Friday, 11 December 2009
Here's one of the bigger projects I've been working on recently for the good folk of Futurelab in Bristol. Multiple illustrations to cover various pieces of a mobile exhibition called Spark: Igniting Innovation In Education. It's to showcase new technologies that support innovative practice in education. Should keep em' off the streeets at the very least.
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
This post is a little overdue but during the last few months I've been along to a couple of London's Secret Cinema events. They showcase classic films in unusual venues and the twist is you don't know where or what you'll be watching until the last moment. There are clues aplenty though and the venues are decked out to capture the spirit of the film with numerous costumed actors playing out scenes and generally trying to whip up the crowd into a frenzy of anticipation.
The most recent screening was of Bugsy Malone, I have to say not my favourite film of all time, but I was won over by the art deco venue, The Troxy club near Limehouse, and the effort that went into creating the Great Depression era vibe - particularly everyone having to enter via the back entrance like regular hoodlums. There were live acts playing out songs from the film but the highlight had to be the live custard pie fight during the film's climax. A good splattering was had by all.
The previous Secret Cinema to that was a Halloween screening of Alien which just happened to be in a cavernous warehouse space directly behind my studio in Shoreditch. On entering there were live recreations of the chest-burster dining scene and an encounter with a caged alien on a metal catwalk drenched in steam and sirens. The space was really impressive with lots of great recreations and details, such as the beheaded Ash android corner, and the film was as amazing as ever.
Friday, 20 November 2009
Found out that a cover I illustrated last year for the Minneapolis Saint Paul visitor's guide picked up a silver award in the Best Single Cover category (general interest over 60,000 circulation of course) at the Minnesota Publishing Awards. Neat.
While we're on the sci-fi tip, here's a recent US editorial job illustrating a short story concerning a Martian cable car. Really enjoyed indulging my inner geek on this one...and in no way was I inspired by the nutty eye-pop climax of Total Recall.
Finally got to see the British sc-fi flick Moon this week followed by an entertaining and inspiring Q+A with director Duncan James and producer Stuart Fenegan thrown in for good measure. The film is a fantastic psychological portrait of a lone blue-collar lunar base operator and features a really solid and moving central performance by Sam Rockwell who, for me, has never been better. There are echoes of classic sci-fi films such as Outland, Silent Running and Alien in the script, visual effects and production design and the film, made on a paltry budget, is a real achievement for the first time director. The soundtrack by Clint Mansell is also outstanding. It was exciting to see a really enthusiastic director/producer team making good on the kind of influences that used to fire me up as a 'yoof'.
The good people at Bunker in Milan alerted me to this upcoming exhibition at the Trienalle Design Museum showcasing the cream of Italian Graphics. The Carraro Annual Report 2007 I illustrated will be amongst the work featured. Mille Grazie!
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Recently found myself watching Ridley Scott's first film The Duellists on a particularly lazy Sunday morning and was really taken by it. The film charts the increasingly absurd duels fought by two Napoleonic generals over the decades, as played by the honour-fanatic Harvey Keitel and the more reasonable Keith Carradine (a classic underrated actor). Every frame is beautifully lit and composed, with some amazing use of 'magic-hour' sunlight, and the direction is unusually subtle compared to late Scott fare. The final lingering money shot above is a real corker, etches itself on the mind.
Friday, 6 November 2009
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Friday, 16 October 2009
While I'm toiling away in the bowels of Photoshop and waiting for the mac to choke and splutter through the rainbow wheel processor I'll dip my pen in the ink and idly doodle various shitkickers, vagrants and mutants. Here's a few. Say hi.
Took these snaps of my favourite London view from Waterloo Bridge during my regular cycle ride around town the other week. Won't be seeing it in this sort of weather for a while me thinks, the Indian Summer has truly ended. Enter the drizzle zone.
Monday, 28 September 2009
Created this illo for a piece in Sunday's Independent magazine about the technological predictions of visionary futurist Ray Kurzweil. Cool n classy layout by the art director Ben Brannan. Yes, by 2040 brains will be uploadable ... on this particular Monday mine feels permanently uploaded and completely irretrievable.
Friday, 18 September 2009
Went to the lovely windswept town of Tarifa on the southern tip of Spain for a few days to get sandblasted and lost in the many winding alleys of the old moorish centre. Also popped to Tangier for the day on the speedy ferry to check out the city and wander through the markets...carpet anyone?
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Monday, 24 August 2009
Friday, 21 August 2009
I've illustrated a couple of double page spreads for a short story called 'Two Watch Man' by Dina Begum in the current issue of The Illustrated Ape. Great to be a part of this issue as the mag is chock full of great work from the likes of Stanley Donwood, NCC and Holly Wales, to name a few. Well worth getting.
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
It was a barmy old evening yesterday so I took off on my bike around London and snapped the Albert Hall en route while it's still coated in the Proms illustration work. Also spotted it on a bus in Trafalgar Square the other day which I narrowly avoided smashing into the side of...mmmmm
I've contributed some work to the website of this interesting LA based project commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. They're going to wall-off Wilshire Boulevard for a day and have some artists go to work on it. Should be cool. More info on the site
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Tuesday, 4 August 2009
Created this poster for 101women.org, a new global digital campaign to raise awareness and donations to save girl children through the Nanhi Kali Foundation in Mumbai. Part of Anna Goodson Management's initiative to work free for non profit and charity organisations.
Thursday, 23 July 2009
Dug out these pieces the other day that were made for 4WALL's 'Production Lines' exhibition back in 2006. They were a fun collaboration with my wife Liz, who made all the knitted elements. Hoodies, bull terriers and council estates meet the factory line.
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
I was recently interviewed by Frank Grimshaw for the animation magazine Imagine . The piece focuses on the relationship between animation and illustration and my particular take on it all. Chuffed to be featured in the same issue as the amazing Harryhausen and his scaly muse, Medusa.
Friday, 17 July 2009
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Welcome to the new Pottsblog. I'll be posting bits of news, work and schtuff as regularly as is humanly possible for a lazy schmo. Hope you like the new overdue website, it's still got loads of work on it but hopefully it's all a little easier to digest. It all comes with a super efficient 'back-end', courtesy of the wonderous Radio Design and Zenji Webworks, which makes maintaining it seem far too easy. We'll see how long that lasts.