Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Freelance illustration, Illustrator for hire, illustration, artwork freelance
•  REMARKABLE STORY •
I was approached to illustrate the poster for the production of a musical by an American children's theatre company.
It featured the amazing story of the most unlikely friendship between a young hippopotamus and an old tortoise.
Even more remarkable is the fact that this charming story is actually true!
Owen and Mzee met in unique circumstances and their friendship is a moving story that was firstly turned into a photo book and now will be performed as a musical on Broadway by the Vital Theatre Company.

photograph of Owen and Mzee hippo and tortoise

Here's some of the the reference I was sent.


pencil sketch of Owen and Mzee hippo and tortoise
Along with an early pencil sketch



finished illustration of Owen and Mzee hippo and tortoise
and the finished artwork produced in Photoshop




web post of Owen and Mzee hippo and tortoise

and the resulting poster and web post


•  REMARKABLE STORY •



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Monday, July 17, 2017

• IS THIS YOUR DREAM LOCATION ? •
I recently illustrated a couple of idyllic imaginative scenes for a new publisher. Hideaway Falls is a remote log cabin location nestled by mountains. The only sounds to break the blanket of silence are the flowing river and the call of the wild. Sit back, stretch out and breathe in the crisp crystal-clear air. Pull out your favourite read ... and relax!
These illustrations were meant to look like I'd been there and sketched the scene and I oh so really wanted to have done that. Polychromos pencil on soft cartridge provided the perfect rendition.
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pencil sketch artwork shows log cabin in remote dream location

pencil sketch artwork shows interior of log cabin in remote dream location

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Friday, May 26, 2017

• SUMMER CIDER & MORE •
One of the most enjoyable sides to my commissioned work is designing and illustrating beer clips. I've now clocked up well over 300 pump clips and labels for a handful of breweries, both large and small.
One of the most recent is this cider clip designed for Holden's brewery in the midlands.
Watch out for the distinctive shield shaped clip. The name and story comes from the ancient nobility that were given special self-ruling privileges in exchange for their guarding and protecting the border 'marches' that separated Wales from England.
Also shown here is my Toffee Porter clip also for Holden's.
image shows picture of beer clip for Holden's Marcher Lord's cider

image shows picture of beer clip on a bar for Holden's Marcher Lord's cider

image shows beer clip Holden's Toffee Porter beer


image shows beer clip on bar Holden's Toffee Porter beer


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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

• A LITTLE BIT OF BLING FOR CARS •
About 6 months ago I worked on a small, but significant, portion of this new game box for Disney Pixar's 'Cars' franchise. Again, another great commission from Forrest Pruzan in Seattle. Thanks guys.
I made use of some of the chrome filters available via Photoshop and blended a few results together as well as working over th top of these to get a softer silver/chrome effect.
Firstly here's the version that I was sent. It needed 'beefing up' but in a style that would match the 'Cars' franchise logo.


Disney Pixar Cars design work, Hot Frog Graphics illustration for Disney Pixar, Cars game box design work, chrome logo for Disney Pixar Cars game

And here's a small selection of the versions I submitted. Getting feedback from the client as we honed in on just the right look. Some were too dark, some had too much reflected colour. The chrome filters in Eye Candy for Photoshop are excellent but often need a little tweaking.

Disney Pixar Cars design work, Hot Frog Graphics illustration for Disney Pixar, Cars game box design work, chrome logo for Disney Pixar Cars game

My minimal notes accompanied each visual and version K was the chosen logo.

Disney Pixar Cars design work, Hot Frog Graphics illustration for Disney Pixar, Cars game box design work, chrome logo for Disney Pixar Cars game, chosen logo design


Disney Pixar Cars design work, Hot Frog Graphics illustration for Disney Pixar, Cars game box design work, chrome logo for Disney Pixar Cars game

Can't wait to try out the actual game when I manage to spot a copy.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

• DISNEY LION KING SPIN-OFF GAME •
detail of Disney game artwork

front of game box Disney game

close up back of box Disney game
• DISNEY LION KING SPIN-OFF GAME •
I was tasked with changing over the blue balls, adding motion and drama to the balls and brickwork for this new Disney game. I've just seen this on the shelves of the Disney store and had that pleasant double-take moment when I recognised the artwork. : )
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

• DIRTY DISHWASHING INSTRUCTIONS •
tablet door opens on dishwasher

For these instructional graphic illustrations produced for Procter & Gamble I set up a photo shoot in our very own kitchen.
All the photos I took needed a great deal of touching up in Photoshop. It was important to show each step of the dishwashing preparation clearly and with easily understandable procedures. 

fingers hold dishwash tablet

The hardest task wasn't  making the insides of the unit ultra clean and sparkling, but actually making the plates look convincingly dirty without being too yucky.

food scraped off plate

dirty plate goes into dishwasher

tablet placed in dishwasher

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

• SWEET GREETINGS FOR 2017 •
Illustration of Quality Street
Sweet illustration by Hot Frog Graphics
• SWEET GREETINGS FOR 2017 •
Happy New Year to anyone that might care to be reading this. Towards the end of 2106 and the beginning of this year, my main commissions have been for confectionary packs.
These recently completed illustrations are still under wraps and unfortunately can't be shown yet, BUT, I can post these artwork samples that I pitched in order to obtain the new jobs.
There are a variety of companies represented here and feature some of my all time favourite work.
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Sweet illustration by Hot Frog Graphics

Chocolate illustration by Hot Frog Graphics

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Friday, November 25, 2016

• DISNEY PRINCESS •


• DISNEY PRINCESS •
This was a smallish but satisfying job involving adding these smart Tiaras to the heads of the dancing girls. Though I wasn't sent a Tiara, just a photo of the product and the girls dancing. Forrest Pruzan in Seattle are also excellent at sending finished product samples over and this one arrived just in time for my niece's fourth birthday, just perfect!
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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

 • HOZELOCK BIZZI BEE CHARACTER •

• HOZELOCK BIZZI BEE CHARACTER •
This was a wonderful project to be involved in. I was approached by Hozelock the well established garden equipment company. They wanted a bee character to assist with their marketing and support their ecological stance. After many sketches and initial character iterations we finally developed Bizzi Bee.

I supplied Bizzi in various poses and suplied a DIY kit of body parts and garden items so that literally 100's of permutations could be achieved by the extremely competent  Hozelock in-house design team. Bizzi is just starting to appear on the market, see the seeds pack image, and I'm hoping Bizzi will soon become a household favourite.
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Monday, September 26, 2016

•DESIGN PROCESS - CREATING A LOGO •
•DESIGN PROCESS - CREATING A LOGO •
This is an unusually long post for me. I've not posted for a few weeks as I'm awaiting clearance to reveal details one of my favourite jobs of this year. It was the creation of a cute little character, but for the moment it still remains under publicity wraps. So here's a tidy graphic design job. More notes following the images ....











 The brief - to design a new logo for a packaging company. 
I've shown all the pre-final design ideas plus, following this text, you can see the chosen design in 3 formats.
Although most of my work these days is pure illustration I really do get a hell of a lot of satisfaction from graphic design work.
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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

• PHOTOSHOPPED TEXT - DISNEY PIXAR • 
• PHOTOSHOPPED TEXT - DISNEY PIXAR • 
Earlier this year I was commissioned by Forest Pruzan in the States to illustrate some elements of a new game for the innovative toy creators - Wonder Forge. 
Amongst their other exciting new releases were a couple of pre-school science based activity games. This one explored slime, ice, heat, bubbles etc and so the name of the game box needed to reflect this in the eye catching typography title.
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