) i’ve managed to progress the idea no further than those […]
Well, that’s another year over, goodbye 2010 and hello 2011. It’s always nice to have a little review of the work done in the previous year and I thought I’d share some of my commercial design & illustration work from 2010. SMALL WORLD NEWS SERVICE - Logo Design SWNS.com are a Bristol based news agency […]