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Donough O’Malley’s latest work for Wine Republic

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The third and final illustration I recently created for Wine Republic magazine, Argentina. This issue, the magazine’s main article is about the closed door restaurant scene in Mendoza. There are a bunch of closed door, pop up restaurants in people’s homes which are great for intimate dinner parties, and a good way for the owners to avoid paying the taxman.

External Link: Donough O’Malley’s latest work for Wine Republic

Worcester Art Museum features Travis Simpkins in Access Magazine

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A story about illustrator/portraitist Travis Simpkins, written by Doreen Manning, is included in the Summer 2014 issue of Access Magazine (Worcester Art Museum’s publication). The feature is an overview of Travis Simpkins’ career as a professional artist (with clients throughout the U.S. and Europe), his series of gallery sketches and his various contributions to and association with the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts.

External Link: Worcester Art Museum features Travis Simpkins in Access Magazine

The Boy Who Fell Into A Book – Literacy Project

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The Stephen Joseph Theatre’s Outreach Department recently launched an educational literacy project to accompany a new summer musical production of Alan Ackybourn’s play “The Boy Who Fell Into a Book”. For the project I accompanied Diana from the Outreach department on a number of workshops in Brompton and Snainton primary schools, working with the children to develop characters, settings and stories based on the themes of the play. The children worked the characters, etc into performances of their own, and I created illustrations based on what they came up with.

As a starting point I made a couple of sample characters/settings based on suggestions from Diana, then it was up to the children. They came up with monsters, robots, deadly chickens, giant cucumbers, poisonous injections, psycho killers, booby traps and much, much more. This was my first time working on this kind of project and it was a great deal of fun, very inspirational and something I’d hope to do again in the future.

External Link: The Boy Who Fell Into A Book – Literacy Project

Monsterwood OGN Kickstarter Campaign

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Monsterwood was conceived by Jason Rosen, and further developed by two-time Emmy winner, Louise Gikow (Disney, Jim Henson Productions). The graphic novel is illustrated by Harvey award-winning fantasy artist Steve Ellis (The Only Living Boy, Dungeons & Dragons).

“My experience with creating artwork for Monsterwoood is a joy. I believe that Jason has a really unique and fun project on his hands, which is why I’ve devoted so much time making the world a reality. I’m finding myself able to take all the painting and creature work I’ve done over the years in games, like Dungeons and Dragons and World of Warcraft, and mix in the storytelling skills I developed working in comics. It’s a wonderful adventure,” notes Ellis.

Beyond the completed graphic novel, the campaign offers other exclusives and limited edition rewards including maquettes busts, glicees of pre-production concept paintings, and hand drawn illustrations by Steve Ellis.

External Link: Monsterwood OGN Kickstarter Campaign

Varoom 26 Style

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Varoom 26 – The Style Issue

Illustration, Culture, Society Summer 2014

Cover illustration by Matthew Richardson

Varoom Style Issue gets under the skin of the topic of ‘Style’ including Youth culture’s original ‘style bible’ of the 1980s and 1990s, Lawrence Zeegen shows how illustration gave The Face magazine its visual compass and Art Director Paul Pensom who examines The Ephemera of Style, the disappearing flotsam and jetsam of analogue culture such as trading cards and cereal box toys. To the work of French street artist Horfee who is described in his own eccentric way as an artist who, “takes the expected norms of graffiti style and metaphorically proceeds to shred them through a mechanical mince-grinder to produce something more organic and unexpected.”

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Kiddie Cocktails from Korero Press

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I’ve recently had the pleasure of working with the daddy-o of retro-inspired illustration Derek Yaniger and pop-culture fanatic and vintage font master Stuart Sandler on the book Kiddie Cocktails. The book is a hip retro-styled visual guide to the coolest drink recipes under the sun – minus the hooch!

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Series of Spot Maps for Waitrose Weekend

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I’ve recently had the joy of creating a series of little spot maps to accompany the regular “Weekending with Simon Calder” slot in Waitrose Weekend magazine, where Simon visits various parts of the UK in a weekend. They’re little maps that summarise the main locations mentioned in Simon’s travels and give a general ‘flavour’ of a region – so for example, in the Scottish Borders map (top) I’ve added a little thistle and a tartan background :)

External Link: Series of Spot Maps for Waitrose Weekend