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

Well OK I lied. I just HAD to do this poster. I really can't remember much of the movie apart from it had an old truck full of a Brontosaurus being chased around a very foggy London.

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

Time for a change


The time has come for a little change in life and the web. Thanks to all you guys that follow me on here and pop in on a daily basis to check up on things. Of late this site has been a mix of my design work and also the adventures of Kevin photography. Going forward I am going to keep this blog just for my design work, don't worry all the other goodness will keep on happening but over on my other sites.

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

The Cat From Outer Space

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'.

Tattoo Gun

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

Bedknobs and broomsticks

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.
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