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Tom Parsons for Jazz and Draw: Gene Krupa!

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Here is my contribution to Philippe Debongnie’s Jazz and Draw art blog. I chose to depict Gene Krupa, one of the greatest drummers of the Big Band era (and arguably of all time). I love old movies, music and illustration from the thirties and forties, and had a blast working on this.

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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

Tiki Idols! Ten Cool Hawaiian Illustrations to use in your own designs

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Brand new from Wing’s Art and Design Studio these Tiki Idols offer designers a piece of Polynesian paradise to use in cool designs, invites and posters. They come supplied as fully editable vectors along with transparent PNG and JPG versions.

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Food Inspired Paper Art by Sarah Dennis

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As well as publishing a number of children’s books, producing bespoke commissions and exhibiting artwork for galleries, a major influence over this year’s work has been food! This is largely because Sarah’s brother (the chef) and father (the foodie) have teamed up and opened their very first restaurant. Sarah has helped by produced the logos, graphic designs and menu covers. But most excitingly she has also completed a beautiful collection of food inspired papercut artwork, which now features on the walls of the restaurant. Sarah believes that cooking, food and art are very much entwined and this project has opened a whole new world of artistic possibilities. She has relished the opportunity to influence a space with her paper artwork, drawing influence from the creativity of her brother’s cooking and the magic and colour of incredible ingredients.

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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 :)

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