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….
Amazon have become a fashion force to be reckoned with, stocking designer dresses and luxury apparel. The American team asked me to incorporate their Spring/Summer ’16 fashion shoot of delicate pastel coloured dresses into a complimentary illustrated setting. I pushed for a Spring park with cherry blossom and set the scene with picnics, lamp posts and dog walkers. The scene was then divided into a grid formation with a new square post arriving on Instagram each day, eventually completing the set.
Jelly Kitchen animated the very last 6th frame and using the windy day to full effect blew the illustrated hat off our models head!
I worked with Heidi Klum and Rankin on a new ad for lingerie brand, Intimates. The brief was to bring the beautiful photoshoot to life highlighting Heidi’s kooky nature and injecting fun in to the campaign which showcases the gorgeous underwear. Jelly Kitchen kindly animated all my scribbles and ink stains producing this fun spot…never try to roar louder than Heidi, as this lion found out!
I was overjoyed to work with my good friends at the luxury silkwear company Yolke recently. The ladies there work hard to create the most beautiful silk bed & outer-wear pieces. I illustrated/animated over their most recent collection, Libertine. This was a delicate print of eyes onto a navy and white sky background, which, thanks to help from Jim (http://www.animatic.co.uk/) we made wink and twinkle.