As you may know I've been creating patterns for my other site Patterns for Colouring for some time now. These have been mostly free colouring pages for people of all ages to download and colour in. Just recently I've been creating more complex and sophisticated patterns that will make excellent fine art prints. The thumbnail shows just one of these patterns - click it to see more. I've chosen to market
I've just added a new illustration to my portfolio section. It's a piece I created for the SFX Dr Who Special. The feature was about an ardent fan of the series who decided to watch every Dr who episode available. That's right back to the original Dr played by William Hartnell. That's a real marathon of televisual delights. As you can see from the thumbnail I included some villians old and new and
Welcome to my new illustration portfolio and blog
It's been a long time since I've updated the site properly. So I've given the whole site a refresh to make everything a bit more streamlined. I hope everything is where its supposed to be.I've had to import the old blog into this new design so it'll take me a while to run through the archives and iron out all of the kinks. So enjoy the new site.
Patterns: Call for entries
My side project Patterns for Colouring has started to feature patterns from specially invited illustrators and designers. So far Ben the Illustrator, Matt Lyon and David Lyttleton have been added to the library, with more to come. I think the concept is working really well and would like to extend the invitation to the wider creative community. If you feel you'd like to produce colouring pages for
As a result of being side lined by other things I've neglected to post links to illustrators that have either contacted me or I've found. This is to redress the situation...Alex Mathers contacted me recently after I found him on twitter. Thankfully I'd already earmarked him for inclusion in the blog. Ape on the Moon is another illustration blog, much like this one, looking for fresh talent to post
Patterns: Call for entries
The word is getting around about Patterns for Colouring and its getting featured on other sites like Creative Boom (pictured), Parent Dish (which is where I found the link to Marshall Alexander, below) and even Holy Moly - quite a broad audience footprint there! I've also seen it mentioned on a few parenting forums and moneysavingexpert.com. Design sites that have featured it include ColourLovers and
Marshall Alexander - Paper Engineer
I found this little gem of a site on a blog that also mentioned my pattern site (more of that in the next post...). Tying in nicely with the Speakerdog post this is another papercraft site and what a lovely piece of work it is too. With all of these treats you'll be spoiling us (ambassador). I especially like the one pictured, "Ape, not a monkey".
Speakerdog series 6
I'm loving what Ben the Illustrator has done with his speakerdog creation. I've been spotting it appear in all sorts of places over the last few years. Its a great little brand he has created, but I was unaware that he was allowing other creatives to have fun with it too. Its now a paper toy and series 6 has a whole host of talent customising the little fella. So get your PVA and scissors ready and
I've been on twitter for a while now but I've only just updated the sidebar to show the link. If you'd like to see my arts, illustration, design and general nonsense tweets go ahead and follow me...
100+ free colouring patterns
Its update time in the land of patterns. My free CC pattern site now has over 100 high resolution images. I'm getting some great feedback from sites like Geekdad, Colourlovers, and Ideafixa who have all linked to the pattern blog recently. It would be great to spread the word even further so that children and adults can all get experimenting and learning about colour.
Introducing Rob Highton, an illustrator that I've mentioned in previous posts. He has finally put an illustration portfolio together. Now I can show you what he can do. He is a great image maker who is comfortable with Photoshop as much as he is with traditional media.
ImagineFX magazine asked Dave Gibbons to create their cover for issue 42. Here Dave runs through the process involved in the artworks creation...I've created a bit of a homage to Rorschach on my patterns blog...
75 patterns and counting
My pattern blog is building up quite a collection of downloadable images. I've just uploaded the 75th pattern. They are all free for you to use (as long as you abide by the Creative Commons license on the site). All of the patterns are A4 in size and are aimed at kids to print out and colour in. I'm aiming to hit the 100 image mark soon.
Design Week has a fascinating article about how creatives use their sketchbooks. I tend to use scraps of paper whenever the urge to doodle or think hits me. I do have sketchbooks but they tend to be where I store these odds and ends. The books do get quite padded by this extra paper. I have a more formal leather pocket sketchbook, but its just a little bit too posh and small to do any really messy
There is something very hypnotic with this type of video.
David Lyttleton's Website!
The most eagerly awaited website launch of them all... Welcome to David Lyttleton's Website! David has been a longstanding contributor to the various mags I've produced. An excellent illustrator bursting with ideas. Let the stampede begin.
40 free patterns
I've just uploaded the fortieth free pattern to my other blog. All of the patterns on that site are for downloading, printing out and colouring in. I'm aiming to have 100 patterns uploaded soon, I just have to get around to creating them! The patterns are mostly based on simple geometric shapes but I may branch out into more figurative areas at some point. Remember all of the patterns are protected
BBC - Picture Book, Now We Are Six
If you live in the UK and you love illustration then you must watch this... BBC Four - Picture Book, Now We Are Six. It has Quentin Blake, Raymond Briggs and many other masters of illustrated children's books. Fantastic viewing, hurry though, its only available for 14 days.
Illustrator Blake's life on paper
Quentin Blake talks about his life as an illustrator to the BBC. He's currently backing an initiative to encourage young children to keep drawing and not be put off once they become aware of the world of art.
Truly hypnotic paper cuts
Designing a pop-up book kraken...
Scream if you want to go faster!
This T-shirt MUST be printed! Get voting...
Just dropping by to say there's a couple of new pieces in my portfolio. This book is just a little drop-in image I produced for the recent redesign of WPT Poker magazine. Its been absolutely chaotic at Carlton Towers recently with work coming out of my ears. I've even been missing out on plugging the mag.
Carlton Hibbert's pattern blog
I've posted the twentieth free pattern design to my pattern blog. There'll be lots more to come. Get over there and download them all. Grab your pencils and crayons and get busy with your kids.
Great T-Shirts for just $9! Best be quick though they're selling out fast.Here's one of my favourites...
Mythbusters: 1100 Barrel Paintball Gun
Not exactly illustration or art but impressive none the less...
An animated film by Steve May.
Standby for a great Webcomic, Oddfish. It's great and superbly drawn. And most importantly it now contains zebras.
Damon and Jamie team up for a new project for the BBC...You can see from the BBC blog that they get a bit of a mixed reaction from the general audience. For my money it hits the spot, great animation, a touch of nostalgia and a sprinkling of WTF to keep you on your toes. Well done to the BBC for being brave enough to run with this.
Brain twisting performance art, via Neatorama.
New look mag, brand new website
The last few months have been very busy for me. Firstly I had to do a redesign of my magazine, WPT Poker. My colleagues and I have produced a more focussed product aimed at the established poker playing community. We've added far more input from professional players, giving the reader far more chance to immerse themselves in the practice and atmosphere of cardroom mentality.The look of the magazine
Bond Is Back!
This will be no surprise to your average Bond fan, but a new title is about to hit the stores. Michael Gillette, on his blog Pencil Squeezing, shows us his cover work for the release of Fleming's classic books. I've got a couple of old paperbacks knocking around, must dig them out.
Sat, May 24 2008 11:05 | illustration
Kevin Sprouls dropped me a line as he spotted that we're fellow drummers with inky fingers. Take a look at his portfolio for some stunning imagery. He's the orginator of the Wall Street Journal portraiture style known as "hedcut". Obviously Kevin has bags of patience!
Drawing Day 2008
Get those pencils and crayons and paints and mice ready for 7 June '08. That's the day when everybody should strive to create whatever comes into their minds. The Drawing Day site lets you know how to get involved - you don't need to have your own site, you can use sites like Facebook, Myspace, Flickr or Deviant Art. So get drawing and get uploading! It's just for fun.
My latest Threadless purchase
Now that the weather is looking up its time to start looking for a Threadless t-shirt. This one's a bit of an oldie, but definitely a classic.
WPT Poker magazine issue 28
I've been so snowed under recently that I've been unable to update you on our latest issues. Well let me fix it by pointing out our latest corker of an issue. Cover star Liv Boeree kindly gave up some of her hectic schedule to do an exclusive photoshoot for us. The results were great as you can see. We recently went to a recording session of a Pokerstars televised event. We had a bundle of these copies
Vista web builder
Here's the sleeve design of the official Windows Vista magazine's CD featuring my web building artwork. I did this a little while back but only just had chance to upload it. I'll put a clearer version in the portfolio soon.
Simon's Cat 'Let Me In!'
So simple, yet full of character!
A certain old contributor of mine pointed me in the direction of a new cartoonist by the name of Nick Girls. Great portfolio for a relatively new artist but I'm sure we'll be seeing much more of him in the future. Check out his blog too for more up to date imagery skills.
Here's my entry for Mailmeart's call for submissions. Get your own packages into them by 30 January - there's still time. My entry is just a quick doodle but it was fun doing something that didn't involve bezier curves. My son added a little something of his own work on the back.
I've decide to give the site a little facelift. I hope you like its more open and fresh look.
How to spot a Banksy
Banksy is everywhere - here's how to spot the real deal courtesy of the BBC.
WPT Poker magazine issue 24
Happy New Year to all you Poker and Design fans. Here's the latest issue that you can pick up from WHSmiths or from the Future Mag store. This issue has Roland De Wolfe brooding moodily on the cover - the shot was taken during last years WSOPE in London. He gets good coverage in the mag as well with mentions in a number of features, the best of which is the Pro on Pro interview he takes part in with
Happy New Year
And to get things started here's Bob Staake's crazy ass video of his drawing technique using Photoshop 3.0. Magnificent.
"What is Vector?"
Well it could be a Kirkism or it could be this. But then, maybe it has something to do with this instead. Hmm?
Introducing Cormac Jordan
In the blog post below you'll notice a reference to Cormac as a contributor to the latest issue. Well he's an old friend from way back. He also happens to be a fine arts trained designer who can turn his hand to using the old crayons. The thumbnail shown here is just a taster of the finished artwork that appeared in the mag, in all he put together two images for me. This link sends you to his design
WPT Poker magazine issue 23
Belated plug of the latest issue - I've been mad busy recently on about seven different tangents, so keeping everything up to date has been difficult. Never mind you've still got chance to get hold of a copy and read about the following...Big Time: Start playing in the worlds biggest poker games. We show you how to prepare.Keep your own fishfinder database so that you can keep the 'roll afloatCoverage
So long Pixelsurgeon
Pixelsurgeon is being closed down, as the founders can no longer devote the necessary time to keep it viable. I'm sad to see it go, but can understand that with other projects they can no longer maintain the site. I've found a lot of very interesting links and leads there over the years. So to all who sailed in her/it - many thanks and good luck!
Smoke and mirrors
Well, just smoke actually. Here's a neat little tutorial for those stumped on how to generate a wispy smoke effect using Illustrator and Photoshop from PSDTuts.
WPT Poker mag: Issue 22
Vegas came to London recently for the WSOPE and we took the opportunity to bag an interview with Phil Hellmuth (whilst hobnobbing at the Savoy). We asked him about how he felt winning his eleventh bracelet. Also in town was Annette15, demon online player - she went on to win the London event right after we set our photographer loose on her! Apart from all of this we have the following in the latest
WPT Poker mag: Issue 21
David Williams takes a bow on our latest cover. We managed to track him down in Vegas for a photoshoot. He came well prepared - he had visited his jeweller beforehand and appeared with boxes containing $500,000 worth of bling. After turning the lights down a notch we bagged this great cover image. He'll be pleased to hear that we also feature his mum - she beat him in the WSOP!Get the mag to hear how
Mon, Sep 17 2007 05:00 | illustration
Tom Hughes has started up a new website to sell prints of his new illustration style. His new art comes from the urban inspiration that is Bristol. Home to concrete vistas and tag happy graffiti artists - like Banksy. You might spot some pigeons in the mix.
20th century illustration
David Apatoff is obviously someone with a great wealth of knowledge about illustration in the previous century. Luckily he has gifting an awful lot of that knowledge to us through his blog. It has been picked up as one of Blogger's 'Blogs of Note' and is undoubtedly enjoying a peak in traffic. It's great to see the skills of latter day artists - they leave a lot of todays illustrators in the dust.
WPT Poker mag: Issue 20
Go head to head with Katya Thater (our coverstar) as we cover the Heads-up Championship at the World Series 2007. Katya features as our main profile after winning a bracelet in the $1,500 Razz event, the first woman to win one in three years. Other features to look out for...Take chances to make your own 'luck'Become a legend - how to be the best poker playerPub poker: the government has changed the
Fri, Aug 24 2007 09:25 | illustration
Just found this blog of minkee's work. Troble is there's no "about me..." info in there, so I've no idea who or what Minkee is! There are a lot of great images on there - mainly sketches, roughs and experiments. This is one blog to keep an eye on. If you're watching Minkee - post a bio.
Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators
Thu, Aug 23 2007 06:46 | illustration
This is a great resource if you are in the field of book publishing. I tend to cover editorial illustrators on this blog, mainly due to my being involved in editorial design, but this is great for more general illustration browsing. Lots of great artists on there. I'll have to try and take some time to pick out some highlights for you.
This t-shirt design gets a five in my books! Get over to threadless and add your vote pronto - this needs to be a winner. Click the thumbnail for a bigger view.
Need an illustrator?
Then you need to visit this illustration portfolio...
It's great to see someone you've commissioned in the past going on to great things. Gavin is a guy who always seems so enthusiastic about being creative - puts an old cynic like me to shame. You only have to dip in to his blog for a short time to see how much energy/projects/geekery he possesses. Well the news that he couldn't quite keep to himself is that he landed himself a spot on the Apple Pro
Wed, Jul 25 2007 09:46 | illustration
Here's someone that uses pen and paper for illustration, a rare breed these days. Diggy's illustrations have a great fluidity to them because of this approach. The black lines and sombre palette give these images a certain melancholic feel but that's not to be discouraged. He also has a blog where things seem to be a touch more colourful. He's currently studying on a graphics degree in Falmouth, but
Play it again Sam
Tue, Jul 24 2007 07:29 | illustration
Sam Gilbey is, quite rightly, rather chuffed with his latest creation. The thumbnail image you see here is a small part of a much larger montage he has created for the film "Hot Fuzz". Having previously painted an image of "Shaun of the Dead", Sam was invited by the films director to create a new piece for his latest blockbuster. Click through to his site to see a step by step process of how he created
WPT Poker mag: Issue 19
Live action poker: Joe Sebok heads up this action packed issue with tournament highlights from Vegas and Bournemouth. Yes, that's right we cover poker both sides of the atlantic. All the big stars of high stakes american games, along with the best of our own home grown scene. It's the start of the new WPT season 6 tour - the Mirage Poker Showdown with Phil Ivey making the final table.Features to look
Tue, Jul 10 2007 09:42 | illustration
James Jean has an absolutely wonderful portfolio. He apologises in his news page for not updating as often as he'd like because he's very busy on long term projects. No wonder with this kind of quality. It goes without saying that his client list is very impressive.
Veerle's blog 2.0
This site is a great resource for any screen jockey. Veerle Pieter is mainly a web designer with a background in graphic design and illustration. I'm linking to her Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials as they are a great resource, but you should make time to browse the other topics available.
Thu, Jul 5 2007 10:01 | illustration
I don't know much about this artist other than his work is brilliant. I'm not usually one to gush over fantasy art but this is well worth a visit.
Mon, Jul 2 2007 01:35 | illustration
Randomly meandering around the web I bumped into this site, the home of Paul Darragh. Its stacked with great eyecandy from this Aussie illustrator/designer.
Delving into Delicious pt1
Sun, Jul 1 2007 10:20 | illustration
I thought it might be time to delve back through some of the sites I've tagged on del.icio.us under illustration...Acute graphicsSee Kyle DrawAlexander Blue picturedCelina HilbertZombie Flesh Eaters - Jamie HewlittDan SipplePlatinumIf you want to see what other users are tagging as illustration then click on...
WPT Poker mag: Issue 18
Deal Me In: Grab the latest issue of WPT Poker magazine right now. This month it comes bagged with a supplement, "Hit The Strip". This is your guide to playing poker in Vegas: Where to stay, where to play and what to see. Joe Hachem is our cover star and he's totally stoked on winning a WPT crown.Features to look out for in this issue are:Fighting on the Fifth: Discover the best way to play the riverWPT
Thu, Jun 28 2007 09:22 | illustration
James gets himself a brand spanking new portfolio site. Rather good it is too.
Wed, Jun 20 2007 12:36 | illustration
Site update at Phil Brown's portfolio...
A subject close to his heart
This comic is great. Created by someone using the name "Bruised Blood", you can usually find his latest strips posted to B3ta. This episode is particularly funny. I thankfully, am unafflicted by this phenomenom! Beware though, these strips can often send shivers up the spine.
Wed, Jun 13 2007 11:12 | illustration
Scott is a Canadian based illustrator with a great style. I really like his "curvy into pointy" linear artwork. There are a fair few illustrators out there that fall into this laidback "cocktail lounge" style but Scott works it well and with an added twist of humour and dynamism. Maybe that comes from his past as a hopeful animator. His client list is pretty impressive too. Well worth a visit.On a
WPT Poker mag: Issue 17
Slightly later in the month than I'd like - here's my ad for the day job: Rake it in this issue with our cover star Humberto Brenes. He's the cheeky chappy that brings big tournaments to life with his outlandish cries of "I'm all-in!". Also the cover has some minor poker celebrity in the form of jail-bound Paris Hilton. She featured in the WPT Celebrity Invitational in LA and we have all the highlights.Features
Illustration portfolio update
I've just added an extra couple of images to my illustration portfolio. Go check them out...
Sun, Jun 3 2007 09:01 | illustration
Scouting Drawn lead me to find a post about this chap. Its a great blog where Michael is attempting the often difficult task of posting a drawing every day. I don't think I'll ever set myself that task. Anyway, Michael's drawings are no quick scribble thrown on a scanner, they all contain some play on the title of the piece - the one pictured here is called "The Short Straw".
Here's a job where I had to come up with an image for a feature about poker variance. Each element in this image was shot separately. This wasn't on purpose they just happened to be stock shots that I had in my library that fitted the bill. I think I've managed to piece them together fairly seamlessly. The bullet holes are an added element in Photoshop.
This is what happens when you set a pack of Brazilian graffiti artists free on your scottish pile...Pretty smart, huh? There's more here...
I'll raise you my shirt
This is the perfect shirt for any Poker hotshots out there. It would be good to wear for my job. I know you'll want to bag one for yourselves.
WPT Poker mag: Issue 16
Here's the boss! Doyle Brunson goes all-in on our latest cover - do you wanna match that bet? This is the guy that every poker player hopes to mirror. Pick up a copy if you want to know more about the legend.Features to look out for in this issue are:Up periscope: Change the way you play tournaments.Michael Greco's recent win in the Cardiff GUKPT.Comprehensive guide to playing poker down the pub.How
Thu, Apr 26 2007 01:17 | illustration
Boing Boing: Todd Goldman's lawyers sending nastygrams. This is a story that I've been following for a few days now. Allegedly Todd Goldmans business "David & Golliath" has been reusing artwork without prior consent from the originators. Not once, but many times. Without knowing the complete facts I won't add any rash opinions but the weight of public feeling against Todd seems very definite.
Jason Josef Buchanan
Thu, Apr 26 2007 12:04 | illustration
Have you ever been deleted? No? Then you should. Excellent illustrations are to be found there by the hand of Jason.
Thu, Apr 12 2007 09:20 | illustration
Scott Rhodes just dropped into my inbox. He's got a great site full of excellent work and is well worth a visit. I really like the feel of texture in his artwork. He's based in Chorlton, not to be confused with my name.
WPT Poker mag: Issue 15
Hitting the newstands right about now is the latest issue of WPT Poker. On the cover is the lovely Liz Lieu, read all about her in the mag. Not yet in the mag, but, I travelled to Monte Carlo to do some more potential cover shoots. Expect to see some top poker pros appearing on the cover in the coming months. Monte Carlo was great, very different vibe to Vegas. For a start you need bag loads of cash
Red Nose update 3
Hoorah. Just to let you know it sold for GBP68 - considering how late in the day I created it, that's not a bad haul for charity. Thanks to all who took part. I'm considering doing more signed celebrity prints, if you've got any requests let me know.
Red Nose Day Update 2
So, I've managed to get the poster back from Lenny and set up the ebay auction. Here's the evidence that Lenny Henry actually signed my artwork. What are you waiting for? Get bidding!!!
World Poker Tour mag: Issue 14
Hoyt Corkins is this months cover star. He's another of the stars we managed to bag whilst in Vegas before Christmas. Also on the cover you can see Joe Hachem making an appearance. He won $2 million while we were at the Bellagio, not bad going huh?Features to look out for in this issue are:Wise Up! 52 incredible poker stats that every player must know.The British are coming - How the Brits are making
Red Nose Day Update
You can find the listing for my custom print offer here on ebay...
Lenny Henry Red Nose Day illustration
I've produced an illustration of one of the main Red Nose Day presenters, Lenny Henry. I've printed this out as an A2 poster. I'll be listing it on ebay next week but I wanted to let people know about it beforehand. I'll post a link to the auction once it goes live. At the moment it is in the hands of his agent so that I can get it signed by the good man himself. I'll also be listing an auction in
Fri, Mar 2 2007 10:55 | illustration
I've just started dipping my toe into illustrationmundo (not sure why I've not done this before). I quite like the random option you can click in the illustrator database. Here's the first fruit of my meanderings on the site, Superoboturbo. The site is the portfolio of Jordy van den Nieuwendijk who is based in the Netherlands. Great vectors! It helps that anything robot related usually gets my attention,
Just to let you know I've added a new image to the portfolio section. As you were.
I've started to populate my Flickr account with some design work from the last decade. Its mainly from my work on Future magazines. I have added descriptions to all of them just yet - that takes an age. Anyway, feel free to have a nose through them all. There's quite a few layouts that feature some images from top class illustrators - Insect, Twelveten, Richard May, Identikal to name but a few.
Tue, Feb 13 2007 12:38 | illustration
Whilst doing a spot of random browsing I came across Alice Stevenson's portfolio. Its got a very nostalgic sixties/seventies vibe to it but with a more modern twist. I really like the use of linework and patterns and the return of brown as a colour!
Urban Art - Urban Retro
Sat, Feb 10 2007 07:21 | illustration
Urban Retro are staging an artist head to head challenge called 'The Mouse vs. The Brush'. Here's what they have to say about the project...The basis of this project is simple. We want to explore the difference between computer based art and traditional forms of creating art. 2 artists go head to head and create an art print using either the mouse or the paint brush. The art will then be sold as 50
Creative Collective called The Clarabellas
Wed, Feb 7 2007 10:25 | illustration
A little while back I was trying to hunt down Kev Speck for a commission I had lined up for him. His site was down and I was unsure my contact details for him were up to date. So after a swift google I tracked him down to this site - The Clarabellas. Lo and behold I found that there were a few other familiar faces amongst the collective: Nigel Dennis and McFaul. I had commissioned these before with
World Poker Tour mag: Issue 13
Here's the first fruit of my pre-Christmas jaunt to Vegas. Marcel Luske is our cover star who graciously accepted our invitation to pose in a photoshoot just after busting out in the Five Diamond tournament at the Bellagio.Features to look out for in this issue are:Danger... Sharks! How to avoid poker predators.Ten ways to stop losing.Todd and Doyle Brunson team up in a Fathers and sons tournament.H.O.R.S.E.
Wed, Jan 24 2007 10:14 | illustration
Here's a profile I found a while ago on portfolios.com that I like. Neat vectors in a great cartoon style from Marco. You can find more examples of his work on his own portfolio site. On a side note; is it just me or does the value of portfolios.com seem pretty poor? Their fees are way too high for the service they provide. I'll be downgrading once my subscription is up for renewal.
Water, water, water
This video is amazing, think what illustrations you could put through this baby...via boingboing
World Poker Tour mag: Issue 12
With a pre-Christmas trip to Vegas and the festive season all rolling into one, I've been a bit lax on promoting our latest issue. So here it is...Incidentally my trip to the US was to bag a bunch of poker professionals during the Five Diamond Poker tournament. We had photoshoots with about a dozen top players, Doyle Brunson, David Williams, and Liz Lieu amongst them. It was a great experience, and
Thunder Chunky Xmas Project
Tue, Dec 5 2006 03:56 | illustration
Here's a fun little daily christmas blog showing an image from different top illustrators from around the world. This one is part of Sam Gilbey's contribution. Just the ticket to get you in a festive mood or strengthen your bah-humbuggage. Ho ho ho.
biddly biddly bong
All done on whiteboard apparently - must have taken an age! Found on 77percent.
I've just updated the portfolio section of this site to include some recent work.
This is just a quick image I mashed together for one of the mags main news items. It was to support a piece about potential poker business acquisitions due to the recent turmoil caused by US legislation.
The biro is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary and the beeb gives you its history. Nice to see that Jon Burgerman gets a great mention (you'll need to read right to the bottom of the page).
Not long ago I got the book Loads More Lies to Tell Small Kids as a present. It's great fun, well drawn, with plenty of great insights into what its like to be a parent. I found myself immediately giving my sons slightly untrue answers to their persistent questions after reading this. They swallowed them up wholesale! The author Andy Riley gets top marks.
Tue, Nov 14 2006 10:43 | illustration
I found this community of student artists on myspace and swiftly "added" them. The founders are people I've been aware of for a while and the project seemed like a pretty fine idea. They are Tom Judd and James Chambers. Tom is an illustrator/animator whom I've seen in various places including Computer Arts - in fact he seems so familiar I've got a feeling I may have used him at some time. James is
Wed, Nov 8 2006 10:47 | illustration
Sean Rodwell has updated his already impressive portfolio with a sack full of artwork. He's put up some of the artwork he did for me on .net. There's plenty of his bubble style illustrations like this butterfly (see thumbnail left). Great site. illustration
World Poker Tour mag: Issue 10
Vicky Coren appears on the latest issue of WPT Poker mag, she recently won the London leg of the EPT. She bagged a cool 500,000 GBP! Find out how she managed it. Joe Pelton is another big winner, showing an A-7 to claim a USD 1.6 million pot in the Legends of Poker tournament. We also feature the action from the WPT Ladies Night event. Features include:How to spot a blufferReaction to the Safe Port
Fri, Oct 27 2006 03:39 | illustration
BenFrostisdead is a great collection of paintings by Ben Frost. His paintings feature a lot of cutesy icons in not-so-cuddly poses and situations. Anyone who can put Miffy in an image with a roaring tiger and a couple of whip wielding domanatrixes (sp?) whilst the whole scene is liberally sprinkled with rubber spiders has got my vote. What I'm voting for has yet to be decided, but it gets my vote anyway.
Fri, Oct 27 2006 03:13 | illustration
Unfortunately I can't tell you much about this latest find. There's very little info on the site but the images there-in will blow your mind. Freaky and fascinating, you'll be clicking links like a madman. Its mainly a gig flyer artwork site. illustration
Fri, Oct 27 2006 10:36 | illustration
Cruising Drawn today I spotted David's work and had to nab the link pronto. I really like his style. Its cute and accomplished without being cheesy and sickly sweet. Anyway, I think I'll have to put him on my "To Use" pile for future reference. His site's design is excellent too. illustration
Digging through my back catalogue
Tue, Oct 24 2006 09:07 | illustration
Sorry for the big post but I've just had a rummage through my image files. A lot of the images that I produce tend to fall in the "not quite illustrations" category. I don't put them in my portfolio because they tend to be a mish mash of styles. I thought it might be a good idea to put a few up here just to show you some of the cartwheels I perform for my day job. Below you'll find image manipulations,
Sat, Oct 21 2006 01:40 | illustration
Here's an illustrator based in Atlanta that dropped me an email a little while back. "Check out my site" he said, so I did. I really like the looseness of his work. I particularly like his Safari images, go and take a look for yourselves. illustration
Thu, Oct 19 2006 09:00 | illustration
Raking back through my files to see who I've commissioned in the past I found David Angel. I used to use him during my stint on Internet Advisor (a few years back now). I liked his clean lines and ability to create simple yet punchy illustrations. As you can see from the link he's part of the Debut Art illustration agency. They are probably the agency I have used the most over the years as they tend
World Poker Tour mag: Issue 9
Thu, Oct 12 2006 07:07 | illustration
You really must buy this issue - I'm the cover star! My hands adorn this months front cover, and look, I've won the pot with a slow-played Big Slick. In this issues bounty of tips, tricks, interviews and tournament reports you'll find...Hold Tight: how to survive variance in your bankroll.Take down huge pots: How to 'bet for value'.WSOP report: The highlights from the main, ladies and H.O.R.S.E. events
Nik Ainley's vivid illustrations
Wed, Oct 11 2006 11:01 | illustration
Shinybinary is a site I found whilst browsing Drawn (as you do). Funny how Nik seems to have contributed work to Computer Arts and CA Projects and I've not seen him before (both mags are published by the company I work for). Anyway I'm struck by how striking his visuals are, clean and colourful yet packed with energy. I might even stretch to purchasing a t-shirt. He's definitely one to keep an eye
Sat, Oct 7 2006 02:53 | illustration
This site - eepmon - has been languishing in my "To do" list for a while. I keep meaning to post just how great the imagery on this site is, but then find myself staring at a pile of work in my inbox and getting sidetracked. Eepmon is the portfolio of Eric Sze-Lang Chan whose work spans many creative disciplines. All of it is cracking stuff, but (obviously) I'm drawn most to his printed work. As ever
Sarah J Coleman
Sat, Oct 7 2006 02:29 | illustration
I found Sarah's work after receiving an email from her to promote her site. She produces illustrations and "lettering" - wonderful hand-drawn letterforms in a loose calligraphic style. Although her work isn't something I could use in my day job if I ever found myself on a less macho publication I'd be sure to commission her. Her images are full of energy and vigour. illustration
Inch by Inch
Sat, Oct 7 2006 01:26 | illustration
James Starr produces some excellent screenprint inspired illustrations, mainly due to the fact that he's a screenprinter. His portfolio site Inch by Inch Design is chocablock full of top work. He's also appeared in issue 7 of WPT Poker. illustration
Thu, Sep 28 2006 03:51 | illustration
I've been keeping my bookmarks on del.icio.us for a good while now. I've been on a bit of a splurge lately so I'm linking you to my illustration tags to show you some of the artists that have caught my eye recently. James Mayall (artwork left) is the latest addition to the bunch and is quite a find. illustration
The Boy Fitz Hammond
Tue, Sep 26 2006 09:50 | illustration
Its about time I blogged up Mr Hammond for your consideration. TBFH (as he's known to his mates) is an extremely prolific crayonist producing work for a huge variety of clients - me being one of 'em. His style is very unique with a penchant for sagging breasts and flacid willies. I think he's the only illustrator that I've accepted work from that sports a subliminal spurting cock in it! Don't worry,
Sun, Sep 24 2006 09:52 | illustration
This is quite an old image of Scott Hansen's that I love. It appeared as a cover image for Computer Arts magazine back in 2005. However its an image that really stuck in my mind. Unfortunately his site is in Flash so I can't link you straight to it. Just navigate to his print section and its near the end of the top row of boxes. Anyway its great when you know someones thought, "I know, I'll stick
Sam Gilbey update
Thu, Sep 21 2006 09:45 | illustration
Sam has updated his portfolio site with new images and a brand spanking new site design. He's gone for the hot pink and charcoal look - very smart. As ever the site is bursting with hot images and websites (he's a web designer too!). illustration
The Pillboy 100
Thu, Sep 21 2006 09:30 | illustration
Gavin Strange's pet project "Pillboy" has reached the magic number of 100 contributions (and rising). I might just have to have a go. Gavin seems to be going from strength to strength, with lots of top bods asking him to take part in projects and collaborations. All well earned in my opinion. Find out more on his blog... illustration
Thu, Sep 14 2006 09:51 | illustration
I've lost count of the amount of times I've asked this guy to produce work for me. I first used him when I started on Internet Works about eight years ago. Back then David sent his work through by post. It was great getting such a big package from the postie because in those days David did everything on artboard using acrylics. Yes, a real painting that we had to get scanned. Since then David has made
Sun, Sep 10 2006 07:35 | illustration
YAKA: the home of illustrator, painter and bristol vagabond Finn Neary. Weird and wonderful concoctions from just down the road. Yep, I've commissioned him in the past and he's since done some work for Computer Arts. His characters are drawn as if you're viewing them through an acid haze (man!) and they look perfect on the boards he designs. illustration
Sun, Sep 10 2006 06:43 | illustration
Zombie Dollars is a collaboration site set up by Nik Holmes. Its been running for a few months now but I keep getting sidetracked so haven't had chance to give it a post. I've mentioned Nik's work before but this new site has contributions from some of the cream of the visual world; Jon Burgerman, TADO, and Frazer Irving, amongst a host of others. I think I need to have a go. Get over there and submit
It's a heavenly read!
On sale from now is the latest edition of .net. This issue shows you the good and the bad side of the net. For the good we have a feature listing 25 heavenly web design tools (and all free), plus an article on how to write a winning design brief. On the darkside of the net we question web standards, "Is usability killing creativity?". Also we take a look at the evil "healthcare" sites that peddle dodgy
Corporate Zombie, by Nik Holmes
Tue, Jan 10 2006 08:55 | illustration
Threadless T-Shirts have reprinted Nik's great t-shirt design. Get over there and buy one (unless your arms have dropped off). Threadless have also introduced a new line of hoodies for those that want something a little warmer for the winter. Nik has produced some great images for me and .net in the past.
.net - Into the New Year with a new issue!
Best get the last plug of 2005 in before January hits us with a sledge hammer on New Year's Eve: .net is on sale! Discover the web design trends that matter for 2006 in our round up of the forthcoming year. Also you'll find features on IPTV, how broadband will deliver TV content to your computer, how Dharamasala (the home of the exiled Dalai Lama) has implemented a Wifi Mesh to bring it right into
Wed, Dec 21 2005 09:01 | illustration
Gabriel Garcia Rosell got in touch with me to see if I was interested in his work. The site is fairly new but already has a fine body of work represented in it. I love the first image in his portfolio (a larger version of the small cropped thumnail you see here) - Chicken Cop - is full of detail and vitality. I'm liking it.
.net - Christmas issue!
Indulge me whilst I plug the labours of my day job. The latest edition of .net is the hottest yet, and is all about Web 2.0 - the next revolution(?). You'll need to be quick off the mark as this is quite a late post. The next issue (January) will be on sale in just over a week. However this Christmas edition is a corker.Besides the Web 2.0 feature you'll find around up of the leading music download
Revamped illustration community
Sun, Nov 27 2005 07:43 | illustration
The Urban Collective site has had a major redesign. Image submissions for each issue now have a ratings system, allowing viewers to vote for their personal preferences. The home page shows the eight top ranking artworks. Its been a while since I submitted anything to the site - I think its time I made the effort. The current issue is 039: Mother Nature. Overall I think the facelift is great, it looks
Sam Gilbey portfolio
Mon, Nov 21 2005 09:56 | illustration
Sam Gilbey is another illustrator that I have used more than most. I really like the quality of image he produces with his tablet. He is quite the Jack-of-all-trades as his portfolio shows: illustration, web building and graphic design. All that and a regular contributor to Pixelsurgeon to boot. Solid work and very reliable.
Carl Flint on the net
Fri, Nov 18 2005 08:47 | illustration
Carl Flint has finally made it onto the net! Hurrah. I've used him in the past for many of the news stories for Internet Works magazine (sadly now defunct - the mag not Carl). More recently he provided me with a rather jolly illustration of Fern Britton, the TV presenter. His style is roughly what I would call a photocopy mashup, but that particular pidgeon hole does him a disservice. Check out his
Illustration blog 2.0
Thu, Nov 17 2005 09:30 | illustration
Welcome! This is the second version of my blog (the first can be found here). It's also the second version of my site. Hopefully you'll find that navigating this new site is far easier than the old one. Plus, updating my portfolio should now be a lot easier for me - phew!As with the old blog I'll be linking to a whole raft of illustration talent that I think are rather good. Don't forget to let me