Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Villain of the Week

“Villain of the Moment” may be a more appropriate project name. I always enjoy how the media portrays it’s villain of the moment. One week a media mogul, the next a politician who’s said the wrong thing at the wrong time, the next a dictator, all reported as the most evil and terrifying threat to our safety at that moment. 
Through an ongoing series of portraits I hope to demonstrate the ridiculous targets and threats the media as a whole force into our minds as the person to hate. Some of these of course are truly nasty and terrible people, which is most likely where this project is starting, but once this moment in time has passed and another gut wrenchingly ‘evil’ person is held aloft as a sacrifice to fear itself, I hope this project will provide an avenue for some sober, and sensible comparison.
Make sense?

Gaddafi: A brush, ink and ink wash portrait.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Amelia's Magazine

After a few weeks of prepping images, travelling around the country and not being able to actually finish anything, I woke up this morning determined to actually get something finished and posted today. 
So I got my coffee, and breakfast and once I was at my computer turned on twitter for the days updates to see a tweet from Amelia Gregory, editor and creator the online publication Amelia’s Magazine, slide into view requesting an illustration. After sitting back and considering my workload for the day, I decided to satiate my need for finished artwork with something different and sent over my details.
Some 6 hours later we have the above illustration to accompany a review of popular music group Gazelle Twin. It’s been quite a while since having to complete an image in six hours, and the process was pretty fun. 
Now, working for free is a tricky thing, but once in a while it’s nice to force myself into a short deadline and the timing on this was perfect to give me the exercise I needed. If your an illustrator looking for some quick visual exercise or some exposure make sure to follow @AmeliaGregory on twitter.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Laura Marling.

Here is a Laura Marling illustration. I’ve been listening to her a lot recently, and am looking foreword to a new album next month.
I was raised a folk-y I took my very first steps at a folk festival, so I’m kind of in my musical element at the moment with so many folk influenced bands popping up. See sometimes trends are cool. 
Either way, there’s something very sincere about Marling’s music, not like she’s trying to play folk just like she’s telling stories, the way it should be done. 
A modern success, guided by tradition.
Right last thing, get out your very best pair of headphones and whet your whistle with these two videos: http://bit.ly/qTp8CB http://bit.ly/nMhAbH
If you liked those then I’ve made a playlist for you: http://bit.ly/opIEJ2

Monday, 1 August 2011


A new double sided image and a new submission to SPACE!

The theme I set myself beyond space, was choice. 

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Sunday, 31 July 2011

A Goodbye & A Hello

Unfortunately,  this blog will no longer be my illustration blog.

I am switching to Tumblr for reasons that will become clear when you click on the BLOG section on my main site www.sector-4.co.uk and see it embedded. There's also a post detailing every reason I have ever had to switch extensively that goes on for pages and pages. So you have that to look foreword to as well.

I will keep this blog up and will keep up basic maintenance, such as posting new images, for those who do prefer to use blogger.

The new blog should (he says with fingers crossed) worth with RSS so you can keep up to date still.

Thanks blogger, it's been ace. If things don't work out with Tumblr and me I'll come crawling back.

Friday, 15 July 2011

I Looked, and I Looked

Have this to look at:

Thursday, 7 July 2011


So I looked at my calendar, and today is listed as "Andy and Stu's anniversary day."

I don't know why.

Stu (AKA: Boneface) and I lived together last year, we each have our respective partners so it's not a romanic thing, I think? It's not when we met, (september) it's not when we moved in together, it's there for no reason I can think of, other that Stu is ace.

So go check out Stu's work here: www.boneface.co.uk trust me you'll love it.

And check out this drawing I made to celebrate our anniversary day:

Friday, 1 July 2011


Double blog post bonus!


A little while back I did a movie poster for an upcoming Mark Ashmore film, "The Lost Generation"

The films still in production I believe, But there are some interviews about it to read by clicking HERE and HERE.

Here's the poster, and the standalone illustration,

Art direction by: Ben Tallon

Friday, 17 June 2011


"I'm going out for some air, I may be some time."

Thursday, 16 June 2011


As part of a current project I produced this color texture test.

The line-work was quickly produced with a brush pen as a sketchbook doodle, this was taken and scanned to help me work on the colour technique for the main image. 

I like it, what do you think?

Bonus question, does anyone know who this is?

Tuesday, 14 June 2011


Long time no post.

I've had some projects I have been unable to post about recently so apologies for the slow blog turnover.

There is however more exciting news in the pipelines, including posters, collaborations, exhibitions and more so do keep checking back.

Also make sure you are following me on twitter: HERE and Facebook: HERE for up to date news as well as sketches, doodles and day to day adventures.

Also make sure you are watching for updates on my main site www.sector-4.co.uk as things will be shifting around and new images may come and go, if theres anything you like, or don't like, drop me a line and let me know.

Now for some artwork, Here's a commissioned piece I drew up for a friend's T-shirt company. The fairly open brief led me to british folklore and I settled on a representation of a fairly abstract moment in the tale of Herne the Hunter.  It is my first attempt at narrative based work in a long time, I'd like to play with short narratives a bit more.

If you like it head over HERE and you can buy one, it has been produced in a limited edition run of 25. If you get one, why not send me a picture of you wearing it.

Saturday, 30 April 2011


Assembly Line Collective: You Lucky Basterd Tour, San Francisco in Just a few hours.

Go, see some of my stuff and buy it, support artists and support charity. I will be at home in Southern England, working away. So please go and enjoy yourself for me.

Heres the flyer with the info and address and that.

Friday, 29 April 2011


Some warm up doodles from a few days ago.

Also on my newly updated WEBSITE

Thursday, 21 April 2011


A new website emerges:

The New Sector-4.co.uk

Wednesday, 20 April 2011


This blog will be changing it's URL from sector4design.blogspot to the more apt www.sector4illustration.blogspot.com

Please update your favourites, I do not know if this will affect your RSS feeds.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Monday, 18 April 2011


Playing around in between bits and pieces going on.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011


Are you lucky enough to live in/near San Francisco?

I have work included and for sale in Assembly Line Collective's "You Lucky Bastard" exhibition tour.

If your around, take all your friends and head to Space Gallery, 1141 Polk Street, San Francisco on the 30th of this month. 

why not let them know your going on the events Facebook page: Click Here.

heres some more details:

Monday, 11 April 2011


Wednesday, 30 March 2011


A friend of mine has given up makeup for lent. She's normally quite the make-up feind.

This is a blog header, well done, keep at it, drawing for her.

you can check out her daily blog by clicking HERE.

(Sarah, if you want to use this send me an e-mail with what width you need for a blog header or any other use. Ta.)

Monday, 28 March 2011


Wednesday, 23 March 2011



Also, I'm running a competition. Once my Facebook fan page (Click Here) reaches 200 "likes" one winner will be chosen at random and will win a super awesome prize. (Think original drawing, but cooler.) get over there and sign up.

I'm also on twitter. Here.

Friday, 4 March 2011


I have no problems admitting that I'm having some issues with personal work productivity at the moment.

It's something that happens to everyone I'm sure, I'm sure there are medicines I could get that would help...

OR, I have a new warm up drawing method to try everyday. It starts in a coffee shop once a week drawing people, as I often do, however my normal method focuses on faces, hands, shirts, detail. Taking a break from this I copied an animator friend of mine who's life drawing often focuses on posture, how weight is carried, and general form over detail etc. Once I got home I found that picking one of these immediate and scratchy drawings at random, enlarging it, redrawing and retracing it pulled a half remembered half invented character onto the paper.

essentially taking this: (click to EMBIGGNEN-ISE.)

Through being an old man, a young man, a grumpy man, a solitary & lonely man through to a character I felt was much more developed: (click to EMBIGGNEN-ISE.)

this was then scanned and completed quickly in Photoshop: (click to EMBIGGNEN-ISE.)

Not a bad warm up that works on drawing skill, characterisation, anatomy and colour work all in an hour or so in the morning. A good way to start a day, what do you do to warm up/keep yourself productive?


Thursday, 10 February 2011


Working on a bigger project:

Eyes on the prize, guys.

Friday, 4 February 2011



If you have been Directed here from Sector-4.co.uk it's because my site is currently offline,

Please browse through previous blog posts to get a taste for my work, My site will be back in a day or two.


If you need to contact me:

illustration [at] sector-4.co.uk

Tuesday, 14 December 2010


I've been featured today on the fantastic:


Ace. Check it out!

- Posted from iPhone

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Happy Birthday Leyla!

I knocked up this quick drawing for a friend 'o mine.

Happy Birthday Leyla,

(for a couple of days ago.)

You can pick up the original next time you are around/I'll post it up to you.

Hope it makes you smile.

Monday, 15 November 2010


As a test this piece:

Is now available as GiclĂ©e prints, Stretched canvases, iPhone cases and Laptop, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad skins over at society 6's store. I may add more designs depending on intrest.

Or I may start selling through my own store, depending on intrest.

go here: http://www.society6.com/shop/product/72254/prints?cl=3

Either way I will hopefully soon be selling some limited run prints through my own store. If anyone has any specific requests let me know by e-mail.

I am also aiming to have some time period specific prints available soon. These will be sold for a limited time only. The number of prints purchased over a specific period of time (say two weeks) will be the only ones produced. Ever.

So keep your eyes peeled over the next few months and into the new year.

Friday, 12 November 2010


So this weeks summary:

- Selected for Images 35 from the AOI.
- Collaborative poster with Ben Tallon in Design Week magazine.
- Landed a side job which uses my drawing skills and supports my illustration work as a Contractor...thing.
- And got to go to the Tate. Saw some awesome stuff.

I'll just leave this here:

Tuesday, 2 November 2010


Maisonneuve Magazine in Canada used some of my work to accompany poems by Julie Bruck,

The main piece used was work I had previously created earlier this year, the birds were commissioned to tie everything together.

The magazine looks very nice, you should definitely pick up a copy if you see one.

I was also interviewed for their 'behind the canvas' section.

A preview of the poems and the piece used is viewable online HERE.

Maisonneuve Magazine Fall 2010 Issue.

Behind The Canvas.

3 Poems by Julie Bruck

Birds Spot Illustrations

Tuesday, 19 October 2010


Some big news, I'm going to throw a few links at you now, be sure to check them out.

I am a bit slow on the blog posts, but last week I was unveiled as part of the Quenched Unsigned design team.

Check out there site linked above to find out more about Quenched and what they do in the music industry.

As part of the grand unveiling I have been interviewed HERE. A good chance to learn a bit about me.

My work is also featured in the gallery HERE.

Quenched Unsigned's art director is Ben Tallon, Ben holds the likes of E4, The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal among his clients and he's also a very nice guy.

Myself and Ben have collaborated on a poster design for an upcoming Quenched Unsigned night at Factory 251. I played typographer on this piece and enjoyed it. See below for the Poster.

Illustration by Ben Tallon, Text by Me.

I'm excited to be involved with quenched I think they are at the right place in the market to really set bands off on their careers.

Thursday, 7 October 2010


Here's a piece I have done for a friend making a film.

'The Gift' is a short film about a pylon, a nest and a gift. Funded, produced, directed and co-written by Andrew 'Griff' Griffin. Live action and animation director and founder member of UTR

I can't wait to see it.

Griff was kind enough to post THIS on the films production blog, which you can follow here.

Thankyou sir.

These are Marabou Storks. They were fun to draw.

Thursday, 23 September 2010


Fingers & Thumbs - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More

My design is up for voting on Threadless, Please go there and vote in your hundreds. And tell all your friends. Thank you kindly.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010


getting together a zine with friends. It's a skull theme. Here is one of my pieces. more news on that soon.

Eyes peeled for info.



Friday, 3 September 2010


Finishing up and collecting work for a zine.


Saturday, 21 August 2010



I have returned from holidaying in France.

It was lovely and i have 4 films being developed that I may share at a later date.

I am working now on some exciting things.

keep checking back as usual.


Tuesday, 3 August 2010



I will be without a computer until late August.

I will be responding to all e-mails then.

I will spend my time drawing.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

I could not get an auto responder to work on my e-mails, I am not ignoring you.

Have a fantastic August the internet.


Friday, 30 July 2010


Approached to do an illustration of Nick Clegg for a Manchester Labour Party branch leaflet.

Thursday, 22 July 2010



I am now in a different location,

I am still alive.

more activity soon.

Thursday, 17 June 2010


Okay, so there seems to be a lot of exciting updates for me and not a lot of artwork happening here at the moment. That is due to change very soon. However..

This image: (see end of post)

Has been selected to go to auction here: http://chophouseart.co.uk/

It's a great opportunity and great to be picked. Please go along if your around Manchester and check out the artwork as I am sure it will all be fantastic.

Boneface has also had a piece selected for auction and several other good friends will have their artwork on display. (including but not limited to Kayleigh O'MaraLiz DunningKieron Sheehy, Rob Gill, Laurence Harborne, Steph Dominguez & Rosie Pearson)

It will definitely be worth a look.

Half of all sales goes to North West Air Ambulance

Sunday, 13 June 2010


Just a reminder.

Anybody around preston should come and see this before it comes down.

I have a few special edition prints on sale along with lots of other great prints and framed pieces available.

Plus the show is great, a wide range of work available to see.

The BA Illustration show is up currently. You won't be disappointed

see this picture for more info. (click for fullview)

Thanks, see you there.

Thursday, 10 June 2010


skull as..

maybe on sale as a print at the afore mentioned show.