I bought a coffee the other day, like i normally do everyday on my way to the studio in Shoreditch, I put the coffee cup down on the desk after finishing it, and thought nothing of it. I have been reading a Book, Choose Yourself written by James Altucher, and one of the things from the book was to write 10 ideas a day, which I have been doing since the start of the year, and one of the ideas I had was to create a drawing onto a coffee cup, while being in-between illustration projects, it was a good opportunity to use the the spare time to work on a this particular personal project of Drawing on to a Coffee cup.
The concept for the drawing came pretty easy, Coffee being a amazing warm drink which gives you a little buzz, but at the same time being a liquid, made me think of the sea, and from there the idea was to illustrated a mythical sea creature the Kracken, or a Monster Octopus, and the elements associated with the sea, as pirate ships, the Moon and the sun.
I sketched out the drawing on to the coffee cup as the examples of the photos above, and went over them with a fine liner Rotring pen to make them final, and this was the process to draw in pencil and pen a little at a time, to create the illustrated cup in stages.
Once the Octopus Coffee Cup Hand Drawing was completed, I thought it would make a nice animated gif, to showcase the whole of the drawing rotating in a short animated gif. I had some help from a studio friend Nathan Gallagher who works as a photographer which is handy. I set up the photo shoot of the Octopus Coffee Cup Hand Drawing, with lights and my Canon 6d slr camera, and composed the Octopus Coffee Cup Hand Drawing. I then took the shot, and rotated the coffee cup just a little bit each time to build up the frames for the animated gif video. In all their were 50 frames for the video. Once all the images were taken photo were uploaded in photoshop, and I made a video from it, which was a 5 second video, which you can see in the blog post above, a great little project which was alot of fun.
Its Valentines day soon, this is my alternative valentines day illustration. Look after your typographic annotation illustration, inspired by keeping your heart healthy with a few simple simple steps in the change of your lifestyle. I signed up for the British Heart Foundation London to Brighton cycle ride this year. I enjoy cycling, and I have always thought about taking part, and much of that is being organised and signing up early. I guess this is a Valentines day alternative illustration and a keep your heart fit and healthy double illo.
I made a quick search about advice on how to keep your heart healthy some of which is common knowledge, these include, Get active, Dont Smoke, Watch your weight, Less Stress, Eat Oily Fish Sleep More, Eat Healthy Ditch the Salt and Get your 5 a Day. I drew stylised hand drawn typography for each of the headings around the main drawing of the heart. Once all the headings and the spot illustrations for them were drawn in, I wrote the accompanying annotations for the spot illustrations and headings, some of which are serious thoughts on keeping your heart healthy, and I combined them with a humour.
The concept of the illustration was to create a dense typographic annotated illustration with a varied mix of hand drawn illustrated drawings as well as combining the drawings with a mix of different typographic styles, injects with a a serious but humours message.
The Dubai Food Festival (DFF) (6-28th February 2015) celebrates the city’s amazing growing reputation as the culinary capital of the Middle East with a tasty month-long calendar of delicious and interesting diverse dining experiences. From international street food, home-grown successes, food carnivals, farmer’s markets, pop-ups, celebrity-hosted events and live entertainment, the Dubai Food Festival serves up the very best the city has to offer for resident and visiting foodies.
A hugely successfully element of the 2014 festival, the DFF Beach Canteen returns for the length of the festival (8-28th February) at Kite Beach, with a focus on featuring homegrown restaurant. From standout chefs, local bands and DJs, children’s programming and beach sports.
Food/Film Nights (Working title)
This is a unique film festival concept which focuses on food and its involvement in the script. From the educational and thought provoking documentaries to the short films created by real life foodies to the fictional films that celebrate food.
Al Quoz Street Night
Al Quoz Street Night event is moving into the Dubai Food Festival in 2015, bringing with it the taste of Street Food in Dubai whilst retaining the underground urban feel this event embodies. With approximately 20 outlets showcasing the multicultural flavors that make up Dubai’s street food offering,
Masala Food Fair
A free two-day Indian Food Fair which combines food and entertainment for the community will be the festivals focus on the cuisine from the largest demographic base in the UAE. From street food to high profile chefs, live competitions and Bollywood foodies
Food Truck Lunchtime Pop-up Market
With the new license regulations for Food Trucks in the city allowing these SMEs to establish under set criteria, DFF is creating a pop-up concept where a food truck convoy will move throughout the city providing tasting menu on wheels for the cities business community.
Engaging the floating restaurants on the Dubai creek, DFF brings celebrity chefs to the water with a ticketed event that sees several tour boats with menus crafted by these celebrated chefs for a one-off evening of exceptional food with exceptional company.
Emirati Food Event
The cornerstone to every food festival is the local food experience, and this event will provide this crucial element. There are more than 96 Emirati dishes, but many people only know a few.
I created the detailed bra pattern drawing from an initial sketch that was inspired by a fashion magazine I was looking through. My illustrative style can be very detailed. And I like to draw patterns. I am drawing and creating personal work on a constant level, and I was thinking of a new project and piece of work which could be a interesting illustration with a view to screen print it, The detailed bra drawing illustration came from my initial moleskine sketch.
The pattern evolved from drawings and sketches from my sketch book. The intricate pattern detail was labour intensive. The bra was broken down and drawn in sections of patterned layers. The body out line was drawn in a soft line in contrast to the almost geometric pattern of the bra, and the hair I had a vision to draw as detailed as the bra, with many flowing and intersecting lines.
The view with this drawing is to screen print the artwork, and capture the solid black lines onto a solid coloured base which Imagine would make the colour and the stark black lines pop.