Friday, September 28, 2012

Faces Of Evil

Ben Tallon has completed one of his ultimate jobs! Commissioned by WWE Magazine in the US, Ben has created a set design for a feature called 'Faces Of Evil.' A Creative Director whom Ben has known for a while spotted some banners Ben had created as Art Director of a feature film shot in Manchester, and so wanted a similar set of backdrops to use in a photo shoot. Ben says "They're all original artwork....(it was a) bit of a dream job for me this one since I'm a lifelong fan of pro wrestling". In these images we see AJ Lee, Daniel Bryan, Jack Swagger and Kane. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Marks and Spencer - Ellesmere Port


The beauty of drawing can be seen in these pieces by John Holder for the Philip's company Simons Group during the erection of the Marks & Spencer flagship store in Ellesmere Port. The store which opened in the Summer has it's history in these reportage artworks.

zero2illo LIVE

Our very own Senior Agent Victoria Pearce will be a guest speaker at the zero2illo Live event taking place in Nottingham on 10th November. An inaugural conference for UK illustrators, the theme for this year is "Opportunities and Inspiration" – set to explore 'just how many opportunities still exist for illustrators to earn a living, despite the erosion of and changes in the more traditional industries in which illustration has previously had a strong foothold.' Other speakers include illustrators; Rod Hunt and Kate Hindley, aswell as Creative Manager at Igloo Books; Nicky Lander. Tickets are on sale now from the zero2illo website.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Weston Super Mural

Andy Council was recently commissioned by North Somerset Council to produce a large scale mural in the centre of Weston-Super-Mare.
Local school children helped Andy come up with the design by choosing which animals best represent the seaside town.  A Dragon was chosen as it's the local Council's logo, a Donkey; as they give rides on the beach and a Seagull; as they live around the town.  The animals are made up of landmarks from the town and seaside items such as sticks of rock and ice cream cones.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Clock Design for Mr. Jones

Hannah Davies has created a magnificent artwork for the dial of her Mr. Jones clock. To celebrate London Design Week 2012 Mr. Jones Watches has collaborated with four of their favourite illustrators and a photographer to create a bespoke series of Cyclops clocks. The very unique time pieces are being auctioned in aid of the charity Kids Company.

The client says " We are thrilled with the results and each unique clock is being auctioned on ebay. All the money raised will be donated to Kids Company so please bid generously to support this great charity and be the lucky owner of a completely unique clock. The auction ends September 26th so get bidding to be in with a chance to win!"

Hannah says of the commission "My inspiration was retro 60's shapes and psychedelic colours. I wanted to bring vibrant, detailed decoration into peoples lives."

Lets hope they raise lots of cash for a great cause.

More about the project.

See Hannah's clock


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dan's Dog - A True Story

Click to watch the animation

A story designed to make you smile; Dan's Dog is a funny animation from Bill Greenhead. The amazing thing, is that it's entirely true! Bill says "... There's lots of tricks having animation interacting with live action in this piece. Stop motion photography and a very funny true story tying it all together. It's shot looking like the live action work I do for Bite on a whiteboard. But unlike that work, which I draw on an actual whiteboard, I create this in Photoshop and ship into After Effects."

Monday, September 17, 2012

Portal Financial

Bill Greenhead produces this animation using After Effects and Photoshop with the production company Rogue Gene. The Scottish squirrel explains the benefits of using Portal Financial, the UK's leading pensions group. Watch it here.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

They Love It!

We love to hear our clients are happy with a commissioned artwork. And this photo says it all, for a piece Hannah Davies did for Oxford University Press. Splendid!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Graphic Design Walk

Miss Led's Studio

Miss Led is really excited to be part of the Graphic Design Walk this year for Design Week in association with Birdwatching. The idea is a platform creating support and career development for women in graphic design, and after a successful Design Walk last year, which involved 15 East London studios opening to the public, they are running the event again.  Other illustrators involved this year are - Erin Petson, Pomme Chan and Emily Forgot. It all happens on September 21st and 22nd, you can purchase tickets here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Touch Of Cloth

These shots from the hilarious Charlie Brooker's TV film 'A Touch of Cloth' recently aired on Sky 1 include artwork by Derek Bacon. Derek was responsible for a few of the background jokes seen here for the ".. Airplane/Police Academy style spoof on TV detective shows." Derek says "Sky like it and have commissioned more... and it's out on DVD already!"

Hotel Premiere Classe

A range of comical characters produced by Chris Boyd illustrate these stories for children. Commissioned by PONK for Hotel Premiere Classe in France, the images which are being used in a leaflet include Le Petit Poucet (Tom Thumb) and Cendrillon (Cinderella) - with a slightly modern twist!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Shots Magazine

Chris Ede's conceptual pieces for Shots magazine illustrate the new age of advertising in the Middle Eastern region with his distinctive graphic style. The article sets out to explain the modernisation of advertising in recent years with the aid of social networking and other new technologies.

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Fabulous Colouring Book

This attractive cover designed to catch the eye of any child is by Hannah Davies. Out last week and published by Buster Books, "It is filled to the brim with Hannah’s unmistakably intricate and playful line drawings, all in black and white, ready to give a colouring experience like no other to children and adults alike!"

Friday, September 7, 2012

Paper Sculpture, naturally!

Gail Armstrong's fantastic man-in-a-boat has won a place at the Images 36 Best of British Illustration exhibition at Somerset House this October. And as one of the activities planned to accompany the exhibition, Gail will be doing a workshop where visitors can manipulate some paper themselves under Gail's experienced tuition.

"Paper sculpture is the art of cutting, gluing, folding, embossing and manipulating paper to create three dimensional or relief images. This workshop aims to cover these basic techniques to enable participants to create their own individual paper sculptures.

We will work on a theme of nature, looking at how plants and insects might be reinterpreted in paper. Whilst some reference and white paper will be supplied, I would encourage those attending to bring their own pictures of insects or plants to inspire them. If people wish to bring their own papers to work with (wallpaper samples, coloured paper, wrapping paper, etc) pieces sized between A4 and A3 are generally adequate"

The workshop will take place at Somerset House at 6pm on 18th October, for more information go to the Somerset House website.