Just ’cause :) Have a good one!
Just ’cause :) Have a good one!
I’ve had some new tees printed!
Treebeard is hand screen printed and available on heavyweight Gildan tees in small, medium and large. 2 colourways, black and dark brown. He can be yours for a mere £25 plus P&P
Available from the shop.
Here’s a thing. I did some illustration for an organisation called Artburst in London who do fantastic work putting on workshops for kids both in and outside schools. From their website:
“Artburst is an award winning social enterprise providing creative educational workshops that improve the lives of young people and their families. Artburst’s roots are grounded in the therapeutic application of the arts, a philosophy which has been explored separately by Artburst co-founders and lifelong friends Penny Embden and Amy Bicât.”
The theme was ‘night animals’, and I was tasked with creating a printable scenic backdrop and a selection of woodland critters for the younguns to cut out, stick on and colour in! It was a fun project and gave me an excuse to illustrate two of my favourite beasts, a fox and an owl. Some highlights below…
Check these guys out: http://www.artburst.co.uk/
So yep, it is.
A lot’s happened in the world of Jimbobbin over the past year or two. I had the pleasure of working with the lovely folks at Mind Candy in Shoreditch and Brighton for 18 months which was a fantastic experience and a very valuable one. I made some genuine friends there, many of which I keep in touch with since leaving in August to kick start Jimbobbin as a going concern.
Shortly after that I discovered I had trapped a nerve in my elbow which affected my drawing hand and was a major blow to any freelance work plans that I had. And so here we are now, a little rusty but getting better and feeling able to create stuff again. To celebrate I’ve resurrected an old piece, another folky character in the shape of Jack Frost. It is getting bloody cold after all…
Some friends and I have made a game for iPhone and iPad!
It’s called Sploosh, and my role was art direction and implementation. Collectively we go by the name of Spooky Moon Studio.
The art style is something of a departure from what I usually turn out under the Jimbobbin moniker. That was of course a conscious decision – it’s always nice to flex your creative muscles and keep yourself fresh!
Sploosh is a mere 69p – if you feel so inclined check it out at Spooky Moon Studio.
I’ve added a gallery section to my website with selected works for easy ogling…
Really chuffed to have been able to do an illustration for issue 6 of AMMO magazine.
Off on another folky theme, I chose to illustrate the character John Barleycorn. He’s a staple of traditional music and personifies both the crop of barley and the important beer and spirits made from it!
The stories in the songs are varied, but they all celebrate John’s growth despite being poked, prodded, left in the sun and generally abused:
They’ve hired men with the sharp-edged scythes to cut him off at the knee
They’ve rolled him and tied him around the waist, treated him most barbarously
They’ve hired men with the sharp-edged forks to prick him to the heart
And the loader has served him worse than that for he’s bound him to the cart
Regardless, John grows up to be a strapping fellow and the tales mostly end with a note of celebration at the fact that without liqour, and without poor John , everything falls apart…
And the huntsman he can’t hunt the fox nor loudly blow his horn
And the tinker he can’t mend his pots without John Barleycorn
A few weeks ago I mentioned that I’d been involved in the Uppercase publication ‘Work / Life 2′.
Here’s my spread! It features an illustration I did specifically for the book, ‘Flute Dawg’. Of course, he’s not at all inspired by codpiece-wearing rocker Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull ;o)
Also featured are some photos of me in my everday surroundings and a few of my treasured possesions. The book is packed with wonderful work from a hundred international illustrators including some faves of mine, Brent Couchman, Gemma Correll and Ty Wilkins. It’s lovingly compiled and a very pretty thang…