I wanted to play with the idea of ‘figure’ illustration that may appear in a science textbook, with pictures accompanied by explanatory tet underneath. Except, in this case, both the images and the accompanying text are somewhat surreal – thus throwing the whole scientific / rational notion on it’s head to create something beautiful, yet senseless.
Pixel art based off photographs I took while working in China for a year.
I have always liked the idea of sew on patches as a uniform, so decided to make these patch designs for the lost and lonely. Many of the elements are recycled from previous drawings of mine. The typeface is Gaag, made by a friend: http://www.leahmaldo.com
A piece I made for a competition brief given to LCC students by creative agency Karmarama. The drawing represents their values and their motto (“good works”), and the objects around the central figure to represent what I feel karma is - a mixture of good work (computer, books, weights) and good rewards (food, travel, inner peace). This piece won, and the design will be printed on their company tote bags.
Taking elements from my dreams, I have created these surreal landscapes
Experimentation with using thick keylines and a limited colour palette to create dark & surreal narratives across 9 pannels.
Classified listings are, generally speaking, free advertising spaces for people and companies to offer their services. I thought it would be funny to make some posters - fake classified ads - all with eerily surreal and confusing messages. For the font I used Johnston - a font that myself and thousands of Londoners see every day on the London Underground, which is incidentally absolutely full of advertisements, although none quite as cryptic as these.
Designed on Illustrator, cut and etched out of acrylic by laser, constructed with a heated wire snapper and plastic glue. They’re what all the cool kids are wearing.
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I have always been interested in 1950s branding, and the use off illustration in beer label design. I decided to design my own beer labels that upon first glance may look sweet and pretty but are actually rather negative and nihilistic – what I have dubbed ‘kitch nihilism’. I drew these digitally but used texture and grain to create a printed and thus more old fashioned look.
A quick animation of three fantastical, surreal drinks that would not seem too out of place in today's market for beverages with bizarre health claims and weird promises.
A poster printed on a riso machine using two colours.
A commission from the University of Sheffield’s Film Unit to make portraits of each of the 24 committee members, to adorn the cinema and appear in every copy of the film programme for the upcoming year.
‘Feet Up’ is a fictious startup company I made in collaboration with another illustrator and two graphic designers that controls the smart objects in your home using commands enacted with your feet. I made a short, fun, promotional trailer to go alongside our presentation the designers at R/GA, who gave us the brief.
I exhibited in the London edition of The Other Art Fair in late March, working with print artist Aida Wilde as part of Sisters in Print, running workshops, selling work and doing live printing and drawing. This is a selection of the work that I had on display and for sale.
A project for university that started off with listening to a radio broadcast about an Edwardian coin defaced by the Suffragettes. Tasked with producing an image as a response to this broadcast, I created a gif featuring a smoking drag queen wearing King Edward VII's crown.
A university project to produce portraits of 3 famous art related personalities, in my case Yayoi Kusama, John Akomfrah and George Orwell. I chose to depict all three in rather 'unconventional' methods to stand out from the usual single image head shots. For George Orwell I opened up the space inside his head to be a portrait of his life through places and rooms throughout it. For Yayoi Kusama I made a doll with a set of 'care symbols' related to Kusama's life. For John Akomfrah I invented a board game that would encourage players to talk about the topics he explores in his work.
Short film combining hand made puppets with motion graphics and poetry. Based in an underwater utopia where humans dive down to re-live their past and develop a love for the new state of the world.
A project looking at combining the Ancient Greek Gods with traditional Chinese porcelain. Smaller plates measure 12.5cm in diameter, larger one 20cm. Digital ceramic transfer.
Shrine Life is an upcoming stop motion animation that I am working on. What you see here are the near-complete sets for the animation, puppets will be made shortly and then shooting will commence. Everything you see was constructed using laser cut wood or acrylic, or sculpted from epoxy putty.
"You think, I daresay, that our chief job is inventing new words. But not a bit of it! We're destroying words - scores of them, hundreds of them, every day. We're cutting language down to the bone."
Illustrated George Orwell quote from '1984'.