A year ago I started running.
With a young family the amount of time I had to cycle vast distances suddenly disappeared and I was also entered into a half marathon so thought some sort of running would be a good idea. I was able to get a lot of lung busting exercise out of not a lot of time which was a real bonus. With such stunning hills and views on my doorstep I soon found I loved the early morning run out onto the South Downs, the freedom of just grabbing a pair of shoes and exploring the local trails and nooks and crannies of my local area was [still is] really addictive.
I also used the chance to come up with some sort of logo and branding. All the photos are taken by me out on the trails or hills of Sussex. The logo was something I wanted to be as simple as possible, the square being home, and the dotted line the route we would take around it. That's it. I'm really pleased with it and peoples response has been fantastic.
The first Homeward Round went really well, have a read of Becca Langton's write up here. The second one is currently in the works, with the hope some new faces will pop along as we hit Stanmer Park and other Sussex woodland. I'm saying October... But watch this space for the actual date.
You may, or may not be aware that most of my work is as an animator, and has been for many years. Until recently I was Lead Animator for hit kids brand Moshi Monsters at London studio Mind Candy where I managed a fantastic team of guys creating exciting and engaging 2d animation in Flash and After Effects.
I'm now on the look out for some new work so I thought it was time to gather together some highlights from the past few years for you to take a look at. This work is for various clients, studios and directors... A new showreel is on it's way soon!
If you're heading to any of the Revolution Series this year make sure you hunt down these new rider cards I've illustrated for four of the UK's top riders. A big thanks to all the riders, the guys at the Revolution Series for asking me to be involved and everyone at Rouleur Magazine.
AMR approached Rouleur and myself to create a one off mug for the night to be sold alongside the auction lots. Olympic Gold Medallist Chris Boardman has worked with AMR for many years, and it was decided that his portrait would go on these very special mugs. I got to meet Chris on the night and he and the people that bought the mugs really loved them, there was a queue of people wanting them signed by the man himself. Thanks to everyone at AMR it was a great night!
After working with Oakley over the summer on their space at Look Mum No Hands, the opportunity came about for myself and Rouleur to work with one of their sponsored riders and one of the most recognisable and successful faces in modern cycling; Mark Cavendish.
After the success of the EDDY vinyl [which is now sold out] the decision was made to create something similar and to incorporate Oakley and Mark's signature glasses to this new vinyl figure. We used the craftsmen we did with the EDDY, and soon after I sent over my initial artwork and turn around drawings, the sculpts started coming back to us for feedback. Seeing your work go from 2d flat image on a page into a 3d sculpt is really exciting and they quickly had it spot on. Painted versions followed until finally about 6months later I held the final version in my hand, and was able to take the tiny Oakley approved sunglasses from his face and place them on his head.
The feedback I've had from Mark, Oakley and all the people that have since bought the vinyl has been great. I can't wait to create more like this in the future. A big thank you to everyone involved, and if you want to get hold of your very own Mark click the shop button at the top of the site!
I created this portrait for Helen Wyman to use during this years Cyclocross season as a rider card at races and hopefully on merchandise such as bottles etc. I'm a huge Cyclocross fan and to work with Helen [European and 8 times British Champion] and Stef Wyman on this has been really something.
Getting the chance to work with real crafts people is my main aim when I create and develop products. This screen print is no exception, Dan Mather is one of the best I know, and his attention to detail [just look how he wrapped the prints we he sent them over] and skill shines through in every piece he creates. I've worked with Dan on various projects including my ltd edition print of Bradley Wiggins we released last year when he won the Tour.
Take a look at some of the photos he sent us while he was working on the print and you can see why these prints are selling like very hot things. Thanks to Dan for all his hard work on this print, I know I got writers cramp just signing them all, so I've no idea how it must have been to pull each colour by hand!
You can buy the prints over at the Rouleur shop, they're very ltd edition, printed on beautiful dark grey stock, and are numbered and signed by me. Just click the SHOP button at the top of the page.
Each rider has seen them and signed off the artwork themselves. After they were released I got the twitter based seal of approval from a certain Giro winner with a very kind ReTweet. Thank you Vincenzo!
Using the power of instagram, and the fact I'd met the man in question at the end of the last cycling season to present him with a print of mine from the Tour of Britain, I asked him his thoughts. You don't ask, you don't get, and all that.
He liked it!
Result! I thought, and found some time to work it into the colour version you see above [still forgetting that pesky earring... ah well.] Kristian is now using this as his Facebook profile picture, so that's quite a lot more eyes on the work than sitting in the draw gathering dust, I guess.
I then did the same quick doodle of "King Of Scotland" Rapha Condor JLT riders James MacCallum. James and I had spoken last year when he suggested Ronde get in touch with me about my first exhibition, and he mentioned the idea of creating a portrait of his own. I then met him again at last years Tour Series in Canary Wharf where he mentioned the drawing further. So doodling him seemed like the next step for this looser, comic strip style I'm working on for perhaps something in the future.
James also loved his drawing! Fantastic I thought and he now has it as his twitter profile pic. In your face dusty draw!
I'm going to continue with this throughout 2013, you never know who's going to see your work online. It's how all of this started for me with Rouleur Magazine. So put it out there, whatever the feedback. You never know.
Rouleur Magazine who made this possible. You can get EDDY NOW over at the Rouleur online shop, so swoop now... He's limited and once he's gone he's gone and he's going faster than a fast thing. It's a pretty proud moment. Thanks.