The Painters house is a personal project dedicated to the things that surround my everyday life. In a world that lives so fast this illustration is an opportunity to slow down and focus on the smaller things. A still life study that is simple, refined and full of care and charm.
Editorial food illustrations inspired by Christmas ingredients. A personal project created to test new brushes, painting techniques, charcoal and ink textures. The beautiful textures and lines that can be created give flat expanses of colour character and charm. Expressive lines surround each object as the scene dances and comes to live. Perfect for editorial use.
Still life illustration of contemporary living. The initial hit of flat colours brushed in blocks quickly describe the objects setting and context within the scene. The arcing white line juts from right to left suggests life and movement within a still moment. Hand inked type and scruffy illustrated bobbing ice bring focus points and charm to an image that can otherwise often be overlooked in everyday life.
Still life painting combining modern and antique. Big expanses of block colour balanced with delicate and ornate pattern works of vintage ceramic keepsake. Perspective lines are kept clean to retain modern aesthetic with hand illustrated type that wobbles and kinks showing the hand of the artist.
Scenes from the suburbs; The freedom of expression, creativity and real happiness of our lives exist in the moments furthest away from all our modern creations and instead resides in the empty open spaces when we allow ourselves to explore. As a nod to Wayne's World this illustration is titled "Delaware" and captures a still from contemporary American suburban culture that speaks volumes about personal happiness.
Inspired by the series "Western Realty" by photographer Ed Freeman this illustration aims to further capture the beauty of the lost and forgotten. The wavering lines of the blue tile works cut through the image to provide pattern and structure at the base of building. Dry painted brush work mimics the dusty glass panes and brings texture to the lettered signage that pulls the main focus of the illustration.
The "Invisible Man". A modern fashion update of Rene Magritte's "The Son of Man" self portrait. The hard cut shadows give the hat weight and buoyancy allowing it to float above the collar of the shirt without seeming weightless. The figure of the modern man disappears, pushed out and forgotten leaving behind the material matter to tell the story of his life. A delicate balance of rich forest greens play with the light source suggesting time of day, surroundings and set the tone against a warming earthy background.
Inspired by Collection No.4 by Paloma Wool this illustration is full of charm, wit and passion. Light source and shadows controlled by tonal greys balanced with a delicate peach skin that softly directs the viewers eye. The dry painted brush strokes of the background subtly brings character to the blue palette that works to pull the inanimate sculpture closer to the female form. Minimal line work hints at the draping of fabric whilst carrying a naive and joyful quality throughout.
Armed with a horizon blue Crosley turntable and the passion to discover the masters of real jazz this illustration captures the beauty of classic record sleeves from Duke Ellington to Chet Baker.
Youthful spirit and the American Dream. This portrait illustration embodies the essence of teenage kicks and excitement. The artwork reflects back to make the audience consider the eye of the viewer, the rebellious and energetic minds of the young and free. Painted, inked and coloured with expressive and raw line work that rushes to capture the fleeting moment, the way the light falls against the body, the interlocking lines of gathering fabric. The weight of the image is grabbed by the commanding black lines of the hands whilst the delicate white lace work lends a soft contrast to keep the eye engaged with floral pattern work and elegant curved lines that complement the natural lines of the form.
A reworked illustration taken from an old sketch book. Separate illustrated moments brought together to capture time spent in Milan, taking in Architecture, fashion and street culture. The style of line work is dictated by the speed of illustration, sketching quickly to document the moment forces my pen work and colour blocking to stay raw and naive. Street Talk shows the hustle of city streets and the energy of European culture.
Created with Faber Castell artist pens, HB pencil, acrylic paints and digital inks. Portrait study with colour blocking details. Bold and uncompromising marks fill the page as the raw edges of the figure are left free.
The melancholy and loneliness of man made objects. An abandoned shopping cart juxtaposed with the fleeting destroyer of the planet. Time slows, moments come and go but these items exist forever without our love, care or passion.
Inspired by the latest Spring Summer 16 Collection by British fashion designer Paul Smith this punchy collection of bold marks and clean lines sees pattern, texture and unorthodox composition working in perfect harmony.
Stake out at the diner, coffee and doughnuts are an essential. 1950's Americana sets the tone for this scene with the famous Al Mac's diner providing a great backdrop with a nod towards American Graffiti and Mels Drive-thru. Modern colour block abstract shapes are built up with swashes of ink, paint and pen marks as the fleeting image of the still character brings a moment of cool and calm.
Towering at six foot six and weighing in at two hundred and twelve pounds the Black Mamba played an incredible twenty year sporting career at the LA Lakers. With 18 All Star appearances, 5 championships, 2 NBA finals MVPs, an MVP title in 2008, Lakers highest points scorer and a fierce rivalry with Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant has had an incredible career in the NBA. This rework of an old sketchbook drawing celebrates a great sporting achievement and furthers the story of the great Black Mamba.