Every year Folkestone is turned into Rio for the annual Charivari Day street carnival. This year is its 20th year - I've been doing the posters for the last 10ish years I think. This year the theme of the carnival is "vintage seaside" so I decided this was the only way to go!
At Christmas Jim Jam Arts made a great, life-size advent calendar out of Folkestone. Each night at 6pm a different door in the town would open to reveal a performance. I designed and illustrated this actual advent calendar to be given out to the audiences, showing each of the doors.
This was undoubtedly one of the most difficult jobs of my career. Last Christmas an advertising agency in Switzerland asked me to produce an animation (not my area of expertise!) showing an ice cube melting to reveal a transparent watch! Mmmm.... never one to refuse a good challenge, I made this. Not quite up to Pixar standard, but I suppose you've got to start somewhere.
Some days my job just gets even weirder. This time it was due to Zippo from Zippo's Circus asking me to paint a domestic cat jumping through a hoop to advertise his latest act – these days I work for Carters exclusively when it comes to 'showland' but I made an exception for this one as he needed it quickly and his designer had become unavailable (and he's a nice bloke!). Oil on board, added to the poster in Photoshop.