In December I was treated to mince pies and carol singing whilst drawing bespoke Christmas cards in Linley. Tough gig! I drew Nutcrackers, wooden bears, mice and beautiful trinket boxes created using wonderful marquetry.
You can check out some pictures from the event by the lovely Martyn White here:
How lucky was I this December! I got the opportunity to work with Red Valentino, at Christmas events and draw their wonderful customers styled in the Spring Summer 2018 collection. The fist event was in the London Sloane Street store and subsequent events the following week in Rome and Milan. Fantastico! Customers were happy to pose for me whilst I painted each one and presented them a water colour sketch at the end of the night. I’ve never travelled to Rome before so it was a lovely introduction to a very stylish and fashionable city.
Little flea is a fantastic online magazine and directory for parents featuring kid’s clothing and toys. A portal to awesome brands selected for little people. I wanted to collaborate with them on a fashion shoot and the resulting illustrations ran in the magazine ( you can read the edition here http://www.littleflea.co.uk/magazine/)
Sharon Cooper was the photographer and stylist on the shoot. I was supplied the photography and came up with the idea that the kids had freed the animals from the circus ad letting them rest up!
My latest commission took me behind the scenes at Harrod’s. I was asked to design an Enchanted Forest for the Kurt Geiger Kid’s shoe department. It was a lovely job, drawing deer with bow ties, owls in top hats, frogs running away with heels! I had free reign to design the story and we were allowed access to hang the wall paper after shoppers had departed the store (which opens till 9pm most evenings.) I’m only sad I couldn’t squeeze my feet into the stunning shoes that surrounded me!
I got asked to paint in gold recently for a very exciting commission. The brief was to paint a golden big cat onto some leather limited-edition trainers. It was a challenge I admit, not having painted on this medium before but I tracked down some incredible paints called Angelus, had them posted over from the States and got my paint on! Thin even layers are the key to building up the image. Grrrrrr, I’ve got a fair bit of gold paint left over I’m now looking at my existing trainers wondering what needs jazzing up!
The lovely duo ( Anna and Ella) behind Yolke, recently hosted a dinner for some inspirational and fashionable folk. I was asked, after a previous collaboration with them to capture the diners as they ate, discussed and previewed the next season’s collection. I scribbled on some name places too, and tried my hardest not to capture anyone mid forkful! The live drawing was a success and I got to meet some very charming ladies, from fashion stylists, photographers and even a fellow illustrator!
I got the chance to work with sports photographer James Cannon on a joint project. Here is what he had to say about it….’I’m always interested in the characters involved in Sport. Predators is a new series exploring those larger-than-life characters players become during peak moments of a game.
Having seen Jo’s inspiring and playful illustrations bring photos to life, we collaborated on highlighting the competitive, predatory and energetic battle between animal and man.’
And credit where credit is due – A huge thank you to all the team for your skills, energy and enthusiasm throughout the shoot.
London Blitz ‘A’ team
Studio – Nancy Sheridan
Lighting – Ken Street
Retouching – Sam @ Darkroom Digital
Make up – Haleigh Maskall
My recent commission came out for the Telegraph, through my agent Jelly. The article was about finding out and celebrating the top 30 pubs in Britain. I can confirm I’ve been to at least three of them and they were all great! I was asked to make the header into a traditional pub sign and I threw in a bonus Summer sky and bunting, with a few Union Jack flags to up the British-ness. I think we all deserve a pint now….