Tuesday, 28 October 2008


I thought I'd post up a couple of design jobs I've done recently.

This job was for a department of BT, apart from the services most people would normally associate with BT they also run courses to consult businesses on practices to help them reach the specific iso standard for information security.

The Job below shows a basic kids activity book lay-out I produced using InDesign / Photoshop. Most of the assets were supplied to me on a DVD, from the style guide (artwork created externally) I created pages for the book internals and front / back cover.

This is a quick excercise I produced, mostly just to experiment using various graphical elements. Because a-lot of my work involves illustration I like to break away every now and then and try some graphic work. I actually like the idea of incorporating graphic elements into my artwork too. I intend to push my illustration style in this direction in the future.

This layout is using artwork I created. The elements individually are quite complicated on their own, so to display it quickly for a client I made this. Because of the subject and that the product is aimed at children I wanted a rough and ready approach so scanned in bits of masking tape to use in the design and downloaded some interesting brushes in Photoshop to add texture.

Friday, 24 October 2008

Figurative Art

Hello, here is a selection of my character art. The pieces are from various projects I've worked on from Kids books to computer games. I'll start with my sketches first, all my initial sketching is done by hand without the computer, although often I use the Mac to block in colour or tone.

You can click on all the images to zoom them. There are even more of my work to see if you click on the 'previous posts' link at the bottom of the page. Thanks.

The level of detail I paint into an image is often dictated by the urgency that my client needs the image so I try to work images to the same consistency throughout. Below is a collection of concept work I produced for a military based computer game.

You may have noticed that I work in a number of styles. Occasionally I like to try something new so I can loosen up my styles especially if I see something and I'm inspired. Below is an example of some quick cartoon sketches I produced using a Wacom Tablet in Photoshop.

When producing work for Kids books I've usually chosen to use a graphic key line and a bright but simple colour pallet.

The painting directly below features some vector shape elements merged with the painting style. I often use vectors in illustrations as they are a superb way to get really smooth lines or interesting shapes.