Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Aargh Chaos!!

This is what my desk looks like at the moment:

Note the many coffee cups. Ringing New York publishers is going well - haven't really had any success per say, but I'd say being physically coherent is a start!

In other news, this website has a lot of lovely designs on it:


'Beverage of the Gods'

So, I wanted to draw some greek gods and godesses but unsure of how I could shoe-horn it into a project... My clever friend suggested I use these characters to advertise for Starbucks - point of display posters, coffee packaging, the Starbucks card etc. So below is a little tryout of the idea. Yes, I know she only has one earring and yes, I know her right arm looks a little bit weird.

Hermes with takeaway cups to come! Possibly...

Actually, I think I prefer the original lineart.

Thursday, 22 April 2010


'The Devil makes work for idle hands'.

Quite ironic, when I think about how long I've been working on this. But finally it is finished! Well, maybe not... Any comments would be greatly appreciated, especially about the colour/ contrast, and provided they are made within the next few hours! Note the painstakingly designed wallpaper, which despite driving me nuts was in fact very satisfying. Probably more to come...

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Lets get Conceptual ;)

Here are some editorial solutions on various subjects. I tried to keep them all to a similar style, focussing on shape and colour. I'm quite proud of them, especially my dolls house which ended up being more difficult to construct than I'd first expected... in the future I may once again foray into the exciting territory of line!

Illustration for the Guardian article 'How many Facebook friends is too many?' Apparently the answer is 151.

This article ('Homeward Bound' - also from the Guardian) centered around a particular womans worries and doubts about moving with her new family into the house she grew up in.

This image is an attempt to represent 'Phantom Limb Syndrome', whereby a an individual who has suffered the amputation of a limb still feels pain in that area. The New Scientist article 'The Phantom Promise' alluded to a new technique for treating this problem, by psychologically 'rewiring' the brain. I had quite a lot of trouble with this one, but hopefully it gets the main point across.

Mmmmm sushi...

A little idea for those of us that don't have unlimited back balances which allow us to regularly dine at posh London Sushi restaurants - DIY sushi! In the real world the tray at the bottom of this box would contain some rather small chopsticks, a cloth napkin and a ceramic wasabi dish.

Each recipe card takes you through how to make a particular type of roll (Uramaki, California etc) and and would be printed with a wipe-clean coating; to complete this project I had to take reference photos and things got rather messy...

Well, hello.

It's a shame that Boots own products don't have lovely boxes like Too Faced and Benefit. I love boxes.

For my first trick, I will be creating some speculative make-up packaging for Boots '17' range. The colour schemes are 'Metallic Toffee', 'Mermaid's Tale' and 'Purple Heart' (my personal favourite, of course). As you can see, the sleeves can be removed to reveal some lovely little cut-outs so that one may view the sumptuous product hidden inside...

This was a bit of a photoshop fumble which luckily didn't end too badly. I have yet to master the wonders of Illustrator which will hopefully result in lovely clean lines instead of slightly botched hand drawn ones.