Sunglasses Portrait Illustration

drawing guy with orange sunglasses
So this week here's a portrait based off of a source image by @foulsterr. As soon as I saw the original I knew I would be drawing it. And I dig the way it turned out.

I'm still drawing stuff that isn't from movies. And I am still drawing while sober. It's a really big change.

Girl with glasses portrait illustration

portrait girl with glasses

So here's a pretty muted portrait this week. I got the source from @iamshwa on Instagram, this is his pic of @elliedefuk. I'm having a great time drawing portraits that aren't from moviestills.

Incidentally, I'm about five or six weeks ahead of where I need to be in order to maintain a weekly blog update. Back in the day I would often scramble manically to get something finished before midnight, but now I'm trying to remember the order in which I finished things for posting. 

It's almost entirely down to the fact that I have (virtually) quit drinking while I work. Which is really annoying. Because I love drinking while I work. It's got nothing to do with the fact that the work suffers while I'm wasted (it's often much better) it's just that I can't work when I'm hungover. Those wasted days add up. And the older I get the longer those wasted days last. I guess it's also better for my health - but that's nowhere near as important.

Which isn't to say I'm going to start doing anything other than stockpile this backlog of drawings. I have nowhere near enough confidence in my ability to lay off the sauce for that.

Sci-fi lady illustration

sci fi artwork
So I'm attempting to make good on my declaration to lay off the movie illustrations and head and shoulders portraits (for a bit). I've discovered Unsplash (a massive resource for royalty free photography) that his helping me kick the habit.

The image above started with a photoset by a photographer named Ahmed Carter. And then I threw a bunch of clich├ęd sci-fi bullshit at it and put a big round tech thing in the background.

Inkblot illustration (something that isn't from a movie for once in this goddamned blog's history)

So here are two illustrations I made based off pictures from the Instagram account of user theinkblot_g3.

I'm trying to take a break from drawings based on movies for a bit and GAYU was generous enough to let me use some of her excellent pics as sources. I'm working my way towards drawing some stuff that isn't a head and shoulders portrait - but it's a long road and I've just started walking it.

Withnail & I poster

Alternative Movie Poster Withnail and I

So I'm trying to move away a bit from only doing illustrations inspired by movies. But I've been working on this off and on for a while and I think I can make an exception for one of the finest films available to humanity.

Love Stories with Dolly Alderton Podcast Logo

Love Stories podcast logo

So here's the logo I designed for Dolly Alderton's new podcast to accompany the publication of her book - "Everything I know about Love". The podcast dropped on Friday (it's great) and is currently destroying the UK iTunes chart. So go get on that.

Dolly wanted something inspired by vintage Doris Doy movie posters, which is one of the best briefs I've ever been given. And from start to finish it was nothing but fun to work on. I've burned through thousands of hours of podcasts (Dolly's previous podcast with Pandora Sykes "The High Low" included) while working on illustrations over the last few years. So it's about time I gave something back.

Bob Dylan smoking a cigarette

Bob Dylan illustration

So here's Bob Dylan smoking a cigarette. Wanted to take another pass at this, but when it's Tuesday and it's half nine at night then what's done is done.

Black and White Lady

lady in a black dress drawing

So I've got some longer projects that I've been working on for a while now that are almost finished (plus some commissioned work), but I still needed to post something today. So here's a a quick picture of a black and white lady.

Rocket and Groot Illustration

Guardians of the Galaxy Poster

So normally I spend my time drawing inky portraits of men and women from TV and films who all look like they aren't having that great a time. It's not very often I get to draw space raccoons holding giant guns or any of that fun stuff. But it was my nephew's birthday, and he really digs The Guardians of the Galaxy. So I got to stop trying to impress people with my movie and TV choices for a week and draw this thing.

Fleabag poster

Fleabag Poster Phoebe Waller-Bridge

So, as of the time of writing this, Phoebe Waller-Bridge's excellent sitcom Fleabag is available on iPlayer in it's entirety for another 6 days. I strongly suggest you watch it.