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!

! tap on any image opens the slideshow viewer !


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 -

Folk on Driftwood

I gave myself a week to come up with a narrative series of illustrations intended Rustic style for Magazine Editorial in mind -
Done with sunburning days to spare
... ready on your commission!  

Redraw Vintage New

Vintage style redraw and repurposed for Client friend's Home Business Postcard, and a Dishcloth image-tile pattern as repeatable background for website - 

A fun job done.
Checkout my other projects!

Danger Will Robinson

All over mainstream media in Dec' 2017 was news of the Pentagon's latest UFO officially released video evidence from U.S fighter jets.  I reacted with sketched-up examples of Alien Greys -

Well, you could of beamed me up at a drop of a Tinfoil Hat when I went hunting the back-story and found a couple of quite revealing radio interviews given by the Pentagon's own Shape Shifting Lizard responsible.  So just had to make this Audio Remix, now on that Utoob -
title: Canary in the UFO Coalmine

And just in case, for those of us simple earth folk feeling bewildered and a little Lost In Space -

the PDF Slideshow

A straightforward Slideshow for viewing PDF docs, free and simple.  Dunno why it never occured to me before now.  Anyway I'm back on the freelancing charm offensive for new work.  Anyone still around I wonder?

Dark designs

So I done 3 fullpage illustrations + cover art for entry to Heart of Darkness book competition, I didn't win of course but now have revamped the project with a view to developing it further into a Graphic Novel, perhaps will present my proposal on Patreon or Kickstarter or maybe Indiegogo for Crowdfunding.

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 who's readers were hungry for news and adventures about unexplored regions of the world and mysteries deep within the dark continent of Africa.

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, 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.'

Here's a cropped detail - 

See more with extra sketches at my Behance gallery page
Here's a downloadable PDF (2.7MB)


LED Icons

It's about time I shed some light on a batch of vecter icon graphics I produced 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.