Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Pets again, sorry (not sorry).

I'm thankful to all who hired me. I enjoy it and they're pretty nice and straight forward: I get photo, I return drawing. bish bash bosh. 

Photos I get are usually low-res, sometimes a couch or chair leg might be obscuring the animal, which if not too obstructing can be removed by me. Sometimes the lighting is poor, sometimes a background too distracting. My job therefore is to use that imperfect spur-of-the-moment photo, remove the background (though not necessarily) and turn it into something more permanent, more focused. Pretentious diatribe over, just look at the friggin' dogs. 
 Dawg 1.
 Dawg 2.
Dawg 3.

Monday, 13 January 2020

Just a quick portrait comparison

A couple of portraits from last year, both in black and grey ink. One cartoony in style and one a bit more straight laced, though faces weren't exaggerated at all in either. Something to think about for yourselves.

Two good friends of ours, from 
Chorlton Runners' running club! 
They run in lots of different countries,
and have two cats. Also, he turned 40
and she bought this for him. 

Tuesday, 3 December 2019


Follow me on Instagram, it's practically the law.

This image is from the "Mr. Alzheimer's" activity pack. It's a precursor to the children's school book created earlier this year: http://p-loudon.blogspot.com/2019/06/mr-alzheimers-goes-to-toyland.html 

Courtesy of creators Emma Smith (AgeUK Salford) and Joy Watson (campaigner).  

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Paul Draws Pets: Updates

There are a few things that I can't show yet, but here's a quick blast of recent activity carried out under my "Paul Draws Pets" side-project. https://www.facebook.com/pauldrawspets/

So, a quick run through of how it works. You, the customer message me with an image, I use it to create a fabulous pet portrait and send it to you through the post. The portraits are made with black and grey ink, sometimes pencil.

Email requests to root@paulloudon.com

Price guide:

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-

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...