Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Match of Tomorrow

Match of the Day Magazine asked me to do an audition piece (a pitch, if you will) for a series of double-page comic strip predictions of England's World Cup performances. I poured all my wealth of footy-knowledge (largely based around the 1994 Arsenal squad), a couple of anti-American clich├ęs and some blind optimism into a script and the first page came out like this:

And then the second page was to be a bit like this:

Not exactly what eventually did unfold, but then if they were to all prove accurate it would be a pretty depressing comic series. Sadly they didn't go for me though, which is a shame because I'd love to do more stuff like this. I'm not sure if someone else got the job or not, but if they did I do hope it was Paul.

Thursday, July 01, 2010


I donated this cover to this weeks Le Cool. I drew it a while back as part of a project called SweetView.

SweetView is eventually going to be a series of art prints designed to resonate with Londoners. So rather than views of the London Eye with Big Ben in the background, or Big Ben with the London Eye in the background - views we only recognise from the Apprentice titles - they will be the crossroads, markets and hidden squares that provide the true backdrop to our lives. I'm running it in conjunction with Charlotte, my very own Lord Sugar, and we will launch it fully in September. There's to be twelve prints, one for each inner borough (Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Wandsworth, Lambeth, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Islington, Camden, Greenwich and Lewisham - suggestions for locations in each place would be gratefully received).

If you'd like a friendly email when the SweetView project launches, just email or put a comment on this post.

The Hackney print will be the one adapted for the above cover.

Right now I'm colouring the Lambeth one - Brixton Market. Here's what the linework looks like:

There's an interview, of sorts, on the Le Cool website.