Monday, 31 March 2014

The Teardrop Island by Cherry Briggs

 I was asked by Summersdale Publishers to design a cover for The Teardrop Island by Cherry Briggs.

The book follows in the footsteps of the eccentric Victorian, James Emerson Tennet, along a route which takes the author to pilgrimage trails, into tea reserves and rural regions inhabited by indigenous tribes, as well as restricted areas of the former warzone.

Designing a complete cover is a new venture for me and one that I relished. Having put together some roughs, this vibrant red and purple design was chosen, giving a contemporary touch to the travelogue, while the distressed period type was a nod to the tale's Victorian inspiration.

I was also asked to draw a map of the route. I had some fun with this, researching Sri Lanka's tourist spots and making the most of the basic black print by creating simple distressed imagery and hand drawn lettering to echo the period feel of the cover type.

Friday, 28 February 2014

Pilot Pen Advertising Campaign

I was delighted to be asked by the Zimmerman Agency in the US to work on their latest Pilot Pen Advertising Campaign.

A lettering artist's dream - a huge box turned up in the post stuffed full of Pilot pens in every colour of the rainbow. As you can imagine, I had a lot of fun working on these characters, developing different styles of handwriting appropriate to each ad.

Don't forget to double click on the image if you want to see it at a larger size.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Shanghai JCDecaux Advertising Competition

I was delighted to see that my entry for the Shanghai JCDecaux Cup Public Welfare Advertising Design Competition 2013 can now be seen on the Shanghai Metro. I took the theme of World Peace for the posters - Believing In, Uniting For and Celebrating World Peace.

Created using a Chinese brush and ink for both English and Chinese calligraphy - the lettering symbolises how Britain and China - East and West - can work together for World Peace.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Festive Greetings!

Wishing you all a relaxing holiday and a creative New Year

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Bill Wyman Website Logo

It was great to work on the new Bill Wyman logo for his official website. 

The development stage included a range of hand rendered styles, from handwriting akin to his own signature to this wilder version of his name, using a dry brush to create a distressed, edgy mark.

Combined with the designer's bold background and retro photo, the lettering makes a powerful impact on the music legend's home page.

If you want to see more of my music work, click through to the word>music folder on my online portfolio.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

The Fourth Doctor Time Capsule

I had great fun working on the lettering for the limited edition Fourth Doctor Time Capsule for the BBC. 

It's a delightfully inventive design that includes a range of Tom Baker goodies; a letter from the man himselfan exclusive action figure, DVDs, audio book and novel - not to mention a sonic screw driver

The box itself is designed to look like a Gallifreyan artefact and with this in mind, I was asked to create both English and Gallifreyan lettering for the DVD covers. This involved some very enjoyable research, looking at stills from old Doctor Who episodes and discussing the appropriate feel and layout of the two different alphabets with the art director. Once printed the title had the added bonus of only being legible once seen through the coloured disc provided. 

Aimed at the dedicated fan, this is a luxury product celebrating Tom Baker and the 50th Anniversary of the Dr Who TV series, with a limited run of 5,000. Lovingly put together, the attention to detail in this box set makes it a pleasure to open - I plan to keep the sonic screw driver in my handbag, just in case ...

Friday, 4 October 2013

Never Say Never iPhone case

I was recently asked to work on Chalkies, the latest range of iPhone cases for QDOS.

Working with the creative team at NOMO Design, this old school chalk lettering was repeatedly redrawn faster and looser until the right broken, sketchy feel was achieved. Working with chalk has its challenges, thankfully, I'm quite old school myself so I'm used to taking traditional media and translating them into a digital format. 

The chalkboard look and retro styling was inspired by vintage branding, making it a particularly interesting job to research.