Wednesday, 30 March 2011

1930's Nestlé Show Card, (Lithograph)

You can see this beautiful example of an advertising show card at the V&A. It was produced in the 1930's by Nestlé and is currently on show in an exhibition of chocolate packaging and paraphenalia.
I think I was born in the wrong era. Chocolatastic!

Friday, 25 March 2011

More Graphis - Graphis 120, (1965)

Look at these beauties from the great Strasbourgian Tomi Ungerer. Fig. 17, (soldier with machine gun) is unbelievable!
One of the greats who melts the distinctions of fine and commercial arts.
One who fuses biting social commentary with harmless fun.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Graphis Magazines

My brother, (who is in construction) recently handed me a box of old Graphis magazines, (circa 1962-1965) which had been thrown away during a recent school demolition. He saw the covers and thought I might appreciate them.
Indeed I do. I am slowly thumbing through them with great delight licking my lips all the way.
These two images are taken from a double page spread from Graphis 109, a feature on illustrator Francis Deransart.
Graphic wit with an 'angel delight' lightness of touch. Delicious!

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Friday, 18 March 2011

Champagne & Cocktails

Hot off the press 2: Toilet signage/wallpaper for trendy club/bar. I will be taking this to screenprint very soon.
I am growing increasingly intrigued with the idea of collaborating with other designers/craftspeople/artisans in rendering certain designs in alternative mediums, (ie not just for print). Could the below signs be rendered in ceramics? Glass? Precious metal?
Step forward if you are interested...

My debut with Debut Art

I have recently joined illustrators agent Debut Art.

Friday, 11 March 2011

New Website

It will be my 20th anniversary working in illustration this year and so alongside showing brand new work I have created a new site hosting many past commissions making up the online portfolio of imagery.
Much of my work has always derived from an editorial market so would have only been seen at the time of print. Its nice to upload these images to get an overview of the work.

To view more visit

Judging 3x3 International student show competition

If you missed the opportunity to submit work to this years V&A illustration awards, (see earlier post) there is another competition that you may like to take a look at. I have kindly been asked by Charles Hively of 3x3 magazine if I would join the panel of judges for this years student competition.

Here's some information for you

call for entries: 3x3 Student Show
Deadline: March 25, 2011
3x3 is the only annual that showcases the world’s best young illustrators.
¶ Judged by our distinguished panel of illustrators who are also educators. Easy online entry. Low entry fees. Cash prize of $1,000 for Best of Show, $500 cash value prize for each gold medal winner.
¶ Plus winners receive a free copy of our annual that also features the best professional and children’s illustrators judged this year—on either side of the ocean. Sure it’s tough getting into our show, but when you do you’ll be among the best of the next generation of illustrators.
Enter Student Show now.

Open to all undergraduate and post-graduate students in all countries enrolled during the calendar year 2009. If you graduated during the year you are still eligible to enter this competition. Only non-paid projects are eligible in the student competition, for paid projects please enter our professional show, deadline March 4.

We encourage you to enter all types of illustrations including projects for advertising, editorial, book, self-promotion, animation, 3D or personal work.

entry fees
Our entry fees are one of the lowest out there $15* for single entries and $35 for series—a series must be three to five images in a related subject.
*10£, 22£; 11€, 26€

Andrew Foster, Central St Martins, London
Frazer Hudson, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Steven Guarnaccia, Parsons The New School of Design, New York
Allan Drummond, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah
Chris Buzelli, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
Lars Henkel, Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen, Germany

Judging Victoria & Albert Illustration Awards

I was kindly invited recently by Martin Flynn, (the illustration awards manager at the V&A) to judge this years student awards alongside last years winner, Sarah Carr.
Sarah and I have been simultaneously looking through and judging this years student entries and pleased to say that the standard was extremely good.
We both met with Martin at the V&A last Monday 7th March to agree our winning finalists.
To view all the entries visit
The winners will be revealed on 6th June at the awards ceremony - good luck to all of you who entered!