Category Archives: Illustration

Minimalist Brighton Designs

Brighton is full of inspiration of things to draw! Recently I have found a style of drawing having in mind screen printing, keeping the look stripped back to basics.

Starting with the West Pier, I cleaned the chaotic look of the burnt pier to a few clean lines. The Pavilion is so decorative it is hard to make minimalist! The i360 has satisfying clean lines in real life so works quite naturally.

The iconic can-can legs on the Duke of York’s cinema and Komedia were my first one colour drawing in a screen print style.

The murmurations of starlings that fill the sky on the sea front in Brighton is one of my favourite things about living here. I drew each simplified bird individually to create a sense of movement.

All of the designs are now on 11RugbyRoad.com

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Rediscovering hand drawn illustration

For years I have felt more comfortable drawing in Adobe Illustrator rather than with a pen and paper. Recently I have dusted off my fine liners and experimented embracing a naive, cheerful style.

Preparing for an exhibition on Brighton seafront from 15th – 27th of July I’m doing at the Fishing Quarter Gallery, I have taken the seaside for inspiration on a series of illustrated prints.


I will never be an illustrator but have enjoyed being comfortable with a sketch book again.

  

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Ohh Deer Competition: Call for Likes!

Pixelated graphic animal

I’ve been busy preparing for the Artist Open Houses in Brighton where I’ll be selling all sorts of pieces. From candles to mugs, prints and cards. But most recently I’ve found time to enter Ohh Deer’s latest competition to get my designs printed and sold in stores (they can be bought online now from the website!) I chose to make clean and colourful geometric graphics of classic stag and rabbit shapes.

Bunny Hare print 2014

Facebook likes and tweets count as votes! So any I could get would be hugely appreciated.

British designer modern Spring 2015 colour bright

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I’m Hot: Saucy modern seaside postcards

Suck Me Fab

The sun looks like it might actually make a few appearances this summer! So in celebration, I’ve made a few postcard designs of classic British ice creams. Slightly more hot and steamy than hot and sticky. Possibly both.

Long live saucy seaside postcards, just with less fat ladies in swimsuits on these ones.

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Silly Beans

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This is Silly Beans, a sequel of sorts to Silly Voices. A children’s book designed to be read aloud, Silly Beans uses interactive counting and number recognition all helped by the rhyming word play. Written by my sister Lauren, she has used her Primary School Teacher know how to come up with something playful and endearing to read.

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The design is bright and child friendly and reflects the jelly bean theme.  The pastel illustrations are laid placed so that they can be easily followed and pointed out with a little finger while the story is read. The line breaks help the rhymes flow even if the punctuation is skipped by children in a hurry!

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We’d love to hear any feedback on this little project. Both of us are already thinking up ideas for our next collaboration, which hopefully shouldn’t be too soon away!

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Whack Attack

My favourite game by far when I was young was Whack Attack…

The Wack-A-Mole type board game used bright colours and five memorable faces that you had to smash in with a hammer. The 80’s/90’s game never made a comeback, but my love of the design slicked (with an unhealthy obsession with pink and green together blamed on Whack Attack).

I’ve created vector designs for each of the faces which I’ve turned into posters, t-shirts and iPhone wallpapers. I love their simplicity and their emotive monster faces are perfect for Halloween!

The t-shirts are available from my t-shirt store at danmackey.spreadshirt.co.uk

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iPhone 4 wallpapers:
Blue Face 
Yellow Face
Green Face

iPhone 5 wallpapers:
Blue Face
Yellow Face
Green Face

 

Plus!

Here is the hottest new iPhone 4 & 5 wallpaper to have at the moment (Use Whack Attack as your lock screen!)

 

iPhone 4 Wallpaper 

iPhone5 Wallpaper

 

 

 

 

 

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Volcano Whale Eruption

Today I imagined what if evil whales could shoot out lava…

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Greeting Card Design Updated

Worked on 2 new designs today which follow the bold, colourful style of my other bits. Had in mind using these on greetings cards and changing/ adding more text.

I’ve had a little update of the designs with the last 2 images being the unchanged ones I left up just to show what elements I kept and which I dropped.

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