Monday, 18 November 2019

Unused "England Won!" image for BBC Sport

This image was to be published online by BBC Sport if England won the 2019 Rugby World Cup, sadly this was not to be because as you all know, England unfortunately failed to beat South Africa in the final.

...And even more sadly for me, the image remains irrelevant. Thankfully I can show it off regardless.

The current squad roll up to an exclusive nightclub 
for previous winners. Waiting at the door is the 
2003 World Cup-winning squad, with expressions
ranging from bemused to whatever-I-
could-find-on-the-internet. 

The image features current head coach Eddie Jones, eyeballing the 2003 coach Clive Woodward who is posing as a doorman alongside Martin Johnson. Mike Tindall and Jony Wilkinson pause from cocktail slurping to gape from the doorway at the (not) new champions headed by Owen Farrell holding the Webb Ellis Cup. Behind Owen you should, if I've done my job correctly, be able to spot Harlequin star Kyle Sinckler and Sale Shark's Tom Curry ...Sale is just down the road from my house, where I drew this. So there's that.  

Oh, and before I go: the original ink-on-paper
drawing. I added the VIP sign later and changed
Eddie's flag from Japan to an England one. 

I should point out that most of the ideas came from Nick at BBC Sport and his crew. Good eggs.

Up the Irons!

Monday, 2 September 2019

Manchester United: Treble Quest - Part 1

Fuzzy Duck, a Media City (Salford, UK) - based design house hired me to work on a project for Manchester United Football Club. Exciting, not only because my hastily-typed stream of emails actually yielded a client, but of course Manchester United probably rank in the top 3 of organisations that I can now claim on my CV. ...The other two being Microsoft and Huawei, however whilst those two global giants got unpolished, scribbly storyboards, (the Microsoft one's in particular being mostly unused by the client) this footy project is something I can show off without cringing.

 The final product is an interactive 
touch-screen game located on a 
large display in the Manchester 
United Store, Old Trafford. 

Think of it as Football Manager-lite. The player has to guide Man U through to winning the treble cups in the year 1999. The three cups being The Champion's League, FA Cup and Premier League trophy.

Essentially you get to be Sir Alex Ferguson; 
chewing gum and po-face, not essential. 
His image is all over this game.

Assistant Manager Steve McClaren also turns up
to blow his whistle in your face.

This is what happens if you completely screw it up.
Seaman is from South Yorkshire, where I once lived.
I know this because drunken knobs were chanting it
back in the summer of Euro '96. 

From left to right: Peter Schmiechel, Jaap Stam, 
Dwight Yorke, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, 
Denis Irwin (sorry Denis, but it is you honest), 
Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, 
Andy Cole, David Beckham 
...plus the arm and legs of some other guy. 

I won't spoil the ending just yet, you have to go and play it, score some goals and whatnot. Go, now!



Monday, 17 June 2019

Mr. Alzheimer's Goes To Toyland

It's not what you know, it's who (whom?). Last year, a good friend of mine passed my details on to his mother Joy, who is very active in raising awareness of the infamous neurodegenereative disease, Alzheimer's as well as being afflicted herself. Looking for someone to redesign a character, yours truly was drafted in.

One of my original interpretations
of Joy's funky yellow character.

Since then it's been a gloriously wild ride at Paul Loudon Illustration, with postcards, a children's school book and an activity pack to work on. The opportunity to collaborate with Emma Smith (age UK Salford) and Dr. Joy Watson has been a true highlight of my career, culminating in a book launch in which I felt like a minor celebrity. Kids from local schools were there and did a great job entertaining the crowd with shadow puppets. LINK

The book cover. Carbon Creative
worked their magic on one of my
interior illustrations, I like it! 

Furthermore my illustrations for the book were passed on to Carbon Creative LINK, who did a grand old job compiling the thing and making it look proper. So, a shout out to them. 

One of the more complex images, shows "Mr. A"
looking a bit lost and confused, before a young girl 
asks him where he's going. ...Mr Alzheimer's turns
blue when in distress. 

Book launch!

More images to follow...






The Fab Four

I created the "Fab Four" for BBC Sport and the Champions League Final. Depicts the four Liverpool managers that have won over the years. #liverpool 



So from left to right: Bob Paisley - who brought the team to victory in 1977, 78 and 81. Joe Fagan - 1984. Raphael Benitez - 2005. Jurgen Klopp - 2019.

This was a bit of a big deal for me because it was really high profile, with Liverpool legends such as Jamie Carragher using this image as his Twitter banner. 

Obviously this is also a reference to The Beatles' Abbey road album, featuring songs such as "I want You (she's So Heavy)" and "Carry That Weight".


Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Paul Draws more Pets

Quite like doing these, get you requests in today... here's the page https://www.facebook.com/pauldrawspets/




Other pets that I could potentially draw: Mouse, Reptiles, Horse (already done one), Parrot and other birds, pigs ?!

Alice on Comixology

Stop the press! Our comic is now available as a tablet/phone-read from Comixology. Get it here: LINK

Get it today!

"When Alice adventures through Wonderland ended... WONDERLAND CAME TO ALICE!!" - co creator, Bret M Herholz 

#aliceandtheinvadersfromwonderland Alice and the Invaders from Wonderland.


Monday, 1 April 2019

Banners for Devil & Co

A homepage, spooky churchyard themed banner AND Alice (as in Alice In Wonderland) specifically for Alice themed merchandise. What am I talking about? Devil & Co. of course! Go there: LINK





Also, if you like H.P. Lovecraft, this should be your Graceland.

Luke Behind You

STAR WARS!! ...Elements used in a poster for "Boro Fondo 2018" the Murfreesboro music festival, Tenessee, USA



Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Storyboarding Horror!

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.



Monday, 18 March 2019

Jackie Chan Punching Through Wood

Jackie Chan is great. So it was with no small pleasure that I created these for "Films and Swearing" - the movie podcast. Go there...


http://filmsandswearing.com/




These people are also great: Andy Lau, Jackie Cheung, Chow Yun-Fat, Sammo Hung, Nora Miao, Michelle Yeoh, Cynthia Khan, David Chiang, James Tien and Yuen Biao

Thunder, Thunder, regular cats.


A couple of cats from my "Paul Draws Pets" facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/pauldrawspets/ Go there, my rates are good.


I also made that of course ^

Dance Yourself Dizzy

A small in-between project carried out last year. Just wanted to get the name out there: https://www.facebook.com/Danceyourselfdizzyinsalford/

After all, the blurb on the facebook ^ page tells me to share:


"A group of women got together to dance, dance, dance! Supported with some funding from Ambition for Ageing! Join us. Share it."


So, below in descending order: The final image, the unused image and the sketch.






Go there if you fancy that and can get to Liverpool Street. Salford, UK.







Monday, 7 January 2019

Dawgs

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





Mock Rap, ...no 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