Monday, 24 December 2012

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Friend or foe

I don't really know what this is or who created it, but I do know I love him! (Assuming that it is in fact a 'he').

I would love to know if he is a one off or if there are more out there clinging on for dear life to lamp posts across the UK

I stumbled across this one in Covent Garden, London last week but will be keeping my eyes peeled for more!

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Robot character design

I was recently approached about creating a character for a client that I have worked with before on a few other projects.

My client wanted a robot created to join the family of characters they already have representing the numerous money saving websites they run.

Each site represents a different sector which ranges from discounted vouchers to magazine subscription offers.

I originally set out creating 4-5 different character designs. From here we whittled it down to two which we then ended up merging, as both had favourable features.

The sketches of some of the development work are below.


From here the client chose their favoured design and after making a few additional amends, including adding the mouth and dollar sign on the chest plate, I began the final poses. From a personal point of view I was against adding the mouth as I feel the characters emotions can be equally reflected through their eyes and body posture, but saying that I was really happy with the way he turned out.

After the sketches were signed off, I began the final vector illustrations which you can see below.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

The beginning of forever...

About 18 months ago I set out to make my then girlfriend (now wife), a really special Valentine’s Day present.

We hadn’t been going out for long, but like a true romantic I wanted to give her something which offered a little more sentiment then a box of chocolates.

I am not the most talented guy in the world and so the chances of me writing a song or crafting a beautiful table with my own bear hands were slim and so I did the only thing I really now how to… Draw.

I decided to make a comic charting our lives at different points, concluding with the day we met.

The reason I decided on this was because the way in which myself and Sharon met so easily may not have happened. We have both lived very different lives and we nearly didn’t encounter each other after I changed my mind about not going to the friends Birthday meal I met her at.

I originally drew and inked the comic, but this year I decided to create a digital vector version of it so that we could show it at our wedding reception. I must admit creating it as a vector file proved to be a real time consuming project, but I am pleased I pursed it.

It also gave me the opportunity to update it, detailing our engagement.

I was a a little concerned you wouldn’t be able to understand the concept as easily online as you would with the physical comic, but in case you can’t, the top panel represents Sharon’s journey through life and the bottom mine.

I hope you enjoy it…

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Our Mexican Dream

So in this last week I achieved something I never thought I would… I got married.

Up until two years ago I was a bit (a lot) of a workaholic. I became a freelance designer & illustrator in 2007 and since then I was very focused on my career and left no real time for my personal life. That was until a chance meeting with someone who changed not only my life, but also my view of it.

To cut a long story short, we got engaged last year and then on 11th August 2012 we tied the knot in Cancun, Mexico.

We were married in the beautiful resort of Excellence Playa Mujeres and below are just a few of the photos that I took in our time there.

My photography is just something I really enjoy doing. I am not an expert by a long shot (as you can see), but it is something I want to improve and develop.

I haven’t included any of my wedding shots, as I am sure you have better things to do then look at photos of me.

Sadly there aren’t any shots of the ‘real’ Mexico. We were only out there for the week to get married and had a lot to sort out before the wedding and so stayed in the resort for the time we were there. We had hoped to look around Mexico, but unfortunately the day we had planned to do the tourist thing was the one day the coach forgot to do its pick up from the resort… But that is another story.