This is the latest cover for The Week, of David Cameron off schmoozing a (really fun to do) Chinese dragon. Below is the previous cover I did, which was all about the dark side of the internet. A bit rushed and not that great really! Still, always learning:)
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
Here are a couple of new covers, one for The Week and the other for The Skeptic magazine:
This is Karl Marx, to illustrate the story about Ed Milliband and The Daily Mail scrapping about what they printed about Ed's dad. The headline is "Can a Marxist be a patriot?"
This is an illustration of Prof. Elizabeth Loftus who is world renowned for her work on memory. The idea I came up with is for her photo to be part of a police suspect list. Not sure how well that actually comes across, I made the other photos some of the characters from The Usual Suspects just as a bit of humour. Fun to do but perhaps not all that successful!
Monday, September 30, 2013
Something a little different once again for the Wall Street Journal - this is Howard Gordon, producer of TV shows '24' and 'Homeland' amongst others. I was asked to do a background echoing a promo photo for Homeland that had a character with a pinboard full of paperwork. Also it's a portrait really, not a caricature as I normally do. Quite a challenge to get it all put together in the time, but lots of fun. It went down really well at the WSJ too, which is great.Click here to go to the WSJ article online.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Friday, August 30, 2013
I'm really pleased with this not because it's that great an illustration, but because it was my idea (unlike my earlier covers for The Week which were the editor's). This was decided Monday lunchtime and a lot has happened since then, so I'm glad they went with my idea rather than another less important story. I'm doubly pleased because it was a real joint effort to get it to the final stage.
After pitching my idea, this is the rough sketch I sent for approval:
This was the image I had in my head - a pair of UN inspectors almost silhouetted against a ruined Syrian street, with a UN white 4x4 in the middle ground. I got the go ahead and worked on it a bit more. The UN guys were way too dumpy and badly proportioned so I adjusted them as well as putting more detail into the scene:
At this point the editor wasn't sure they UN guys were really connected to the rest of the picture and he wanted it to feel like you were looking over their shoulder at the devastation beyond, to increase the impact. So he suggested pulling them back much closer to the viewer. I really didn't want to do that as I was attached to my two-man silhouette, but I agreed to give it a try. I knew that I couldn't fit two guys that close without losing half the scene so I just pulled one back and put the other in the middle ground with the car. Of course the final image looks SO much better, the editor was 100% spot on and now I'm really happy we got a decent image that does the story at least some justice.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
My friend and fellow caricature artist Paul Moyse is working on a new book of caricature work, all original drawings and paintings. I've already got Paul's first book and also an original drawing hanging right in front of my computer, so I'm really hoping his Kickstarter project is a huge success for him!
Check out this video where Paul talks about the project:
If you're a fan of caricature (and if you're reading this you probably are) please consider backing Paul's book project, the rewards on the Kickstarter page are awesome. There are already some sneak peeks at a couple of new pieces, and you could even buy the original drawings and paintings if a book just isn't enough for you!
Here's the link: Heads and Shoulders - A Caricature Book
He's even managed to get Derren Brown involved, both to help promote the book and be a caricature subject in this awesome painting:
Can't wait to see who else is going in the book!
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Friday, July 19, 2013
Monday, July 08, 2013
I've been doing covers for The Skeptic Magazine for quite a while now, so it was a real pleasure to be asked to do this mock cover and caricature of the current editor Deborah Hyde for her birthday. Deb is an expert in the supernatural, witches, werewolves and just about everything else in that area - she has a blog and website under the name Jourdemayne (a famous witch!). Go check them out, there is some really cool stuff there :)
I got to use my love of pin-up art as inspiration to do this, you won't be surprised to know that the work of Gil Elvgren was very much in my mind, also the amazing artist Serge Birault does this type of work far better than I ever could, so it was fun to try and achieve something roughly similar. Because it was a mock cover, I had to come up with some blurb as fake stories - apologies for the weak puns (and as it was done a few months ago the badly out of date references!).
Also my friend and fellow skeptic Will Watling produced a superb 3D lenticular print of the image - this animated gif shows roughly how it looked:Illuminesence 3D Photography.