By far the biggest project I have worked on so far is for ESPN FC - Check out the full site here
I had the great honour of being invited to the Ronald McDonald house charity gala in Manchester recently. During the event they have an auction to raise money which included this artwork I created for a Man City pack.
The whole night was amazing and they raised £250k on the night which is incredible.
Red Lantern digital media commissioned me to create a wallpaper design for their office walls. They wanted to incorporate some legendary names from the world of sport in a one off design.
CNN commissioned me to create this piece for an article they had created called 'God and the Don'
You can see the article on the CNN website here: cnn.it/2rzUGc0
My latest commission from Arsenal FC is of their legendary manager George Graham.
I recently worked on a project with @jamesa_design for Guardian Sport to create artworks for an animated video to explain why the day/night ashes test and the use of the new 'pink ball' is such an issue.
The animation work is really good and I love seeing my work come to life especially for such a great client.
I was recently commissioned by Manchester City fc to illustrate their players for their Chinese New Year good will messages. These were used on gifts for fans in China, their website and on digital screens in Manchester City Centre.
I also worked with them back in 2012 for their City Kicks promotions where they were used on their website, match day programmes and for a permanent wall display inside the Etihad Stadium.
I really enjoyed this project and was very honoured to be invited to the ground for an interview about my work. You can see the video on youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhzGF8eO4eM
The best bit of the project was when Man City showed me the videos of the players seeing their portraits for the first time.
IMG Media commissioned me to create a series of illustrations for UEFA to promote their upcoming European qualifiers in 2017.
The illustrations were created in layers so that they could be animated. I'm really happy with the final results especially how they created the depth of field with the line work and colours.
My latest work for Arsenal FC is of their captain Per Mertesacker. I am getting the hang of my Wacom screen now and I got to try out my new brushes!
Arsenal FC commissioned me to create an image of their former player Robert Pires for use oil their social media channels. I decided to use some of my new watercolour brush effects on the piece and I'm really happy with the outcome.
I received a great brief from ShortList magazine to illustrate the 10 most visually satisfying Premier League goals from the past decade for their 10 year anniversary issue.
It was very difficult to get the composition to work but I'm really happy with the finished design.
My latest submission to the BT Sport Football #Championsdraw competition. This style was developed after I purchased some amazing new watercolour brushes which are changing the way I work.
Experimentation with colour and shapes
I have worked with the Guardian on an animated video to explain the upcoming fight between McGregor and Mayweather. I am really happy with how it turned out.
View the video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6Q4l3RU8Fk
I had great fun working with DHL on their Rugby 7s promotions. These are just some of the player illustrations I did for them which they used across social media and their website.
I had the great honour of being involved once again with the Charity Shield programme.
I have recently worked on player illustrations for Juventus for their match day promotions. These were used on their social media channels and on their official website.
My latest commission for Arsenal FC is of the legend Ian Wright
The first design for my soon to be launched new print store
Arsenal FC have commissioned me to illustrate their players past and present for use across their social media channels. More to show soon!
I recently worked with Music design agency and Manchester City FC on their promotional work for the Champions league games with Monaco.
These were used in the stadium around the pitch, in the programme, advertising and as animated gifs on their social media channels
I had the great pleasure of providing illustrations for the full Bundesliga season. These were used for several social media channels including some of the clubs.
I have recently worked on player portraits for Juventus for their match day promotions. These were used on their social media channels and on their official website.
Arsenal FC asked me to create several match day programme cover illustrations for their premier league season.
My latest piece for Arsenal FC is of the Premier league legend Thierry Henry. I created three illustrations which were made into an animated gif and used on their social media channels.
Olivier Giroud for Arsenal FC
I had the great honour of once again of being asked to provide illustrations for the FA Cup programme.
To celebrate the birthday of the Premier League legend Kanu, Arsenal commissioned me to create this piece for use on the their social media channels.
I'm really getting to grips with my new Wacom display and hope to do lots more drawn style illustrations in the future.
I had the great honour of having some of the illustrations I created for Juventus FC made into an official t-shirt design. This was sold in their official website and club store.
New York City FC asked me to create player illustrations for their Chinese New Celebration promotions.
My favourite player is Pirlo so this was a great project to work on.
I have always been intrigued by stained glass window designs and I thought it would be a great experiment to try and create my own illustrations using a similar style.
I picked Yaya Toure to illustrate because he had just scored the goal that had won Man City the FA Cup and I liked the idea of him being represented as a knight or angel figure.
I would love to do more of these type of designs in the future and I hope to have a real window made some day.
I recently worked on a project with the Guardian to create a cricket character for an animated video they were creating called 'Cricket for beginners: answering the questions you were afraid to ask'
The Guardian asked me to help with an animated video they were producing to show how Chelsea FC won the Premier League title. You can view the final video here:
The guys behind the 2016/17 'Season Annual' book invited me to submit illustrations for the Manchester United vs Bournemouth game. A game made famous by Zlatan getting his head stamped on, leading to him later that game elbowing his aggressor powerfully in the face.
The book is great and features some amazing illustrators. Find out more here: www.seasonannual.com
BT Sport asked me if I would like to take part in their Champions league illustration competition #championsdraw.
I feel very proud to be involved in the competition which features some really great illustrators.
I really want to make it to the final but if I don't it was still great to be featured.
My latest piece for Arsenal is of their legendary captain Patrick Vieira. This was made into an animated GIF for use on their social media channels
Arsenal FC commissioned me to illustrate the Emirates stadium for use on the spines of their programmes for the 2016/17 season.
It was great to see the final image at the end of the season.
The Premier League interviewed me as part of their promotions for the Derby match between Manchester City and Manchester United. This went out around the world.
I've been experimenting a lot lately with geometric designs and I'm really happy with the results.
More to show soon
ESPN commissioned me to create some drawn illustrations of the Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic for an article by James Horncastle.
You can view the page here: http://es.pn/218ka8N
King of La Liga
ESPN commissioned me to illustrate FC Barcelona super star Lionel Messi for a data visual web page they were building to highlight his amazing achievement of breaking Telmo Zarra's league record 251 goals.
ESPN did an amazing job of communicating the statistics of his achievement by creating a parallax scrolling page to animate the data. You can visit the site using this link: www.espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/11717894/tk
I have taken part in two 'Patterns of Play' exhibitions and for each event I have produced a new artwork relevant to the theme. The latest show was in London and the theme was the European championships for which I reproduced the classic Gazza goal from 1996. I was even mentioned on TalkSport about the work,
The first of the exhibitions was held in Norwich at the Moosey Art gallery and the theme was Norwich football. I created a stained glass style illustration of Alex Neil which I'm really proud of.
I developed this style to see how simple I could take an illustration but still maintain a strong likeness.
Since posting these examples on social media I have now been commissioned by a major newspaper to create illustrations for a feature. More to show very soon...
I had the honour of creating illustrations for the 2016 Charity Shield programme cover for the FA.
I'm really happy with the finished result.
Some of my football based illustrations of stars from the beautiful game
More to come soon...
BT Sport commissioned me to illustrate the UFC194 fighters Aldo and McGregor for their huge title fight in Las Vegas on 12 December 2015.
I really enjoyed this project and I was really happy to use my geometric style.
I was recently commissioned by Talk Sport magazine to provide illustrations for their Real Madrid piece. This was the first issue of their new look redesigned style approach and I was really happy to be involved.
It was also a great feeling to see my illustrations on the homepage of the 'It's nice that' website
Trying out a new style which I really want to keep as simple as possible but produce a quality likeness. More to follow...
ESPN commissioned me to illustrate Real Madrid super star Cristiano Ronaldo for data visual web pages they were building to highlight his amazing achievements.
ESPN did an amazing job of communicating the statistics of their achievements by creating parallax scrolling pages to animate the data. You can visit the site using this link:
I recently worked with Creative Spark to create a series of poster designs for a Manchester United fc and Epson competition.
Fans from across Europe were asked to send in inspiring tweets about the team and then the players chose their favourite. The winning entries were then applied to the final poster designs.
You can see the players choosing there favourite here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWi_eyIlYeE
I have been working with Toulouse FC to create a series of illustrations for their anniversary product range.
See them here: http://bit.ly/2pgBIXW
I had the great pleasure of being asked by Hull City Football Club to illustrate their squad for the 2014/15 season.
They plan to show one player at a time in their match day programmes.
More to show soon...
I wanted to try something a bit different with my football badge designs and i'm really happy with the result. I hope to do more of these soon with some other top players
Someone liked this so much they got this made into a tattoo!!!
A fan of my work saw my Cantona playing card design and asked me if I could do one of his favourite All Blacks rugby player Richie McCaw. I'm really happy with the way it turned out and the prints looked great.
If you would like to commission me for a one off piece please email me at: email@example.com
I recently had the great pleasure of being asked by Nottingham Forest to visit the City Ground for an interview for an football art feature in their match day programme. They gave me an opportunity to showcase a couple of my Forest based illustrations and I really enjoyed the whole experience.
I am a very big fan of Brian Clough and his whole philosophy of the game so I really enjoyed doing this illustration of him which also featured my favourite quote of his.
I have now been featured in the Man City, Hull City and Nottingham Forest programmes and I would love to be featured in more in the future.
The week before the World Cup final I was contacted by German Newspaper 'Sonntag Aktuell'. They asked if they could use my Muller and Messi illustrations in their paper for the day of the final. It was only when they sent the pdf visual that I realised they'd used it on the cover!
A great moment was when a German follower of my work said that he'd seen the paper and recognised my style of illustration.
SECRET 7” IS AN ANNUAL EVENT THAT COMBINES MUSIC AND ART FOR A GOOD CAUSE. They take 7 tracks from 7 of the best-known musicians around and press each one 100 times to 7” vinyl. They then invite creatives from around the world to interpret the tracks in their own 7” cover design.
I chose the song 'Grounds for Divorce' by Elbow to illustrate and I was very happy when it was chosen to be used in the show. I listened to the song about 100 times to find the best way I felt the cover could be represented. These are the lyrics which inspired my piece:
"...There's a hole in my neighbourhood,
Down which of late I cannot help but fall.
Mondays is for drinking to the seldom seen kid..."
I loved doing this illustration and I'm glad to say someone bought the cover (phew!). My wife and I travelled to London for the show and it was great to see my work sat next to some really amazing work.
Non-league football club Lewes FC have installed four luxury beach huts set within their home ground at The Dripping Pan. Presented as their own take on non-corporate hospitality, the huts provide spectators with pitch-side seats overlooking the beautiful Sussex Downs.
Ahead of the new season, Lewes FC commissioned Patterns of Play along with various other organisations to redecorate each of the interiors and transform them into themed suites.
Patterns of Play's suite has been titled The Boot Room and turned into a shrine of football art, design and culture. It includes a curated display of artwork paying homage to Lewes FC and the charms of lower league football. Other features include vintage memorabilia, astro turf flooring and a fold-up refreshments table with incorporated subbuteo pitch.
The artwork on display was contributed by the following artists (and myself):
Dave Flanagan - The Magic Sponge
Folk + Form
Robbie Jay Barratt
The Doodle Man