Smart

Here is an illustration I've just finished for a project for Smart Car - could that be the lovely Iceland's volcano that ruined my latest trip back home? ;)

Pika piiiiii

A quick thing  I did the other day after playing Pokemon :)
Collaged by hand using coloured paper (apart from the circle which I cut out on Photoshop)
Pikaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Cross-eyed Alien- July Monthly Challenge



Here is my entry for this month's challenge - this green Alien can't see very well the poor thing.

Red headphone



This is a quick illustration I did in school because I was bored.

Bobby Digital!...

It's been a while since I posted anything, I'm currently busy trying to get my work made for the Dirty Fingers show that I'm involved in so haven't had the time to do much other work. I thought I'd show some recent things that I managed to bosh out. I've been playing around with some digital work and decided to make the Curiosity Killed the Cat piece below available as Tee's and Skate decks... I've also made a design especially for the Dirty Fingers expo, some dirty drippy fingers on the front and type on the back!...

Dirty Fingers
Dirty Fingers
Click here for the Dirty Fingers Tee...

Curiosity Killed the Cat
And click here for the Curiosity Tee, and here and here for the decks...

Really enjoyed hand drawing all the layers for these, I had forgotten about the versatility of digital illustration so will be doing more of this and taking it further in the near future...

Craig Redman





Colorful designs from New York based Australian artist Craig Redman.
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Good news

I've got some good news, I am now being represented by Lemonade Illustration Agency


Not only that ..... Spain won the world cup ... yey!!!!!!! Thanks to Paul the octopuss for predicting Spainsh victory, this is the reason why we've changed the crest on our flag (this illustration wasn't created by me)

Finally available online!!





Haven't been able to do any personal projects recently as i have been stuck doing the boring stuff....but have finally managed to get my T-shirts available to buy online! So please go take a look at my shop and let me know what you think!! Thanks :)

SHOP

Do you want eyes with that?


Produced for a signing I'm attending at the Tall Ships Race in Hartlepool on 8th August.
A4size in Liquitex acrylics on CS2 smooth watercolour board.
Any similarity with existing drive-thru restaurants is purely coincidental.

New Directory for Illustrators

Hi everyone, we just been send this, it is their first day but might be worth it:

Publistock, the new free creative directory.

Add your link to Publistock and inscrease the number of visitors to your website. Publistock is a directory for illustrators, photographers, copywriters, designers ..... a place to find and be found.

Advertising your website on Publistock is free as a stanard option, we also have a Sponsor plan where your listing will be highlighted, a thumbnail of your web will appear, a star besides it and you'll have a gallery of 6 images appearing on your listing details.

Come on, join Publistock, traffic increase means more clients :)

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July Challenge: Stanley Aliens

"Stanley"

Here's my entry for the July "Aliens" challenge.
He's available on a few things over at Zazzle.

Been a while since I posted, I've been pretty busy with uni...
Had a job doing a bunch of illustrations of burlesque dancers. It's been dragging on a while, but this is the last one. But it's cool to draw boobs.
-Stu

Illustration Dust interview with Brett Wilkinson

Here is the interview we had a chance to do with Brett Wilkinson and some of his amazing new work. We want to thank Brett for taking the time to answer to our questions and we hope you enjoy his interview.

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Please introduce yourself and what you do in no more than four sentences…


My Name’s Brett, I’m based in Leicester (UK) and work as an illustrator under the name Onesidezero. My work is bright, fun and minimal and is most often used for products, publications and advertising amongst other things.

When did you know you wanted to be an illustrator/artist? What inspired you?
Why Onesidezero?


I never intended to be an illustrator, when I was growing up I wanted to be an artist amongst other things but never really looked at illustration as a career having not been exposed to the world of money which is obviously part of the job, making images to make a living. When I made the choice to pursue illustration I was already studying design and it happened naturally as the two subjects are linked.

I take inspiration for my work from everything around me, people I meet, books, music, photography, nature, travelling and so forth. I don’t think there is one source although I often get into the same relaxed mindset when working so I can focus.

The name Onesidezero is really old, it comes from an interest in Mobius Strips which I discovered though my science class at school. These are single sided loops that appear to be impossible, you can make them yourself with paper and if you try to colour just one side you’ll end up with both sides coloured in, it’s quite strange. I used to scribble them on desks, books, scraps of paper and they stayed constant through my education so I decided to choose Onesidezero to represent my work.




What do you think makes a good illustrator?


Someone who can convey something in their own artistic form, with interesting style and concepts; perhaps not as loosely as a fine-artist or as overly-considered as a designer would which is a nice challenge.

What is the best part about what you do?

Coming up with concepts and initial sketches for a project that involves something you previously knew nothing about is pretty good as you learn so much. I also love seeing the final result, when the illustration you’ve made is finally used on a product or campaign or even when someone purchases a print for their wall. You get a great sense of achievement.

What’s a normal day for Brett Wilkinson?



Tricky question as my days aren’t generally normal. I do the usual, get up, exercise, have breakfast and travel to my office but after this anything can happen. I might spend weeks making a logo for a client or a couple of days illustrating something for someone, the clients are all different so it’s never boring.



When you first started, how did you work out how much to charge for illustration commissions?



I didn’t work anything out; people would name a price and agree if I thought it was reasonable otherwise I’d reject the work. It didn’t take long before I stopped this way of working as its common for those commissioning you to forget about the other things involved in illustration like research and development, phone calls, materials and other overheads. When you factor all these in the price has to increase for the work to be financially viable, so naming a price is tricky business and unless you are dealing with art directors who know the deal a quote is usually followed by an explanation of charges. It’s also vital to consider the value of your work correctly and the financial return your work will place on the client’s product or service. I regularly get requests to illustrate for products and upon quoting charges clients are often confused as they expect minimal figures. In reality illustration forms a large part of the consumer’s decision for purchase and clients who opt for ‘cheaper alternatives’ will quickly find they have a very hard time making sales.


What’s been your biggest paycheque so far?


About 18cm wide x 9cm high


Do you attend many gallery shows or exhibitions? What was the last one you went to?


Yes but sadly not enough, I’m very keen on visiting exhibitions as you get to experience the work with all your senses rather than viewing a 2D piece in a book or onscreen. The last exhibition I visited was a small photography show although I am planning some big gallery visits this summer.



Apart from illustration, what other things are you into?



I have interests in a whole range of things as I have a fixation on learning new skills. At present I’m into cooking, painting, design and photography and am starting to get into golf, getting back into festivals as it’s the summer and I’m also a keen musician having played drums and guitar for most of my adult life so regularly practice both of these whenever time allows.


Who are your favourite artists/designers/illustrators alive or dead?



Herb Lubalin, Keith Tyson, Tim Biskup, Lucinda Rogers, Rankin, Eyvind Earle, Stephen Quiller, Paul Rand, Matisse, Picasso and Mark Boutavant. There are many more but these come to mind today.

What’s coming up next for Brett Wilkinson?

I have a few projects queuing up that include music packaging, a book cover and a print series but new projects often come out of the blue without warning and leave little time to prepare making it quite hard to plan ahead.


How often do you Google your own name? 



Everyday but not out of some obsessive need for fame, it’s useful for SEO and to know what others are saying about my work. I’ve found my illustrations posted all over the place with some really nice comments, some people opt to change all the colours of my work and then post them on blogs which is bizarre and others like to write about things I never actually intended my work to represent. I’ve even found school classes studying my work; it’s always interesting to read what people have to say and I’m grateful for the comments.




Agent or no Agent?



At present I’m with YCN but they don’t represent artists in the same manner as official agent does, nonetheless they are great to work with. I used to be with an agency that consistently lost work by over-quoting projects but would still consider new representation given a good record. At the moment a lot of people are approaching me directly as a result of seeing my work somewhere so they have usually carefully considered my work for their needs first.


One style or many? Why?


Having one style as an illustrator is beneficial as it gives an art director clarity and confidence in your work as most aren’t prepared to take a gamble and prefer to judge commissions on previous projects. If you are a fine artist or designer then you are usually free to explore multiple styles which are often demanded in different projects. 






Roast Chicken or Roast beef?



So difficult, each has their occasion. I’d choose Roast Chicken to accompany a nice roast dinner and Roast Beef flavour crisps to accompany a cold beer.


Brett Wilkinson


May Challenge winner

Here is the winner of the Illustration Dust monthly challenge of May, the challenge theme was 'work'. We had some nice illustrations but this one by Skinnypop won with 41% of your votes. Congratulations!!!


July challenge is now open, the theme is 'Aliens'....... so start illustrating and show us what you've got :)

Bulls on parade


Illustration for an article about bullying.

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