I've recently launched a campaign to help me get some t-shirts printed. If I pre-sell 20 before the end of February we go to print. If I don't sell 20 then everyone gets a refund. Here is how the design came about.
The original sketch was completed a few weeks ago during a session where I was experimenting with new feet for my Korpworm character. I'd settled on these 3 pointed feet that, to me, look a little like the corners of a pillow case. I added all the other detail like the feathers, body stripes and arms but then, in order to fix what I thought was missing in the overall composition, I added really big fingers.
Next stage was to scan the design and run it through Illustrator to turn it into a vector image. I knew the image would naturally work as black ink on a white t-shirt but I also wanted to add an option to have white ink on a black t-shirt (because black t-shirts are a lot more popular). So you can see from the image below I've added a small white border.
Now being a poor starving artist I cant just go and pay for 20 t-shirts to be printed (don't feel sorry for me, I love my job) so I needed to mock up what they would look like. Luckily there are a few free Photoshop mock up files you can grab off the internet that do a great job and in past experience have been very accurate to what actually gets delivered.
So the wrinkles are added to make it look more realistic but the first bit of feedback I got was you could have ironed the shirts...so I found a neat little Android app called UMM: Universal Marketing Mock-up that creates mock ups for you on a mobile device.
If the campaign is successful the boys and girls and Sea Dog Print Studio have saved me a spot mid-March to have them printed so you can feel confident that the quality will be super high.
So help me out and pre-order your t-shirt today using the links below.
Huge thanks to everyone that supported th campaign for the Margeworm t-shirt. They have all now been delivered and I'm looking at my next t-shirt campaign. If you are interested in getting involved with the next campaign sign up to my newsletter.
I worked with 2 great friends this year in Winniemmay and Process. Despite the wind we had a great time painting a large board at Ashton Gate Stadium. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture and the only one I can find is just a detail shot of my section.
I did have fun with the paste ups as well and unlike my main board there are a tonne of photos of Margeworm on the internet. Here are some favourites I've stolen.
If you like the Margeworm piece you can buy the t-shirt at my shop. Just be aware there is a catch, if I sell 20 before the 9th September we go to print. If not its refunds all round.
I've always found the Black Dog books interesting. I first read “I Had a Black Dog: His Name was Depression” and then quickly followed that up with “Living with a Black Dog”. Both books are a simple take on a complex issue and resonated with me instantly because I liked the concept of the black dog being the ever changing manifestation of depression, always there in one form or another the same way a loyal dog never leaves your side. Since that time I've been hiding my own personal metaphor for the black dog into my art in the form of a Black tear drop flying upwards.
After a while it became clear that I needed to develop this new addition to my work and the black tear drop slowly began to grow eyes, arms and even horns making it a lot more malevolent and, for me, a more accurate symbol too. It quickly became known as the blackworm and featured heavily in my solo show at Play Dead in 2016. Not only was it more prominent in the background it was also the main character in some pieces. On the opening night of the show several people spoke to me about the blackworm and I was surprised at how accurate their interpretations were as at the time it wasn't common knowledge what it stood for. I knew from that day onwards that the blackworm needed to stay.
At the end of 2017 I was preparing for my “In Quiet Desperation" solo show and was thinking about how the name Blackworm suggested something quite small and easy to control. I needed to add some scale so I did this by incorporating a silhouette of a man with the new larger blackworm towering over him menacingly. I also developed the character which now, in my mind, began to resemble a silver back gorilla with strong forearms and dragged knuckles leaning over the silhouette with quiet authority and ready to deliver a powerful unprompted strike at any time.
I've always enjoyed adding ambiguity to my artwork, allowing you to see different things depending on your perspective, so to see that an inverted version of my latest design looked like an angry dog neatly took my Blackworm journey full circle to the original inspiration of the Black Dog books.
My current Merch T campaign to get these t-shirts printed ends on the 28th June so order yours now before time runs out!! Prices start at just £13.
See more of the Blackworm here!
Today is the last chance to pre-order one of my brand new t-shirt designs for £14.99 before they go back up to the regular price of £20. Here are a couple of mock ups of what the t-shirts will look like.
After a long wait button badges are back by popular demand. This new set of four includes two Blackworms, a Korpworm and a Team Korp badge. Get yours here while stocks last.
I've started working with Mercht to produce some enamel mugs. They print and post everything for me which means I get to spend more time making art than posting it. Campaigns are time bound so you only have a few days to place your order with them.
Custom-printed, retro style high quality 10oz / 284ml enamel mugs are durable, long-lasting and perfect for use at home as well as for camping and outdoor activities. Hand crafted and coated with a bright white enamel paint, each cup is then finished with a silver rim. Due to the manufacturing process is totally individual in its finish which is part of their charm. Enamel Mugs can be used for hot or cold drinks, serving up side dishes such as chips, storing cutlery, or even to present the bill.
Important please note: Due to the hand-crafted nature of the enamel mug each product will differ slightly and is expected to contain light defects such as dimples, colour blemishes and black dots. Enamel mugs are NOT microwave safe. The enamel mug is recommended to be hand-washed and fully hand-dried to maintain the optimum quality and longevity. Please bear this in mind before purchasing.
After creating the mugs I couldnt resist setting up some t-shirts. Available in Heavy, Softstyle and unisex from S to 2XL.
Very happy to finally add these limited edition prints to my store. Designed by Korp and screen printed by M-One for the Play Dead show these A3 silk screen prints on heavyweight 290gsm white card are a very limited edition of 10. All are signed and numbered by the artist.
These were the original inspiration for the Play Dead wall which you can see here.