Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Christmas (shopping)

This is a Christmas themed drawing I did about 4 years ago. I have to admit, the excessive commercialism of Christmas gives me something of an empty feeling every year. That's not to say I don't like Christmas -- I really like the opportunity to see family and friends over the holidays, but the overwhelming emphasis on consumption and christmas shopping and all the advertisments and marketing during the holidays leaves me a bit cold.

As for the drawing, it was done in gouache and ink on water-colour paper and you can see how much I liked drawing big-headed people back then (and still do!).

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Christmas time

These are a couple of illustrations I did for a marketing company a few years ago. To be honest, I don't actually remember where these were used, but since they're holiday themed, I thought it'd be nice to post them here.

The first one was a board game (obviously), and the second was the cover for an activity book (I think). They were both drawn in ink and then coloured in photoshop, and they're pretty indicative of the kind of illustration I did for children's publications a few years a go.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Illustration Work: Karnhuset (part 3)

Here's another of the illustrations I did recently for Swedish agency, Karnhuset. This one is a view of their offices in Stockholm. As you can imagine, this one took a long time to draw, with all the architectural details and such. And I actually drew it twice - once as a small colour rough, and once as a big final image which was to be blown up and displayed poster-sized.

Normally, I'd be wary of trying to draw a scene like this without first visiting the location and shooting some reference photos, but obviously that wasn't possible this time. Thankfully though, they provided me with some excellent photos to work from.

Still, it would have been nice to visit Stockholm...

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Illustration Work: Karnhuset (part 2)

Here are two more illustrations of the staff at the Stockholm-based design agency, Karnhuset, that I did recently. As with the previous two, these were also drawn in coloured inks. Originally, they were all drawn in the same colour, but I decided to vary up the tone here for variety's sake.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Illustration Work: Karnhuset (part 1)

Recently, I did a series of illustrations for Swedish design agency, Karnhuset, for their upcoming website re-design. I was contacted by Jakob Westman, who also happens to be a pretty snazzy illustrator, and he commissioned me to do some fun portraits of himself and his fellow staff, as well as some other graphics and illustrations.

I'll post more images and graphics later, but for now, here's a couple of the staff portraits I drew up. These pretty much drew themselves, mainly because the Karnhuset gang have a lot of style anyway, and working with another illustrator as a contact made it easier, since Jakob drew up some nice concept sketches for me to see what he wanted.

For the final art, I drew these with coloured ink on paper. They were then scanned and and cleaned it up a bit in photoshop. The drawings were all painted in the same colour, but for variety's sake I decided to re-colour each individually here.