Patterns: Call for entries
My side project Patterns for Colouring has started to feature patterns from specially invited illustrators and designers. So far Ben the Illustrator, Matt Lyon and David Lyttleton have been added to the library, with more to come. I think the concept is working really well and would like to extend the invitation to the wider creative community. If you feel you'd like to produce colouring pages for
As a result of being side lined by other things I've neglected to post links to illustrators that have either contacted me or I've found. This is to redress the situation...Alex Mathers contacted me recently after I found him on twitter. Thankfully I'd already earmarked him for inclusion in the blog. Ape on the Moon is another illustration blog, much like this one, looking for fresh talent to post
Patterns: Call for entries
The word is getting around about Patterns for Colouring and its getting featured on other sites like Creative Boom (pictured), Parent Dish (which is where I found the link to Marshall Alexander, below) and even Holy Moly - quite a broad audience footprint there! I've also seen it mentioned on a few parenting forums and moneysavingexpert.com. Design sites that have featured it include ColourLovers and
Speakerdog series 6
I'm loving what Ben the Illustrator has done with his speakerdog creation. I've been spotting it appear in all sorts of places over the last few years. Its a great little brand he has created, but I was unaware that he was allowing other creatives to have fun with it too. Its now a paper toy and series 6 has a whole host of talent customising the little fella. So get your PVA and scissors ready and
I've been on twitter for a while now but I've only just updated the sidebar to show the link. If you'd like to see my arts, illustration, design and general nonsense tweets go ahead and follow me...
100+ free colouring patterns
Its update time in the land of patterns. My free CC pattern site now has over 100 high resolution images. I'm getting some great feedback from sites like Geekdad, Colourlovers, and Ideafixa who have all linked to the pattern blog recently. It would be great to spread the word even further so that children and adults can all get experimenting and learning about colour.
40 free patterns
I've just uploaded the fortieth free pattern to my other blog. All of the patterns on that site are for downloading, printing out and colouring in. I'm aiming to have 100 patterns uploaded soon, I just have to get around to creating them! The patterns are mostly based on simple geometric shapes but I may branch out into more figurative areas at some point. Remember all of the patterns are protected
Carlton Hibbert's pattern blog
I've posted the twentieth free pattern design to my pattern blog. There'll be lots more to come. Get over there and download them all. Grab your pencils and crayons and get busy with your kids.
New look mag, brand new website
The last few months have been very busy for me. Firstly I had to do a redesign of my magazine, WPT Poker. My colleagues and I have produced a more focussed product aimed at the established poker playing community. We've added far more input from professional players, giving the reader far more chance to immerse themselves in the practice and atmosphere of cardroom mentality.The look of the magazine
Bond Is Back!
This will be no surprise to your average Bond fan, but a new title is about to hit the stores. Michael Gillette, on his blog Pencil Squeezing, shows us his cover work for the release of Fleming's classic books. I've got a couple of old paperbacks knocking around, must dig them out.
A certain old contributor of mine pointed me in the direction of a new cartoonist by the name of Nick Girls. Great portfolio for a relatively new artist but I'm sure we'll be seeing much more of him in the future. Check out his blog too for more up to date imagery skills.
I've decide to give the site a little facelift. I hope you like its more open and fresh look.
So long Pixelsurgeon
Pixelsurgeon is being closed down, as the founders can no longer devote the necessary time to keep it viable. I'm sad to see it go, but can understand that with other projects they can no longer maintain the site. I've found a lot of very interesting links and leads there over the years. So to all who sailed in her/it - many thanks and good luck!
Smoke and mirrors
Well, just smoke actually. Here's a neat little tutorial for those stumped on how to generate a wispy smoke effect using Illustrator and Photoshop from PSDTuts.
My design portfolio has finally launched. It will work as a sister site to this one and will contain a good healthy chunk of all of my design work from the last 13 years. There's quite a lot of stuff in there at the moment but I'm working on even more. Head over to the design galleries to see more. I have also started a new design blog which will run in tandem to this one, so bookmark both blogs to
20th century illustration
David Apatoff is obviously someone with a great wealth of knowledge about illustration in the previous century. Luckily he has gifting an awful lot of that knowledge to us through his blog. It has been picked up as one of Blogger's 'Blogs of Note' and is undoubtedly enjoying a peak in traffic. It's great to see the skills of latter day artists - they leave a lot of todays illustrators in the dust.
In my old blog I used to put all of my thoughts in amongst the illustration posts. If you feel the need to see more of this kind of random rantage then go and visit my other blog...