I was hired by the hottest talent in horror film-making Bob Pipe to create storyboards for "A Christmas Pardon." One of 24 short "Deathcember" horror flicks due to be unleashed this year in the run up to Christmas.
From the official page (LINK): "Advent – the season of joyous anticipation. Remember the excitement you felt as a kid every December, being allowed to open up a new door of your Advent calendar 24 mornings in a row, eagerly awaiting the surprise that would be in store for you that day?
The anthology DEATHCEMBER aims at bringing such memories back to life and making them a part of today‘s genre legacy, but with a twisted edge; serving as a cinematic Advent calendar full of horror, thrills and black humor.
A collection of 24 short films that take a look at the dark side of the festive season. 24 films by international directors with the most diverse ideas, styles and narrative formats; linked by short animated segments that deal with the Advent calendar itself. Behind each door, a new, viciously entertaining story awaits...
Will you dare to open the doors?"
Bob's film is a particularly grim medieval affair depicting the pitiful town ogre as he is lead to the stake for a good old fashioned burning, in front of the baying unwashed masses.
Director Bob Pipe won critical acclaim a couple of years ago with The Monster, a short horror flick choc full of style and wit; a show stopper at several major festivals including Frightfest, London. So it was with huge gratitude that I took on this project for him, plus I know the guy ...so there's that. Have a look at his other projects: LINK.
Aside from simply following the script, this was also an opportunity for me to add some comic style fancy angles and flare.
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 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