So I finally completed the project with Student Castle, up in lovely York. Students from around the world tweeted and emailed all those personal things they could not live without and I drew the submissions on the walls of the marketing suite. Lots of dogs and cats unsurprisingly, a pet snake, and a lacrosse stick or two. Its a great place to be a student, with such a lively town centre and the accommodation is second to none. The experience made me pretty nostalgic!
Via an introduction through PR agency Sauce I recently became Shake Shacks Artist in Residence. For their Covent Garden Branch I drew famous historical well known paintings but livening up the subject matter by granting my sitters a burger and fries. I started the project off with Grant Woods iconic painting American Gothic; look how happy those workers are now munching on a Shack Attack burger! No one was as happy as me however, I was paid in Shake Shack burger vouchers! YUM.
I produced a vinyl sleeve this year for the guys over at Secret Seven. Secret 7” take seven tracks from seven of the best-known musicians, and press each one 100 times to 7” vinyl. Creatives from around the world are then invited to interpret the tracks in their own style for every 7”. 700 sleeves are selected and exhibited, and then sold for £50 apiece. I can tell you now, I created artwork for the St Vincent Track and was proud to see it shining out at me at the show (mainly because I covered it in shiny 80’s stickers!) The show was a huge hit and I hear all the artwork sold well.
I had the pleasure of meeting the talented and lovely Head Chef, Nuno Mendes, at the Chiltern Firehouse recently. He let me sample his seasonal dish of Pumpkin Pie, served alongside raisin and caramel ice-cream. It was delicious, and in homage to this festive treat I drew him this illustration -the pie in all its glory offset nicely against the red cocottes.
In September this year I finally realised a life long dream to travel with my job. I went all the way to York after being commissioned by SAS to work on a job for Student Castle! These student accommodation providers asked me to draw on their white washed walls to make the marketing suite come to life. The idea behind the illustration was to get students involved in the whole project, using social media to tweet in items from home they couldn’t live without. So after setting the scene with the bulky items of furniture, next year will see me return to add to this ongoing mural. I’m really looking forward to seeing the suggestions. You can contribute to this project by tweeting @studentcastle what you can’t live without, making sure to include the #BigOnLittleThings
For Mother’s day this year Chanel commissioned lucky me to illustrate complimentary gift cards. I perched in-store at their Covent Garden beauty pop-up (which now probably qualifies as a shop since it has been there for over a year) drawing and painting three chosen designs. Of these the Chanel No5 perfume bottle proved most popular but my favourite to draw was the white camellia which was Gabrielle Chanel’s choice of flower and unofficial logo for the brand. I got to meet some gorgeous and generous customers and work alongside some very beautiful sales staff! Oh la la!
Thrilled to have been asked to be resident illustrator for Country living’s newly designed magazine. I have regular spots, plus illustrations that change each month, to draw. They are a fantastic team to work with and my Mum could not be prouder! I’m now an expert on seasonal flowers and am improving my gardening skills with each issue.The Country Living Duck was also given some special treatment and I was asked to modify and refine, as seen here, which is of course a huge honour to work work on a well known and loved logo.
I recently travelled to Tokyo, Japan. Whilst wandering the bookshop of the Mori Art Museum, after seeing an incredible Andy Warhol retrospective, I stumbled across Beyond Magazine. I illustrated the crafted range for Lexus and there the products were, in full colour publishing loveliness. I had my 15 minutes of fame right there that night!
Towards the end of last year (2013) I was lucky enough to be commissioned by two amazing women. One in the North and one in the East! Both had blank canvases that I was allowed to put my stamp on. Ruth of N1 fame is a great friend of mine and so we leant her kitchen wall some glamour, by drawing an overhead shot of a coffee table featuring all her trendy likes, from perfume and chocolate to Prosecco and ‘Sex and the City.’ Jelena, I was lucky enough to meet through the ‘School of Life’ and she commissioned me to produce a very London roof-terrace to gaze at when sat at her dining room table. The drawings spilled out onto her furniture too as she bravely allowed me to draw a ‘City’ newspaper onto the back of her chair!
What a blast! NYC is Christmas mad this time of year and Jo shopped till she dropped, ate a lot of Hershey Kisses and even has some meetings Stateside. Check back in the NY after she has digested all this visual information and produced some New York themed illustration…