Well it's New Year's Eve. I suppose 2009 will mostly be remembered for the super-hyped, swine flu, that never really got of the ground (although I suppose there's still time), Susan Boyle and 3D films. I can't really think of anything else that happened in the last 12 months...
Oh well. Onwards, Jedwards and upwards! Here's to a fantastic 2010!
I'm a big John Wyndham fan and I really enjoyed the BBC's version of 'The Day of the Triffids' that was on yesterday and the day before. But as I was watching it I was thinking that the Triffids didn't seem to be as scary as the terrifying 80s version and that it is really hard to make a plant scary anyway. The plant episode of 'Life' did it well when they were covering carnivorous plants but then you knew their insect prey was really doomed.
So I decided to design the perfect Triffid. Like the BBC, I ignored how Wyndham described them (you can see his original sketch here) and just went for pure terror. I think you'll agree that I've achieved that. So if there's anyone from the Beeb design department reading this, feel free to give me a shout for your next big show! And you lot, get down the library and read all of John Wyndham's books as they're ace.
Merry Christmas everybody! See I'm sticking with the green Santa too. I'm not bowing down to the commercially influenced character of our age of marketing and sticking with Santa's (arguably) original form. I'm kind of guessing about all that of course though. God bless us everyone!
My blog is looking more and more like an underwear catalogue with every new post. Never mind, humans always need comfortable and high quality under garments and the best place to get them is from the lovely people at AussieBum.
So here you go, another pair of pants you simply have to buy. Eagle-eyed viewers may notice that these slightly suggestive bunnies are favourite characters of mine, but due to their suspicion of rudeness they are really hard to do anything with. But it seems they have finally found their place - down people's trousers, where they belong.
Huzzah! - I'm dead pleased. My Christmas designs for AussieBum have all but sold out. But don't worry, I have a brand new range I've done for them called 'Double Take' hitting the shops today. They're ace, but don't take my word for it, look at these pictures. I've said it before and I'll say it again, these chaps are great to work for and watch this space as the series grows. Check out your local underwear emporium or get them from the AussieBum online store.
I've done a section for this ambitious project for Big Antidote. It's a continuing comic strip that will eventually be screen printed up to an impressive size. Each artist does a section and they're hoping to get 100 artists involved. Should be amazing when it's finished. If you want to do a bit, give them a shout. You can contact them through the site and have a look at the story so far here.
Here's one more colour-way of the Rudolph Aussie Bum festive range I designed. I think this is the nicest colour scheme of the lot. Go to their site and buy some now or at least add it to your Christmas present letter for Santa. Buy them here.
I designed these festive pants for Aussie Bum. They're the perfect pressie for any human. You can get them sent straight from Oztralia at their website here. If you order it now they're giving away a free DVD, while stocks last of course, which makes it an even better package - no pun intended...
AusseieBum are an absolute joy to work for and watch this space for more exciting stuff we've been working on together for 2010.
I've done a bunch of screen prints which you can see here. I'm afraid the photos of them are terrible, I'm blaming my camera, but they look ace in real life. They're for sale so drop me a line if you want them. You can get me on here or through my website. They'd be great Christmas pressies you know.
If you're around Old Street this time next week, pop in to The Foundry and say hello as Jones and I will be swilling brandy in large goblets as we ponce about our pictures.
This show of a collection of painted off cuts and mis-shapes hidden away in a corner, blocking the fire exit will be on from the 3rd-10th of November and we'll be there on Thursday night, celebrating Bonfire night in the warmth so please come and say hello.
The Squeeball promotion seems to be in full swing. This is how the reviewers are being bribed in America. This promo seems like a good idea, but I would have liked to have had a tighter reign on the quality control over these chaps... and don't get me started on the website. The perils of being a character designer means that you can't get too attached to your creations as more often than not, you're only there for the birth.
A claim on a previous post that the game would be released simultaneously here and in the US, turns out not to be the case. We'll see it in Europe for Christmas.
The last time I did work for a gay audience I got slated for being too gay. The work I originally designed for 'The Big Gay Out' festival in Finsbury Park featuring poodles and sexy animals had to be replaced by muscly men with their tops off. ''Too gay." Honestly. Well I hope these are better received.
Squeeballs Party is out tomorrow and it comes with a snazzy stylus - if you buy it in the US at least. I'm afraid I don't know if that will happen in Blighty but we can live in hope. I'm looking forward to playing this, it's looks pretty good.
Here's a little perverted primate of pleasure I drew for happinessthisway.com. It's the smallest known pleasure primate in the world, but by no means the most innocent. It sure makes me happy though, which is the whole point of the site.
Here's the cover I did for the Mad Dog Mix Tape series. You can download the tracks off the website and get down with your bad selves once you have done so. I love chihuahuas and one day I hope to own one with the boggliest eyes and most tombstone like teeth in the land.
I finally got around to taking actual pictures of the bags I did for Lindy Lou. They're pretty good in real life as they fold right down and come with a little carry pouch you can pop them in to - if only they were more manly so I could stride around proudly with them on my shoulders.
I've been admiring the work of Darko Djordjevic for a while and we've been virtual pals for ages, but this week we organised ourselves and finally did a piece together. His characters are brilliant and look at how fantastically he shaded my animals.
Check out the rest of his work on his MySpace page.
If you're out and about in London's fashionable West End on Saturday, around lunch time, I advise you to pop into Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue and go and see Matt Jones with his new toy. He'll be on hand to sign and talk (and he really can talk) and there's a fantastic window display of Lunartiks in Cups of Tea by the nation's favourite artists and me.
I always have a slight fear of doing these customs as I get frustrated by their shapes and end up smudging them and they never turn out as good as I want them to. Then you have to display them next to people who are amazing at this like the Triclops chaps. But have a look in the window and enjoy this impressive collection.
Well it's September already and I haven't bigged up my sister blog: Kitten Parasites in ages. I can't believe you haven't checked it out yet - it's fantastic. I have a few Kitten Parasite books left, so get in touch if you want a copy. They're only £7 squid and they'll make ideal Christmas pressies, it'll be hear sooner than you think.
Here is the trailer for Squeeballs. I designed the characters for this game which is going to be a Wii type controlled game for consoles other than the Wii. My facts on all this are shaky so don't quote me on anything but I believe it is due out in the not too distant future. I think it's out on the Iphone too.
Here's some work I did with a load of illustrators of an ornithological bent all under the loving wing of Christian Lindermann whom I befriended in Berlin at Pictoplasma a couple of years back.
With 2010 fast approaching there's no better time to think about getting a new calendar and there's no better place to get one, than from The Little Bird Project. Each month has an avian illustration and all the profits go to Unicef. That's a win win situation for everyone.
Right, this is my last posting featuring the lion. You may recognise the background from a previous illustration. Well waste no what not... How does that old adage go anyway...? I just wanted to demonstrate the character in a different style with out the outline to demonstrate its versatility. I'm good like that.
Here's a few more images of the Lion and chums. This selection features his lioness counterpart who is also pretty good at sport. The blue fellow is Father Thames while the tree is an ancient English oak.
Ah the hard and the soft. More versions of this lovable yellow lion. On the left is a fantastic sculpt by the amazing sculptress Caitlin and on the right is a superb stitch-job by plush princess Holly. I'm working on more schemes with both these two so watch this space.
Being the illustrator extraordinaire and wondrous wordsmith that I am, I will endeavor to entertain you through the pages of this blog. I am still not sure if there will be any point to my ramblings but I feel that it has to be done so I am doing it. May God have mercy on all our adorable souls.