Friday, 30 November 2012

Christmas at Waterstones

Christmas design for the A-frame board outside Waterstones Liverpool One. Took about 4 hours using liquid chalk pens. I had to get some Lego in there...

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Q Magazine commission September 2012

Magazine illustration for Q magazine. The map represents UK music tribes. Published in the November 2012 issue - pages 28 & 29. That's my mate Sarah raving at Bestival...

Summer 2012

My design for a Wenlock mascot as part of the 2012 Olympics 'Strolls Discovery' trail in London along with other artists. My theme was film and covers the following genres of cinema: Film Noir, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi, Westerns and Period Dramas.

It was on public display in Leicester Square for the duration of the Olympics and Paralympic games and was auctioned for charity with a final bid of £5925. My thanks to Sarah Jane at Wild in Art for the opportunity and to Shirley & Arthur who provided the photos below. 

More images can be found by googling Filmstar Wenlock. 

Here is the official text from the site:

Lights, camera, action! I'm feeling very glamorous waiting on the red carpet to attend the première of a new film. Will Filmstar Wenlock see anyone famous today in Leicester Square? Filmstar Wenlock's exclusive wardrobe is by artist Mark Harrison, a freelance illustrator and painter with over 15 years experience.

As part of the Mayor of London Presents programme of free cultural events and activities for the 2012 Games, Stroll will take participants through different cityscapes all around the capital. 84 official Olympic and Paralympic Mascot sculptures will guide tourists and Londoners alike.

Each sculpture of Wenlock and Mandeville is around 2m in height and is often individually and colourfully designed, corresponding to their immediate surroundings while capturing an element of London life.

The ‘Wenlocks and Mandevilles’ were customised by leading artists and joined by a host of other exciting Olympic memorabilia chosen to help raise cash for the Mayor's Fund for London, and help create a lasting legacy for disadvantaged young Londoners.
A fantastic £608,000 gross was raised from the sale of 82 mascots. All profits will go to the Mayor’s Fund for London.
The Mayor’s Fund for London was set up in 2009 to help improve the life chances and aspirations of disadvantaged children, young people and their families in London. The money will help fund the most effective child poverty projects in London.

Photo taken in the studio just after varnishing:

'Marching Beatles' sold at the 'Come Together' Merseysound exhibition at the Liverpool Academy of Arts, Seel Street. Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 30 cm. 

'Mr Wolf' acrylic on unpainted primed canvas. 100 x 25 cm. I'm working on a series of these.

Friday, 15 June 2012

2012 Liverpool Open at Editions Gallery

'Cola Bear' selected for the 2012 Liverpool Open group exhibition held at Editions gallery, 16 Cook Street, Liverpool.

Light Night Liverpool Friday 18th May 2012

Took part in a group exhibition during Liverpool's Light Night event. The 'We Are Superheroes' exhibition was held in the Basement of Level Creative Collective on Victoria Street. 

The fundraising event was conceived by Adam Cain in memoriam of his father Steven Cain who died of Lung Cancer in 2006.

Adam Cain & A 'Superlady'

The theme of the exhibition was 'Superheroes' in its widest possible sense. 
I chose Sir Clive Sinclair as playing games on my Spectrum computer was an obsession during my teens and offered an escape from the usual pressures growing up. Alongside the games, the artwork and magazine adverts associated with them had a colossal influence on my illustration practice. If I wasn't playing games I'd be designing my own artwork for inlays. 

I used to design loading screens/game graphics using an art package (Rainbird's OCP Art Studio) and had this theme in mind when I created my piece for the show:

I chose from a palette of 8 colours to match the Spectrum's. 
Materials used: coloured card backed with double sided tape on black mount board. The mount is made from a piece of yellow foam board with blue cardboard stripes fixed using double sided tape. 

'Super Clive' is a homage to the amazing loading screens that gave you something to look at  for five minutes while the games loaded:

Monday, 16 April 2012

Arena Auction

'Bass Monster' (2010) acrylic on canvas, 10x10 inches. 

Submitted for the upcoming Arena Art & Design Art Auction in Liverpool on Friday 4th May. Work will be on display in The Elevator Bar, Parliament Street from 30th April.

Viewing and registration from 6pm. Auction 7pm till 10pm.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Hello :) / Unity Theatre show / Super iam8bit show 2011

I'm a freelance illustrator based in the UK and my work is influenced by an unconditional and ongoing love of films, old video and computer games (70s/80s), British comics (Beano, Dandy, Whizzer & Chips), kids books etc.
Favourite illustrators include Marc Boutavant, J P Miller, Bjorn R Lie, David Semple, Jeremyville, Oliver Frey, Tim Stamper, Bob Wakelin, Gabe Swarr, Rex Hackelberg, Rodney Allen Greenblat, Richard Scarry, Tim Biskup, Todd Schorr, Pete Fowler, Kevin Waldron, Roger Hargreaves, Leo Baxendale, Jan Pienkowski amongst many others.


I have paintings for sale online at Etsy:

Below 'Pac Attack' that sold at a joint show with Sasha Spyrou last year at the Unity theatre in Liverpool. Acrylic on canvas, 30x30cm.

Below are my two pieces for the 'Super I Am 8 Bit' group show held in August 2011 at the 2147 gallery, Los Angeles. 'Jump Button' & 'Nosedrive':

Some footage from the opening night:

Event flyer by Dave Crosland: