This was a really fun commission to do. The client wanted it as a present for a friend who is into jazz, and they simply asked that there be a woman singing and a guy with a sax in a jazz scene. After illustrating the two characters I felt that adding anything more to it than a bit of typography would ruin the composition. I went back and forth as to whether the singer should have a black or a white dress, but I think the white balances the composition quite well as it draws the eye. I added a bit of texture to give the piece that old/distressed look and then created the jazz logo so the poster would look authentic.
Overall I’m really pleased with this one, so it probably means no one else will like it, as typically any of my work that I dislike gets the opposite reaction. I feel like I’m hitting my stride with this style of character design at the moment and it doesn’t feel boring or gimmicky – a feeling I was getting about the houses I was going crazy with a couple months ago. Anyway, all I can do is keep beavering away and trust the process – Rome wasn’t built in a day.
This is more of a prep piece than anything because I’ve got a commission on for a Tour de France poster. I wanted to experiment with giving the work a more traditionally painted look by adding texture and inconsistencies in the application of lines and paint. If I’m honest I’m really happy with how this turned out. The narrow use of colour is always something I try to stick to these days because it makes the composition more harmonious. The bold colours and and limited value (tone) range are also a focus now and tend to be indicative of my current style. The typography is my own making, but is heavily based around the Art Deco aesthetic.
This took an age to get right. I went back and forth on the design, layout, style and colour countless times and ultimately it was the introduction of the text that forced the final design. The text set me a constraint that I had to work around, quite literally in this case, and it was a job in itself arranging the players (and manager) appropriately. The text also helps to break up and distinguish between players as the colours could quite easily blend into one another without this. There’s not a lot else to say about this one, except maybe Leeds, Leeds, Leeds!
This is the final print version for this piece. I had to change a couple of bits to make the image flow a little better, mostly things like filling negative space and adding detail here and there. I’m genuinely pleased with this one, I like the graphic-y style, simple colour scheme, and abstract aesthetic. Many of the characters are made up, but a few are based on reference photos of old Hollywood black-tie events (Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe feature) and there’s a James Bond in there somewhere as well. This was a fun one to do and I’ve got another one in the works as well, so stay tuned! Cheers.