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Eric the Spiderplant

illustration of Image of vintage military hardware in a period setting.
illustration of Series One Land Rover for a Christmas card.
illustration of Illustration for a traditional Christmas card
illustration of Digital, Figurative, Fine Art, Line, Line with Color, Adventure, Historical, Mystery, People, Romance
illustration of Image commissioned for a website on the Antikythera mechanism
illustration of Image commissioned for a website on the Antikythera mechanism
illustration of Image commissioned for the Antikythera mechanism
illustration of Series of illustrations for a wargaming client. Content, sizes and spacing were specified to suit the gameplay.
illustration of Image of a female with purple hair and a very long skirt. Designed to test the style of her looks, costume and setting.
illustration of Vintage ex-military breakdown truck. Spotted at a transport rally but depicted in an industrial setting. Greeting cards for sale at www.artrookie.co.uk
illustration of Cadillac based custom car designed to test colour and setting. Prints for sale at www.artofbrands.com
illustration of First of this year's Land Rover drawings. They're driving along the edge of a lake.
illustration of Series of illustrations for a wargaming client. Content, sizes and spacing were specified to suit the gameplay.
illustration of Image of two happy children created for the Polish Ministry of Culture's SMILE project.
illustration of Portrait commissioned as a surprise for the driver
illustration of Digital, Figurative, Line with Color, Adventure, Transportation, Lifestyle
illustration of Fourth in a series based on an owner's vehicle rally.
illustration of Third in a series of images based on an annual club rally.
illustration of Second in a series of images based on an annual club rally.
illustration of Digital, Figurative, Line with Color, Adventure, Leisure, Transportation, Lifestyle
illustration of Classic car from a rally depicted in a street scene. Prints for sale at www.artofbrands.com
illustration of Classic car from a transport rally depicted in a setting based on a local town. I didn't have to change the colour of the car, it was actually this funky. Greetings cards for sale at www.etsy.com
illustration of Classic car depicted in setting based on elements from my local area but rearranged with cranked up colours.
illustration of Classic car depicted in a leafy rural setting. Greetings cards for sale on www.artrookie.co.uk
illustration of Classic truck from a transport rally depicted in a working setting at a railway yard.
illustration of Responding to a challenge depicting a historical figure I chose a Hollywood pioneer. Based on a moody period photograph with authentic colour indicated from other hand-tinted images of the era.
illustration of Image based on a period photograph of a veteran army truck returned to the Thornycroft factory. I depicted it in a campaign setting. Prints for sale at www.etsy.com
illustration of Image worked up from a doodle designed to match some settings of similar character.
illustration of Illustration for an Easter card. The client had a particular composition in mind with a pertinent spiritual purpose.
illustration of Illustration commissioned by a proud father for his talented daughter. This image was featured in a personalised certificate awarded to reflect her accomplishments in chess, cycling and swimming. The brief specified  the various locations and elements to be included.
illustration of One of series of illustrations commissioned for a children's story about the travels of Trent the Busking Monkey.
illustration of Experimental image designed to test colour, style and composition.
illustration of Palace courtyard derived from a real location but with alternative colour and motifs appropriate to the project.
illustration of Take reality and crank it. Based on a real location but renamed, recoloured and depicted in a period setting appropriate to the project.
illustration of For this project I transformed a murky seaside bar to colourful but still authentically seedy model shop. A place I could lose time myself if it existed.
illustration of This project used a location I saw in Grenoble as a basis. I moved it to Britain and found some English text for the produce on the shop's chalkboards.
illustration of Experimental image derived from a real location but with tinkered elements and cranked up colours.
illustration of Two characters passing through the gatehouse of a castle in a British January twilight.
illustration of Concept office interior. Designed to test colour and composition. Reflected my state of mind so I included a self portrait.
illustration of Project started as a tiny sketch in coloured pencils. I drew it up to see what happened.
illustration of Concept interior designed to test colour and composition.
illustration of Concept interior of colour and clutter designed to fit my Facebook header.
illustration of Character at work in a mysterious interior.
illustration of Based on a 1942 photograph of an occasion when it snows in Palestine at Christmas. Greetings cards for sale at www.etsy.com
illustration of Greetings card for Land Rover enthusiasts. On sale at www.etsy.com
illustration of Image used an ordinary location in a nearby town. Elements added from elsewhere and colours taken up a notch or so.
illustration of Based on some photos I took in Walsall. I changed the stall to fabric, added the foliage, tinkered with the architecture and cranked up the colours.
illustration of Classic 4x4 in off-road action. Actual vehicle in a real setting. Print sold at owners club charity auction. Greetings cards for sale at www.etsy.com
illustration of Classic 4x4 in off-road setting. Actual vehicle in a real location. Print sold at owners club charity auction. Greetings cards for sale at www.etsy.com
illustration of 4x4 in off-road setting. Actual vehicle in a real location with a very happy driver. Print sold at owners club charity auction.
illustration of Experimental image to test architecture, style and composition. Land Rover derived from a vehicle at an owners club rally.
illustration of Take reality and crank it. Based on a real location. Added the people and vehicle with a colour scheme.
illustration of Apparently a quite capable but under appreciated car of its day. Depicted in a scene combining elements from Stafford and York.
illustration of Turned out more retro than the boho she started as but went down well anyway.
illustration of Vintage locomotive from a heritage railway in Wales depicted in a period working setting.
illustration of The heroine. Illustration for a project combining 12th century events in a 20th century setting.
illustration of A character moves to a new home. Illustration for a project combining 12th century events in a 20th century setting.
illustration of British soldiers from the early 1960s
illustration of Classic British Army lorry in a woodland setting. It happens to be favourite of mine as it reminds me of my childhood.
illustration of Soldiers on reconnaissance. Illustration for a project combining 12th century events in a 20th century setting.
illustration of Illustration of a key scene which describes the forces facing the heroine.
illustration of Soldiers in combat. Illustration for a project combining 12th century events in a 20th century setting.

Profile

I was born in Dorset but have lived most of my life in a village in Staffordshire. I have been drawing for longer than I can remember. I began signing my work as ‘Eric’ for pure mischief as a student.​ I had a spider plant of that name at the time. I graduated with a BA(Hons) in Graphic Design from Birmingham Polytechnic in 1985. Since then I have handled design and artwork for offset litho, digital and screenprinting including logos, brochures, stationery, illustration and photo retouching. Any size from labels a few millimeters across to large format graphics for stage and conferences. My clients include small and national companies, local government, health authorities, charities and churches. My work experience led to developing drawing and painting for print into digital illustration. I generally use a pen and pixel approach where line drawings are scanned in and completed in Photoshop.  My spare time usually involves church, model making, reading and Land Rovers.

Style/Techniques

Cartoon, Conceptual, Digital, Figurative, Fine Art, Line, Line with Color, Whimsical, Concept Art

Subject/Specialties

Action, Adventure, Animals, Architecture, Celebrities, Character Development, Children, Children's Books, Comic Book, Education, Family, Fantasy, Fashion/Cosmetics, Greeting Cards, Historical, Industrial, Landscape, Leisure, Music, Mystery, People, Portrait, Religious, Romance, Sports, Toys & Games, Transportation, Travel, Web Illustration, Americana, Food/Beverage, Lifestyle, Vintage / Retro, Feminine, Spiritual, Youth, Game, Urban, Branding