Bits and pieces

Doodles and things that I found under the sofa cushions

The Sage Gateshead and starting all over again

I was commissioned recently to produce a poster for the Sage Gateshead, to promote the visit of St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. The Marketing chief Elliot Elam is a pal of mine, and a brilliant illustrator in his own right whose work you can see here: elliotelam.com

The brief was simple – include the distinctive Sage building and the looming St Petersburg skyline. I sent some roughs over and we decided on a front-on composition to keep it simple, with the sky merging into the Tyne, the reflected lights on the boats describing the water.

 

Screen shot 2014-08-27 at 09.29.39

 

The good thing about working with a pal, and an illustrator at that, is that when I said I wanted to start again – quite far down the line – he cut me some slack.  Although this version would be a fairly competent illustration, it just wasn’t going to work as a poster. It’s nice but boring (and all that purple was starting to get a bit Disney).

 

Screen shot 2014-08-27 at 09.30.25

It’s a gamble, but sometimes just starting again is the quickest way forward if you find yourself pushing things around the page hoping an illustration will ‘click’. A strategically placed boat and tree let me get away with hiding the horizon line, slimming the format down pushes your eyes up the image, and Russian stars (for a poster it’s healthy to be unafraid of cliche) work as stylised fireworks – the concert takes place on November 5th – without it going all Disney again. I put on some chunky type , placed the Sage logos on the same eyeline and hopefully it’s an image that feels immediately Russian and exciting.

(click on the image for a nice sharp version)

 

Sage Art 27.8

Game of Thrones T-shirt designs

My final piece of work for HBO was a series of t-shirt designs celebrating ‘Westeros’ Most Deadly’. The brief was simple – one colour art of a Human, White Walker, Dragon and Dire Wolf. The trick was getting close enough to the subjects without having a hard, cropped edge, or holding shape (always a dead giveaway that the art hasn’t been created for the t-shirt), so I used negative space – the horse, shield etc. to blend the images back into the tees. They were produced colour on colour (the images at the bottom are a reasonable approximation). Working strictly in black and white was a good exercise, usually I go to town with colour. Then come back from town with tons more.

The Beautiful Death logo is something I made for fun. What do you mean that doesn’t sound like much fun?

Screen shot 2014-07-30 at 10.09.37 Screen shot 2014-07-30 at 10.09.56 Screen shot 2014-07-30 at 10.10.05 Screen shot 2014-07-30 at 10.10.21Screen shot 2014-07-30 at 10.10.27 Tee colours

One final death…

I was commissioned to produce one last Beautiful Death for HBO, as an exclusive for SDCC (San Diego Comic Convention). The subject is Shae, strangled by Tyrion. It’s a pretty desperate scene. Cross referencing with the books, the Hand of the King wears a chain of interlocked hands. Both father and son had been the Hand of the King, both are responsible for the death so the idea was suddenly obvious.

 

Shae

Wolvie

Wolvie

 

Wolverine

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 226 other followers