Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Heart of Darkness

Our latest project brief was to create a front cover and 3 internal illustrations for the classic novel 'Heart of Darkness' by Joseph Conrad.
Set around 1980's, the main character Marlow recalls his 'african adventure' as a captain aboard a Belgian steamboat travelling up and down the Congo river, and the encounters he and several other crew had with different characters along the way.
The book explores the issues surrounding imperialism, as well as the oppression, power and brutality of many white company managers who traded in Africa at this particular time. It's an interesting and worthwhile read (as well as easy to get through - there are only about 90 pages in the whole novel).

Here is a front cover I came up with, and an internal illustration for a scene near the beginning.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Margaritas, Cocktails and Beer!

Here are a photos from a recent chalkboard commission at 'Rancho Pancho', a popular little Mexican restaurant nestled in the heart of Dundee city centre. It is warmly lit, cosy yet sophisticated, and so it was essential that the chalkboard reflected the general atmosphere and style of the restaurant.
I painted the large wall, and then drew up their current drinks list using different typography. This was a rather meticulous job as I had to ensure each word was correctly measured, lined up and spaced out, but I think that the end result was definitely worth it.
I'm really pleased with the outcome and grateful for the opportunity to expand my portfolio of work.

...If you're ever in Dundee and fancy a tasty bite to eat and a yummy cocktail, you know where to go!