Friday, 20 January 2012

Monterey Jazz Festival Poster

This design takes its inspiration from the Miro exhibition I visited in the summer and a chance encounter with an old man who has been hanging around the jazz bars of Soho for most of his life. His story conjured up images of smoke filled cellars brimming with hepcats and beatniks.

I wanted to get a feel for a genre which influenced a lot of great 20th century artists like Miro, Pollock, Matisse and Mondrian, so I donned a beret and let the music guide my paintbrush.

Lemon and Elephant

It's high time I posted something so the following are pages from some kids books I've been working on.

The idea behind my obscurely humorous tale 'Adventures of a Lemon' was simply to explore the avenue of photography using the urban landscape as a background. I anthromorphosised some fruit and veg, and with the lemon as my main character a story was gradually built around their experiences on the tough streets of the city, avoiding their fate on the plate having been plucked from the cosy vegetable patch or orchard they'd grown up in.

'Elephant' is a short but sweet story I wrote in response to an illustration brief to create a book based on 'deception'. Aiming it at a younger audience than the first, I took to the scissors and played around with coloured paper to come up with these appealing characters.