Monday, 14 July 2014

Volkswagen Facebook Illustrations

Last month I created 9 illustrations for Volkswagen's Swiss Facebook page, through my agent Illustration Limited. The client wanted a happy family of 4 and liked my textured collage style. I played around with bits of crumpled paper, clothes and envelopes to get the effect although I also used Photoshop for the detailed faces and other bits and pieces (there were 9 illustrations!)

The brief was to create a family in a series of different scenarios to promote the new Volkswagen Sportsvan. At the end of each post would be a question referring to the scene and the audience would be encouraged to get in touch with their suggestions to win a prize. The illustations are now live.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Bluebell Would Brighton Open House

We're now halfway through the Brighton Open House exhibition. Here are a few pictures I took of my work and some of the other fantastic artists when I was invigilating at Bluebell Would's lovely house in Hove just off the seafront. The exhibition is on till 25th May every weekend day.

Bluebell Would- photography

 Del Thorpe- Illustrations

 Mark Charlton- Mixed media
 My artwork!

 Ruth Mullen- glass
 Sewloveleigh- dolls and gifts

And not forgetting 1 of 3 cats!

Friday, 25 April 2014

Brighton Artists Open Houses

I'm excited to be involved in my first Brighton Open house. Every May, over 200 of the cities artists throw open their homes and studios for visitors to take a peek behind the scenes.

I'm part of Bluebell Would's open house in Hove and will be showing some of my prints, greeting cards and badges alongside several other wonderful artists and designers, including fellow illustrator DelThorpe and Bluebell herself. 

There's a private view on Friday 2nd May from 8pm and then the exhibition is open the first 4 weekends in May 11am till 5pm. (If you'd like to say hello I'll be there on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 18th May)

45 Westbourne Gardens, Hove, BN3 5PN

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Top Sante Magazine

A month or 2 ago I was asked to create 3 illustrations for the Therapy issue of Top Sante magazine. My brief was to illustrate 3 new types of therapy, (interacting with horses, art therapy and even getting therapy over skype). I wanted to illustrate the calming influence of these alternative forms of therapy on patients so created 3 magical countryside scenes in the background to complement the main form of therapy happening in each piece. You can see my illustrations in May's issue on sale now.

Friday, 14 February 2014

The Cats of Cadaques!

Back in Summer 2012 I went on holiday to the French Pyrenees, Collioure, Barcelona and my favourite Cadaques (a beautiful town on the Costa Brava coast, full of white buildings, artists and cats!) I loved staying there seeing Dali's mad house, attempting to speak Spanish and greeting the large number of cats who live there (there's a cat sanctuary). I was determined to create a picture based on my Cadaques (and Barcelona) and finally it's done! Hope you like my psychedelic take on Cadaques, featuring a jazz cat, the Cheshire cat and a Dali cat painting the whole scene!

It's also been accepted into the CueB open Exhibition held at South London's Brockley Mess in February/ March every year. (Private view Friday 21st Feb 7-9pm).

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Top Sante Magazine Illustrations

I was asked to create not one but two illustrations for this month’s Top Sante Magazine. The illustrations accompany an article entitled “New Year, No Fear” about gaining self confidence and self belief. The first image focuses on chucking out all the negative feelings, whilst the second is about taking a leap of faith. It felt like the perfect brief for my style! Here are the illustrations and an initial sketch too.



Friday, 17 January 2014

London Fashion Week Illustrations

A few months back I was asked to do some fashion illustrations based on October's London Fashion Week. I've not really done any illustrations that just focus on the outfit before so jumped at the chance. The designs were quite detailed so I was a little unsure if I could achieve the effects with paper collage alone, so I used painted washes and patterns on the papers first. (From Top to bottom Mary Katrantzou, Holly Fulton Burberry and House of Holland).