Friday, 11 November 2011

Crankhead Customs

I've just made this poster for Jason Brumby, who makes the most incredible, accurate and realistic sculptures of cars -

He does commissions too, so you could own a unique one-off sculpture of your own car. Amazing!

Monday, 7 November 2011

Number 1 for Family Fun!

It's been a bit of a while since I last posted on here, because I've been very busy working on this new website for Carters Steam Fair.

I started working on it back in July, visiting the fair wherever it was working at the weekends and taking photos, and asking the very patient Carter family tons of questions about stuff that they do every day – things that to us are extraordinary. It's been a bit of a labour of love, learning as much as I could so I could write it, design it and illustrate it with as much knowledge as you can glean about a whole family's lifetime in a few months!

Carters Steam Fair is the largest and most authentic travelling vintage fairground in the world, operating, restoring and travelling a large number of vintage rides and equipment with a fleet of classic lorries, while living in traditional showman's wagons.

They're passionate, friendly, welcoming and dedicated, and hugely knowledgeable about the history of fairgrounds in Britain, as well as being immensely skilled artists in their own right. It's been a huge pleasure working with them... if you find yourself in London, the Home Counties, Somerset or Kent during the Carters season, pay them a visit and have yesself some fun!

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Ah thankayou very much-aaaaaaaarrrrrggggghhhhhh!!!!!

New poster for The Chambers Halloween shindig!

Hearts and Arrows…

I've just made a second poster for Danny and the Champs. This will be silkscreen-printed and will be sold at their gigs.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

When in Rome…

When I was about 25 I was taught to cut letters in stone by my grandfather, Stephen Rickard, who had learnt at the Royal Academy in the 1930s and 40s. It's a very satisfying medium - the piece in the foreground was my first attempt, and it was on a bit of broken York stone (hence the choice of word). The alphabet behind is on a slab of Portland. There's something temptingly mischievous about having the ability to "set things in stone"!

Racy artwork

I painted this last week for Benny over at Boneshaker… it's always nice to make something a bit loose like a goose, baby

Ma Polaine's Great Decline

I've just finished this logo for the great blues duo  Ma Polaine's Great Decline
They told me they imagined that Ma Polaine was a poison-assassin at the turn of the century, which is a great basis for a brief! 

Wednesday, 17 August 2011


I did this logo a while back for King Salami - I don't know if they ever used it in the end, but I always liked the sausage / fork combination… it reminded me of Grange Hill.

In The Shed Speed Shop

A little something for Panthershaun

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

49 Mile Ride

I made this T shirt design for Pete Young from the ace Occhio Lungo. Every year they hold this run in San Francisco…

Wednesday, 6 July 2011


 Gerry Cottle (of circus fame) rang up and asked me to design him a poster for a new stage show he's producing. He wanted "good old fashioned artwork", so I did my best to give him all the elements he wanted, including a number of characters. Sometimes the sketches have a life of their own, so I've added some here so you can see the starting point for some of the characters… and the front of a DL leaflet. If you fancy a holiday in Somerset, stay at Wookey Hole and prepare to be Wowed!

Carnival time

This week I've made this poster for Charivari Day, Strange Cargo's street carnival in Folkestone - Foundlings & Fairytales. They wanted it to have 'dark' elements, like those old papercut animations that used to be on telly when we were little...

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Billy Vincent

 I've just made this logo for the band Billy Vincent - old school tattoo meets pirate!

Friday, 1 July 2011

More Folkestone Triennial…

The first thing I put on this blog when I started it was a selection of posters I did for Strange Cargo to call for submissions to Everywhere Means Something to Someone, a people's guidebook to Folkestone made up of their personal stories and knowledge about the town. The guidebook was commissioned by the Folkestone Triennial.
I also designed postcards and beer mats, which were put out in pubs across the town to get people talking and thinking about the book…
Then I illustrated a map of 'hidden Folkestone' showing all the things that have happened in the town, stuff that looms large in local legend. The drawing was originally for primary school children to take home and interview their parents about Folkestone stories, but it ended up being quite popular in its own right…

It was great fun to draw! Then I designed the book itself - around 550 pages long, it's a really nice thick 'pocket book' (A6) filled with beautiful photos by Ben Hills and stories by the People of Folkestone, which Strange Cargo are selling at £5 a copy during the Triennial.
Then I made some garish wallpaper for the exhibition to coincide with the launch of the book. The theme of the 2011 Triennial is 'A Million Miles from Home' so Strange Cargo, who are based in Folkestone, chose to make their gallery into a home environment…

Then I made a Folkestone board game, like snakes and ladders, to be played in the gallery during the exhibition…
Now the gallery's open and it looks great! Strange Cargo found some amazing stuff on ebay and junk shops, and the place has a very homely air. The books are selling like hot cakes, people are making themselves cups of tea in the 50s kitchenette area…
 The map has been made into a jigsaw which people have been playing with every day while they visit the gallery…
And the board game seems to have been a success - apparently one small lad managed to do it in three steps!
It's really nice to see all these things together in one place, and I'm particularly pleased with how the book has come out - it seems to be going down well. Again, you want a break from work? Come to Folkestone and buy the book, and explore its nooks and crannies!

Folkestone Triennial

Well, it's the Folkestone Triennial now, till September - an enormous international public art show in the town. Hew Locke rang and asked me to paint some names on some boats... of course, I said. They are on a flotilla of ships hanging from the ceiling of St Mary and St Eanswythe, the parish church, 'For all at peril on the sea'...

 The resulting piece is really spectacular. If you fancy hols by the sea you could do a lot worse than come to Folkestone and explore these places…

It wasn't the easiest job I've ever done, painting freehand on swaying boats while lying down on scaffolding that jiggled every time people walked past. "This must have been how Michelangelo felt…" I thought… except he had considerably more talent and fewer ships, obviously.