Dark designs

Expressions of interest are invited to realize Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness book as a full colour Graphic-novel. My idea came about from the Folio Society's book competition for which I submitted these 3 fullpage illustrations and this book cover artwork -

Cover concept.

My reading of Conrad’s book was to see it as a Ripping Yarn Adventure Tale from the point-of-view of his own reports serialized for popular magazines of the 1890s - who's readers at that time were hungry for news about unexplored regions of the world and adventures deep within the mysterious dark continent of Africa.

1, Here Marlow, the Steamboat Captain, learns of the kind of driven man this rogue Kurtz is, when he's told of Kurtz's return journey up river immediately after dropping off yet another record breaking load of Ivory -

'I seemed to see Kurtz for the first time.'

2, Marlow's knackered paddle steamer is attacked by those godless savages as it navigates the treacherous snags in the Congo's fast flowing river currents -

'Arrows, by Jove! We were being shot at!'

3, Eventually the steamer arrives at the Inner-Station where Marlow encounters the sick Kurtz crawling through the long grass while the Savages get increasingly more restless - 

'I came apon him, and, if he had not heard me coming, I would have fallen over him too.'

Cropped detail - 

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Here's a downloadable PDF (2.7MB)

See extra sketch-pages and elements on my Behance gallery page!

I am available for commissions from now through 2019
If you need great visuals, I'll gladly provide my insights as an experienced Editorial Illustrator.  My Clients expect their objectives to be met sympathetically and in a timely fashion by myself directly and not via an agency - Ask me! about your assignment's objectives, indicate the budget and delivery time so I can provide a quote and schedule with my work-terms to get the ball rolling, maybe even provide rough-pencils on spec' too! 

Cartoons AtoZ Done

Series of b/w cartoons just completed for Paparazzi Comedian Dave Streeter's book; Midlife Comedy A to Z - a humorous look at Midlife issues for men of a certain age.  Something we share in common so was a real pleasure to illustrate these 13 chapter headers from Dave's suggestions -

A is for Alcohol

G is for Grooming
 K is for Know-All
 M is for Medical
 O is for Outraged
 P is for Parenting
 Q is for Queueing
 R is for Reminders
 S is for Sex
 T is for Travel
 U is for Ulcers
 V is for Value
 W is for Weather

In other news -
My submission proposal for The Warren festival 2019 brochure cover design got Shortlisted with one other candidate.  The organisers reckoned my Matchbook-print design was 'strong in terms of style and colour' but would require a reworking due to the central graphic, the pole supporting its radiating festoon of lights - see previous Post! won't be part of next year's event!  Also they wanted to know how I would supply individual graphic elements for featured ads, cards and staff uniforms.  So I did a quick colour sketch proposing a redesign with some explanations - here's that PDF!  Well, the other candidate landed the commission and I get drinks voucher and free entry to some choice shows, so mustn't grumble eh. 

Matchbook Printy

It's crude retro and I reckon it makes for a great style applied to pretty much anything, like this design for a festival brochure wot I just done in photoshop -

That's my submission#2.  See previous post about my 1st, entirely different design submitted before the announcement of an extended deadline.  In this I wanted to emphasise an evening atmosphere with the festival's lighting in full effect.  I could have added a paper texture overlay but thought if this wins their approval and gets printed then doing so might be overkill.  Here's some cropped portions at full print-resolution to gaze upon while considering perhaps hiring my graphic designing services for a particular project that's on your mind right now -

Enquiries: jim[at]doodlingjim[dot]com 
Thank you for lending me your eyeballs!

must B joking

My proposal for BrightonFringe2019 brochure cover design, from idea to vector artwork completed in just about 2 weeks turnaround -

Each year the festival has a new theme slogan (tattooed it on the rubber-ring!) and their brief also stipulated their logo to have an extra flourish - is where I hung my hat, with bells on!  I submitted the mockup in a PDF and waited for that rejection email - filed!  Here anyway are selection of rough ideas - 
On the upside though, is the Warren's event brochure cover design - see previous post.  Its submission date for proposals is now pushed forward to 30th Sept', will update my August post with fresh eyecandy then, which am now working on, it's gonna be matchbook-crude blockprinty style.

My illustration work is quite broad ranging.  As an experienced independent freelancer I know its not a good tactic to be hobbled to one visual style in the career-toolbox.  My clients expect their project objectives to be met sympathetically by myself directly.  If your idea needs great visuals, drop me an email: jim[at]doodlingjim[dot]com with some ballpark budget limit and delivery time for artwork and I'll gladly furnish you with my insights and terms to get the ball rolling, might even provide rough pencils on spec' too!

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Here's my response to an open callout to creatives for artwork to go on an A5 brochure cover -
The Brief basically asks for a look that's bold colourful and conveys the spirit of the Warren festival event, held annually for a whole month in the grounds of St Peters church in central Brighton.  And funny enough, is held at the same time as the biggest arts festy on the planet, Brighton Fringe Org' who also are calling out for their own brochure cover design too (a topic for my next post maybe, if in the meantime no other nibbles drop in my Inbox).  Here's a close-up portion -

Anyway, also included with my pdf presentation are these extra elements (variously worked-up) versions of their Warren entrance-signage Logo -

Plus a hip-cool Bunny thrown in just for the heck why not -
I'm hopping off to the beach now.
My work here is done.


I've gathered here some loosely themed horrors for the convenience of viewing as a slideshow set.  Some illustrations you'll know from projects I've posted under various topics, some are new, but all have a similar theme running throughout.  Click on any pic opens the slideshow showing bigger pics. Dig in -