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Rorschach revisited

ImagineFX magazine asked Dave Gibbons to create their cover for issue 42. Here Dave runs through the process involved in the artworks creation...I've created a bit of a homage to Rorschach on my patterns blog...
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Update time

Just dropping by to say there's a couple of new pieces in my portfolio. This book is just a little drop-in image I produced for the recent redesign of WPT Poker magazine. Its been absolutely chaotic at Carlton Towers recently with work coming out of my ears. I've even been missing out on plugging the mag.
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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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WPT Poker magazine issue 28

I've been so snowed under recently that I've been unable to update you on our latest issues. Well let me fix it by pointing out our latest corker of an issue. Cover star Liv Boeree kindly gave up some of her hectic schedule to do an exclusive photoshoot for us. The results were great as you can see. We recently went to a recording session of a Pokerstars televised event. We had a bundle of these copies
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Vista web builder

Here's the sleeve design of the official Windows Vista magazine's CD featuring my web building artwork. I did this a little while back but only just had chance to upload it. I'll put a clearer version in the portfolio soon.
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WPT Poker magazine issue 24

Happy New Year to all you Poker and Design fans. Here's the latest issue that you can pick up from WHSmiths or from the Future Mag store. This issue has Roland De Wolfe brooding moodily on the cover - the shot was taken during last years WSOPE in London. He gets good coverage in the mag as well with mentions in a number of features, the best of which is the Pro on Pro interview he takes part in with
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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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WPT Poker magazine issue 23

Belated plug of the latest issue - I've been mad busy recently on about seven different tangents, so keeping everything up to date has been difficult. Never mind you've still got chance to get hold of a copy and read about the following...Big Time: Start playing in the worlds biggest poker games. We show you how to prepare.Keep your own fishfinder database so that you can keep the 'roll afloatCoverage
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WPT Poker mag: Issue 22

Vegas came to London recently for the WSOPE and we took the opportunity to bag an interview with Phil Hellmuth (whilst hobnobbing at the Savoy). We asked him about how he felt winning his eleventh bracelet. Also in town was Annette15, demon online player - she went on to win the London event right after we set our photographer loose on her! Apart from all of this we have the following in the latest
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WPT Poker mag: Issue 21

David Williams takes a bow on our latest cover. We managed to track him down in Vegas for a photoshoot. He came well prepared - he had visited his jeweller beforehand and appeared with boxes containing $500,000 worth of bling. After turning the lights down a notch we bagged this great cover image. He'll be pleased to hear that we also feature his mum - she beat him in the WSOP!Get the mag to hear how
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WPT Poker mag: Issue 20

Go head to head with Katya Thater (our coverstar) as we cover the Heads-up Championship at the World Series 2007. Katya features as our main profile after winning a bracelet in the $1,500 Razz event, the first woman to win one in three years. Other features to look out for...Take chances to make your own 'luck'Become a legend - how to be the best poker playerPub poker: the government has changed the
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WPT Poker mag: Issue 19

Live action poker: Joe Sebok heads up this action packed issue with tournament highlights from Vegas and Bournemouth. Yes, that's right we cover poker both sides of the atlantic. All the big stars of high stakes american games, along with the best of our own home grown scene. It's the start of the new WPT season 6 tour - the Mirage Poker Showdown with Phil Ivey making the final table.Features to look
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WPT Poker mag: Issue 18

Deal Me In: Grab the latest issue of WPT Poker magazine right now. This month it comes bagged with a supplement, "Hit The Strip". This is your guide to playing poker in Vegas: Where to stay, where to play and what to see. Joe Hachem is our cover star and he's totally stoked on winning a WPT crown.Features to look out for in this issue are:Fighting on the Fifth: Discover the best way to play the riverWPT
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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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WPT Poker mag: Issue 17

Slightly later in the month than I'd like - here's my ad for the day job: Rake it in this issue with our cover star Humberto Brenes. He's the cheeky chappy that brings big tournaments to life with his outlandish cries of "I'm all-in!". Also the cover has some minor poker celebrity in the form of jail-bound Paris Hilton. She featured in the WPT Celebrity Invitational in LA and we have all the highlights.Features
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WPT Poker mag: Issue 16

Here's the boss! Doyle Brunson goes all-in on our latest cover - do you wanna match that bet? This is the guy that every poker player hopes to mirror. Pick up a copy if you want to know more about the legend.Features to look out for in this issue are:Up periscope: Change the way you play tournaments.Michael Greco's recent win in the Cardiff GUKPT.Comprehensive guide to playing poker down the pub.How
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WPT Poker mag: Issue 15

Hitting the newstands right about now is the latest issue of WPT Poker. On the cover is the lovely Liz Lieu, read all about her in the mag. Not yet in the mag, but, I travelled to Monte Carlo to do some more potential cover shoots. Expect to see some top poker pros appearing on the cover in the coming months. Monte Carlo was great, very different vibe to Vegas. For a start you need bag loads of cash
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World Poker Tour mag: Issue 14

Hoyt Corkins is this months cover star. He's another of the stars we managed to bag whilst in Vegas before Christmas. Also on the cover you can see Joe Hachem making an appearance. He won $2 million while we were at the Bellagio, not bad going huh?Features to look out for in this issue are:Wise Up! 52 incredible poker stats that every player must know.The British are coming - How the Brits are making
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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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World Poker Tour mag: Issue 13

Here's the first fruit of my pre-Christmas jaunt to Vegas. Marcel Luske is our cover star who graciously accepted our invitation to pose in a photoshoot just after busting out in the Five Diamond tournament at the Bellagio.Features to look out for in this issue are:Danger... Sharks! How to avoid poker predators.Ten ways to stop losing.Todd and Doyle Brunson team up in a Fathers and sons tournament.H.O.R.S.E.
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World Poker Tour mag: Issue 12

With a pre-Christmas trip to Vegas and the festive season all rolling into one, I've been a bit lax on promoting our latest issue. So here it is...Incidentally my trip to the US was to bag a bunch of poker professionals during the Five Diamond Poker tournament. We had photoshoots with about a dozen top players, Doyle Brunson, David Williams, and Liz Lieu amongst them. It was a great experience, and
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World Poker Tour mag: Issue 11

A trip to Cardiff doesn't normally fill me with joy, so when Ian, my editor, suggested a photoshoot there I didn't exactly whoop for joy. However it was to meet up with a guy called Antonio Esfandiari. He met us whilst filming a TV event and was very willing to entertain our ideas for the shoot. Anyway our photographer, Jesse Wilde, bagged a whole sackload of shots for us to work with. Once I'd chosen
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World Poker Tour mag: Issue 10

Vicky Coren appears on the latest issue of WPT Poker mag, she recently won the London leg of the EPT. She bagged a cool 500,000 GBP! Find out how she managed it. Joe Pelton is another big winner, showing an A-7 to claim a USD 1.6 million pot in the Legends of Poker tournament. We also feature the action from the WPT Ladies Night event. Features include:How to spot a blufferReaction to the Safe Port
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It's a heavenly read!

On sale from now is the latest edition of .net. This issue shows you the good and the bad side of the net. For the good we have a feature listing 25 heavenly web design tools (and all free), plus an article on how to write a winning design brief. On the darkside of the net we question web standards, "Is usability killing creativity?". Also we take a look at the evil "healthcare" sites that peddle dodgy
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.net - Into the New Year with a new issue!

Best get the last plug of 2005 in before January hits us with a sledge hammer on New Year's Eve: .net is on sale! Discover the web design trends that matter for 2006 in our round up of the forthcoming year. Also you'll find features on IPTV, how broadband will deliver TV content to your computer, how Dharamasala (the home of the exiled Dalai Lama) has implemented a Wifi Mesh to bring it right into
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.net - Christmas issue!

Indulge me whilst I plug the labours of my day job. The latest edition of .net is the hottest yet, and is all about Web 2.0 - the next revolution(?). You'll need to be quick off the mark as this is quite a late post. The next issue (January) will be on sale in just over a week. However this Christmas edition is a corker.Besides the Web 2.0 feature you'll find around up of the leading music download
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