Monday, 31 October 2011

Razorback Gunwerks

Just did a full logo design for a friend who's leaving Korea soon. He's setting up a Gunsmiths in Arkansas so it's been a pretty unusual project. Had a lot of fun trying to figure out how to go about it.
The state mascot is the razorback (general term for wild boar) so that's the centerpiece he wanted in the logo.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

IU - Attempt 3

So I've been drawing IU for 2 weeks now. I've lost count of the number of times I've drawn her, but given the quality of Jong-Eun's work I want to make sure I do a good job.
I still haven't captured her adequately, so I'll do one more. I'm happy with the layout of the image though and I think this works well.

Thursday, 20 October 2011


Here's the first half of a piece in the collaborative project I'm doing with Jong-Eun Lee. Last week I posted an image I'd done of IU, one of the biggest Korean pop stars, and I've done it again with a bit more precision this time. I might add to it later. We'll be doing one musician each and then combining the results. Can't wait to see what Jong-Eun comes up with.
IU's trademark is the guitar, which I've tried to reproduce faithfully. It's labelled with some Astro Boy stickers so presumably she's a fan of Tezuka Osamu's work.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Invitation in Paris

I got asked last week if my work could be used for a fashion show in Paris, I was pretty excited because it's my Steve Strange image and Steve Strange is actually playing at this thing. Unfortunately they got my name wrong on the flyer, but on the plus side they said they'd change it for the press release and they got my URL right. Either way the flyer looks great. Good design, nice and crisp.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

STRUT! Preparation and printed cards

So last night was the first night of our new collective's club night at Almost Famous in Kyungsung, Busan. I got to see my posters stuck up around the neighborhood and the flyers I made being put to use. Here's some photos of the speech bubble sign I made, we attached it to a mop head so people could pose with it in the club. Had a great time, totally wiped out now.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Collaborative project with Jong-Eun Lee

I'm well excited to announce that I'm doing some work with Korean artist Jong-Eun Lee who's had a long running manwha series for the last 10 years. I've never had an opportunity like this before, and hopefully it will lead to some really interesting results.
Her work can be viewed here:

Here's the first piece I've produced so far, but I'm redoing it from scratch using a completely different photo so the end result won't resemble this at all. It's just a test really.
I'm going to examine Korean pop culture, and hopefully use what I've learned in the last year to add some social satire as well.
The girl in this image is IU, one of the most famous current K-pop stars. I don't know too much about K-pop stars, but I can say that they generally have an extremely short life span and go out of fashion within a couple of years. From what I've observed I think I can honestly say that it's more about fashion than music, and many have plastic surgery to maintain their looks. IU is only 18, and most K-pop stars are in the 17-24 category, usually being replaced with younger versions as they age.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Ajima article - Groove magazine

Just completed another image for Groove magazine, this time on a westerner who married a Korean but then had to suffer the blow of having her mother move in with them. Rather him than me like.
I did two versions, if I was going to critique myself I'd say I should probably have aged the hand a lot more, but this isn't so much an issue on the version where the arm with the rolling pin is small.

Friday, 7 October 2011

STRUT! - Business Card Designs

New designs to advertise STRUT! at Almost Famous, Busan. Our opening night is Saturday 15th October, Busan. Come down if you just happen to be in South Korea.
I'm now a member of Double Think, a new collective of DJ's, designers and writers based in South Korea. See the Facebook page at

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Eugene Sandow

Here's the portrait I used for the poster on it's own.


Some new design work for the club night my mate is setting up in Busan. Part of this new 'Double Think' collective we're forming. This piece is almost finished.
We took the idea from the old stereotype of the Victorian men posing in their leotards. After a bit of research I found the man who actually institutionalized this practice, Eugene Sandow, who was the first ever 'body builder'. Pretty insightful stuff. I used him as the subject for the poster, a lot of fun to draw.