Thursday, 18 December 2014

Weird Whitstable's Crabzilla print hits the front page!

The mighty and famous Crabzilla on the cover of this week's Whitstable Times!
Grab a copy in all good Whitstable newsagents!
Read the article HERE 

The Crabzilla print is the perfect Christmas gift for any Crabzilla enthusiast! 
Only £20 for an A3 sized print. 
I will deliver locally around Whitstable!

Many thanks to Chloe at the Whitstable Times.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Chris Packham BBC Wildlife

Very excited to have drawn Chris Packham, guest columnist for BBC Wildlife Magazine. Great article too. 
Big thanks to Richard Eccleston at Immediate Media

Monday, 10 November 2014

Pedegree Chums! Time Out

I love dogs! This was a smashing chance to get excited and run around in circles and draw all over the place!

Big thanks to Anamaria at Time Out!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Weekender Film Issue

Latest work for The Weekender. Spot Illustrations for The Big Kent Film Quiz, and Local Hero No.11: film director Michael Powell.
Big thanks to Dan Synge at The Weekender

Thursday, 25 September 2014

The World According to Gogglebox

The Bafta winning TV show Gogglebox has a book out today!
'The World According to Gogglebox'.
Featuring loads of drawings by me! Heres a quick glimpse inside...

It was such a wonderful project to be involved with - drawing such brilliant people was a bit of a dream job for me. I couldn't be happier with the finished book. The design is first class, and its funny as anything! I hope you like it!

Massive thanks to Liana and Tim at Unreal, Tania at Studio Lambert, and Katy at Canongate Books, the writers Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris, everyone else involved... and of course the stars of the show.

Les aventures de Marc

'Les aventures de Marc' is a French medical brochure that explains the diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer. Originally an animation, I was asked by VisualMedia to expand the content for a printed brochure. I kept the drawing approach nice and broad, a little 'ligne claire' style, with some friendly warm colours. Its turned out to be one of my favourite jobs. Hopefully it rests easy on the eyes of anyone going down the cancer pathway.

Big thanks to Amy at VisualMedia

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

David Lynch

Another one of my favourite Americans, against the background of a lawn receding into darkness.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Will I Am

I watched the documentary about him with Joanna Lumley, and felt inspired to do a sketch. One of my favourite Americans.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

The Bug!

Giant apocalyptic bass bug for Mojo this month - out now!
Big thanks to Wag  

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Ooh 'ello Charles Hawtrey

If you're enjoying the sun and mucking around east Kent, pick up a copy of the marvellous free seaside issue of The Weekender magazine, inside which you'll find loads of great seaside things, and my illustration of Deal's most famous misanthrope, Charles Hawtrey. Fill your teapot with whiskey and enjoy!
Big thanks to Dan Synge

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Deep blue sea

Heres a small peek at my corner of "Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" which opens tomorrow at Keam's Yard in Whitstable:

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Very excited to be part of this upcoming exhibition,
come along and treat your eyes to new artwork!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Mojo workin'

For this post, I thought I'd run through the process behind one of my latest illustrations - Jack White, for the July issue of Mojo magazine.

The brief was to do a picture of him based on the cover of "In the Court of the Crimson King" by King Crimson. Close up, cropped in close, screaming angry.

A tricky challenge because it called for a likeness without the usual signifiers of clothing, posture, silhouette shape, hairstyle, context etc... As well as getting a likeness in a particular expression and angle.

The feeling is important in anything like this, so the first thing to do was track down some of Jack White's latest music on YouTube, and turn it up loud. As it happens he had just broken the world record for fastest recording to pressing of a vinyl record so theres a great bit of video to get a feel for what he's doing right now.
Next I turned to the King Crimson album cover, and did a few thumbnail sketches, just in pencil, quickly to get the basic elements in. One difference is that the album cover is square, and the magazine page is rectangular, so I did a bit of fiddling, and decided to have a distinctive bit of triangular background above the head to suggest his wild hair centre parting. Sections in a picture like this can make all the difference to whether it works or not.

Next was tracking down some good photos of him on the web. Research is important, but careful of the never ending black hole searching for THE picture. A handful of live shots, and the occasional studio one did the trick. Enough to get a sense of the shape of his head, what his face does when screaming, and the shape of his teeth. All very important, especially when doing someone who is famous. Once you think you know what someone looks like it all starts to go wrong.... you must try and see with fresh objective eyes. Someone cleverer than me once said "draw what you see, not what you know". 

For this, I drew digitally on screen with my Wacom Bamboo. I've preset my own dip-pen style to the brush, for that scratchy, pressure sensitive nib effect. Superfast. Get the energy!
I nailed the main likeness, then worked into it with gusto. Especially the hair. I love doing the hair.

After a couple of failed attempts at digital colouring I moved on to watercolour on paper. Using my lightbox I was able to paint directly over a print out of my drawing. 

After scanning and positioning on screen it was a much better effect, and looks very similar to the undigital King Crimson image. And with a few extra bits of digital colour on the eyes and teeth and here and there, it was done!

I'd love to here your comments, or if you have any questions just drop me a line.
Big thanks to Wag at Mojo.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

The Baldoon Mystery

Scream! My latest cover for Fortean Times is out now!
c19 woodcut style.
Big thanks to David and Etienne.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Keam's Yard extras!

Thanks to Bruce and the Made In Whitstable people I've got an extra week in Keam's Yard. I've refreshed my wall space with some new prints inspired by Whitstable and the ocean. 
All prints are 70 x 28 cm, £70 framed from the gallery, or £50 unframed from me - quintonwinter at hotmail dot com.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Post Art posted 2014

My 3 entries to this year's PostArt exhibition at The Horsebridge. The first 3 in a series of one page graphic novel shorts, entitled Strip.
In the post now.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Volcanoes in Keam's Yard

Really excited to be part of Made In Whitstable's show in Keam's Yard, for the next 4 weeks. I'll be swapping things around, but for the moment its... 
Symbolic, metaphorical, representational, and emotional depictions of the volcano.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

BBC Wildlife

The marvellous and redesigned BBC Wildlife magazine is out now, with my portraits of columnists, Richard Mabey and Bill Oddie.
Big thanks to Richard Eccleston.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Amazing new website!

Unveiling my new website... stronger, cleaner, neater, better. 
Showcasing my slightly new naturalistic approach alongside earlier work. I hope you enjoy it....
See it HERE!

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

electric sheep

My latest experiment in book cover designs is Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick.