Monday, 7 January 2019


Dog portraits are a must. If you have a dog or two, because they are so vein. "Ahh-woof" - Duggie

Mock Rap, wait, Rock Map

I was fortunate a few years ago, to create illustrations for a documentary about The Ealing Club and the birth of British blues music. The club was host to a motley crew of young performers whose names you might recognise; Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, not to mention blues luminaries such as Alexis Korner.

Fast forward a few years after my commission, the owner of the club (who got to know my work through the documentary) hires yours truly to illustrate, in a very similar style, a map of Ealing to go on a souvenir tea towel.

The map goes wider, featuring Ealing as a whole which works in conjunction with a tour, hosted by associates of the club. The tour takes in key locations, points of interest and places where famous people used to live or loiter around, doing stuff. Highlights include Jim Marshall's amp shop and the place where Deep Purple bashed out one of the greatest albums of all time.

I tweaked a few of the portraits for my Instagram, because I feel that they are too good just to be tiny points on a map. They also all exist on paper, so you know ...hire me for portraits.

 The map.

 The hair (Dusty Springfield)

 The name (Ginger Baker)

 The what?! (Jim Marshall)

The Christmas song everyone claims is acceptable (Kirsty Maccoll)

Featuring: Freddie Mercury, Mick Jagger, Kieth Moon, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Phil Collins, Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, Manfred Mann, Marshall Amps, Deep Purple, Charlie Chaplin, Ealing, Yes, Rick Wakeman, Ronnie Wood, Blues Cyril Davies, Mitch Mitchel, Dusty Springfield, Lee Brilleaux, Kirsty Maccoll, John Mcvie

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Alice and the Invaders, front cover!

The time has come to put a cover all up on this thing!

Essentially a summing up of "Alice and the Invaders From Wonderland" issue #1, a large part of which is set in the woods where our heroes go up against some vicious "Bandersnaches." Alice's action pose was something sketched several years ago, which author Bret M. Herholz dug out and suggested for a cover. I came up with the idea of adding the rest of the crew. Framing from inside the creature's mouth was a last minute thing, just to fill the top and bottom of the page.

Remember that bit in Jaws III where the camera is in the shark's mouth, looking out? Nope? Oh c'mon! Well, I won't force you to go through that shit again.

 This is the original, which exists on paper,
in a drawer, in the shed ...on planet Earth,
somewhere in the universe.

 Colour, based on the interior scene in question
but brightened up. For reasons that felt logical.

The text, also dug out from years ago, 
still works. Final one is cropped from the 
bottom. But that's my contribution done!

Friday, 7 September 2018

Mixing Children and Animals...

For those that don't know, I often create portraits based on photographs. The customer then gets an original piece of art posted to their door! (Framing optional).

 My own incredible kids!

A happy customer!

 ...can't tell if cats are happy. "Paul Draws Pets" 
is also my Facebook page, found here: 

My own children again!!!

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

The Little Mermaid 2018

I heard that Hollywood are planning a live action remake of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, so I was inspired to create my own image of how it should look.
Given that humans deposit tons of plastic into the ocean every year, it no longer seems fitting that the villain of the movie should be an octopus sea-witch named Ursula. Let’s face it, this no longer cuts it as a viable threat to the main character or her lobster buddy Sebastian, whom I have cynically done away with. Furthermore, Ariel strives to become human in the story and I wonder if she still feel this way given that we are the enemy.
On a side note, those bikini-shells are probably a bit small now that she’s older.
Plastic soup, humans suck.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Three Lions

It's a blisteringly hot summer and England are smashing their way through the World Cup. Like planets in alignment (which presumably are not usually aligned) this is nice, rare and people seem to be pleased.

I feel like I am now playing a very small part in this national fervour; I was hired by BBC Sport again - this time to create a bombastic image of England as they clambered dramatically into the quarter finals.

Commissioning of the image was dependent on England beating Columbia in the last 16, so I had a lot riding on that game. ...Yes, for the usual reasons; I need the work, I need the exposure, but it was more than that. I was gripped and I wanted England to win, just as I want them to beat Croatia in the semi final. This is like 1990 again, a rap is needed, someone wheel out New Order!

So for any fellow illustrators out there, or anyone interested in the process, here goes...
 I was asked to depict Harry Kane, Gareth Southgate
and Jordan Pickford, riding lions. The background
was not really envisioned by this point, so I'd get to that later. First thing 
was this sketch. ^

 The nice folks at BBC Sport suggested they should look
as if going into battle, which is why alongside adding the England
 banner, my original "happy" Harry Kane head had to be ditched...

 In favour of this one! For the record, drawn by hand, scanned
and then photoshopped into place. Despite the extra time taken,
I fully agree with the change. 

I'm also not a massive football nut, "Kane" is still totally
the bad guy from Robocop 2.

 That's the final square-format version. you can see it 
on the BBC Sport Instagram HERE

 Here's a close up. Big heads retain a cartoon, caricature "carry on" vibe.
Well otherwise it's all snarls, war and plumes of smoke, got to have a bit of fun.
Plus it gives me more canvas space to get the looks right. 

Here's a snapshot of the BBC Sport England V Sweden
live web thing. That's the 16x9 version of the image.

Oh go on then, "it's coming home". 

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Alice and the Invaders from Wonderland, continues...

More images from the upcoming comic. Really pleased with how it's looking and how it pushes me to get creative in ways that I don't usually get from clients. Big shout out of course to author (and talented scribbler in his own right) Bret M. Herholz.

These images are pre-lettering, basically continues the story the Queen of Hearts invading our dimension and taking over. She's evil like that. Featuring The Mad hatter, The Cheshire Cat, The March Hare, The Dormouse and a "bandersnatch". Lots of "The's" ...I want to be a "The."