Archive for the ‘Illustration’ Category

Another wedding portrait

July 29, 2012

A commission to feature a bride and groom and their daughter.

Imagined City

July 21, 2012

A poster for the Brighton stop on a joint tour by Emma Pollock, singer-songwriter, member of the Burns Unit and formerly of the delgados, and RM Hubbert, instrumental guitarist and himself a former member of another great and underrated Glasgow band El Hombre Trajeado.

Again, there’s no specific influence for this poster from either artist, but I felt like drawing something more detailed for a change from just one or two characters, and to give myself slightly more of a challenge… I did feel a bit spaced-out after doing all those windows. The inspiration came partly from a cityscape illustration a colleague commissioned for a Christmas card which made me wonder how a similar scene would look in my own wonky style, also from architectural cartoons by Osbert Lancaster, Tommy Penton and Alasdair Gray (another Glaswegian great there) and an old Penguin edition of The Castle.

Larger version here.

Rocking Out

July 21, 2012

Here’s a flyer for a local visit by one of the original ‘punk poets’ Patrik Fitzgerald, with the Astronauts and Lee Clayden  – no specific influence on this drawing, just a generic rebellious punk character and a rocking horse I found in an old sketchbook, which seemed to fit the bill.

In fact the original drawing had Kim Deal on a horse and Frank Black as a jack-in the-box, which later became an Alternative Sam comic strip.

I tried some different textures and outlines on this one, which I’m quite pleased with; I also added some colour before deciding it was better off in simple black and white…I should remember the words of Neil Young, “What you do first is the right f-in’ thing and just move on”!

Bad Joke, no. 2

June 26, 2012

bad joke


June 25, 2012


FYI:  exciting new e-mail based comic strip here.

am brewing

June 17, 2012

Alternative Sam: music fan

June 7, 2012

A comic strip I came up with late the other night. A bit tired now.

Owl City

June 4, 2012

Here’s a poster to promote a local gig in aid of Hitchin’s own wonderful festival Rhythms of the World.  This benefit has a nicely diverse bill of indie, roots, country-rock and electro ambience, what better way to illustrate it than a girl dancing with an owl?

ROTW benefit poster

Actually I fancied drawing an owl for a while, after seeing an animation in which an owl chick thought it was a duckling and went following the mother duck into the water. This one is having a happier time.

Another Portrait Engagement

June 4, 2012

Here’s a portrait I was commissioned to draw last month for an engagement present (I was asked to include the couple and some of their interests, which is the reason for the badge and the design on the shirt).

portrait commission

Moonage Daydream

April 10, 2012

To promote the Brighton date of the Primitives’ forthcoming  Echoes and Rhymes tour, here’s a poster showing singer Tracy Tracy in high-spirited mood, thematically inspired by the band’s upbeat, 60s flavoured fuzzy jangle pop.

the Primitives

I was thinking here of vintage children’s books, Bleep and Booster and an amusing Soviet postcard I found online.

Larger version here.