CATASTRONAUT 3D Model

This is my very first real attempt at creating a complete 3D model and then producing it as a printable kit, complete with moving parts and the ability to print in multiple colours.

It's been a steep learning curve, from learning to create 3D models, to buying a printer and learning what works and what doesn't - but finally here's the results.

I'll be creating a video shortly outlining more details and how it came to be - but for now, here's some more images.


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Official Harry Potter Pottermore Infographic: Defence Against the Dark Arts

This is the second of my official Harry Potter infographics, commissioned by Pottermore.com - the Harry Potter social / gaming / news site, originally set up by J K Rowling as a home to expanded development of her works.

This work focuses on Defence Against the Dark Arts, asking which of the cannon's Professors you would want to be taught by yourself.

This piece required more illustration, as it was calling out for 'portraits' of each of the characters. And it needed a darker feel (due to the subject matter) than the Cybil Trelawney infographic - so I went with a darker parchment and mixing some red into the colour palette.

You can see it via the Pottermore social media channels



Official Harry Potter Pottermore Infographic - Sybil Trelawney


I was recently contacted by Pottermore.com, the Harry Potter social / gaming / news site, originally set up by J K Rowling, as a home to expanded development of her works.

They found my Harry Potter infographic from a couple of years ago, and asked if I'd like to create some new content for Pottermore - I said yes immediately!

This is the first one, featuring some true or false facts on Sybil Trelawney, the strange Professor of Divination at Hogwarts. Its been featured so far on their social media channels

I devised a style that tries to emulate the world of Potter, with elements of ancient and new working together. I did this with an ancient parchment background overlaid with vibrant colours and some contemporary illustration.

It was great fun (and an honour to do!)

Board game art: Pleasant Dreams final print unboxing photos

Nearly 2 years ago I was approached by board games designer Aerjen Tamminga, who was planning to create several games and wanted to know if I'd be interested in helping. I loved his ideas, and thus began a fantastic journey working with Aerjen, with a view to primarily creating his card game, Pleasant Dreams.

We created a lot of artwork, brainstorming ideas and refining a style - and just over a year later, we had completed all the artwork he needed to proceed with his business plan.

The next step was launching a Kickstart Campaign, which was hugely successful and provided him with more than enough money to put Pleasant Dreams into production. (Check out the page including the Updates tab, which has lots of background into the production, with some of my concept sketches)

Today was a great day, and the end of the journey - when my copies of the final printed version arrived in the post.  Here's some photos of the unboxing some of my favourite pieces of work - the quality of the printing is excellent - which I know Aerjen worked hard on with the printer to get right.

Many thanks again to my mate Aerjen - here's to all your future games and continued success!

You can check out Pleasant Dreams and buy your own copy at www.pleasantdreamsgame.com

 










Illustration: Life, the Universe and Everything


This is the third in my series of reimagining beloved Douglas Adams book covers in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series.

In the third instalment, Life, the Universe and Everything, we again centralise around Arthur Dent, who seems to be an unwilling observer of bizarre occurrences, which just seem to happen around him whether he likes it or not.

Here, we see him in one of his rare happy moments in the stories, flying through the air above a ravaged landscape, terrorised by the flying party that pillages it for booze and snacks.

We see Arthur about to collide with the flying party, and on it we can just see the feet of Ford Prefect and Slartibartfast as they cling to edge for dear life, unable to get in without a bottle.


Illustration: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe


Here is my reimagining of the second book in the classic Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy book series - this time its The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

In this cover, I again focus around Arthur Dent, who is the book's main protagonist. We follow the adventures of a hapless Arthur, as he gets continually presented with an unsatisfactory Universe that never really seems to meet his approval.

In this moment, we find him finally back on Earth, but sadly millions of years to early due to an unplanned time-warp. He stands watching the burning forests and the faint distant wreckage of the Golgafrinchan Ark Fleet Ship B, and in the foreground... Crude Scrabble tiles?

More to come!

Illustration: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy redux


This is a re-work of an earlier illustration I did as part of a series reimagining my favourite books with new covers.

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is by far my favourite book series ever, so I'm planning to create all of the books in the same way. To begin with, I went back and touched up the original illustration (but not much).

This shows the moment where Arthur first realises he is truly on another planet, walking on the surface of Magrathea as the dual suns set. We also se a dejected Marvin nearby and the Heart of Gold ship parked in the distance.

Look out for other in the series coming soon on the blog!

Illustration: Star Wars C-3PO Goes Postal

Its nerdy time again!!  I haven't done a Star Wars graphic for some time, but I had an idea for one and thought I'd put it out there.

This is imagining what would happen if C-3PO lost his shit after being thrown out of the Cantina by the Barman in the original Star Wars... and came back in ready to get busy.

It is what it is.

It made me laugh as an idea, anyway.

Animation: Rated RPG



My friends Aaron Yonda and Matt Sloan asked me to come up with some intro graphics for their new Blame Society Youtube Channel, Rated RPG.

The series is Matt and Aaron playing Role Play games with special guests, with the emphasis on comedy. Matt and Aaron are seasoned comedy performers, as are many of their guests so the show is great fun to watch and created some hilarious moments!

I may have gone a bit overboard on the intro though - I had an idea to create an animated cartoon for the intro, to give it a real 'fantasy' start each episode. It took a while to illustrate and animate, and I quickly realised I hand once again come up with an idea that was probably too ambitious.

But, eventually I completed it, and sent it over the Matt & Aaron - and they loved it!

As soon as it showcased on their next Rated RPG episode, the fans began to post comments about how they liked it, and Matt and Aaron tell me its a great success.

So here's the intro as seen in an episode - I animated it 'old school' style in Adobe Flash, as I'm lazy and haven't really got into After Effects yet.  Hope you like it.


Illustration: Game Society Pimps Poster

My friend Aaron Yonda over at Blame Society Films, has a very successful Youtube sub-channel called Game Society Pimps, which focuses on video game 'Let's play' comedy.

He asked for some help creating some artwork they could use for a variety of promotional items, so I created this poster, based on some of their most popular characterisations that come out of their improvised games.

Aaron and team were really pleased with the results and you can get a print of this poster via their Subbable channel.

Check out their channel - they create some really funny stuff and is quite unlike any other kind of Let's play video out there. Well worth watching!

Illustration: Brooklyn Rugby Club


My friend Ben Martin, who works in our Beyond New York office, plays for the Brooklyn Rugby Club.

He asked if I could create an illustration for their Christmas card, so I came up with a an idea which he and the rest of the club seemed to like.  Ben arranged for the card to be printed and it seemed to go down well!

Well, I do 'try'.  (Sorry.)

Illustration: The Boosh


This was created for a friend as a gift a while back, so I thought I'd share it on the blog.  I'm a huge fan of The Mighty Boosh, starring Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt - starting with their amazing radio series version (which if you haven't heard it, I urge you to get it), their TV series and live shows.

This was a poster graphic I got printed up, just to stylising two classic looks for Howard Moon and Vince Noir, the principle characters in the show.