So after sitting in the dusty halls of my mac for ages...
Above are the process sketches for a recent skull illustration of ours. The images show the drawing stages from initial concept doodle in my Moleskine sketchbook all the way to the final drawing.
This design will be making an appearance again soon on a new MFF product. But what shall it be, print? Or t-shirt? Hmm, time will tell (decided during the course of a whisky debate)
This skull illustration, featuring tesselated triangles was hand drawn with fineliner pens.
A few months back we were contacted by the dudes from Streets of Beige (SOB) to take part in the Big Ass Monster Show, which was an illustrative brief to create your very own monster and we happily accepted the challenge. Doug went on to create some very interesting monsters, the like you’ve probably never seen before – you can see our submissions over here.
During this time, SOB, posted this amazing little animation called ‘Johnny Express’ about a lazy-ass spaceman who travels the galaxy dropping off parcels, similar to an inter-galactic UPS, in the year 2150. The mission ending up being a success but at a drastic and somewhat humorous cost, and without giving too much away I invite you to watch the below video. The animation was created by the talented Alfred Imageworks.
Doug recently added me to an email thread where him and other friends share discoveries on the weird and wonderful world of nature. Some of the discoveries are fascinating and I can certainly imagine David Attenborough doing a macabre-like series on some of the strange and evil critters which occupy our lands and waters. Anyways I was joking about how to turn this email thread into something more and Doug decided to start doing fast and loose illustrations on each animal. Yet again, another brilliant idea by me…
The result has been an Instagram hit, well I like them, and we will be sharing these illustrations with you in an ongoing series.
WEIRD NATURE – FAST & LOOSE SERIES
This is definitely not the creation one expects when hearing the name ‘Maned Wolf’. This long legged fellow is the tallest of the Canid family (that’s domestic dawgs, wolves, jackals etc) and it is thought the long legs are an evolutionary adaptation to the tall grasses of Southern America. They may look like foxes but are a part of a different genus.
The Potoo is weird for the fact that he looks like he has just snorted a massive line of Walters Whites special meth… GODAAAAAAAM THAT MOONS BRIGHT
When I first heard about the film plot for ‘Under the Skin’ from a few friends I was initially dubious as to how good it could be. But my friends seemed impressed (Nude Scarlett aside) and only talked about how weird it was.
So I decided to watch it and man was it a good film. Good because it is so different from many other ‘alien’ films and the fact that so much of the acting is ‘real life ‘and improv. The films score by Mica Levi is simply amazing and sets the eerie tone for the whole film.
One of these eerie tracks can be listened to below
It inspired me to create this illustration of the alien being ‘Under the Skin’ lead role played by Scarlett Johanssen. This portrait, of sorts, was created with pen and indian ink. Below is the process and final piece.
I was messing about with wrapping wire around my head. This intention was to provide reference for what I can only describe as strange sketches. Reckon I will experiment more but in the meantime here are some sketches.
Thanks for all the support over the years and for parting with your hard earned cash. This first half of the new year willl see us launching a new range of tees (about time) and probably new prints. I reckon we will also be smashing some London markets. We shall keep you posted.
This hand drawn pen drawing/ink illustration is called ‘To The Sky’. It was created with fineliner pens and indian ink.
The name ‘Voices in the Sky’ seems to be a generic term I use for this type of skull illustration. This time I fucked about with more le digital tweaking. Added some texture and inverted the drawing. Blam. Dark skull shit.
Original pen and ink illustration, a splash of spray paint, finished digitally with pastel pink. By ‘Pen’ I mean dip pen and indian ink. As simple as this piece looks it took a fair amount of trial and error to get the shoulder and breasts in the correct proportion to head and each other.
The flourescent pink spray paint does not scan well for some reason. Thats the lighter kinda peach colour area by chin. If I ever done prints of this I would definitely hand embellish the prints with flourescent pink spray paint.
I like both version of this image, on both pink and white. I do think the pastel pink works slightly better.
The title ‘Cough Syrup’ was provided by a follower in Insta (Gilly Van Weirden) and I think it’s rather apt.