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You should know by now that my ability to announce winners for my giveaways are rarely on time. But this time I think I have out done myself by leaps and bounds. Over a month late with the results. Incredible.

Kinda disappointed with the turnout for this one, thought more people would be interested to take part, so interesting to see what really 'turns' people on to participate in giveaways. Will stick to my usual nerdy/geeky 'prizes' next time round. :)

The Winners

So the 4 winners from the Apple iTunes Music and Video Voucher Giveaway are as follows...

First Prize of £50 iTunes Voucher

Sarah Madyson - @MadysonDesigns

Runner Up Prize of £10 Vouchers

Bob Orchard

Henry Bennett

Luke Jones

Winners - How to claim

Please send me a email with your own email, then I will 'gift' the vouchers to you direct from the Apple Store. Congrats, let me know what you buy.




This is a follow list for FaceBook, aimed at Creatives, designers and geeks to leave and swap contact information. You can do so by leaving details in the comments below.

You can add me via http://facebook.com/imjustcreative

This post was initially done nearly a year ago, and sort of fell by the way side. But since the acquisition of FriendFeed, FaceBook will certainly become more popular in day-to-day to use.

If you have been following me over the last few months then you know that I have started using FaceBook more and more. I resisted the urge, the peer pressure for so long, but finally succumbing. Far from being the spammy, junky, crappy application web application I thought it was, it is proving to be a positive tool for global domination.

My pal Roger over at (@Styletime), recently created a FaceBook list for designers and the like, so head on over there to sow your seeds so to speak. After seeing this, I felt I would throw some life back into my own version and run them side by side.

What to do

So as with the 'Twitter Follow List for Creatives & Geeks' simply add your FaceBook profile/user ID as a reply to this post, with a small Bio of what you do, stand for, work as, aim for etc. No harm in using the Twitter Bio for this really.

If you have any FaceBook Pages or Groups, then feel free to list these also.

Don't forget to invite me to you're 'inner circle' as well before you do anything else.




George Michael Portrait Illustration

George Michael - Faith

As with my previous portrait pencil illustrations, Kate Bush, Hannibal Lectar and Elvis Presely, this one of George Michael was copied from a photo, in this case, a record sleeve (yes, not CD, a record) from the "Faith" album.

I loved the general moodiness and darkness of this portrait, but translating that level of darkness and shadow into pencil can sometime be a bit tricky. The challenging part of this illustration was the eye area. Creating it so that you could imagine the eye being in there, and allowing the mind to actually see it, when it's not actually there. I know it should be there obviously, because that is where eye's usually go, but in terms of filling in the pieces.

George Michael CD Cover

So the surrounding features had to be reproduced almost 'identically' to the photo to pull it off. I did have to go through more than several tries to get it looking right. Patience as always is somewhat of a virtue when drawing.

As with the other illustrations, a combination of charcoal, Indian ink and the full range of pencil weights were used to pull this one off.

Some TLC

As with all my original drawings, many have seen better days.There has been a slight use of Photoshop in this version. As these were drawn some years ago, the original sheets have become slightly soiled, the odd crease and pencil marks being worn away. Not to mention light fade. So a high resolution scan then some retouching to bring it back to close to how it originally looked before the soft 'B' pencil marks were rubbed and faded away. I have really boosted the shadow areas in this version, but the pencil marks in the mid-tones and highlight areas still very much visible.




Zulu Safari Logo Design

Zulu Safari Logo Design

This is just a quick overview of  a logo and identity design I finished for a project called, Zulu Safari.  A brief and to the point information on that design and a full logo process article will follow.

The client is a family missionary, zipping around Africa and who needed an identity to distinguish himself. To try and modernise the sometimes antiquated perception of missionaries as a whole.

The challenge was to avoid any obvious cliché associations with safari, zulus, africa, religion etc. It was a potential field of cliché mines. Yet not to make it so clinical or generic to have no meaning at all. I instinctively went down the route of the obvious at first, herds of animals, zulu warriors, desserts, trees, tribal patterns and then once suitably hacked off with the amount of clichés on one pasteboard, we moved on.

After many sketches and head banging sessions, I developed this very symbolic icon that has several meanings and associations. .

The main logomark consists of the initials, 'Z' and 'S'. Yet, when drawn in a certain style, creates the impression of a face, the eyes and nose.

Zulu Safari Logo Idea

Unusually, this logo often appears without the the logotype, so it's a very symbolic picture, that at it's heart, is full of history and culture and multiple meanings. People have seen snakes, some have seen subtle Zebra associations. It's designed to conjour up these associations in a loose and friendly way.

This was an early design for me yet remains one of my all time favourites. This sums up so much in one memorable mark, it evokes a number of emotions and associations.

You can see the Zulu Safari logo in use as a Twitter Profile image @ZuluSafari