If the kids are united..

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I was wondering what happened to the publicity artwork I did for Sham69, and found a couple of samples on their facebook page (the official one). I’m glad they put the caricatures I did for them to good use!

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Frank Frazetta

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I was very Sad to read about the death of Frank Frazetta a few months ago. Frazetta’s fantasy and sci-fi work were always a major influences to me. However I was pleased to read that Frazetta’s cover for Conan the Conqueror sold for a reported one million dollars in November last year. It was one of those paintings where I actually bought the book because the artwork enticed me to do so!. I did originally see Frazetta’s artwork for A Princess of Mars in an auction catalog when I was working at Christies (mid nineties). So its probably not that surprising one of his Conan painting went for so much. All in all a sad day, and a great day for artists in the same genre .

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On another note I bought a copy of Icon a couple of years ago and it’s a great addition for any Frazetta fan.

Talking of Frazetta I’m surprised how little a lot of people know about his artistic influences especially J Allen St John and Frank E Schoonover. J Allen St John in particular really grabbed my interest when I was looking at Frazetta due to the dynamic compositions of his pulp covers. It’s not hard to see where Frazetta drew a lot of his artistic style from when you have the chance to admire the art of J Allen St John. I’d certainly recommend this book from Amazon The Paintings of J Allen St John: Grand Master of Fantasy for anyone who has more than a passing interest in fantasy and sci-fi art.

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Hersham Boys

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I was recently quite fortunate to do some publicity work for Sham69! A bit of a double bonus as the lead singer Tim is a Millwall fan like myself. Tim asked me to create caricatures of each of the band members including himself . I’m glad they weren’t too offended by their likenesses! There was this picture (Below) that you can see at Sham69 website

From left to right: Al Campbell, Ian Whitewood, Dave Parsons and Tim V

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and a more colourful version that you can find here in the ‘people’ gallery.

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For anyone interested Sham69 were a pioneering punk band from the seventies/early eighties who charted hit songs like ‘Hersham Boys’ and ‘If the kids are united’. They are still very much touring and playing live to audiences all around the world.

Fantasy Football

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Football is definately big on my agenda lately! Not only did I get to see Millwall win their first Wembley final (their first ever playoff triumph) but I also got to paint something along a football theme for Imagine FX magazine recently.

They’re having a competition for their readers to paint a fantasy football team player, ‘Fantasy’ being the key word! Now that the competition is official I can post the image I painted to help promote the competition.
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It’s meant to be Wayne Rooney depicted as a troll Orc like character, hopefully its still a reasonalble likeness despite the fantasy embelishments.

I also get to be on the judging panel for the competition (which is pretty cool) so I’m looking forward to seeing all the entries that come in.  Should be a lotta fun!

Here’s a link to the competition Imagine FX fantasy football

Still on the football theme the world cup kicks of this friday with England playing their first match on saturday. I’ve got my fingers crossed for a great start to the tournament!