Saturday, December 22, 2012

Happy Christmas

Today's Guardian Weekend cover. I was v excited to be asked to do this job.

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Christmas is a bonkers time for illustrators, and this year it seems more than ever for me. It's a tricky time to come up with ideas - you want to do something broadly non-cynical but you don't want to just regurgitate tired old Christmas imagery and come up with something blandly sappy. So I thought I'd do people addicted to their smartphones while skating, which is also kind of a running joke in Beard. (I have decided to start referring to it here as 'Beard'. Otherwise I may start to hate my own book simply for its deliberately laboured title).

We went through a couple of other ideas before this image: I had one with a robin doing a photoshoot in a wood which I might paint up also just for fun.

Anyway, Happy Christmas.