Film Poster

Here's a thing!
If you fancy the idea of designing film posters for prizes then check my tweet -

My tweet refers to FREAKS (a Horror/Scifi/Mystery flick premiering now at London's FrightFest) and before you ask, no i haven't a clue what this movie's about or whether 'not-of-this-Earth' Aliens feature at all, a bit of a mystery to everyone else too apparently, Freaks too I shouldn't wonder.

2 Sliders

Watch my life's work whizz by!
I have just discovered a Slideshow Player with knobs on.  Here's 2 presentations set to autoflick so you can sit back while reviewing my client jobs + the roughs!.. 

Yup, I'll be composting more eyecandy Flickies just because I got heaving drawers stuffed with very different chest-beating graphic styles that could use slicker presentation (packaging is content is it not).  Only you can stall my unrelenting progress by immediately enquiring into my availability for your project so let's chat and see what's possible!

Counting Chickens

Not every day a commission comes via my instagram.  The client liked one of my poster artworks there and asked if I'd do a 'Fox & Hen' similar in style to his sample -
My initial response was to show my terms and ask for fifty quid upfront starting fee with the remaining payable when he's happy with my resulting artwork - shown as a low resolution image.  The client replied with deposit and a couple of sketches of his own indicating more of his intentions, so i set to work showing these roughs for approval -
Then I did a colour rough which he was delighted with so I did his A2-poster and showed it, he made final payment and so I sent it.  Rarely does a commission go as smoothly, I really could o' counted my chickens before they hatched (pun intended).

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In other news.  Another new client in as many months and a commission to provide vector art for animated music video. This job came via a responder to my occasional Newsletter!  Can't divulge more at this time, very hush hush.

So now with 2 happy clients catered, i'm back to resolving my blog's backend video player's coding, to replace it with a js-player that's an independent free alternative to google's terraform option, that'll show 'em eh!

Pub Booze update

Now Animated!
I just done a short animation of the photoshop layers coming together timed to: 2001 Space Odyssey as squawked out by the Portsmouth Sinfonia (circa mid 1970s,) oh and if blurry then please change settings to Quality 1080HD, enjoy! -

Pub Booze

Campaign Poster to keep Brighton's GREAT EASTERN pub open.  Every campaign needs a face of course so, left to my own devices, I drew on the character of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the Victorian Engineer who built the biggest ever steampunking Paddle Steamer from which this thinkingman's pub takes its name.  He was a short guy in a very tall topper hat, the inspiration for the boozer itself.  My design uses 4 print colours so is good-to-go screenprinting, with a 5th white base colour if needed, Tshirt perhaps!

initial sketch idea
rough art

If there's still any worthy causes, it has to be; Keep it Local and the Planet will take care of itself - #savetheeastern - Save your Boozer! ..Oh and while I'm on one - Hire my Graphic Designing Service why not.  Personally speaking, I can't think of a better start to the newyear!

Dark designs

Joseph Conrad's seminal novel Heart of Darkness as a full colour Graphic-Novel. My idea came about after entering a competition for which I submitted 3 fullpage illustrations and cover art  -

Cover concept.

My reading of Conrad’s book was to visualise it as a Ripping Yarn Adventure Tale, inkeeping with the point-of-view of his own serialised reports written for popular magazines in the 1890s who's readers at that time were hungry for news about unexplored regions of the world, especially adventures deep within the mysterious dark interior of continental Africa.

1, Here Marlow, the Steamboat Captain, learns of the kind of driven company-man this rogue Kurtz is, when he's told of Kurtz's return 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 upon him, and, if he had not heard me coming, I would have fallen over him too.'

Cropped detail - 

Tap on any image will open the slideshow of bigger pics in the viewer! 
Here's a downloadable PDF (2.7MB)
See extra sketches here Behance gallery page!

One fine day I hope to realise this story as a fully fleshed GraphicNovel.  You can help delay the progress to publication by hiring my Graphic Designing Service now.  I illustrate in various styles to order for commissioning art directors.  No middleman agency, my fees are negotiable directly.  Check out my work (I reckon you'll be impressed by the range of different styles to wet your appetite) and get 2019 off to a good start!

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 idea for 2019 BrightonFringe brochure cover design, from initial sketches to vector artwork completed within a week turnaround -

The festival has a new theme each year (note slogan tattoo-style on Joker's rubber-ring.)  Their brief also stipulated their logo should include an extra flourish - is where I hung my joker-hat!  I submitted  a PDF and waited for that rejection email - filed!  Here anyway are rough ideas on the way to it. - 
On the upside though is the Warren's brochure cover design (see previous post).  Its submission date for proposals is now extended so am now working on a 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!

! tap any image big slideshow viewing !


Here's my response to an open callout to creatives for a design for an event brochure cover -
The Brief basically asks for a colourful bold look which conveys the spirit of the Warren Festival held annually in the grounds of St Peters Church in Brighton.  Tap on this portion for an eyeful! -

Anyway, also included with my presentation are these extras, versions of their entrance signage -

Plus a Bunny just for the heck why not -
I'm hopping off to the beach now, my work here is done.  Or so I thought.  They extended the submission date!  So with plenty of time to spare I did another proposal - Matchbook Printy!


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 -