A part of the Midnight Special adaptation was to come up with some custom Superman art for the opening panel of the sequence.
I ended up drawing and colouring this separately and here is the video!
Really happy to have been involved in the next instalment of the Username:series, Username: Regenerated!
The project once again sees Joe Sugg and Matt Whyman tackle the story and Editorial Director Briony Gowlett heading things up for Hodder & Stoughton.
I will once again be joined by the amazing Joaquin Pereyra on colours, Mindy Lopkin on letters and the new addition of Lisamaria Laxholm who assisted me in completing pages.
Second time around is also a great opportunity to learn lessons from the first, the biggest obstacle being the super-speedy schedule. Username:Evie was completed by the art team in just 16 short weeks, working at approximately 12 pages per week.
Those of you familiar with the comics process or who work in comics already know that is simply insane. But we made it work by choosing a looser, flexible style that not only suited the material, but allowed us to work fast.
Along with simply improving whilst working at that speed and adding Lisa to the mix to help me fill in large areas of black whilst I focussed on the details really helped.
The second book was completed at approximately 10 pages per week across a team of 4, and we think you’ll be happy with the improvements!
A few years ago, myself and co-collaborator Adam Cheal began working on a very promising series called Borough of Churches.
Over a short period of time, we produced 2 issues of a 6 issue arc. The series was well-received, widely praised for both its artwork and its writing and things were looking bright.
Unfortunately as with a lot of artists their creator-owned work falls by the wayside as paid work naturally increases. But we’re looking to bring it back in a big way.
One of my minor gripes with the original material (particularly the artwork/presentation) was that it wasn’t ‘different’ enough. A number of years later and experience to boot, I’ve been able to really think on a ‘campaign’ or ‘brand’ level and want to not only bring this series back to finish it off but inject it with an abundance of charm, character and individuality.
Here is a proof of concept piece of artwork which has been very well received on social media!
Feel free to leave comments and let me know what you think!
Zero Degree’s West agency and Entertainment One asked me to produce a 4 page adaptation for Warner Bros. critically acclaimed movie ‘Midnight Special’.
Can anyone say dream project?!
Really though, this was a lot of fun, but also very technically demanding. Although the screenplay had already been visualised, my job as an artist is to bring my unique take on things. Which is not easy when you have a visual map already in place.
Additionally, the process of comic to screen is one thing, but screen to comic is another thing completely! This sequence had to hit two different audiences:
– First up it had to be recognisable to existing fans and viewers of the movie. I have great respect for the original material and wanted to do it justic.
– Secondly, it needed to entice new or potential viewers. TO achieve this, I edited down the sequence, cut out the non-essentials that made no sense out of context and focussed on telling one simple story.
For the first time in a while, I coloured this piece myself and am happy with the results!
RKM communications and Stone Marketing invited me to a PR/press day for St.Dupont and Disney – who were launching a set of premium Tony Stark stationary sets, alongside their infamous ‘levitating lightsaber’ pen.
I was there with my digital setup drawing various characters from their product ranges. Yes, including Iron Man 🙂
…yes its true! I’ll be leading the team of Joaquin Pereyra, Mindy Lopkin and new addition Lisamaria Laxholm who will be my assistant on the sequel to the fastest-selling and now bestselling Username:Evie.
Looking forward to teaming up with Joe Sugg, Matt Whyman, Editor Briony Gowlett and the rest of the team to make the second instalment even better!
Really chuffed to have been invited back to do some work with Netflix. This time around I became the London hub for the Netflix/Marvel #DaredevilTalk campaign.
This involved tweeting a few concepts inspired by Season 2 of Daredevil and put it to a vote on social media. The Winner (by some distance) was the above image.
But between me and you, I much preferred the other one 😉
London Super Comic Con is upon us once more and is one of my favourite shows of the year!
To start, I can see the venue from my apartment so it makes the commute very pleasant (less than a 1 minute walk). Secondly, its all about comics!
A lot of London-based shows use the phrase ‘comic con’ but rarely is the case that there is much to do with comics at all. LSCC is different and makes a point of celebrating this sequential storytelling medium and invites fans to do the same!
My advice to you if you’re a comic fan is DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW! And feel free to come say hi 🙂
Also, thanks to the success of the previous gallery, both Caiger Art Galleries and the Aloft Hotel will be featuring my work during the convention. There will also be some extremely limited signed artwork available for sale.
I was approached to produce a 2 page comic sequence for Stella Artois. Loads of fun, but still not a fan of drawing horses!
We were asked to help Porsche China out by producing a series of visuals of both ideas/concepts as well as real-world environments. This was the final hero image.
We’ve been working with a client who has a very interesting story to tell. The project will be in production for some time, but we’re anticipating an end of 2016 release. In the meantime, we hope this will get you as excited as we are about the project:
In the year 2020 the technology revolution surges forward at full throttle. Data is established as the life-blood of the world, critical to the fastest growth in wealth ever seen. Amongst the global elite a small band of collaborators have formed a cartel in an attempt to control data-flow, they call themselves the ‘Data Cartel®’.
Data brings influence, power and wealth.
As the Cartel gets stronger they develop a plan to manipulate the world for commercial gain. The nature of this influence causes some to question whether this represents a danger to society. Are people being turned into machines, where choice no longer exists and the tech controls them? A resistance to the Cartel is formed. They seek a world that embraces technology, but respects and cherishes some of the most important parts of life – the ability to discover, explore, evolve, help and enjoy this new entangled reality of cyber-humanity.
Follow the exciting story of Data Cartel® as the resistance makes a brave bid to tell the world the truth and offer an alternative. The stakes are high, the lines are blurred, it’s not clear who is right and who is wrong. A new beginning for some, but a journey that others will pay for with their lives.
….yep you read it right, I’ve recently been to Paris with Netflix to attend an event for the launch of the Jessica Jones show!
Legendary comic artist and Jessica Jones co-creator and artist Michael Gaydos was in attendance to talk about his work at an original art display.
Netflix and their social media agency ‘We Are Social’ were accommodating and great throughout and hope to do more with them in the future.
Amazon ran a competition and the winner received a bespoke commission done by me!
As the East goes all crazy about comics, the Aloft London Excel presents a pop up art exhibition showcasing some of London’s most exciting fantasy artists and illustrators.
Come and explore original artwork and limited edition prints by me, Matthew Leonhart and Alexandre Piacsek placed across the hotel and in and around the WXYZ bar!
Last month, we had the privilege of helping out with a Beano event in Birmingham UK.
The event lasted one day and we were tasked with supplying an artist for the day to produce a large-format Beano vinyl as I was not able to attend due to project commitments.
Hunt Emerson, a Beano artist, was brought in by us to run the event on the day, and expertise made the day a great success! We hope to do many more events like this.
Time-lapse video of me and Joaquin Pereyra drawing cover art for the bestselling graphic novel Username:Evie, by Joe Sugg.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the resistance of a microbe to one or more antimicrobial agents, which are used to treat or prevent infection.
I have been working with War and Peace Publishing to deliver a short comic book to address AMR and spread the message in a non-standard visual format.
War and Peace delivered a great script! And I came up with a visual style that suited the tone of the message whilst keeping it compelling using traditional comic book illustration techniques.
Great news, we’ve have been approached by Awakened Entertainment, a comic publisher in New York to help them launch issue 3 of their on-going series ‘The Lynx’.
Having made good friends within the Irish comic book scene for the last year or two, I was really chuffed that Editor-in-Chief of Lightning Strikes Eoin McCauly asked me to work with them on a Sherlock Holmes comic!
The comic features artwork from myself, as well as a roster of amazing talent: which is being released exclusively for Dublin Comic Con in August 2015.
You can see the final artwork here: Sherlock Holmes Comic Illustration.
Working with Lightning Strike – an Irish comic book publisher – on a series called Canon Law. Written by the talented James Looney.
In January 2015, Joe Sugg announced that he was working on a graphic novel.
I can finally announce it will be me and my regular art team of Joaquin Pereyra and Mindy Lopkin who will be delivering the artwork for the project.
Along with Joe heading things up, we will be working with bestselling author Matt Whyman and Hachette-owned Hodder & Stoughton to produce the final book.
Lots more updates to follow on my twitter and instagram accounts, so that is probably the best place to follow things. But for now, I leave you with the initial concept design for our main character Evie!
Comic Book Illustrator Amrit Birdi was commissioned by Princess Productions to create a 4 page comic for the Mel and Sue show and was presented on Live UK television (ITV).
Featuring John Humphrys, Davina McCall, Gordon Brown, Ed Milliband and Margaret Thatcher.
You can see the final artwork here: ITV Comic Commission.
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