Blog - Illustration

Photo Opportunity Board For Hampshire Fare

Hampshire Fare, the not-for-profit group promoting local food and drink, asked us to create a photo opportunity board. They champion over 350 producers, venues and shops, so they had a very specific brief that required the illustration to incorporate as many elements as possible, allow for three face holes, and be suitable for easy construction/collapsing and transportation. 

Working together with Splash Display, a bespoke unit was designed that made the building and moving of it possible, so all that was left was to create an illustration that featured branding, social media messages and logos, a producer and a chef, examples of produce and livestock, a sponsorship logo and relevant cottage, and a cartoon realisation of Hampshire Fare’s hog. Fortunately, this sort of detailed drawing is something we enjoy getting involved with!

The result was revealed at a recent Hampshire Fare networking event at the White Star Tavern in Southampton, where plenty of Hampshire Fare members took full advantage of the new board. Look out for it around Hampshire at events in the coming year.

Theme Park Sign Design: Viking Boats

Paultons Park asked me to redesign their signage for their Viking Boats ride. They've been steadily recreating all their attractions' signs to appear layered or sculpted, giving them a much more interesting 3D feel. To this end, any artwork I create has to bear this in mind so the sign manufacture can select elements to extrude and enhance.

The original sign used a generic viking boat image but I was keen to represent the design of the boats on the actual ride. It's all created as vector artwork using Adobe Illustrator, which has the benefit of allowing it to be scaled to any size without any loss of quality of fuzziness, such as you'd get with a pixel-based illustration. The sign should be in place for when the park reopens in February 2017.

Colour-In Mazes

At the beginning of the year I created a series of colour in mazes for three books to be published by Award Publications on the themes of dinosaurs, farms and the jungle.

It's taken a while to get my copies, but they've finally arrived so I thought I'd share a couple of the mazes here. Each maze comes with a little explanatory text, which I didn't set, hence it missing from the artwork. I'm sure you can work it out.

The Critters Are Coming...

I've been sworn to secrecy up until now, but the artwork's been steadily appearing in the press and online (and there's a nifty TV ad too) so I can start sharing a few bits and pieces I've been doing for Paultons Park. This Easter sees the grand opening of a brand new land, Critter Creek, full of weird and wonderful beasties, odd plants and new attractions. This is a large illustration I did to showcase the land, using a mix of vector drawn elements and a few photos imported into Photoshop as Smart Objects so the illustrations can be resized, rescaled, trimmed down and generally tailored to whatever need. The Critters themselves are the stars of the show, from the Bee-ver to the Duck Billed Newt, and lots more besides, and they're all there to be discovered by the small explorers that visit the park. Promises to be great fun!

Something Secret For Paultons Park

I'm very excited to be involved with a special new project at the brilliant Paultons Park, a family theme park on the edge of the New Forest and home to Peppa Pig World. Part one was to produce a teaser sign, all drawn using vectors in Adobe Illustrator, including the text (so no fonts). It's all going to be a lot of fun, but you're going to have to wait to find out more...

Cartoon Friends

I was asked to draw the above cartoon illustration of two best friends soon to be pulled apart because one family was moving out of the area. Always rough for children to accept and understand, so a really lovely gesture by one of the parents concerned to commission this as a gift for the boys to remember one another. In the finished piece the scarf has their names and date emblazoned across it, but as I'm posting this on the internet for the whole world to see (hello, world) I thought it prudent to remove that part here. 

Peter Pan Panto Illustration

Here's my illustration for this year's pantomime at Princes Hall Theatre, Aldershot. You can find out more about the performance here.

Emer Farm Poultry Logo

Emer Farm Poultry wanted something a little different from other businesses providing poultry, and as they supply peafowl they opted for something a little more unusual as their new emblem. The logo is created using vectors in Adobe Illustrator and is designed with a minimum amount of flat ungraduated colours to allow for easy embroidery onto corporate clothing and to have a bold presence once placed on their website and stationery.

Would you like an effective vector-illustrated logo like this? Then do get in touch here.

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