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Towards the end of 2014 a project I had been thinking about for a while came to fruition. My idea was to take a single viewpoint of a road junction, preferably with more than four roads converging, and draw the view down every street from that point in one piece of artwork. It sounds quite ambitious, but I didn’t realise how much of a challenge it would become to actually make it work.

As a previous resident of Brixton, and a place I hold close in my heart, I decided my piece should be centred at its busy central crossroads, Brixton Oval.

Brixton Panorama online

Once I had all my studies and viewpoints together the hardest part was keeping the length of the whole thing short enough to be a manageable piece of artwork that people might want to hang on their wall. After several attempts I got it down to something that works.

Brixton-Panorama-scan-4

I first released the piece exclusively in Studio 73 in Brixton Village. However, I’m now delighted to announce this print is available in my online shop here for the first time.

It is a limited edition giclée print, limited to 50 prints, each is signed and numbered.
Giclée printed on Hahnemühle German Etching 310gsm paper.
Measures 758mm x 200mm, and is unframed.

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Best Mum in the World RGBHere it comes again! I’m reposting this from last year, which was actually a repost already. I think three years running is a maximum, so I promise to do some new designs for next year. In the meantime don’t forget next Sunday 6th March, and please help yourself to these free, downloadable Mothers’ Day Cards.

If you feel like supporting my work feel free to have a peruse of my shop to see if anything takes your fancy.

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I was commissioned to create a bookplate for a company which has recently created a new library of contemporary and historical books. As the collection is a special one, and relevant to the company the client wanted the bookplate to feature an illustration of their prestigious premises in the West End of London.

The building is on a corner so there was plenty of discussion over which aspect to depict, or whether it should be both. To help the decision making process and give flexibility I did both aspects individually, which I ended up merging digitally to create the final image:

The Final Bookplate

The Final Bookplate

I have removed the client’s logo from this final piece.

The first original drawing

The first original drawing

 

The second original drawing

The second original drawing

Off the back of the sketch I did of Bellevue Road in Wandsworth, south London, I have had some commissions for similar pieces. This is one such drawing, not strictly the same, but it is made up of a selection of landmarks and important places near the client’s home, put together as one strip. Click on the image for a proper view.

 

Punchbowl

 

Also I did a fairly detailed study for the dog you can see towards the bottom left. Here’s a time lapse video of the process:

If you like this and would like one of your own- just get in touch.

Last year I was asked to create some print designs for products to be part of a range of gifts sold by a New York founded homeware store.

I came up with a selection of designs, some went on to be applied to products and some didn’t. But I’m going to post all of those I was pleased with here, starting with these bow tie designs. I think this is when I ratcheted up the splotchiness that my drawings currently have. Which one would you wear?

Splotchy Bow Ties

Splotchy Bow Ties

I thought I’d post a couple of the other cover designs I created for The Incompetent Cook. As you can see if you follow that link, and below, we decided in the end to go with a colour version of one of the drawings from inside the book. 

Here are a couple of initial concepts I came up with that I thought encompassed a lot of the themes from the book. Click for a closer look.

As a point of interest, I was asked the other day whether the drawings were done in colour originally and then published in black and white. The answer is no, they ware all done in black ink with brush and dip pen. The one that I chose to use for the front cover I then put into Photoshop and coloured digitally. Here it is in both forms. Again, click for a better view.

If you want to find out more about the book go the the website, theincompetentcook.com, where you can read more and purchase the book.

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