Friday, 28 September 2012

Let's Make History - skateboards pitch

 A while ago I was asked to design some artwork to be lasercut into the bottom of a deck, for an "artist series" of skateboards. I got really into it initially but things didn't work out with the project organiser so, anyway, I've coloured the pic in though now.. and think it's pretty fun.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

DACS thing

So here's the final version. I decided black and white = stronger than colour.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Work In Progress

I thought I'd share more detailed posts about my work in progress since my process has been evolving lately and I always love seeing how other artists/designers/illustrators do things too.

So, this first WIP is a pic for the upcoming DACS charity exhibition in NYC this November. The theme is 'Reclaim' and the brief centres around an interview of a sex trafficking survivor about her experiences.

I started looking at women in pop culture, mainstream media, ads etc. since the representation of women in these channels often get criticised for the probable affect/impact they have on violent attitudes towards women. I chose this Rihanna ad for Armani cos I imagined stuff bursting out of her chest/stomach, like guts or a crazy animal or something.

Then, as usual, I started messing around, doing rough sketches, trying to get the posture of and weight of the figure right and to generate some ideas. I used ink for these since I really enjoy using them lately.

Once I got the hang of the kind of lines I wanted for the figure I tried out this type idea, using words taken from the interview (some directly, some with a bit of creative license). I quite liked the effect so played around with the idea a bit more to get a composition I like. The text tells the story backwards from the top, so it's a message of hope and then as you go down it gets darker and reveals the roots of it.

Next I got the coloured paints out and did a bunch of variations. I did some on Photoshop too but wanted to get comfortable using the brush for the type, so I just repeated myself. 

And... that's where I'm at right now. It will most probably end up something like the pic below, but the text will be in colour and some other stuff will be going down too.
Give me a shout in the comments if you have anything to say/ask about this stuff. Hope it was good... and that I get to do more! :)

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Getting in touch with my psychedelic self

I've been spending the last few days breaking down a big pic into heaps of component parts. Now the awesome Cameron Gough at Dirty Puppet is going to turn them into a little animation. The full pic is looking mad and pretty trippy.... think 'vaginal space aliens'.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Monday, 17 September 2012

Sunday, 9 September 2012

'Monkey Mind' for the New York Times Book Review

Read the review of Daniel Smith's book on the NYT site here

Friday, 7 September 2012