LED Icons

It's about time I shed some light on a batch of vecter icon graphics I produced in early 2016 for local LED Lighting supplier's website.  Here's a sampling of total 15 icons made using Adobe Illustrator -

Icon Graphics
LightfootLED Director asked me to provide website icons for his new range of lighting that would compliments the existing range.  I was given reference photos to draw from and the website provided a guide to colour and style.

My thanks to Andy Whales of My Talking Drum for the initial contact.

Dark designs

In 2014 I done illustrations for entry to Heart of Darkness book competition, I didn't win of course, though have now revamped the project with a view to making a Graphic Novel, in mind to a proposal.  My reading of Conrad’s dark tale is as a thought provoking Ripping Yarn, considering he wrote the book in the late 1890s from his own serialized reports produced for popular magazines of the period who's readers were hungry for news and adventures about the mysterious and unexplored regions of the world.

Here's 3 single page spreads -

1, Marlow 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 under attack 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, The Steamer arrives at the Inner-Station and Marlow meets the sick Kurtz crawling through 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.'

I’ve re-worked colours and added more detail so cropped portions can stand as narrative elements ...

See further designs and character sketches on my Behance gallery page ...big pics, well worth a looksee!

View my downloadable PDF (2.7MB) !

( the story isn't copyrighted so interests are invited ! )

2 bookcovers

Local Author wanted ebook cover art for his absorbing story.  After reading his manuscript about two girls daring plot to assassinate Hitler, there's one scene in a Berlin coffee shop where they like to go for chocolate cake after their college classes. It set the scene so then I thought Hopper's painting will be a good reference image to base my artwork on -
Chop Suey by Edward Hopper
Chop Suey by Edward Hopper
My sketch was approved and then I completed the artwork with the book's title -

2nd book.  The girls have grown and they're now in india uncovering shocking secrets that will hasen the end of British Rule -

finished art; 1600 x 2400 pixels required to match 6x9 ratio served up for popular ereader tablets.

Off-season Greetings

Irish actor Colm Meaney character study inspired by the movie Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.
It's a situation-comedy in which he co-starred as sacked radio DJ Pat Farrell who bear's a very understandable grudge against large corporate take-overs and a shotgun siege ensues at the local station.  The final comic chase sequence goes off the deep end at Cromer Pier on the north Norfolk seaside coast @ #BrokenBritain
I imagined this artwork for no better reason than it's still January! then I read somewhere that the movie boosted tourism in the area.
Maybe then I ought to cash-in by re purposing my artwork with a different strapline like 'Hey Siege face!' or 'Your text here' or 'Army Surplus Farmers Greetings' ???

..comments welcome!

Science poster2017

The brief for the Brighton Science Festival poster took the form of a brainstorming session over a coffee with its Director: Richard Robinson. ''I want to see lots of steam,'' he said.  ''Uh?,'' I interrupted as I hadn't quite cottoned on yet.  He continued, ''...because the theme will be around the S.T.E.A.M educational subjects - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths'' ...and possibly to do a picture like Heath Robinson's style, his Incredible Contraptions, ''would be great''.  And he also insisted I needn't bother myself with the info layout as he will do that himself - over my artwork!  Later next day I showed him a couple of loose concepts with a follow-up chat on the phone.  He preferred that I develop the boiler idea -
Was only after seeing Richard's entertainingly scatological school workshops on youtube that I got busy on surrealist ideas.  You can see RenĂ© Magritte's: 'Time Transfixed' (train in a fireplace) and my nod to Giorgio de Chirico's compositions, though unresolved here due to final art deadline brought forward unexpectedly by one week!  Important early on was to establish the poster's 'local' context, done by including the Brighton Pavilion's iconic onion domes on the boiler with the new i360 viewing tower as its chimney.  Not least I had in mind a visually appealing rougher artwork style.  I kept him updated with 5 or 6 roughs to show daily progress -
''More steam please jim,'' he said (I am but a tool.)  Here's the result -
And here's some detail portions -
Done? well, Richard phoned saying, ''...need the photoshop file right-away!''  So I provided the file next morning with the steam puffs on separate layers for him to easily flower-arrange layouts and crop to the various proportions as required dimensions for magazine small-ads.
Can only wonder how my artwork will look(?)



I have been experimenting on a newer style of illustrating, I'm aiming for a look that's rougher, brighter, fresher and more immediately aligned to commercial illustration needs -

They're small detail portions of A3-poster artwork I'm doing for the Brighton Science Festival 2017 which I will reveal in January. 

Till next time, I wish you all a great Christmas and a prosperous new year.  And a big thanks for sticking with my occasional newsletters.


Ah, just when you thought now's a good time to go in the woods to get that tree then remember CARDS !..
 ... A Good-to-go Christmas Card !
I scanned in my rough pencil-sketch into photoshop for some more digital-sketching.  I'm carried away with doodling as the light's fading.  Too late for tree fetching today so I continue roughing-in a stunned homosapient fellow who lends a sense of scale then some loose background for added perspective.  There will be versions to come but now anyway this is an off-the-top-of-my-head Rough of 2 Bigfoots casually strolling along like in the famous shaky cinifilm footage from the 1960s see here the stabilised version for closer scrutiny. Woop! Woop!

To boldly go

--- update ---
Neil Laughton asked ''Could you please create another drawing depicting "courage" in the same style as the others? Required for a charity talk''.  Might get a bit tricky I thought, there's kinds of courage; Dutch Courage or To-boldly-go-where-no-man-has-gone-before?  So I put the question to Neal and he replied ''.. more about facing your fear and taking that first step. Jumping out of a place with a parachute or climber clinging on to a vertical cliff face or someone stepping into the unknown?''  Okay, that narrows my search though coming up with the right visual to compliment the 9 illustrated Success Factors already done wasn't so easy but then I found a ref pic of a Tightrope Walker, this seemed to display the Right Stuff, after all, any idiot can leap out of a perfectly serviceable aeroplane.  So then I presented Neil with some pencil roughs and eventually arrived at the 10th!

--- earlier posting ---
Cartoon about Integrity
One more illustration was needed to complete a powerpoint-presentation, this time to MDs at the Institute of Directors for Laughton & Co - a leading business consultancy, coaching and training academy.  He wanted a cartoon to be in keeping with the others. So we had a chat and I then sketched this idea -
Some suggestions were made and I then followed up with another sketch -
Neil liked this a lot except that he preferred that the final pic have a cheesy smile added.
Lovely little job.

whats on mars

...well, what's on the cover of Feb's edition of the What's On Guide to Brighton and.. Mars, well it's my poster actually -

...nice!  And my main portfolio site: DoodlingJim.com is back!  No, not from Mars, nobody comes back from there.

Goals for 2016

I was asked to come up with something simple engaging and unique for powerpoint presentations.

My thanks to Andy of MyTalkinDrum 
Cient: Laughton Co - a leading business consultancy, coaching and training academy.

This commission marks a good start to the new year and indeed one would do well to bear these 8 Factors inmind in whatever goals you set yourself for 2016.  I certainly will.  Maybe even get all 8 tattooed on me knuckles.