After yesterday's blog post about Daniel Craig starring in both the Bond films and the upcoming remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, today I saw the poster for the second Sherlock Holmesfilm and I began wondering if maybe there's a shortage of actors out there to star in all these franchise movies.
As well as playing Sherlock Holmes, Robert Downey Jr is also Iron Man and will be in next Summer's The Avengers movie. And Chris Evans (not that one!) is also in The Avengers as Captain America, but was the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four movies a few years ago. And before all this, Sir Ian McKellen was both Gandalf in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, and Magneto over in the X-men films.
Surely they must get confused about which character they're meant to be playing...
While I was out and about yesterday, I saw the poster for David Fincher's remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo on the side of the BFI IMAX cinema. Seeing Daniel Craig taking on the role of Mikael Blomkvist gave me the idea for this drawing...
I was commissioned to produce an illustrated book cover for James Minter's first novel The Hole Opportunity.
The Hole Opportunity is an English farce, revolving around the misadventures of Colin Griggs and his wife Izzy, who decide to set up a "Hole Farming Business", supplying holes to the local golf course. When things don't go exactly to plan, Colin ends up making an enemy of the club's captain: Major Woods.
You can order a physical copy of the book, or download an eBook version, from Amazon.
I was commissioned to design a poster and marketing material for the University of Arts London's Christmas carol service, which was held last week at St Paul's Church in Covent Garden. The A3 poster had to appeal to people regardless of their religious beliefs, and I came up with this design using a hand-drawn pattern in the background to suggest Winter and the lettering in the title reflecting the long thin appearance of a candlestick.
Using a modified version of the design I also produced an A5 postcard, a digital image to be projected onto a plasma screen, and the front and back cover for the Order Of Service.
**UPDATE 14 March 2012***
And slightly belatedly, here is a photo that my friend Olympia took on her phone of my poster up on the wall at UAL's building at 272 High Holborn, which serves as a central hub for all of the various colleges...
Voting is now open, and if you like my drawings, please click on this link and tick the box with my name (It's the sixth name down in the second list, in case any of you have a problem finding it). You can also check out the other entries while you're there, in the interest of fairness.
Voting closes on Thursday 15 December at 11:59 EST and the two entries with the most votes will be the new weekly artists joining the current bunch of regulars. Wish me luck!
I've been listening to it on my iPod for a while now, and was pleased to get an email last week asking if I wanted to draw a comic strip based on their song Jesus The Reindeer to be included as a festive treat as part of their christmas advent calendar on their facebook page!
My comic strip was featured today behind Day 8 of their advent calender!
Tonight I went to Rough Trade East to see Emma & Tim perform an in-store gig as the last part of their This Is Christmas mini tour. It was of course a very Christmassy affair, and as well as the songs from their album they also played cover versions of Last Christmas and Fairy Tale of New York, as well as other Christmas songs. At the end of the gig the pair did a signing and signed a copy of my comic strip for me!
The Line It Is Drawn is a weekly online column on the Comic Book Resources website. Each week a comics-related theme is suggested on the Comics Should Be Good blog and twitter with people posting suggestions for that theme during the week. Seven artists then each pick one of the suggestions to draw and the results are posted at the end of the week.
Three of the regular artists involved are stepping down soon, so they are currently looking for new artists to replace them, and I decided to throw my hat into the ring. Over the next couple of weeks, all those people wishing to try-out for a position get sent the list of suggestions and have the chance to submit their work.
This week's theme was "Super-fy It: Turn a person, real or fictional, into a superhero". Out of over 250 suggestions, I finally decided to go with The Virgin Mary(!) and made her into the superhero Immaculate, based partly on the cover to the Image comic Invincible #32...
Next week's theme is "Team-up two comic book characters who have never had a team-up before".
This is partly based on an idea I used for another illustration recently, but I quite liked it, so wanted to use it again. Plus Mr Freeze is one of my favourite Batman villains, mainly due to the awesome animated series (and nothing to do with Arnold Schwarzenegger's role as Mr Freeze in the movie Batman & Robin!).
I've been busy working on a couple of commissions the last few weeks – which I'll hopefully be able to blog about soon – but for now here's a couple of new pages from my Sketchbook Project 2012 sketchbook...
The other week I noticed a tweet by Lizz Lunney (@Lizzlizz) looking for people to submit fan art of her character Depressed Cat (who also has his own Twitter page – @depressed_cat). As I'm a fan of Lizz's comics, and Depressed Cat, I decided to join in and sent this image of the fed-up feline...
OFFRET was planned as an urban intervention about the London riots of August 2011, focusing on the area of Clapham Junction affected during the rioting. On Friday night, a large-scale outdoor projection was presented onto one of the buildings which had been badly affected by arson during the unrest in Clapham Junction, offering a reflection on the multiplicity of perspectives regarding the riots: from local residents to police officers, youths and business owners, and addressing some of it's causes, feelings and consequences.
The other part of the project involved encouraging different sectors of the local community to get together and discuss the unrest caused by the rioting, through a series of workshops. The outcome of these workshops was the production of a fictional newspaper, dated 2013, with fictional stories about the future of Clapham Junction. And this is where I became involved in the project!
As well as the fictional news stories, the members of 6th Hour Productions also wanted to include a few "fun" elements to the paper, and asked me if I could come up with a comic strip that they could include.
There was no specific theme for the comic strip, but I decided that I wanted to work within the themes of the newspaper and the project and attempt to come up with a strip that made reference to the riots...
Last night I went to the Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony concert at the Hammersmith Apollo. It was a memorable event, with The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra playing a series of arrangements based on the music from The Legend of Zelda titles. The music was introduced by Zelda Williams, daughter of actor Robin Williams, who was actually named after the titular princess of the video game series.
It was a really amazing evening, made even more unique by the guest appearance by Koji Kondo who has been employed as a musical composer by Nintendo since 1984 and has produced many memorable scores for the company. He ended the evening by playing Grandma's Theme from The Wind Waker on the piano.
Anyway, inspired by the events of the evening, I wanted to create a musical Zelda-based image, so here is a drawing of Link playing his ocarina...
Yesterday evening I attended an event at Orbital Comics with Anders Nilsen in conversation with Tom Gauld, as part of this year's Comica Festival. Although I am a big fan of Tom Gauld's work, I wasn't that familiar with the work of Anders Nilsen, but it's always interesting to hear two creative people talking.
Here's a quick sketch I did of the pair before the talk began – and while they are both looking rather unanimated in my drawing, when the conversation got under way they were both very lively, engaging and interesting!
I got a lot of inspiration from the talk for my own comics work, and am keen to pick up Big Questions by Anders Nilsen, which has just been released by Drawn & Quarterly.
AND after the talk finished I was able to get my copy of Tom Gauld's Hunter & Painter signed!
I enjoyed the challenge of producing a longer comic story, and am pleased with the final result. I came up with the idea for this story after reading news reports back in June about an Emperor penguin that arrived on a beach in New Zealand after supposedly getting lost while swimming from the Antarctic. Then I started thinking: What if he wasn't lost, and really wanted to go to New Zealand to get away from the Antarctic?
The winning entry will be printed in The Observer newspaper on Sunday 6 November.