Tuesday, 17 January 2012

More 1980's Studio work

Here are some more editorial illustrations from the beginning of my career in London in the mid-1980's, from music journals and listings magazines. A much harsher angle than my children's books of course, it was the post-punk era, we were all angry back then.
At that time most of my regular work was for the press, a lot of it in black and white, I've discovered literally piles of work from this era in my father's loft, it amazes me now how prolific I was then! Façade Studios was a time of great development for me. Much more than art college it was here, with a very talented and creative bunch of studio-mates, and with the harsher discipline of deadlines and desperate need to earn a living that technique, style and direction were honed. Fast ideas, fast deadlines, Good times. Though invariably under budgeted!

I forget what this was for!

City Limits magazine (showing the beginning of my fascination with Japan!)

City Limits magazine

City Limits again  (I think)

New Musical Express letters page

Music press, not sure which one

Music Press again

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Early Work - political cartoons

Daughter and I spent part of the holiday season at my father's house. While rummaging around in his loft for my bits and pieces I was surprised and delighted to find piles and piles of my old artwork, some of it from school days in the 1970's, but also a great deal of my oldest professional work from my London studio in the 1980's. In those early days I shared a studio in Crouch End with illustrators Jane Ray and Willie Ryan, and graphic designers Chris Millett and Andy Royston. The collective, named Façade Studios, enabled me to work on a very wide range of material from press editorial to posters, as well as my main career of children's books. I haven't seen most of these pieces since I left for Japan in 1987.

Here's something very much of the period, though also timing nicely with the new movie on Margaret Thatcher. Some editorial cartoons, all from 1984/1985.

Lest we forget!
Ronald Ray-gun

Arthur Scargill's dream

The Sinking Pound (Norman Tebbit, Geoffrey Howe, Maggie Thatcher)

Christmas 1984

Tuesday, 3 January 2012