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Howlin’Fling

I was commissioned to create a design for the amazing Howlin’ Fling festival on the Isle of Eigg. It had to be wild, fun, colourful and show off the spirit of the festival. We decided upon a viking theme to represent the Islands history which gave me the chance to develop some interesting characters! More info to be found at the Lost Map website http://lostmap.com/news/2016/1/27/aaaaa-wooooooooh-howlin-fling-returns

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Shark Skateboard Design

I was asked by my friend to create a new skateboard design for him. He gave me a short board template he had cut out of thick plywood as seen below. After a quick discussion on what i should draw we decided upon a shark image as it would suit the shape of the board. I first drew a rough design out onto the wood and then painted the final design on. Check out the finished results.

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The finished designs. One is a simple black on wood effect while the other if a colourful screen print. The addition of colour helped me to pick out some of the details inside the shark. This made the image easier to break down visually.

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NetNatives wall painting

I have recently been working in Brighton for the social and digital marketing agency NetNatives  (http://www.netnatives.com/). The brief they gave me was to create an image of a robot fighting a gorilla on Brighton pier. The robot was to have the colours of google and the gorilla was to be blue to represent twitter, facebook and LinkedIn. This was a great brief to be given as i was able to be as creative with the space as I wanted. Below are the results. I took a photo of each stage so it would look like a flick book with the image slowly revealing itself.

The final stage…………………………..

Head board painting

I also painted on a large board to create an image with 3 head holes so that people could put their heads in the spaces for photographs. I used the robot and gorilla with an additional character of a green snake like monster. The head holes are still to be cut but these images give an idea of what it will look like when completed.

 

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Gentlemen of the steam age

This is a self motivated project i did recently. I wanted to create portraits of Victorian gentlemen who where not as stiff and rigid as seen in old black and white photographs. This involved lots of experimenting with different shapes and lines to build up the texture in each of the characters appearances. I didn’t plan any of the characters, generally going with what ever i felt looked right. I think some are more successful than others but that’s the fun of doing lots of doodling. I like the fact that they could potentially be quite serious characters if it wasn’t for all the extra features i have added. The strange mix of colours and patterns adds to the overall surreal effect.

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T-Shirt designs

I have been really keen to design my own t-shirts for a long time now and have finally got round to doing some designs. I wanted to make bold patterns with lots of different shapes and marks. I think they are strong designs but i am not sure if they are all suited for t-shirts so i was hoping to get some feedback on which ones are the most effective. Would you buy any of these? Any comments are welcome. If people like them i may get them printed and start to sell them. Thanks for helping out.

 

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Competition winners!

Its time to announce the winners of the competition i have been running for the last week and a half. I have had such an amazing response to this and its great that loads of you have wanted to get involved. I really appreciate all the support you give me with my art work and am looking forward to creating some new exciting work over the summer.  Every time you share, like and comment on my illustrations it gives me a great reason to keep on doing what i love, thank you.
So after putting all your names in a hat and getting my glamorous assistant to pick two names out i am happy to announce that the winners are…….. drum roll please………….
*Powl Noiz
*Carrie J. Lyell
Congratulations to Powl (you won the lion) and Carrie (you won the terror). I will contact you both about getting your postal address so i can send the A3 print to you. I hope you like them and that they find a nice new home on your wall.
Keep checking my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/andrewdenholmillustration  for more illustrations and feel free to like my page if you haven’t done already.
Cheers!!!
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5 cities, 1 sticker

I was thinking about the friends i had living in different countries and thought it would be really cool if i could come up with a project to bring us all together in some way. An illustration that could integrate the different places and languages we lived in. I came up with the design below which has a greeting from each of our respective cities, London, Edinburgh, Paris, Berlin and New York. I then got the image made into a A5 size stickers and sent them off to my friends with the simple instructions of go out and put them up around the city they lived in, have fun and take a couple of pictures to record it. I have to say a massive thanks to Dino, Caroline, Joel and Owen for taking the time to do it. Much appreciated. Try to spot some of the major landmarks in the backgrounds of some of the photos.

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EDINBURGH

BERLIN

PARIS

LONDON

NEW YORK

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STreetART

I used a laser cutter to cut these images out of plastic acrylic  The images where from a previous project (http://www.andrewdenholm.com/portfolio/masquerade) that i thought would look really good as street art around the streets of Shoreditch in London. With the help of my photographer mate and some cheap glue we went off in search of some good spots to stick the work up. Most of the pieces have disappeared since i did it, hopefully to loving homes. I think i need to use better glue and maybe some ladders next time to keep them well out of reach. Too many art hungry fingers.

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Umbrella Objective

I was asked to take part in the umbrella objective project along with 20 other artists. We were individually sent large white umbrellas in the post (very confused postman) and given a open brief to paint our designs. The finished umbrellas took part in a showcase parade at Artfusion on 17th June and Solas Festival main stage, both in and around Glasgow. I decided to make my umbrella into a whirlpool with monsters battling each other in the swirling waves. Here are the results.

Big thanks to http://erikascamera.co.uk/ for the last two images. They are fantastic. If you would like to check out the other amazing designs involved in the Umbrella Objective follow this link http://www.facebook.com/UmbrellaObjective.

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Monster Shoes!

I recently designed a pair of shoes for my girlfriend Laura’s birthday. I started with a plain white pair of canvas shoes and with little to no planning i attacked them with a sharpie pen. It wasn’t the most easy process as trying to make them symmetrical was pretty difficult but i think it worked out okay. Laura seemed to like them anyway, well she didn’t kick me with them so i take that as a good sign.

Plain boring shoes. Time to get drawing.
The shoes after a few hours of battling with them.
The side view.
Who you looking at?
Front detail.
Back detail.
Happy or evil monster? You decide.
Laura’s feet meet their new friends.
Nooo! Water is the shoes enemy.
Hanging out in the sun with the cool kids at Camden lock.
Its going to be a drunk walk home.
That will do shoe, that will do.

 

 

Brew Dog

Brew Dog Competition

I recently saw that Brew Dog, the Scottish brewery company was asking for new t-shirt designs for their brand to be submitted for a competition. The winner will have their image printed on t-shirts and sold as part of the Brew Dog range. Unfortuantly i had very little time to whip this image up but i am fairly happy with the final outcome. I called it “Hair o the dug” after the idea that all you need is another drink in the morning if you have a hangover (the hair of the dog) and the brands name “Brew Dog” also helped! I will wait and see how it fairs and keep you all posted, fingers crossed.

 

Skinny Magazine

Skinny Magazine

I have recently been doing illustrations for a Scottish cultural magazine called “The Skinny”. It is a fantastic mag that highlights music, art, dance, theater and everything in between going on in Scotland on a weekly basis. I have been asked to do work for the nightclub section so i have been making bright, bold, graphic images to represent the vibrant night life going on around the country. They are a little surreal as well which makes me happy as i like to make abstract images. I hope they inspire you to go out dancing.

King Kong

New Blog! I painted a giant orange monkey!!

Hey, this is my first post on my blog and its a big one. I should really say its a giant orange monkey of a post! I was recently asked by the lovely people at “End of the Pier Films” to paint a King Kong character on their studio wall. They have moved from Berlin and have a very exciting future ahead of them so i was delighted to be involved in their rebirth in Scotland. As they are an animation company it was easy to set up a stop motion video camera to film me as i painted the wall mural. It was the first time i had ever done something of this scale so it was a challenge but a fun one. I think it works well but i would love to hear any feedback from you. Life is good if you have a giant orange monkey in your life!!

Watch the video of me making it here!!!!!!!!!!!!! Orange Monkey