Friday, 28 February 2014

Friday 28th February 2014 - Echoes of the Typhonians

A set of 3 images for Rite Publishing, I have copies of these saved at various points, so may do walkthroughs of them some point in the future, but I'm quite busy at the moment so it will have to wait...

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Wednesday 12th February 2013 - The Shed Brewery

I was approached near the end of 2013 with the opportunity to totally redesign a local craft brewery's range of labels.

This involved laying out the template with the entire trade standards required information, a visually appealing way of framing and presenting the package, and of course drawing out the label illustrations.

The theme for the ales is historic Warwickshire - a county in England which has an awesomely preserved castle, and quite a rich folklore and history, and also coincidentally the county where the brewery is located.

I can't wait to get my hands on some of these and try them for myself!

Friday, 7 February 2014

Friday 7th February 2014 - Walkthrough of a Logo Design

I was approahced by the guys in Hatred Embodied to update their band logo, after they had saw the logo I made for myself way back in May/June time: 

Liking the sound of this, I set to work! 

First came the sketching, I knew in my mind the kind of shape that I wanted, and the kind of symmetry that's prevalent in metal band logos. Also, one of the band's inspirations is Templar Knights and The Crusades and that period in history, so I wanted to find some way of including that in the logo.

It turned out the first logo I sketched was the most warmly received, so that one it was! The first step was to pencil it out, in big, with a ruler and tight measurements to make sure it was even, symmetrical and all parallel/adjacent.

Then it was a case of dropping the pencilled image into Adobe Illustrator and Vectoring it. Easy enough, just slightly time consuming.

However I wasn't 100% on the final look, so I then took this into Photoshop for some last minute editing and refining. I made the sword thinner, thickened some lines up and probably some more things I can't really remember.

And that was basically it! I loved doing this to be honest, it was such a nice change of pace and something totally out of left field. I was also commissioned to do an album cover/shirt design, so that will be making an appearance soon!

Friday 7th February 2014 - Framed goodies

Hey guys! I managed to get my hands on a bunch of picture frames in a panoramic layout, so now have some framed pictures up for sale!

These two are one offs, and are £40 each. 

I can do 8 of these (including the two pictured). They contain a random selection of 4 of my images, mounted and framed.

These are £20 each.

None of these prices include postage by the way, they are glass frames, so posting them will be a pain in the arse, but I will of course post them worldwide, as long as the buyer is willing to pay the postage costs.

If you're interested in anything you can see here, get in touch via my e-mail:

Monday, 3 February 2014

Monday 3rd February 2014 - Publications!

Hey Guys! I've been out of it for a while - this past two weeks has been totally manic. I'm still trying to clear the backlog of work that I accumulated over Christmas, along with doing a load of things with Revenue & Customs and the like.

But anyway, while I've been doing that, quite a lot of my work has cropped up in publications now!

This piece:

Ended up here (and was chosen as the cover art!):

This piece, also for Rite Publishing:

Can be found here:

10 Labels, for The Shed Brewery (I'm not sure about sharing the artwork, so I won't.), which are being featured in The Drinker Magazine.

A small excerpt I found about the brewery in a CAMRA magazine.

Lastly, but by no means leastly, this glorious rulebook which was my introduction and baptism by fire into the world of painting things everyday for food money:

I'll probably do an entirely separate blog post on this, after I've checked about sharing the art now the product is live, but I painted in total 12 images for this, including the cover and a bonus image, all of which are available in High-Res for the Kickstarter backers, I believe.

Also, apparently Dragon Tiger Ox is in the running for a couple of awards/prize kind of things, which would be quite awesome indeed! I also posted off one of the images to Spectrum Fantastic Arts to try and get featured in Spectrum #21, which would just be the icing on the cake really!

That's it for now, I have a lot of overtime coming through from my other job at the moment, so I might try to update my blog a fair bit as I haven't much time at the moment.