February 23, 2014
A few years back, I used to love doing portraits or character portraits. I would pick an image I like, go straight into the drawing with a permanent marker or brush marker so that it came out raw with little need to rub or edit the image, it would be, what it would be.
This path of a freelance illustrator brings in a variety of jobs, some to just pay the bills, and ever so often, some stuff that really stimulates the whole of your creative being. I guess this kind of work does it for me, but now I have two styles and I am to produce more portraits in both these styles. Not to mention I feel I am finally getting the hang of this coloring digitally gig, and it has finally transformed from being a pain to a fun and experimental process.
I also like the fact that they look like the person, but don’t really look like the person, got to think about who it is, some more than others. It is always interesting what my eye sees in comparison to that of others. Throw a few of these into my portfolio in a few weeks time and see what happens.
February 12, 2014
Love the guys at Pictoplasma and what they do in setting and pushing the platform for character design. Love the books they have put out too and will very soon have them added to my library of reference material.
This is my entry for a call out for The Pictoplasma Portrait Project. Brought out some old muscle, one of my favourite characters, Soba Manki, part of a set of apes that I created and need to make better use of. See more about the project via the link below, as well as more about Pictoplasma and the work they do.
January 18, 2014
I love Just A Band, from the very first video I came across way back in 2009 if memory serves me correct, I knew this guys were on to something . Their creative approach and style of referencing takes me to simpler, better, freer, fun days.I will not pen more on them, a lot has been written about the group and they continue to shine. For more on the group see the link http://www.just-a-band.com/
The image above is my third installment at cataloguing a selection of videos they have produced from different albums. It is from their latest album “Sorry For The Delay”, another great production with a good medley of tracks that is a staple in my playlist. Did two versions, a brighter one and a more toned down, retro colorway. Pick and choose which you like the best.
“Dunia Ina Mambo” is the title of the song and the images above have been referenced from the video that can be seen via this link http://youtu.be/PXLLJg7AZyg , in my opinion a work of genius.
For more on the group,music and work see their website and you can also follow them on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/justaband?fref=ts
November 28, 2013
Really fun commission I had made me revisit watercolour painting. I have not touched this medium for over 10 years, but the brief called for a rustic vintage recreation of very old Japanese food/beer posters in my own style.
Wish I had more time on this one, but for a rusty 10 year comeback I am happy with the results and hope to explore watercolour’s more. The wet on wet blend has a voice of its own and I like the lack of control as the paint does its own thing.
November 20, 2013
I formed the Ifreecans Collective in 2008 as an exercise for collaboration and a platform for different artists to showcase their work.
After a two year hiatus from the open air market scene, the Ifreecans Collective mark their return to Brick Lane Sunday Up Market this November – December with old school style.
“When We Were Kings ” is the name chosen for this comeback and offer will be 25 of some old school classic collabo pieces created by different Ifreecans Collective members from 2008-2011 created whilst working in Camden. We pulled works from our private stash to mark our return and will also have tees and other goodies on offer, but the original pieces will be the main highlight of the day and also the weeks after [if we have any left] .
We will be at the Brick Lane Sunday Upmarket, now know as the Homegrown Market of Sunday 24th November, at the upper level from 10-5.
You can also keep posted on the Collective activities on the Facebook page via the link below. Hope to see you then and the following Sunday’s till 22 December.
November 18, 2013
One of the most interesting projects I worked on in 2012 was for the short film Bue’ Sabi. The short film is doing well and has won a few awards and is still screening and doing its rounds in independent festivals. I posted about it a few times, but mainly in regards to the character designs that I created as well as using the characters on tees.
I was also commissioned to create the main logo and type to be used for opening and end credits. The brief was the type needed to be hand done and rustic . It had been a while since I had done anything major with type and drew upon the similarity of the language used in the film, Portuguese, as a starting point for creating my type. Brazil is also a Portuguese speaking country and most importantly has a very interesting type style known as Pixacao or Pichacao.
Pixação or pichação (Portuguese pronunciation: [piʃaˈsɐ̃w̃]) is a unique form of graffiti native to the Southeastern metropolises of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. It consists of tagging done in a distinctive, cryptic style, mainly on walls and vacant buildings. Many pixação artists compete to paint in high and inaccessible places, using such techniques as free climbing and abseiling to reach the locations. Pixação has inspired and formed many Brazilian street artists, such as Os Gêmeos and Nunca [Wikipedia]
Pixação acted as a great point of reference because there are so many different styles available. I borrowed, added and subtracted from a variety of sources until I created ‘my own’ version of typography for Bue’ Sabi. I created the type with a hand brush pen, scanned it into Photoshop, tweaked it slightly and the results can be seen above.
Apart from being a very fun and interesting exercise, the film features work by artists that I know personally such as Mohammed Yahya and Just A Band on the soundtrack and Ambra Vernuccio as the stills photographer.
You can see the whole film via the link below as well as more on the other work I created for Bue’ Sabi.
November 18, 2013
Have not posted anything in a while but have been busy with a variety of projects. I return to blogging with some editorial illustrations I have been working on recently. Been working for this company on a freelance basis for almost a year now, and have cultivated a working narrative method based on their mainly educational briefs which I now refer to as “lifewide” style. Its great to work with people who have a very specific idea on what they want, but who also respect your creativity and input and give you room to flex and develop your technique. Also getting back into adding typography into my illustrated work, especially with this company’s subject matter, mixing both is at times essential.
September 30, 2013
One of the first pieces to be completed during my stay in Cali is a piece titled ” Family”. It’s a mixed media piece created using spray paint, markers and acrylics.
Switched my style in regards to point of focus. Usually I focus more on eyes and posture, especially the hands. This time round I introduced teeth into the formula. They [teeth] feature in a lot of facial expressions, come in all shapes and sizes and hope to explore their use more in future work.
Trying to get my head around the use of spray cans as well as I used them more for backgrounds and effects, it will take some time but enjoying the results so far. More work to be posted up soon.
September 27, 2013
September 20, 2013
Made it back to Laguna beach and had a blast jamming with fantastic artist and sculptor Louis Longi at his studio. He recovered some doors from a demolished house and asked me if I wanted to paint something. Freestyled this in 4-5 hours with materials he provided, mix of spray cans and paint and they will be on display at his space in Laguna Beach. Looking forward to future jamming and more collaborations with Louis and his amazing space. See link below for mural that I did there last year.