Tuesday, 28 August 2012

The beginning of forever...

About 18 months ago I set out to make my then girlfriend (now wife), a really special Valentine’s Day present.

We hadn’t been going out for long, but like a true romantic I wanted to give her something which offered a little more sentiment then a box of chocolates.

I am not the most talented guy in the world and so the chances of me writing a song or crafting a beautiful table with my own bear hands were slim and so I did the only thing I really now how to… Draw.

I decided to make a comic charting our lives at different points, concluding with the day we met.

The reason I decided on this was because the way in which myself and Sharon met so easily may not have happened. We have both lived very different lives and we nearly didn’t encounter each other after I changed my mind about not going to the friends Birthday meal I met her at.

I originally drew and inked the comic, but this year I decided to create a digital vector version of it so that we could show it at our wedding reception. I must admit creating it as a vector file proved to be a real time consuming project, but I am pleased I pursed it.

It also gave me the opportunity to update it, detailing our engagement.

I was a a little concerned you wouldn’t be able to understand the concept as easily online as you would with the physical comic, but in case you can’t, the top panel represents Sharon’s journey through life and the bottom mine.

I hope you enjoy it…

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Our Mexican Dream

So in this last week I achieved something I never thought I would… I got married.

Up until two years ago I was a bit (a lot) of a workaholic. I became a freelance designer & illustrator in 2007 and since then I was very focused on my career and left no real time for my personal life. That was until a chance meeting with someone who changed not only my life, but also my view of it.

To cut a long story short, we got engaged last year and then on 11th August 2012 we tied the knot in Cancun, Mexico.

We were married in the beautiful resort of Excellence Playa Mujeres and below are just a few of the photos that I took in our time there.

My photography is just something I really enjoy doing. I am not an expert by a long shot (as you can see), but it is something I want to improve and develop.

I haven’t included any of my wedding shots, as I am sure you have better things to do then look at photos of me.

Sadly there aren’t any shots of the ‘real’ Mexico. We were only out there for the week to get married and had a lot to sort out before the wedding and so stayed in the resort for the time we were there. We had hoped to look around Mexico, but unfortunately the day we had planned to do the tourist thing was the one day the coach forgot to do its pick up from the resort… But that is another story.



Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Social class characters

I have been working on a commission lately involving some character design based around different social classes.

Earlier this year I drew 44 different people ranging in age and race for the same client, luckily this time there were just 11 to contend with.

This style is a little different from my normal work, but after producing so many characters in this way I am beginning to feel a more comfortable with it.

Below are just a few of the 11 I created. There will be more of these characters being created in the coming months and so I will post those as soon as they are done.

Crash Test Tortoise