Jekyll and Hyde is currently a TV drama – part comedy, part fantasy and part super-hero comic strip! Showing on ITV before the 9pm watershed on Sundays, it’s proving a tad controversial. I think it’s a bit like Marmite in that you either love it or hate it. Critics seem to either praise it or condemn it. Strangely it has made me think about past projects. One minute you’re drawing cute lovable kittens and the next a Medieval Torture Chambers – very much Jekyll and Hyde.
I’ve drawn cute babies, fairies and pretty flowers for children’s books, but also murderers for the Agatha Christie Book Collection, scary giants and even ugly ferocious monsters for Hobbledown! In fact about the only subject I haven’t covered is Jekyll and Hyde actually! I have to say that apart from ugly horrid monsters, which are fun to draw, I do prefer cuter subject matters really. My favourite briefs are those that involve humour. I love injecting humour into anything I draw. The more eccentric the better, as far as I’m concerned too. I thought in this blog post I would share some past projects with you that maybe could be seen as a bit Jekyll and Hyde. As you will see from the examples, I have had to adapt my style to suit the brief, which I have always found a bit eccentric. Generally a client approaches you, because there is something about your style they find appealing or suitable for a project, but the minute they commission you they want you to change it in some way. It is one of life’s many colourful mysteries I guess? Anyway some of the following artwork has been published in books, magazine and also used to inspire an adventure park sculpture. You’d be surprised what subjects get covered in all three industries!