Time for a family holiday to recharge the batteries. I'll be back to work on the 15th December. See ya on the flipside and watch out 2012 is going to be HOT.
Sunday, 27 November 2011
The time has come for a new chapter to start in my life, and it's BIG NEWS!
From 28th November I will be heading out of the corporate world of graphic design to start working for myself again, and it's going to be fun.
I've got lots of whopping projects with some really great artists lined up, so keep checking back for information as and when I can talk about it.
I'm also looking for COMMISIONS to help put food on the table at UME HQ, so if you’d like me to work on a project drop me an email (umetoys @ googlemail.com) My background is graphic design (major brands) offline and online, but I’m always up for sculpting, toy work and illustrations. I have some availability late December and the end of January – but if you fancy a chat, I am up for talking shop anytime.
Speaking of toy work – I’d love to get involved in more shows in 2012 – if you’ve got one or know of one coming up that you think I’d rock, let me know.
And last but no means least – I’ve also been known to snap a few photos from weddings to pet portraits and everything in-between, to have a look over my portfolio please visit www.umephotography.co.uk
So here’s to 2012 – exciting times indeed.
Monday, 21 November 2011
Saturday, 12 November 2011
Monday, 31 October 2011
It's been a few weeks since I posted much over here. I haven't been slacking but have been so busy with New York comic con, the icons show at the Hang Gang in Leeds and then prepping for Thought Bubble on the 19th. I squeezed in this little spider-man poster to keep the vectors going. If you'd like to keep an eye on my work come over to umetoys and have a look.
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
Monday, 10 October 2011
Here's a montage of my one off exclusive for NYCC this week - I'll be done at the Big Kev's Geek Stuff booth (E7) which is at the end of Artist Alley and part of the Podcasting/Show row and look for the strange dude with the facial hair - See you on Sat 5:00pm-7:00pm and Sunday 1:00pm-2:00pm
Thursday, 6 October 2011
Wednesday, 5 October 2011
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
Monday, 3 October 2011
We'll here's a few snaps of what I'll have with me next week at the Comic Con:
• Custom resins of the UME Kittens
• Custom sketch pads
• Art prints
• Zombie Bratz
• Original scribbles
It'd be great to say 'hi' so come on down to the Big Kev's Geek Stuff booth (E7) which is at the end of Artist Alley and part of the Podcasting/Show row and look for the strange dude with the facial hair - I'll be there Sat 5:00pm-7:00pm and Sunday 1:00pm-2:00pm for sure but put money on it I'll be there more. Look forward to seeing you.
Friday, 30 September 2011
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Hi all - sorry for being a little on the quiet side of late, but things have been anything think from quiet over here (in a good way). Lot's of preparation for up and coming events (more over on UMETOYS) and other projects that I can hopefully share soon.
Also the above is a quick makeover to my 'richpage' landing page - trying to keep things simple.
Monday, 5 September 2011
Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Friday, 26 August 2011
Sunday, 21 August 2011
Thursday, 18 August 2011
Thursday, 11 August 2011
Friday, 5 August 2011
Thursday, 28 July 2011
If you are like me then your be a lover of Disney – not so much the monster company that exists today, more so of the theme parks and cool stuff.
I like to do is keep an ear on what’s happening over in the parks by listening to Disney podcasts. One of the best around is the Dis Unplugged. A weekly bunch of shows brought to you from the guys over at wdwinfo.
It’s their 5th anniversary this month so to celebrate I designed a ‘retro’ poster promoting a favourite sign off saying from the show. If you want to find out what it means visit here and listen to the show.
One question I get asked is how do I keep creative? The long and short of it is I always carry a sketchpad. This is something I started a few years ago and am glad I did. Looking back over the books is a great way to see how my work and style has changed and hopefully improved.
Recently I’ve been spending a lot of time in and out of hospital with my wife so having my pad with me to kill the time when sat alone in the waiting room has been a godsend.
One thing I’ve noticed over the last year is that I now favour scribbling in pencil – I love how my shading work has come on and also the effects you can get from the simplest of drawing tools.
Another way I like to keep my work fresh is never over think it – these scribbles are meant to be fun, not work related. So I like to go with the flow and usually start a scribble by just drawing a simple shape and taking it from there.
Thursday, 14 July 2011
Today's poster is brought to you by courtesy of Captain James Hook. I can't say I've seen the film recently, but love the ride. Even though it's corny it's a must do, the scene when you fly over London is
one of my favorite dark ride moments. If you've not been on the ride, grab yourself a fast pass and hop onboard your own flying galleon.
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
Monday, 11 July 2011
This was another Disney classic that I hadn't watched in years (if at all) - we got a copy and sat down for an afternoon watch. Verdict? Great songs from the Sherman brothers, but the dancing on the roof scene could have been a little shorter - all in all though we liked it.
I think this is going to be the last of these retro style posters as I need to concentrate on the Tiki stuff...
Saturday, 9 July 2011
If you want to see what I've got going in the world of toymaking and sculpting head on over to UMETOYS (I'm really happy how it's looking after a fresh lick of Tiki paint). For my photography site thats still on UMEPHOTOGRAPHY.
What about all the daily scribbles and nonsense? Well I'll still be uploading to FLICKR or for a smaller selection of work head on over to the TUMBLR site.
Thanks again for all the support.
Thursday, 7 July 2011
After drawing the 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks' poster yesterday I got to thinking about all the films I saw from Disney when I was a kid. So here's another 'retro' poster - I remember going to see the film at the cinema but honestly can't remember anything about the movie. Next on the poster hit-list is going to be 'One of our dinosaurs is missing'.
A while back Zook and The Justified Sinner set out on a collab project 'Beneath The Skin' together combining their skills to make some lovely art and custom metalwork - the results were awesome. I thought I'd add to the pot by producing a vector version of the gun. To view more of the project select here.
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
I Got a copy of this movie the other day from the carboot sale. It's one of those films that I have never watched all the way through and neither had the wife and kid, so we sat down to watch it as a family together.
All-in-all it's a good movie, some classic effects and bloopers and could have done with some tighter editing, but well worth the money spent.
So I had a little time on my hands and thought I'd make a retro style poster for it as I love the look of the ones I've seen for other movies popping up all over the internet.