The work of CIA’s fashion artist in residence Wendy Plovmand graces the campaigns, magazines and boutiques of some of the most glamorous titles and labels in the business. But we’re all about accessibility here at Central Illustration and for those of you who need to add a dash of style to your home fear not! Wendy is now offering signed and numbered edition prints right here…
Marrs for The Guardian: G2
To celebrate the Xperia Access Sony promotion. Get access all Areas, some back stage action and get close up and personal with this little lot. This cheeky 2 day brief went very smoothly, always nice working for positive and smiley art directors : )
The multi-talented Timba Smits has taken the art directing reigns of movie mag Little White Lies this month, and he invited me to draw this portrait of James McAvoy to accompany an interview with the actor, soon to star in Irvine Welsh adaptation Filth.
Not much to say other than that this was really fun to draw, and thanks for Timba for getting me involved. The issue should be on shelves in all reputable and disreputable stockists now.
We heard that when mice were put in a scaled-down aeroplane simulator, they got so stressed they ate each other! Little wonder then that designers and engineers are working on making aircraft interiors a more calming tactile environment employing textures that make us feel less inclined to nibble our neighbours arm and stick to the pretzels. Ahoy There were commissioned by Aircraft Interiors magazine (who else?!) to put their finger on this ticklish subject with a lovely bit of typographic design.
Regardless of your musical taste it’s unlikely that you won’t have heard of a certain global phenomenon called Rhianna and our very own creative superstar Tim Marrs was drafted in to add some of his magic to this year’s Diamonds World Tour book. Working alongside Live Nation he helped create a coffee table style book and animated short combining illustration work with tour photography that evoked the personality and energy of Rhianna and her audience.
It’s raining at CIA HQ. Looking at the forecast it’s raining just about everywhere today but that isn’t going to stop Sugar Snap Studio from bringing us all some sunshine! This unlikely ensemble were brought together for the Magic of Reading section of France’s Parenting magazine and while we don’t have a copy of whatever book this little girl’s got in front of her, we can’t help suspecting that the rather handsome lion is roaring cos his two mates forgot to get him a beer!
Now, we at CIA like to think we know a bit about New York. We’ve eaten in Williamsburg, walked the Highline, brunched in the Meatpacking District, moseyed through the Lower East Side and burped in Burp Castle. But golf? Get out! Rock climbing? Shut UP! Surfing? Purleeeease! But it’s true! And Jakob Hinrichs drew it all for the Wall Street Journal just to prove it. Well done Jakob, treat yourself to a protein shake.
The Godfather himself, Sir Peter Blake, has teamed up with set designer Robert Storey to create and brand the British Fashion Council’s forthcoming pop-up shop at London Fashion Week: “… a space within which so many interesting and talented creatives from around the UK can showcase their work together.” as the great man puts it.
See you there!
Kai & Sunny are so inspiring that we sometimes suspect that they themselves are made of diamond dust, not just their hand-pulled screen prints! As part of their new “Caught by the Nest” show at Subliminal Projects in LA, our dynamic duo have partnered up with Shepard Fairey to create this gorgeous Obey Giant limited edition.
The show runs until October 5th.
When the weekend magazine of legendary French newspaper Le Monde ran a six week summer series of Mediterranean recipes, who could have been better to cook up the illustrative accompaniment than our very own Paul Wearing whose visual mastery is matched only buy his culinary knowhow. Telling the story of each ingredient, Paul got to grips with sweetbreads, octopus, ricotta and artichoke. Hopefully not all at the same time…
A feast for the eyes.
This will age you… remember Bananaman? The bulging (and fibrous) fruit in a suit that burst into action every time Eric Twinge - mild mannered resident of Acacia Avenue and voiced by the Goodies - ate a Banana? Of course you do! Well if you’ve been wondering where he’s been, it would seem from this illustration by CIA’s John Royle that the flying Bananana has been taking a chunk out of the Big Apple!
Indeed he did. In honour of the 50th anniversary of one of the most influential speeches of our time, we thought we’d share with you this rather lovely screen print by Telegramme.
The British. What are we like? A plague of locusts, acid rain, the sky itself can be falling on our heads but when it’s time for a cup of char, everything stops and the ritual begins. Unsurprising then that when our Swedish illustration guruJonas Bergstrand was asked to design some tea packaging, his mind drifted to this Great British tradition. Steeped in history, these iconic characters sum up our rather steamy love of the leaf.