Thursday, February 16, 2006

As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, I've been busy trying to build my own website, I've finally managed to get it up and running but there's still a lot of content to add. I've put up some of the art I did for the Horrible Histories Collection, namely the cards that were free gifts with the magazine and I've also put up pretty much all of the Hi-Fi Choice work. Some of it you may have already seen here on the blog but I think there's plenty of other stuff to check out. There's going to be some crossover because the blog gives me an opportunity to comment on the work in more detail than the site does.

If you'd like to take a look at what's up so far then please go to

If excitement didn't get the better of you and you're still here, the picture below is the rough sketch of the design that I decided to go with for the front page, I kind of liked the sketchy quality of the rough and was tempted to just go ahead and use it but I decided against it in the end. My plan from the beginning was to use a limited colour scheme and try and go with as much white space as possible. I wanted to keep it try and keep it clean, simple and free of anything too fancy looking.

Thursday, February 09, 2006


Utilising my newly learned and yet highly honed (Hah!) HTML skills, I've tweaked the blog's template to get rid of that slightly annoying border that was surrounding all the images. This pleases me.

Here's another Horrible History spot illustration, there's probably going to be a whole bunch of these seeing as they've been my primary output for the last few years. This one was done for the puzzle pages. I think it was a spot the odd one out kind of thing and the guy on the right of the picture was meant to be a little drunk and confused as to which item was wrong. I can't remember what the correct answer is but I'd hazard a guess that it's the rifle.

Been busy...

I've been a bit busy trying to build my own website, not knowing anything about how these things are done has made it slow going. Ah well, it's all learning which can't be bad but it can be very frustrating. It's something I've been meaning to do for ages, having an online portfolio and presence is quite important for a commercial artist these days and it's about time I sorted it out. Starting up the blogging again has spurred me on to get cracking with it even if it has made posts to the blog less forthcoming.

Here's a picture of a pirate, it was a tryout piece for getting work on the Horrible Histories Collection and was the very first thing I did in the Martin Brown style. Martin Brown being the illustrator of nearly all of the Horrible Histories books and the artist who's style had to be emulated by all the artists working on the magazine. The pistol the pirate is holding looks too large and there's all sorts of things about it that seem a bit off but I guess it was okay enough to get me some work in the end. It was my good friend and partner in inky crime, Dave Shelton, that put me in touch with the esteemed Nick Abadzis who was a consultant for Eaglemoss on the Horrible Histories collection, I'd like to say thanks to both of them for without their help I might not have got the opportunity to work on the magazine.