‘Gone Fishing’

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Birthday present for my fishing-fanatic father. Perch design painted on a bamboo chopping board using regular wall paint tester pots ūüôā

‘Fish On’ – Lindemann: Typography illustration

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Finally got round to listening to Lindemann’s album ‘Skills in Pills‘ and couldn’t miss the opportunity of illustrating ‘Fish On’. Not heard so many fish-euphemisms in one place since ‘Laichzeit’ by Rammstein.¬†Till Lindemann certainly does like his fish poetry and it is always so unbelievably amusing to illustrate.

And the result is my usual illegible typography swirling from a (rather phallic-looking) eel’s mouth, crawling from the zip of some bloke’s jeans (I can only dream¬†they’re¬†Till’s!). My mind is truly climbing the H.R.Giger counter since leaving university. I’ll never be anywhere near¬†Giger’s genius but he is always an inspiration.

Note: for anyone who’s not a fisherman and unsure of what the item is in the top right corner, it’s a discourger, used for removing hooks from a fish’s throat. Along with the hook, one to catch and one to let go it seemed appropriate for the song!

Finally complete: The Beerguide Pub Board

I don’t usually rave about work I’ve done, I’m usually just content to say ‘Yep, I’m happy with that’. But now and again, as all artists/illustrators know, there’ll come a day every now and again when you finish a piece and think ‘Whoa, did I really do that?’ and then you’ll sit and stare at it for hours trying to figure out how you did it and why the hell can’t everything you do be that good?

And one such instance happened yesterday as I finally completed board one for The Noel’s Arms Freehouse¬†in Melton Mowbray.¬†I’d been looking into heraldry recently and marveling at the beautiful intricate, flowing designs of coats of arms and old-fashioned pub signs, so when the pub asked me to redesign their boards for this year, I thought it’d be a great opportunity to try it out. The logo for the pub is based on a shield anyway so the heraldry idea fitted in perfectly.The brief for the board was pretty small, mainly to promote the pub’s place in¬†CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2015 and having hops as the main focus of the design to promote¬†the pub’s selection of real ale.

So after a creating a rough design and colour mock-up that were accepted on-the-spot, I received the first board and drew out the design. Two nearly solid weeks of painting later and I couldn’t be happier with the result.¬†Nearly every inch of the board is filled with bold colours, the writing can be read from afar (importantly!) and the flowing design draws the eye around the board without getting lost in any one aspect. It’s like everything I ever tried to accomplish with a piece at university has suddenly all come together a year or so too late.

Never mind, the board is now expecting a coat or so of varnish from the landlord and landlady (who are thrilled with it) and it should be on the front wall of the pub very soon. And in the meantime, I can start on the second board. Think I might need¬†today off though…

The gallery above shows the finished board, my initial planning and some close ups of details. Please¬†feel free to NOT tell me about any mistakes I may have made/ any paint spots I’ve forgotten to cover/etc. !

Pub board progress – metallic typography

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The original plan for the board was to have the text all in block white but after painting such a detailed border, it seemed a shame to make the text so flat. It’s been a long time since I last tried painting metal and I still have a lot to learn but I think this typography at least has turned out pretty well. I’ve still got to add in the reflections of the hops but I’m building up my courage to do that! I was hoping to finish the board today but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. Still I must be about 3/4 of the way through so not too much longer now.

Sneak peek of pub board progress

Finally got the painting underway! I always find there is an anxious pause before painting. I’ve spent the last few hours sketching out a design that looks good in line form, do I really want to run the risk of ruining¬†it with a paintbrush? I think it’s a moment everyone shares, especially when they’re unsure of how something will turn out but we conquer it eventually and so far the board is looking pretty good! (At a distance… if you squint…)

What I’m HOPING the finished board will look like (but neater)! :

CAMRA beer board

Pub board design- colour mock up – Rugby

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Second of two board design for the Noels Arms Freehouse. As each board goes either side of the front door, I have made the board designs as similar as I can to each other without losing their individual themes. I’ll be collecting the boards tonight for painting over the next couple of weeks. It’s going to take a while!

In situ:

Rugby board:

rugby board

Beergide board:

Noel's Arms board

Draft:

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New front-of-house pub board designs

The Noels Arms Freehouse in Melton Mowbray has kindly asked me back to redecorate their front-of-house boards for 2015-16.¬†Like last year’s boards, the themes are still ‘beer’ and ‘rugby’ but this years are to be a lot more text based. So here’s what I’ve come up with! Just got to whack some colours on in Photoshop and I’ll see if they like them!

2014’s signs:

Finished signs

150 years of Alice in Wonderland – New window display

Here’s my latest window-scribble for The Melton Bookshop. Lewis Carroll’s book ‘Alice in Wonderland’ celebrates its 150th Birthday in 2015¬†so what better story to kick off this year’s window theme of ‘prominent children’s books’? It’s already received some great feedback from the public¬†– children and adults alike so that’s fantastic. I will apologise though for the mispelling of the first ‘curiouser’ – it was the caterpillar’s fault, not mine. I shall be correcting his mistake as soon as possible! It’s hard writing words backwards on a transparent surface, let alone spelling them right but I’m sure he tried his best… and a bad workman always blames the fictional characters.