This year I’ve taken part in Secret 7 (http://www.secret-7.com/). The sale of the vinyls happened today and the majority sold out in an hour and half – crazy! It also now means I can show the final artwork. I hope it found a good home to go to, get in touch if you bought it!
I decided to do my cover for Laura Marling’s ‘The Beast’ which is beautiful poem of sorts. I know the usual type and style associated with Marling and wanted to do the opposite – try and break what people would expect. And so I tried a bit of a lo-poly illustration style which is bright and colourful. It’s meant to resemble some sort of tribal mask.
You can see my original sketch below along with the final.
So in February 2013 I worked at the famous ‘The Mill’ in London for a couple of weeks on a few projects. The Mill is an award winning studio having won an Oscar as well as working on a vast array of famous films and tv shows doing visual effects and filming. They probably have the most impressive portfolio of a studio, so it was great that I was given the chance to dip myself into this new world. I learnt a lot from my brief time and it was an ace experience to see how the inner workings of such a studio runs.
Below is part of a research illustration I came up with for one of the projects.
To raise money for Comic Relief, my studio, Monty, are putting on a 25 Hour Doodle run across 14-15th March (Red Nose Day) at Boxpark Shoreditch Unit 56. The 3 of us (all called Olly as it happens) will be drawing for the two days inviting illustrators and designers as well as the general public to come down and join in to help the great cause. We urge you to pass this on as we are trying to maximise the amount of money we can raise for this.
This is a great opportunity to collaborate with others and to get involved. If you want to come along and support us then please do! We’ll have an inflatable penguin if that tempts you…
The final masterpiece thats created will be sold at auction with all proceeds going to Comic Relief.
A music video for Hot Glass (Filmed with VHS) (WIP):
A vinyl cover for Secret 7 (WIP):
Imaginary Worlds Update:
I’m also currently working on an interactive way of display my large Imaginary Worlds piece which will allow you to explore the artwork up close and personal online!
Covered Records website:
I was asked to quickly design and build a website for a new venture from Pulled Apart by Horses called ‘Covered Records’. Which is basically the idea that two bands record each others tracks in their own style. Great idea, and the first involved PABH with Blood Red Shoes. The basic website was designed and built in a few hours and includes a mobile version.
A website I designed and illustrated when working at MC as been featured in the Creative Review Blog talking about one of the briefs that is on the site and a general overview of what the project is about. It’s one my favourite projects I’ve worked on due to the nature of the website and the fun, creative spirit that it portrays. I mean come on, there’s a scuba-diving-shark-sheep!
In November/December 2012 I was asked to create some illustrations for design agency ‘Radar London’ for their christmas mailout. I was given a textbased storyboard from which I created the comic strip-like story. The original design was in black and white on brown paper however with some changes from the client we added more colour and visual references.
Happy New Year everyone! 2013 looks to be a busy year and I’m excited to get more into freelancing. I have a couple of projects to update with from the christmas period which were interesting to complete, so keep your eyes peeled!
For now I’m, for some reason, illustrating moomins – not entirely sure why, mainly as a character exercise!
Last night at the IPA, a film I created the titles and graphics for (on behalf of MC) in collaboration with The Ideas Foundation was released into the wild. The goal of the film was to shine a light on the state of diversity currently present in UK advertising, while starting a discussion into the ways in which we might be able to improve it.
Attendants ranged from Robin Wight (President of Engine), Jonathan Akwue (Engine Partner), John Hegarty (Founder BBH), Trevor Beattie (Founder BMB), Magnus Djaba (CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi) and many more. The showing of the film was followed by a discussion on the subject of diversity in advertising and ranged from discussing the problems with unpaid internships and problems with class priority in jobs.
Wohey! ‘Our Londinium 2012′ is now open at the Museum of London! Go check out the hard work by the youth panel and the team over at the museum, lots of cool stuff to be seen as well as some of my doodles dotted around. Plus its free!
Watch the teaser trailer below that I helped illustrate for the promotion of it (this is also playing in the main entrance of the museum)…
Check out a preview video on what to expect from the exhibition:
Also my illustrations have been put in the Metro and Evening Standard yesterday (20th June) as promotion:
Not only that there are postcards and posters being placed around London. Now the special thing about the postcards is if you find one and return it to the museum you could win a custom pair of converse doodled by me! So get looking at cinemas and music venues to find them!
Hi guys, just an update on my recent work with the museum of london for their new exhibition (releasing very soon! – 22nd June). I was asked to write a blog post for their website on the work I did and explaining how I approached the project. This can be read here…
Another feature! étapes, the international magazine has done a small feature on my recent work including the Museum of London which you can visit below… They have included a few old experimental pieces which I guess are liked in the eye of the beholder! hah.
Last year I was commissioned by the Museum of London to produce a series of illustrations as a visual identity for a new exhibition to coincide with the Olympics called ‘Our Londinium 2012′. They asked me to adapt my doodle style to incorporate modern day and roman objects to build a larger final image. The objects that would make up the final image were all chosen by the museum’s youth panel ‘Junction’. The same panel that chose the doodle style for the exhibition! (Cheers guys!). From the very start the nickname ‘The Doodlist’ was given to me, think it might catch on!
The illustrations will be used for the marketing and internal displays of the exhibition which runs from 22 June 2012 until 2014. I thoroughly enjoyed working on this project and meeting the panel that have helped organise it all. Can’t wait to see it all come together!
More info: “The Museum of London is working with young people and artists over two years to create bold and imaginative installations in its popular Roman Gallery and other key spaces in 2012.The project will feature new sculptures, creative films, animations and sound, witty and thought-provoking insertions of contemporary objects, drama performances, Latin-inspired poetry slamming and other exciting events…”
A recent article on the guardian website talks to the Junction panel, read here
Over at http://www.doodlersanonymous.com/ they offer a blank t-shirt for avid doodlers to fill with their own thoughts and ideas… and simply their doodles. I thought it was a cracking idea to try out seeing what my illustrations would look like on a white t-shirt so gave it a go. The finished shirt is pictured below… I kinda cocked up the display of my name but the rest should make up for that error! This was all done straight onto the shirt with pen.