Sunday, 29 November 2009

Tom Burns

Evocative illustration from Tom Burns, for The Folio Society's release of Paul Auster's The New York Trilogy. Overall winner of the 2009 V&A Illustration Awards.


Loving this album cover from Polish design firm Balsamstudio.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Jan Bowman

Wonderful illustrations of my home city from Jan Bowman's new children's book This Is Birmingham. Just out of site on the right hand side of the street scene is one of my favorite bars, The Sunflower Lounge and Brum's No.1 comic shop, Nostalgia & Comics. Preview more pages at Jan's site here.
via LCS

Tim Lane

The new softcover edition of Tim Lane's Abandoned Cars will be published with two different Golden Age era covers. It's an excellent book that's well worth picking up, your only problem being which edition will you choose.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Star Wars: Uncut

Star Wars: Uncut is the brainchild of Vimeo and Boxee creator Casey Pugh. The idea is to re-create the film, fifteen seconds at a time. How does it work? First, you claim your scene, there are 473 to choose from, you then have thirty days to make it in whatever fashion you want. Viewer's can then rate the videos with the Vimeo's 'Like' system and the most popular will be edited together to form an entirely fan-made version of the film. Here's my submission.

I chose to base my animation on the manga comic adaption by Hisao Tamaki to reflect the close relationship Star Wars has always had with the comic medium. From the original Marvel adaption by Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin, to the current selection of titles published by Dark Horse, Star Wars comics are often as cherished as the films themselves. I selected and loosely re-drew various figures from Tamaki's books and then created individual background's in Photoshop. For the TIE fighter, I sourced a 3D model on the excellent Google SketchUp and re-drew the desired angle. The animation was then put together in Adobe Flash. To abide with the submission rules I recorded all the sound effects and speaking parts myself (please forgive my Alec Guinness impersonation). It's been a really rewarding project to create and I've already bagged my next scene, which I promise will be something completely different.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Miss Brigette

Miss Brigette's lovely portraits of my favorite girl group, Shangri-La's, are available for a very reasonable sum at etsy.

Science Fiction Classics

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Rick Altergott/Gilbert Hernandez

Rick Altergott's cover for Gilbert Hernandez's latest book The Troublemakers.

Fantagraphics have a 12-page preview available here...

...and the following 10 pages can be seen at CBR here.

Jaya Miceli

Love this cover by Brooklyn designer Jaya Miceli.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

David Wyatt

I'm currently reading, A Darkling Plain, the fourth book in Philip Reeves' Mortal Engines quartet. The series is set in the distant future where moving cities roam the ravaged landscape devouring all in their path. It's a fantastically realised steampunk world of airships, pirate children, undead soldiers and devastating war, all brought to life by the cover art of David Wyatt.

Book one: Mortal Engines

Book two: Predator's Gold

Book three: Infernal Devices

Book four: A Darkling Plain

Series prequel and the latest to be released, Fever Crumb.

Kimberly Glyder

At her blog, Shelved Books, Book cover designer extraordinaire, Kimberley Glyder, guides us through the creative process behind her latest work for Da Capo's The Atlantic Century.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Mark Stafford

Mark Stafford celebrates the diverse pleasures of the comics medium in this fabulous mural It's All About The Ink, commissioned for the John Howard Library in Southwark, London.

Hawk Krall

Here's a couple of lively illustrations from Hawk Krall's Hot Dog of the week series for Serious Eats. These and nine others are available as giclee prints here.
via LCS

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Johnny Kelly

Procrastination is... only making one blog post in a week. Here's a charming animated short from 2007 by Johnny Kelly to explain why.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Mike Mignola

Cover for Hellboy: Wild Hunt #8 by Mike Mignola. Wow!

Thursday, 5 November 2009

New Portfolio Website

My new portfolio website is now on-line. This is the first website I've designed and built and I'm not shy to admit that it's been an intense learning curve. The site concentrates on my commercial work as a creative artworker with a smidgen of personal stuff. It's not all there yet but now that I'm free to concentrate on other work, I'm intending to update it with new projects regularly.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Tuesday, 3 November 2009


South African designers Fanakalo's inventive packaging for Zinkplaat's forth album Mooi Besoedeling. The album comes shrink-wrapped with a scratch-off ink layer on the front and back, as well as a guitar pick for revealing the album's true cover.