It was a huge honour to receive the Overall Professional Winner Award at the AOI Illustration awards this year for myOdd BodsPlaying Cards commissioned by The Folio Society. The exhibition is on atSomerset Housein London until October 27th.
A special edition of Varoom celebrating the awards was published to coincide with the exhibition.
Congratulations to all the award winners!
Top row from left: Merav Salomon, Joe Caslin, Ceri Williams, Mitch Miller, Jane Reiseger, Victoria Turnbull and Edd Baldry Bottom row from left: Levi Pinfold, Lesley Barnes, Jonathan Burton (in a rather fetching demin number), Nate Kitch, John Riordan and Anna Cattermole
I'll post some more photos soon as they come available...
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of illustrating the BAFTA program covers for their annual awards evening. The illustrations acted as an alternative film poster for the nominations in the Best Film category. The deadline was a real test as once the nominations were announced I had basically 10 days to create ideas and complete the finals. I'd spent some of the Xmas break catching up on possible noms with the DVD's that Bafta sent me 'For Your Consideration'.
It was a thrill receiving these 'screeners'.
Lots of note-taking and thumbnails during the films. (the 'dig deeper' is a note to self, my sketchbooks are full of me telling myself off)
Here's a little 'behind the scenes' for the ARGO illustration including the original drawing then the photoshop colouring.
Sketch for the scene I felt summed up the idea of the search for the escaped hostages.
Line work. With a LOT of shredded paper.
Details of shredded 'documents'
The shreds needed some shadows as it was looking a little flat.
The dark floor beneath was needed for the type and logo to stand out but also helped to make the shredded paper look more real.
The layers without the line work
and a look at the layers (if you like that kind of thing) with the finished illustration.
I hope you like and please feel free to comment. I'll try to post a behind the scenes of the Life of Pi illustration soon. It was a tough one for me....
My UK agent Handsome Frank are selling large scale prints of the BAFTA illustrations including also Life of Pi and Les Miserables. Their online shop is here. They are also available at the Pick Me UP graphic arts festival in London (18 – 28 April 2013)
It's been a while since my last post but I've been busy with some exciting projects that unfortunately I can't reveal yet. Nearer Xmas I'll be doing a 'give away' of a product I've illustrated so keep checking back for a chance to win a goody or two.
I can reveal though that I've been selected as the official illustrator for the BAFTA awards 2013. It involves producing images for the tickets and five alternative program covers for the Best Film nominations. Thanks to my UK agent Handsome Frank.
Bafta's previous illustrators works are beautiful so now I'm really feeling the pressure! The film nominations are announced on the 9th of January and that's when I find out too, then I'll have two weeks to produce the 5 illustrations for the event which will then take place on February 10th.
So what films are likely to be nominated? Could it be the nonstop fun romp 'Jack and Jill' and the exciting CGI action thriller 'Battleships'? No, fate can't be THAT cruel. More likely the excellent 'Argo', 'The Master' even 'Skyfall' possibly?
I'll try to do regular updates to show you how it's going....
Of all the Kingsley Amis books I've illustrated for Penguin over the past year 'Lucky Jim' is probably the most well known and well loved.
The title has had some great covers since it was first published in 1954 and here's a selection of my favourites with my version at the end. The strange thing is that the last four editions on this list have all come out this year.
So many things have taken over leaving me with little time for Archibald. I slap my own wrist for being neglectful! I wish I could be a bit speedier with turning the work around to keep it constant but they take time. I think I'm going to start bringing Archibald to a close and to do that I'm going to go with Scott Garrett's lovely idea of hurling Archibald into the darkness..... and then...... we will see.
Last year I was asked by Royal Mail to produce ideas for two of Dickens's stories to commemorate his 200th anniversary. It was a great project to work on and very exciting though they weren't chosen to be published in the end. When choosing new stamp designs The Royal Mail ask a number of designers to pitch several ideas worked up to final using illustration / photography so it becomes a tough competition. There's a few sketches and the finals below. I hope I get to have another crack at some stamps again.
I'll be coming to rescue you soon I promise. It's just that I've been so busy and then it's been half term too and I'm on a very important snowboarding mission next week. When I get back it's just you and me spending some quality time. Sit tight Archie, I'll be thinking about you.