Category Archives: Illustration & design

Artwork. Commercial illustration, private commissions, etc.

Observational Comedy Illustration

Here’s the artwork I created for the cover of this years Last Laugh Sheffield Comedy festival, being held up by the very funny Phil Jupitus  who asked why the acts had no eyes…

I was about to tweet back with an answer when I realised I didn’t have one. Why did I draw all the acts with no eyes?  After tracing it back to 2012, or thereabouts. I remember took over from another artist on the festival who drew everyone with no eyes, so I was just continuing on the tradition.

Festival acts banner from 2012

It still didn’t feel like an excuse, so even though it’s not on the brochure I thought I’d oblige…

Can you guess who is who?

Illustration inspiration

 

Creative and resourceful thinking are part of the process of creating imaginative  illustration –  the thinking time to get the ideas flowing It’s in the prep.

Illustration often offers a greater level of flexibility than stock photography. Sketch proposals can be generated quickly, then refined to get a very specific message across.

 

I often get asked to do artwork to very tight deadlines, mostly to get artwork to the printers and meet submission deadlines. You might think commissioning original illustration work on a quick turnaround might sound a little crazy, but it really depends on the brief.

With a tight deadline, preparation is everything. From the concept design to final piece, it’s easy to fall into certain traps.

I’ve been an illustrator and designer for as long as I can remember, Working with people all over the world, providing them with design ideas as unique as they are.

It’s my passion to engage people with good design across all media, whether setting up a website that can be easily updated, providing an illustration commission, animation or a cross branded design campaign with online marketing and SEO. JCU is as much about product, as it is service, providing a great design, and client experience. 

With over 20 years industry and design studio experience and a dedication to researching the latest design trends and web technology, it’s not just about creating a look and feel , but solving design problems.
Design is everywhere. With an increasing number of  screens in everyday  each one seeking attention and engagement . It’s my mission to understand the DNA of excellent design communication and pass that on in the work I create for others. I do it with efficiency and impact, and 99% of my work comes from referrals. My a portfolio has national and international clients. Ranging from music festivals and production companies to environmental awareness organisations. Will you be next?

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