The pen is mightier than the sword – and the mouse.
All of my design work is hand drawn to begin with, although I am able to combine this with modern techniques, such as colouring digitally, to prepare eye-catching print-ready artwork for whatever purpose you can think of.
Drawing on knowledge and understanding of artistic movements and well-known imagery of the past, my work doesn’t take itself too seriously – but is no less effective for that.
Example: Beanies Tote Bag
The winner of a competition to design a 30th anniversary bag for Beanies Wholefoods in Sheffield, this artwork is inspired by the trades union banners of the 19th century, but stripped down to black and white. Pomona (Roman goddess of the orchards) and Ceres (Roman goddess of crops) seemed appropriate. The design borrows various elements from Beanies’ own logos and artwork.
Example: Bonny Bunch Brewing Co.
A few years ago, a friend of mine wanted to start his own microbrewery. I produced a few pump clip designs, each one referencing a different style or period in artistic history deemed appropriate for the name and style of beer, but all tied together with a unifying aesthetic. The brewery never materialised – but he and I ended up with some good labels for homebrew – here are the best two:
Example: Lippy Ladies MCC Norman Invasion
For the delightful women of the Lippy Ladies Motorcyle Club, I produced a Bayeux Tapestry-inspired T-shirt design to be worn on their biking trip to Normandy in 2013.
Example: 110th Birthday Party
A project realised in haste – and in black and white to make printing cheaper! The invitation (to a turn-of-the-century-themed birthday party) adapts the layout and typefaces of a 19th-century advertisement. I’m a big fan of the overblown ornamentation of Victorian wording and design, and I reproduced some of that pomposity here.