Introduction

I'm a freelance illustrator/designer/art director and if you think I can help with your project, want to offer words of encouragement or simply say hi, feel free to get in touch.

I'm also on Twitter and Facebook. Follow me to find out every time I haul bits of imagination kicking and screaming into reality.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Whatchu Wandoo?

From time to time I post work that I was commissioned to do, even if its years later and I'm still proud of the work. Wandoo Planet is one such project.

It was an interest finder app to help children source material related to their hobbies such as books, films, games, toys or anything else that grabs their attention. From its inception the clients wanted the app to exist within a living world populated by friendly woodland characters.

First and foremost the product had to be a functional app so I felt it was important to achieve a strong graphic approach. The main focus of the product is the tree, so a unique shape was required, not only so that it could be 'owned' and easily identified, but also to define the Wandoo brand.


After exploring several different routes I combined several elements from different styles and arrived at the following image that was strong enough to lead the rest of the design work with its shapes and hues.


Forests have always featured heavily in literature and so I wanted to give the contemporary design a 'classic' sepia palette that would reflect its historical roots (see what I did there?) and the resulting warm, autumnal hues really brought the environment to life.

The characters that populated Wandoo Planet would be at the beck and call of the user helping nurture your tree with each character focusing on a different task. Early in the process there was a discussion surrounding the potential to re-skin the app for an adult audience. In order to retain a sense of continuity I created characters that would have strong silhouettes that would translate onto icons that could be used on buttons should this step ever come to fruition.


I then turned my attention to the development of the tree, exploring how it would grow from a seed up to a mature tree.


With work on the app well under way we turned our focus to an opening video that would greet users and could also potentially be used as an on-line promotional video. Working closely with the clients a storyboard, then full colour images were created which were in turn brought seamlessly to life by After Effects guru Mark Roberts.

 

All artwork is property of Evanced


Friday, 15 July 2016

Star Wars Celebration 2016!

Huzzah! The latest addition to my Little Destiny series is now available and if you want a signed copy, you should pop over to Star wars celebration, and visit the ACME Archives booth in S11 on Saturday between 12-2 where I'll be signing this, and other little destiny prints, and handing out free high fives on request.


As always, Little Rey's Destiny and the rest of the series are from ACME Archives. Why not treat yourself?

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

What Juno anyway?!

Congratulations to all those involved in NASA's Juno mission!

After a five year voyage of 1.75 billion miles, their probe arrived into Jupiter's orbit this morning beginning a new chapter in our understanding of the gas giant and in turn solar system.

Watching the images of the swirling gas giant arrive over the coming months and years is going to be awe inspiring.

If anyone at NASA or ESA is reading, how about you start including faces in the designs of your probes. I'm having fun bringing a bit of character to the likes of Juno, Rose and Phile and New Horizons, but a bit of help from your end would make these little adventurers even more fun. :-) 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

How We Draw... Pandoo

I wrote a post and created a time-lapse video for Kids & Digital about part of the process for creating avatars for Pandoo Nation, a title I've been involved with. Click below.

How We Draw... Pandoo


Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Happy Star Wars day!

What timing! Here's a new addition to the Little Destiny series of Star Wars prints. 

Little Ezra's Destiny, depicts Ezra from the fantastic Star Wars Rebels, out filching trooper helmets for his collection, available here.


It was featured in an brief article on io9 today, which is awesome.

All the other prints in the series are still available over at Acme Archives, so why not nip over and order one. Hell, order several. The full set! Perfect gifts for the little Star Wars fanatics in your life.



As always, there's plenty more of these in the pipeline. If I'm missing your favourite, drop me a message and let me know and I'll see what I can do ;-)

May the 4th be with you.

Monday, 25 April 2016

426 (with free bonus video!)

Happy Aliens day! (almost)

Apparently.

I'm assuming the 26 of April is some kind of ancient pagan festival, and not a commercial ploy by a leading film studio to boost the popularity of one of their IPs. Right?

Regardless, Alien and Aliens are spectacular movies. Fact. As well as both being seminal science fiction movies that pushed the boundaries of what was possible at the time, both films are genuinely terrifying in very different ways.

Alien saga's ongoing themes of motherhood are never so apparent as in the relationship between Ripley and orphaned space urchin, Newt.


Over the years I've had numerous questions about the process of creating digital imagery so I've decided to record myself at work on the Newt image. It took about 1:15 to complete, not including sketchbook doodling.


Its an odd sensation, showcasing the process of creating this kind of speed-paint, as It allows a glimpse of the trials and frequent errors that help arrive at the finished result.


I have no doubt various bad habits and lack of planning are evident, but I hope some of you find it useful. Feel free to send any questions. Or answers. I always like a good answer. Especially if its correct.


'Mad props' (I think that's right), to hashfinger for the excellent music.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

100101 101

Another speed paint. I know, I know, it's all I seem to get time for these days! The topic was 'Robot DJ'.

Just for fun I turned it into a GIF to bring it alive :-)


Here's the Jpeg in case this one gives you a seizure. I hope it doesn't.


Mental note: Forgo sleep. Draw more.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Speed Kaiju

Been indulging in a weekly speed paint (1hr limit) and have produced this sequence over three hours.




I think it shows that the last one was completed over 2 half hour sessions, and I lost my way with it a bit.

The moral? Forfeit lunch for better results.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

What a gem!

Without a doubt the finest TV show I've ever seen, Deadwood is a bruised and bloody, mud-stained delight. The multiple character arcs twist with tension and are awash with the darkest of dark humour and the authentic dialogue is so marvellously crafted that despite foulest of foul f**king language* it often feels like poetry.

From Bullocks rage infused 'hero' to the silent menace of McShanes wonderfully vile, landlord/gang-lord/pimp/all round evil cokesucker, Al Swarengen, the town is littered with colourful portrayals of the real, often infamous, characters that passed through Deadwood.

The announcement that it is going to be revived as a film gave me an excuse to revisit it all over again. Yay!

*Honestly. I cant stress enough. It made me blush. (... And then clap with delight.)

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Haters gonna H8

I finally got round to watching The Hateful 8. Tarantino's ablity to play off tension, violence, and comedy is unparalleled and whilst not being his strongest work, its still a master-class.

Brutal yet bloody hilarious. There were some great performances throughout, and I couldn't resist drawing up a couple of my favourites.

I really hope he doesn't quit making films any time soon, as he's repeatedly threatens to.


Here's hoping that Kill Bill Vol. 3 will be prefixed with: The 5th Film by Quentin Tarantino, thereby squeezing one more drop of excellence from his promise.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Happy Birthday Roy!

Name: Roy Batty
Model: Nexus Six
Inception Deate: 08-01-16. Today.

I've enjoyed films for as long as I can remember, but Blade Runner was shown in my art class when I was about 15, just at the point I was realising that movies were grown up and smart, as well as simple entertainment.

With its flawless cinematography, visionary design and a rich, slow burning, noire story, its remained up there with my favourites ever since.


'I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire of the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the TanhaΓΌser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time like... tears... in... rain.' - Roy Batty

Happy Birthday Roy!

Incidentally... Roy Batty? Sounds like an ageing newspaper seller from 'oop north'.

Monday, 4 January 2016

The Force Awakens Pt2 (spoiler free, I promise)


There was so much to love here, the humour, the characters and their relationships / interaction / dialogue, BB8, Solo and Chewie, the Falcon-ohmygod the falcon, a great villain... I could go on but I wont. I'll just leave this image here instead of my frothy rant.

Rey and some nods to her journey. I loved the planet Jakku and its history. Such a barren blistering hot mechanical graveyard.


I wanted to blow the lighting out more, but it would have strayed from the others too much. In the same respect I was close to making the previous image of Finn an almost black and white environment, closer to the movie palette but it wouldn't have sat as well with the other images. I digress.

Who next?