Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Kelham Island Brewery rebrand

I recently collaborated with The Brand New Idea to rebrand the 5 main beers for The Kelham Island Brewery for 2015. Here is what we came up with.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Daysaver poster campaign

I was hired by the nice people at Nine Yards Creative Communications to do the illustrated boxes on this poster campaign which advertises a new travel option for Greater Manchester commuters. Pretty chuffed as this will be in the Metro and on bus stops all around the area! Cheers to James for a fun job!

Saturday, 6 December 2014

New Beer Pump Artwork for 2015

I've just completed these 8 pumps plus something VERY special for The Kelham Island Brewery (more news soon). These Specials will be out throughout 2015.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

World of Toys & Collectables

Here's a logo I just did for a new vintage toy & merch business run by an old pal of mine & her fella. Cheers to Caz for the gig!!! Check them out here.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

World of Superheroes - T-shirt Artwork

Here's a t-shirt design I recently did for World of Superheroes! Check out their site for some essential comic-book shenanigans! Thanks to Scott for a cool job!

2014 Beer Artwork Print

I've gathered my USA themed beer pumps for The Kelham Island Brewery, plus the latest Rocket Man addition, and released them as an oversized A3 print - signed by me.
More info here.

Rye Plains Drifter

This month sees the launch of my 4th US-themed beer pump artwork in the form of this homage to my personal fave western. Clint was never more badass and questionable than as the Drifter. A truly shocking western I take my hat off to. It will be hitting the pumps of The Kelham Island Brewery shortly.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Old Blue Eyes

This surly fella is about to come blasting through your neighborhood in Sept, courtesy of The Kelham Island Brewery. I love oatmeal, blueberries & stout so sign me up!

Friday, 1 August 2014

Cabby Chino

This fella is due out during august from The Kelham Island Brewery. The whackier flavoured ales are my personal preference so I'm looking forward to trying this one. I drink about 15 cups of coffee a day so can imagine I'll enjoy it!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Jarvis' steamed-up specs!

I did this picture for my portfolio years ago based on a photo by Chris Saunders. Lucy Peacock asked if she could buy one so I got a one-off made for her. I had a nice start to the day as she just got Jarvis to sign it with this witty message. Nice one Lucy & Jarv!

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Meat For The Beast - Podcast

I've started co-hosting a podcast with my pal James McVeigh about comics, films, TV, animation with the odd blast of new music thrown in. Episode 1 is available now from the links below. Don't forget to hit 'subscribe' in Itunes to get automatic updates of future eps. There's also a facebook page for the podcast.

Listen/ Subscribe on Itunes
Download/stream it from Podomatic

Pleasant House Commission

Here's a bit of an epic commission I did for Chelsea & Art Jackson who run the Pleasant House Bakery in Chicago and also Pleasant House Three Oaks in the picturesque Harbour Country near Lake Michigan. They asked me to create a large commission that would capture their strong links with Yorkshire UK, their home-town of Chicago, their other restaurant in Michigan, their brewing co and their renowned Royal Pies, Royal Bangers & Royal Ginger Fizz. It was also a look at their lives with their loyal dog Pork Chop. It was way bigger in scale than my usual commissioned work and I'm really chuffed with how it came out.

Art & Chelsea have had my work on show in their Chicago base for years which has been a great honour for me (as seen in this video)  so it felt very very special to do such a large scale piece that will soon be up in their Three Oaks base. Also featured in the piece is John Harrison who is a direct relative of Art and is notable for inventing the Marine Chronometer. Massive thanks to Chelsea & Art for a very fun job and I'll be over at some point in the future to try that gorgeous looking Royal Pie you promised me and hit Chicago/ Gotham City in style! Cheers guys :)

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Fantastic Moores Commission

This was a commission for a lady called Colleen who wanted a special gift for her fella Andy's 30th birthday. It is a one-off signed Giclee' on some very snazzy textured paper, printed by these guys whom I use all the time now and really rate.

Thanks to Colleen for a cool job and best to Andy too!

California Drinking

This month sees the start of a US themed series of ales I worked on for the Kelham Island Brewery, starting with this boozey surf dude. ''Vaya con Dios, Brah.''

Monday, 24 March 2014

Bob Log III Gig

Here's a poster I whipped up for a gig with the legend that is Bob Log III. Our band the Friends of Batman will be supporting him which is something I'm very proud of, seeing as I was intended to go and see Bob on this tour regardless.The gig date is fri April 25th, tickets priced at £10.
Tickets can be bought from here.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Es Commission

To celebrate ten years of European Snowsport I was commissioned to create a limited print to be handed out to some of the people at their ten year anniversary party. Here it is at the event with one of the guys who got a copy. Thanks to Julian for the gig!

Zombies of the Stratosphere

Part 3 of my Rocket Men series is out this month from The Kelham Island Brewery. This month is the first time I have been behind both of their 'specials' which is something I'm very proud of as The Dunkel Devastator returns for a lap of honour.

Print collection

I was kindly sent this pic by a good guy I know called Joel whose friend James Jenkinson has decorated his office with my Steel City series. Hats off to them both! Cheers guys!

Friday, 3 January 2014

'The Marshalls' commission

Here's a commission for a nice chap called David I met during my Meadowhall show in the summer. David hired me to draw his family as a heroic team guarding the Steel City. He was incredibly patient with me during a stressful period where I had to unexpectedly take a few weeks off and that is very much appreciated! If every job I did was as much fun as this was I'd be a very happy man. Hats off to the Marshalls!!!

Thursday, 5 December 2013

School Workshops

For the past couple of years I've occasionally been invited into a school or gallery to run a workshop. I think it works best with primary school aged children and it's something I want to do more of. There is more info about the workshops on my website.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Pearl Harbour Adaption Ad

Following my adaption of the Attack on Pearl Harbour last year, I was again commissioned by Comics in the Classroom to tackle an advert for my part in their Ipad App launch. I was asked for more muted earthy colours than I'd normally use but was really happy with how it worked out. Cheers to Adam & James!

My chapter in the App is currently on sale as an In-App Purchase for the small sum of 69p here.

Kieran & Joanne beer pump artwork

Last month my good mate Kieran (aka Northshot) tied the knot with the lovely Joanne. It was a great do and I was honoured to be asked to draw them a personalised beer pump for their barrel of gorgeous Farmers Blonde from The Bradfield Brewery. I was really pleased with how the final printed version turned out.  

Personal Commissions

Below is a handful of personal commissions I was asked to tackle this year. Many thanks to everyone who got me involved in their special occasion!!!

Squirrel Hosting

Here's a recent commission I did for Squirrel Hosting showing a conga of happy squirrels for their shop page. Ta to Jonny!!!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Fright Night 2013

Here is the final poster for Fright Night 2013 which kicks off this sunday.
Expect Mexican Day of the Dead style antics and no doubt some nasty roaming zombies again. Cheers to April & Scott for another cool job!

Monday, 14 October 2013

CHIC interview

Here's an interview I did for CHIC: Lifestyle Magazine about my recent work for Fright Night and the Kelham Island pumps I've been doing. Thanks a million to Charlotte for making this happen and doing such a nice job of it for me!!!

ps. Sadly I have no connection to the pornographic actress Linda Lovelace.

Radar Men From The Moon

The October 2013 Kelham special hits the pumps this month with this sequel to the fast selling Rocket Man beer label I worked on last year. Again this was inspired by the 1940s serial and next year will see a third pump in the Rocket Man series.

For an A4 signed print of this and the last design combined go to my shop here.

It's been the most mental few weeks of my life which saw the welcome arrival of our lovely daughter Róisín Nellie Connolly. I could use a few pints of this now to be honest :)
Hats off to my beautiful wife Melissa x

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Meadowhall Parklife Show

I spent most of last week at Meadowhall's Park Lane for their Parklife event. For the first 2 days I was doing a pop-up show and for the remaining 3 I scaled the show down to do workshops with kids who fancied having a crack at some comic artwork.

I went in a bit scared knowing how busy Meadowhall can get but it worked out fine being in a bustling centre with constant visitors and I met some very sound people! Here's a glimpse...

Thanks to all who dropped by, it was great to meet you, and massive thanks to the young people who had a crack at doing a drawing for the picket fence in my pretend park. Here's a selection of some of the work...

I'm knackered now but it was well worth it. It's made me want to escape the studio much more often! Thanks to Kieran for the photos, and Alex and Caroline for setting it upand putting up with me!
Thanks also to the young artist in the top photo for wanting to be in it, and his folks for the thumbs up to put it on my blog.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Meadowhall Pop-Up Exhibition

I'm doing a pop-up exhibition at Meadowhall starting tomorrow. 

I'll be there for 5 days from the 21st-25th near Debenhams in the lower aisle.

During fri-sat-sunday I'll also be doing some comic-book workshops with the kids.

Come along and say hello!


Monday, 1 July 2013

Mind Control

This month sees the launch of 'Mind Control', the final part of my Light vs Dark collab with The Kelham Island Brewery. I was aiming for an Xmen tone for this feisty lady. With an Abv of 6.9% she's the one I've most been looking forward to. After a couple of pints she'll be controlling your every move!

A signed A4 print of Mind Control is now available in my shop here.

Cheers to everyone who tried the beers and checked out the prints! My first beer pump artwork 'King of the Rocket Men' will be returning next month, followed by the sequel 'Radar Men From the Moon' in October.

After that I'll be back for more in 2014!

Friday, 21 June 2013

Pearl Harbour Adaption App

The Pearl Harbour comic adaption I worked on for Comics in the Classroom is available now for the small sum of 69p from the App store.

It was a real challenge as I'm not used to drawing military rooms, vehicles and uniforms etc but I really like how it turned out and feel proud of it. If you like mine then they have plenty of other historical events to choose from too. They're intended partly as a learning tool to introduce teens to historical topics.
Check it out!

Monday, 17 June 2013

Exposed Magazine Interview

I recently spoke with my old mate Julz Gray who writes a beer collumn for Exposed Magazine.
Check out the interview here.
Nice one Julz!

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Crimson Steel

Light vs Dark (part 5 of 6) kicks off this month with 'Crimson Steel'. He will hit the pumps soon via my collaberation with The Kelham Island Brewery. There is also an interview with me and the Brewery in this months Exposed Magazine which I'll post up here asap. Cheers to Julz Gray for that!

The artwork is available now as a signed print from my online shop.