Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Back in Black (and white)

What can you buy for £3.95 nowadays? Eight pints of milk? Half a paperback? A two meter plank of decking board?


What you want is the July Issue of Artists and Illustrators Magazine (out now) - with a four page feature on how to use gouache/pencils by yours truly.

Himes and Himes again....

It gives me great pleasure to announce that my most recent project with Penguin Classics has come to fruition. This series of five paintings, now graces the covers of republished novels by the cult author Chester Himes, and (I hope) reflects the gritty, bloody, pulp noir fiction contained there within! Follow this link to see them fully titled on the Penguin website. I'll put up the images over the next couple of posts. Here are a couple of my faves....

The Heat's On
A Rage In Harlem
A Rage in Harlem (detail)

The paintings are produced in gouache/coloured pencils. I think they're going to be printed in a metallic grey - but I've not actually seen a copy yet. By the by... if any further recommendation were needed - I read the books and thought they were utterly brilliant. If you're a fan of Chandler, George Pelecanos, James Ellroy or Elmore Leonard grab yourself a copy. If not - grab yourself a copy.