As Seen on Creative Boom

So I've just been featured on the creative boom lookbook!

Yes, a slight spelling mistake in the title, but it's still awesome!
The rest of the website is good, take a browse around and have a look at all the interesting stuff they've got on there!



So it's boxing day today. I hope everyone had a jolly good Christmas! I've been pretty lax on the illustration side of things, but I have a few bits and bobs in the pipeline, so expect some new projects in the new year! Here's a little something I've been experimenting with. Enjoy your holidays!


Click for bigger/flickr


Twitter: I've discovered it

So I've finally got this thing that I believe they call Twitter. I know, late on the bandwagon or whatever. Anyway, if you are on there feel free to add me: Tom Colmans on Twitter

On the illustration front, I've been busy and lazy. I lost my creative spark for a while, but it's slowly ebbing back, so hopefully more work will be on the way! I've been doing quite a bit of random doodling, which I'm thinking of turning into a book. Also having a few ideas for projects to do to take up the spare time I have on my plate.

I've actually had my first bit of illustration work! Exciting times! I'm designing some t-shirts for a new record label in Norwich called Manic Vision. Their ethics and ideas are really up my street, and hopefully if they like my design it shall actually get printed up and sold. Check them out here: www.manicvision.co.uk (Since the launch date is not until later on, the website is not quite finished yet)

I'm not really sure what else to write about here. I've started driving lessons, and that's going well. Yet another thing to get through and tick off the list. I've got a small part time job in an off license to give me some spare cash, though I think I might lose my job their as the company is going down the pan.

Website News: I'm working on a new version of my site, as although I like it it's just not quite what I want now, plus I've seen some of my ex-classmate's websites (Yes I'm talking to you Jo and Natsuki!) and I really need to pick my game up.

Blog post over. Here's a little drawing I did to celebrate my 100th post on Twitter (lame I know). Click for bigger/flickr version



Website now up & more news

My website is now up and running at a level i'm happy with for the time being.
Visit it here: www.tomcolmans.com or click the website link in the sidebar.

I've received my results from university, and i've passed the year with a 2.2 average. Graduation is soon, then into the real world as they say!

My end of year show is currently almost finished, the private view being on the 24th of june, and the show is open until the 2nd of July. If you're in the area, or wish to see some of the work my university is producing, feel free to come along. It's held at the Norwich University College of the Arts, and is open to the public from the 25th of June.

So that's about it for this update. I'm working on some downloads for my website, including some interesting comic/narrative/downloadable portfolio ideas, so once they're up I will divulge some more infromation.

Until then, check out some of my work on Flickr, and some new work on my website (links in the sidebar respectively.


Alcoholism and Lino Printing Part II

Wallpaper 3 & 4

Wallpaper 1 & 2

The 4 wallpapers that aren't being hung in my end of year show:
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Peter Cook
Jim Morrison
Peter Cook

Website coming soon, once a few domain issues are sorted out. In the meantime I have a temporary host for my website available to see by clicking Here or on the Website (In Progress) link on the sidebar.

Soon updated to www.tomcolmans.com
Once totally set up and finished, I shall post an update on here


Alcoholism and lino printing

Alcoholism: George Best

Lino printing is great yet time consiming. 1 of 8/9 wallpapers done



For one of my self initiated projects, I decided to tackle the subject of making tour posters in relation to music. I am going to see The Buzzcocks live soon, so I thought i'd choose them as they've always had a unique style associated with them. Obviously, I did not want to make a generic punk rawk poster for them, I wanted to base them on something to show their uniqueness in this musical landscape.

To help with this project, I researched and referenced poster work by different artists in relation to rock music. Whilst this helped, it also made me try to create some over-complicated work to reply to the brief I had set myself.
So, onto the progression.
(note: To not take up too much space on this blog, I'm using smaller thumbnails than I would like. Simply click on them to be taken to a larger version on flickr).

Poster No.1
Buzzcocks Poster 1/5
This was my first attempt at seeing what I needed to put on the poster for it to work as a tour advertisement. Obviously, i've created a creative faux par by using a photocopier and adhering to the punk asthetic (which I am trying to avoid) but it did help me to see how I needed to layout my poster, and the information that would be stored on it.

Poster No.2
Buzzcocks Poster 2/5
This was the next version I created. I was interested in the idea of 3d pictures, and even though it wouldn't work as a proper 3d picture, I liked the bold colours so I knocked together a drawing of the bandmembers and used a free version of Helvetica as a basis for the text. It is a bit bland, and to quote my tutor "I love The Buzzcocks, but you'v emade a poster that makes me NOT want to see them!". It needed a lot of work.

Poster No.3
Buzzcocks Poster 3/5
This was the third revision. I had a book about arial photography, and I wanted to use it in my work somehow so that is what the background collage is based around. I also added the figures in to add another dynamic to the image, and went for a plain set of colours to tie the whole thing together. Whilst I think it's a vast improvement on the first set of posters, It was becoming too overcomplicated with all the elements vying for dominance. I decided at this point to spend some time away from this project, and focus on something else so that I could come back with some fresh ideas.

Poster No. 4 & 5
Buzzcocks Poster 4/5 Buzzcocks Poster 5/5
When I returned back to the project, I had found a new idea when talking to one of my tutors in a crit. The idea was simple: since this tour is about the band playing their first 2 albums, why not make small graphic elements of some of the songs that were in the setlist. I dug out the lino cutter and printed some small graphical representations of the songs, and then came up with this poster idea. It's simple, get's the message across and it's not overcomplicated. I'm yet to decide on a background colour, but yellow is favoring me at the moment so I think I shall utilize it in some sense.

I hope this was an insight into the method of working I use, and hopefully the choices that need to be made when revising designs