I promised my children that I’d paint their portrait as they turned ten and with the youngest just having her 10th birthday, the last of the set has been finished, the plan is to paint them at 15, then 21!
A front cover illustration for Greenhouse Management Magazine in the US where they address the difficulty in finding reliable and qualified employees. The final art was used for their ‘State of the Industry’ magazine and based on the Guess Who board game featuring 12 fictional characters.
Making Bif was a lighthearted drawing project done for social media both to exercise my pencil drawing skills and interact with a social audience. By adding an extra ingredient every day, the viewer is guessing what the final dish could be, in this case Bif the dog!
An FT Weekend commission for a portrait of teenage activist Ahed Tamimi for the ‘Lunch With FT’ feature. I made the most of her distinctive hair and also designed a backdrop from the pendant on her necklace.
My Shop is Open!
I hope to fill the shop with a few goodies over the coming months and initially have some limited edition prints to sell of a painting capturing a glimpse of the English Kent coast with a view over the rooftops in Ramsgate. Priced at £30 and measuring 11.5x16.5 inches, take a look…
I love drawing and painting food - it's around us all day, in the fridge, the shop, on the hob and on our minds! Here're some of my favourite things to eat...
A Financial Times Weekend commission for a decorative portrait of Leila Slimani as part of their Millennials feature.
The portrait of writer Leila Slimani appeared in the Life & Arts section of the newspaper for a piece interviewing Millennial adults on their creative careers. Slimani was interviewed at the Marco Polo restaurant in Paris for the 'Light Lunch with...' section and the Art Director wanted me to capture the feel of the restaurant in the background art, using the colours and furniture as a way to link Slimani to the interior. I made a tile pattern using the light shades, chair rims and general decor as a backdrop to the portrait, making the final piece look fairly exotic and capturing her Moroccan roots".
Writer and director Andrea Vinciguerra approached me about being part of the launch of his short film 'Teeth & Pills'. I was very happy to work on the film poster for this surreal, black comedy showing the strange relationship between a mother and her two sons. My final piece shows these three characters.
I was commissioned by Inside Housing Magazine for an illustration exposing the lack of diversity in housing leadership.
The piece was inspired by the film poster art for 'Being John Malkovich' which involved making a crowded composition for the double page spread. For this brief the people needed to be of different ethnic backgrounds and all holding the same identical mask, hinting at the domination of white, middle-aged men in the housing leadership sector.
I was honoured to be asked to paint portraits of a very creative family...The Lanksburys!
Just found a copy of my portrait of Lou Reed which was a rush job for El Pais, the art director couldn't give me go ahead til a couple of days before it was needed, so I cracked on without the official go, ideas changed and he was no longer required, one of those jobs that never quite made it to print...
Painting a portrait of Ed Sheeran was reasonably straightforward but I wanted a backdrop which reflected a little more about him. The tattoos on his arms are quite unique so I used them as inspiration for a pattern which hangs as a tapestry behind him.
The Rag'n'Bone Man- one of the UK's most recent musical talents to hit the industry seemed like the perfect subject for a portrait. I incorporated a little hand written lettering with this one, borrowed from his lyrics.
I'd love to do some food illustration at some point! Here's a time lapse of some foodie sketching...
I was privileged to be asked to run a drawing session at Microsoft UK for some of the sales and marketing team - they wanted some tips to enable them to feel more confident when demonstrating using the SurfacePen , SurfaceBook and SurfacePro4 to their customers. We covered some basics of #drawing and finished with a #portrait using FreshPaint. I think they were all proud of their results!
Happy Birthday to Andrew who would have been 44 today! I hope you are flying free and laughing at us all...
I was commissioned by USA's Slate Magazine to complete 7 portraits for an upcoming cover story on American citizens who don't believe Hillary Clinton will make a good President. The deadline was very tight with only 24 hours to complete all portraits. The final story can be seen here.