It's 30 years ago today that Marvin gaye was shot dead by his father in their Californa home. I painted this back in 1998, the year Marvin Gay Sr. died. I painted this in London a few months after I met my now wife, in our first flat together. It's been with us on every lounge wall of every flat, house, country we've lived in since. My tribute to Marvin, the man.
Last year I was invited to be a part of Do The Green Thing's poster campaign in support of WWF Earth Hour. DGT have teamed up with WWF this year for a larger campaign and I was invited back to contribute again.
Do The Green Thing is the brainchild of the creative force of partners at Pentagram who seek to promote green awareness through creativity. This year DGT/WWF have commissioned 29 posters from illustrators, designers, fashion designers, & photographers to highlight issues ranging from eating less meat through to walking more. The posters are being released one by one through March leading up to WWF Earth Hour on the 29th.
This years 29 contributors have been pretty exciting and have included creative talents such as Sir Quentin Blake, Neville Brody, Vaughan Oliver, Sir Paul Smith, David Shrigley, Marion Deuchars, Rankin & Josh Higgins.
Each contributors poster is being sold in a limited run to support Do The Green Thing. Posters avialable through the DGT blog.
Please pass these messages on, they will hopefully inspire a few more people to Do The Green Thing and switch off for Earth Hour on the 29th. That's tomorrow... light's out.
Each poster presentiation has a little write up and artist comment on the DGT site, my write up is here -
Don’t Ruin by Andy Ward 11/29
Illustrator Andy Ward has created a vintage poster for a vintage climate change tip - drive less and walk more. His dynamic and provocative poster contrasts the rage and rush of driving with the peace and happiness of going by foot.
“My poster is an invitation to slow down and smell the flowers,” says Andy. “To break the habit of needing to be everywhere at once and instead letting your feet take you there instead. They evolved for that very reason, to take us places. Enjoy planet earth from the beauty of your own two feet, ‘Walk Don’t Ruin’.”
Cars are responsible for nearly 15% of the world’s CO2 emissions. They’ve made us lazier, our cities hazier, and they have drowned out the sounds of the street with their revs and roars. Instead of driving, go by foot and feel on top of the world.
If a journey is more than a stones-throw but less than a mile then you can walk it.
Posters by Marion Deuchars & Sir Quentin Blake
Posters by Sue Timney & David Shrigley
Posters by Neville Brody & David Shrigley
The campaign was launched with a show in Pentagram's london office. The posters were shown on long dinner tables lit by candlelight as a nod to Earth Hour. On a personal note I was very pleased to see my poster shown next to Sir Quentin Blakes. The little kid in me who grew up with his work was squeaking with joy.
Thanks for reading. Now DO THE GREEN THING! Earth hour this saturday 29th March 2014. Turn those lights out and continue to WALK DON'T RUIN!
Messages of love. These are a few ideas I produced for an apparel line for Custo Barcelona a while back and couldn’t find the right moment to post. As St Valentine’s day fast approaches I offer a few messages of love longed for, love lost, love lived, and love learned. I was asked to strip my style back for these to a limited palette suitable for screen printing. A little experimentation with some hand painted/printed textures and some vintage hues.
The Love vs. Hate final image (on the left) was put through a halftone to fulfil the brief but I preferred the look of the original ink wash version pre halftone so I've posted that below too.
Right at the bottom of the post are a few detail grabs as these were designed to be printed large and the details seen close up.
Looking back on these they feel quite lyrical. I listen to mostly soul/jazz so some of those punchy yearning soul calls probably influenced these.
I kept this style of working running for a little while for Custo then as is the nature of fashion it was buried as new ideas developed for new collections. A lost love.
I'm currently sharing a trailer with Mike Tyson.
The trailer is parked up on youtube, big thanks to Caitlin at Star Entertainment for pinging over the link to a trailer for the ESPN documentary on the infamous 'No Más' (No More) fight between Sugar Ray Leonard & Roberto Duran.
A few months back Caitlin had sought permission to use a piece I made about the fight several years ago. The illustration is shown in the ESPN documentary tonight - 'No Más', 15th October at 8:00 pm on ESPN.
I was very pleased to design the current tour poster for the Dr Lonnie Smith Octet. Dr Smith has been a favourite of mine since I was in my teens. He's still going strong and he's still got it. A big thanks to the also superb Ian Hendrickson Smith for getting me on board. Ian is currently touring with the Octet, please check him out. He's a real talent, was a Dap King for many years and has played with everyone from Amy Winehouse to Dylan.
The Octet have just recorded and released a two volume album live in New York, revisiting some of the Doc's older tunes. Move your hand? Check that one, FAT barritone! ‘In The Beginning’ is the name of the album so I thought of how the tunes were a part of the doc’s DNA. I have him raising his arms in the poster, his fingers intertwining with the DNA swirling up and around him. The DNA has keys on it, two strands to the DNA so two keyboards. Just like the Hammond organ has, and which Dr Lonnie Smith made his legacy on.
The Natural History Series - Parrots. My ongoing editions project sees the release of three new prints. The editions run in series' of three and feature natural history illustrations referencing the style of 19th Century Natural History etchings.They are worked up in pencil, airbrush, acrylic, and ink before being scanned and worked on further digitally.
This series features parrots - The Scarlet Macaw, The Black Headed Caique, and Major Mitchell's Cockatoo.
Below are two recent editorial pieces I had fun working on. Mark at School Library Journal is one of my favourite AD's, he's full on. This is my second cover for Mark, STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math. STEAM is a teaching method. The idea being that instead of teaching subjects in isolation, that an approach that merges these various methodologies within a lesson or unit, is a more meaningful and effective way for kids to learn. It’s about seeing subjects from a variety of perspectives resulting in new insights and connecting the dots. F dot U dot N.
Bottom is a piece for Crain's Chicago Business - Girl Power. Big companies have a new bête noir, school-aged girls. In the battle between big companies and little girls the winner isn’t who you might think it’d be. I have two girls of my own. I know that voice.