Nascent Ideas

Iran Election Illustration
June 30, 2009, 2:09 pm
Filed under: drawing, Illustration, news

I finished a “quick” illustration yesterday about the Iran elections.


In case you didn’t notice
December 3, 2008, 4:19 pm
Filed under: Art, Blog, Blogroll, Design, drawing, Illustration, Inspiration, news, Pop Culture | Tags: ,

I’m no longer really using this blog for anything but my work, anything else interesting I find is now being posted on my Tumblr page here. Go check it out if you’re wondering why there haven’t been many posts on here recently!

Promo Cards
November 11, 2008, 3:08 pm
Filed under: Advertising, Art, Blog, Design, drawing, Hip Hop, Illustration, news, Pop Culture, Skull | Tags: , ,

Just ordered 300 promo cards to send out in order to find work. Hopefully there will be some interest!

Uniqlo UT Shortlist
October 29, 2008, 3:19 pm
Filed under: Advertising, Art, Competition, Design, drawing, Fashion, Illustration, news, Pop Culture, Uncategorized

I managed to get 2 designs onto the Uniqlo UTGP shortlist of 1000 entries, voting is now open so please go to the 2 links below and vote for me, you can vote every day if you’re that way inclined!

Design one

Design two


I now have a tumblr page, I’m probably going to be posting a lot of the stuff I used to post on this blog on there instead and keep the blog as a process/portfolio blog.


Don’t Panic
July 1, 2008, 3:42 pm
Filed under: Design, drawing, Illustration, news, Pop Culture

I got a call from Daniel Stacey at the ever excellent magazine “Bad Idea” to ask if I’d do a black and white, Bad Idea themed illustration for the cover of Don’t Panic (the free monthly flyer pack). Of course I said yes, the theme was to be the “credit crunch” and was to feature the last issue of the magazine. Here’s what we eventually ended up with. Gordon Brown reading the magazine.

Spec Work and Competitions
May 25, 2008, 8:09 am
Filed under: Competition, Design, drawing, Fashion, Illustration, news, Pop Culture, Screen Printing

Any illustrator/designer will know the pitfalls of spec work, working for free for the possibility of “winning” a competition to have their design used. They’re all over the place and in general if you’re picked then it will have been worth the effort, if you’re not picked then it’s just a waste of time. I came across a competition today to design a t-shirt for “X-Large” a label that I used to respect quite a lot and that in the past has used designs by Geoff McFetridge amongst others. The competition has the normal provisos that all designs will be the property of X-Large etc etc but what struck me was how bad the “prizes” were. Three runners up win

  • A free T-Shirt with the winning design.
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to

And the winner wins

  • Worldwide recognition for designing an official XLarge T-shirt.
  • 5 free T-Shirts with the design to show off.
  • $100 Gift Certificate to

Doesn’t that strike anyone as quite bad? Add to that their track record for these competitions, they held one in the past that appears to have had no winners at all and I’d suggest that entering is probably a waste of time.

Anyway, if you still want to enter you can do so here.