Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sonicfox animated

Apparently, having a logo that doesn’t move nowadays is liking having leprosy, which is why I was asked to animate my logo for Sonicfox Production Company. It’s the first animation I’ve ever done using Flash and After Effects, and while it’s a bit rudimentary in some ways, I am happy with his bouncy little tail. Look at it go!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


I abandoned this picture because I wanted a window in the background and a book beside the candle, but I couldn’t work out how to add them without ruining it. Oh well.

Saturday, September 4, 2010


I’m trying to hit three birds with one stone with this. It’s my first ever entry to Illustration Friday (theme: “Dessert”), a tribute to Edward Bawden (here’s my inspiration), and also, clearly, to my wife! Happy anniversary, Melanie!

Inspirational quote for the day

...for instance, the morning on which [a man] sets out for a duel which is to be fought under particularly dangerous conditions, and he is suddenly made aware, at the moment when it is perhaps about to be taken from him, of the value of a life of which he might have made use to begin some important work, or merely to enjoy a few pleasures, and of which he has failed to make any use at all. "If only I'm not killed," he says to himself, "how I shall settle down to work the very minute, and how I shall enjoy myself too!" Life has in fact suddenly acquired a higher value in his eyes, because he puts into life everything that it seems to him capable of giving instead of the little that he normally demands of it. He sees it in the light of his desire, not as his experience has taught him that he was apt to make it, that is to say so tawdry. It has, at that moment, become filled with work, travel, mountain-climbing, all the splendid things which, he tells himself, the fatal outcome of the duel may render impossible, without thinking that they were already impossible before there was any question of a duel, owing to the bad habits which, even had there been no duel, would have persisted. He returns home without even a scratch, but he continues to find the same obstacles to pleasures, excursions, travel, to everything which for a moment he had feared that death would deprive him of; life is sufficient for that. As for work--exceptional circumstances having the effect of intensifying what previously existed in a man, work in the industrious, idleness in the lazy--he takes a holiday from it.
 --Marcel Proust, The Captive

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Thanks to Sabrina Chap for passing on this photo of the Schlapentickle family merch table, featuring my design for their family crest and logotype! (photo taken by Cassie Truskowski.) Get more information on this great act at www.schlapentickle.com!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I have been working

I was filled with a pride to be asked by the depraved members of the Schlapentickle Family to design their coat of arms, along with lettering for their name, for their forthcoming burlesque/musical tour (which I believe is how they’ve taken to referring to their perpetual run from the law).

As you can see, I adhered to the traditional imagery of this storied clan: Argent, on a riding crop sable bendwise a quill argent bendwise reversed, charged with an S sable. I can’t wait to see it printed on women’s underwear!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

Further progress

I’ve been working like mad over at Wake in Progress this month. Well, relatively mad, anyway. Certainly madder than usual.

Friday, May 7, 2010


I felt like a break from the Wake this week. Cue PROUST!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Edward Bawden

While searching the Internet for some new funny animal videos, I stumbled across these face-breakingly beautiful linocuts by Edward Bawden. Bawden was a ridiculously prolific illustrator, whose work can be found everywhere from book covers and Folio Society book illustrations to the walls of the London Underground. But I just can’t get enough of these colour prints from his London markets series.

If you’ll excuse me, I have to gouge out my eyes now.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Wake in Progress

I’m working on a new home for the Finnegans Wake illustrations, which will soon be found at wakeinprogress.blogspot.com. But it’s not ready yet. In the meantime, here’s a slideshow from my Flickr account.