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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
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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
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Marshall Alexander - Paper Engineer

I found this little gem of a site on a blog that also mentioned my pattern site (more of that in the next post...). Tying in nicely with the Speakerdog post this is another papercraft site and what a lovely piece of work it is too. With all of these treats you'll be spoiling us (ambassador). I especially like the one pictured, "Ape, not a monkey".
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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
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Twitter profile

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...
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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.
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75 patterns and counting

My pattern blog is building up quite a collection of downloadable images. I've just uploaded the 75th pattern. They are all free for you to use (as long as you abide by the Creative Commons license on the site). All of the patterns are A4 in size and are aimed at kids to print out and colour in. I'm aiming to hit the 100 image mark soon.
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Sketching

Design Week has a fascinating article about how creatives use their sketchbooks. I tend to use scraps of paper whenever the urge to doodle or think hits me. I do have sketchbooks but they tend to be where I store these odds and ends. The books do get quite padded by this extra paper. I have a more formal leather pocket sketchbook, but its just a little bit too posh and small to do any really messy
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David Lyttleton's Website!

The most eagerly awaited website launch of them all... Welcome to David Lyttleton's Website! David has been a longstanding contributor to the various mags I've produced. An excellent illustrator bursting with ideas. Let the stampede begin.
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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
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Truly hypnotic paper cuts

Designing a pop-up book kraken...
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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.
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Becks Canvas competition

As detailed in my earlier post the brewers of Becks beer held an art competition. In the above image the winners are: (left to right) Charlotte Bracegirdle, Simon Cunningham, Tom Price and Riita Ikonen. Tasty, I particularly like Riita's "Let's Stick Together" label best. The bottles are on sale from the 1 August.
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Beck's Canvas

This award looks pretty interesting - Beck's Canvas. They are giving four artists the chance to put their artwork on Beck's bottle labels in August. They've helped the careers of Damien Hirst, Tracy Emin (more's the pity) and Jake & Dinos Chapman in the past. Having your work appear on 27 million bottles of beer can't be too shabby!
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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
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"What is Vector?"

Well it could be a Kirkism or it could be this. But then, maybe it has something to do with this instead. Hmm?
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Introducing Cormac Jordan

In the blog post below you'll notice a reference to Cormac as a contributor to the latest issue. Well he's an old friend from way back. He also happens to be a fine arts trained designer who can turn his hand to using the old crayons. The thumbnail shown here is just a taster of the finished artwork that appeared in the mag, in all he put together two images for me. This link sends you to his design
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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!
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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.
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Design portfolio

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
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Type the Sky

Not knowing much about German, I'm taking a bit of a stab at understanding this page on Slanted. Type the sky is a university project by Lisa Reinerman. It involves a photography/typography project where she's basically looked up and shot the skyline to make out letterforms. I've had to rely on a babelfish translation to understand the text, but I think that photoshop hasn't played too big a part in
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Gavin Strange

It's great to see someone you've commissioned in the past going on to great things. Gavin is a guy who always seems so enthusiastic about being creative - puts an old cynic like me to shame. You only have to dip in to his blog for a short time to see how much energy/projects/geekery he possesses. Well the news that he couldn't quite keep to himself is that he landed himself a spot on the Apple Pro
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Veerle's blog 2.0

This site is a great resource for any screen jockey. Veerle Pieter is mainly a web designer with a background in graphic design and illustration. I'm linking to her Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials as they are a great resource, but you should make time to browse the other topics available.
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James May - Autocar

When you've been working in publishing as long as I have you get to hear about a lot of stories about disgruntled employees getting their own back. The best is the "hidden message using the first letter of each story". Its one of those stories that you think are great but never actually get the chance of seeing. Well here's what Top Gear presenter James May did whilst working for Autocar magazine quite
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iPhone Commercial

I can't wait to try out the sideburn feature...
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London 2012

Today has seen a fairly large backlash about the launch of the new London 2012 brand identity, reputed to have cost GBP400,000. To me it looks like an old Ivan Lendl Adidas shirt gone wrong. It would also be a good design if we ever won and had to host the eurovision song contest. Don't even get me started on the typography! *rant* See it in all its glory here. The best bit of today was witnessing
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My designs

I've started to populate my Flickr account with some design work from the last decade. Its mainly from my work on Future magazines. I have added descriptions to all of them just yet - that takes an age. Anyway, feel free to have a nose through them all. There's quite a few layouts that feature some images from top class illustrators - Insect, Twelveten, Richard May, Identikal to name but a few.
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