HUNTING MIDNIGHT
HUNTING MIDNIGHT

Book cover design for Jordan Castle's first printed publication, "Hunting Midnight", released in the fall of 2017.

Digital, 2017

FAMILY PORTRAIT
FAMILY PORTRAIT

Private commission for a couple who met abroad, both from two different countries, and now travel the world. Design inspired by the work of Bob Peak.

Digital, 2017

FOXY
FOXY

Private commission, commemorating the recipient's ("Foxy") 40th birthday. Design inspired by Vogue covers of the late 60s and 70s.

Digital, 2016

AGENT 416
AGENT 416

A fake film poster I designed and illustrated in response to the 2015 film tax credit slash in Nova Scotia. Hundreds of talented artists, animators, costume designers, writers, actors, and directors left Halifax (and the province as a whole) in favour of more opportunity in Toronto, Ontario, decimating the city's blossoming creative scene. 

Digital, 2015

THE COAST - PRIDE GUIDE
THE COAST - PRIDE GUIDE

My first cover commissioned by Halifax's largest local paper, The Coast. Their "Pride Guide" edition is one of the largest the paper produces each year. I was asked to create an image that would be fun and intersectional. There was also an exhibit of lesbian pulp fiction book covers on display, which was something else they wanted me to play with.

I opted for complimentary colours for the couple, under a vibrant umbrella. The background was originally periwinkle to suggest an intimate, rainy moment - but was swapped for pink to be more eye-catching.

Digital / Print, 2016

THE COAST -
THE COAST -

My second cover commission from The Coast, Halifax's largest weekly newspaper. The cover was to reflect that weeks news feature on the failings of the AIDS Coalition. I was asked to illustrate a fraying ribbon. I wanted to keep the look of the traditional ribbon, but with mottled texture and a sense of fragility. I included the background of cold marble as to not distract from the main image, but would also avoid leaving too much blank space.

Digital / Print, 2016

NOBODY TAKES PEGGY'S COVE
NOBODY TAKES PEGGY'S COVE

One of three mock film posters I created to sell as a GoFundMe project to get to Creative South in 2016. The traditional imagery of Nova Scotia was too tired - bagpipes, lobsters, fiddles - I wanted to create something with more bite. The campaign was successful, raising close to $2,000CAD in one month.

Despite initially insisting it would be a limited run, PEGGY was so popular I kept her in rotation. She continues to be my best selling piece to this day, with purchases as far as Ireland, Switzerland, and beyond.

Digital, 2016

UP FROM LONDON SOUTH
UP FROM LONDON SOUTH

A piece from a personal series of mock film posters depicting the many places I have lived and traveled. I was born in Croydon, United Kingdom - an area of town people don't readily admit being from because of its bad reputation. Instead, I would tell people I was from "South London".

I played into that fib for this poster, using the factually accurate name but still implying the real nature of the place that I'm from.

Digital, 2015 

DARTMOUTH MEET YOUR MAKER
DARTMOUTH MEET YOUR MAKER

A personal work inspired by the Dartmouth Makers Craft Fair, a biannual showcase of local talent. The idea of the Dartmouth Maker sounded otherworldly to me, which inspired the concept of the mysterious goddesses that might inhabit our fair city.

Digital, 2016

SHE CAME FROM DARKSIDE
SHE CAME FROM DARKSIDE

One of three mock film posters I designed for a personal GoFundMe campaign to get to Creative South in 2016. It is common to refer to Dartmouth as "the Dark Side" as, until recently, it wasn't a desirable place to live.

This piece was heavily inspired by original pulp/horror covers of the 1970s. It is common for people to mistakenly read this as "She Came From THE Dark Side", but in this case Darkside is the name of the planet this visitor comes from.

I have the full screenplay for this drafted in my head, but that may be a project for another year.

Digital, 2016

THE GEORGIA DEVIL
THE GEORGIA DEVIL

One of three mock film posters I developed for a personal GoFundMe campaign to get to Creative South in 2016. 

Creative South is a design conference held in Columbus, Georgia, so of course I had to create something that would fit. Ilove working with tongue-in-cheek themes, especially for a place as conservative as Columbus, so the idea of creative a pulp bodice-ripper was irresistable. 

These posters were successful, helping me raise close to $2,000CAD in one month. 

Digital, 2016

HALIFAX MEET YOUR MAKER
HALIFAX MEET YOUR MAKER

A personal piece inspired by the Dartmouth Makers Craft Fair, a biannual showcase of local talent. The name had me thinking about the "makers" of Dartmouth / Halifax, which inspired the idea of godesses. Halifax has a series of decades old tunnels beneath the city where any kind of magic could be lurking.

Digital, 2016

SISTERS OF JUPITER
SISTERS OF JUPITER

While most of my mock film posters are based around local landmarks or personal attachments, this was simply inspired by a photograph of Jean Shrimpton that struck me. In the photograph, Shrimpton is lying on her back with face straight to camera, her iconic locks styled around her as if they defy gravity. 

The image grabbed me immediately and birthed the idea of three celestial sisters. Initially the poster was in flourescent pinks and oranges, but shifted towards a more simplified pallet near the end to remain true to the film posters of the era. 

Most people don't read the small print at the bottom of these posters, so I made sure to inject my own sense of humour there. 

Digital, 2016

SPACE WOMAN
SPACE WOMAN

A personal piece inspired by the airbrush works of Bob Peak. I love the way he conveyed movement, shape, and line with very minimal strokes, often mastering a likeness in one or two strokes (or so it seems).

Mimicking these techniques has been a long-term goal of mine and this is just one attempt. I love the aesthetic of beautiful people in space helmets, so here is one such person rising up out of the water. Did she crash land there, or is that where she came from?

Digital, 2016

THIN WHITE DUKE
THIN WHITE DUKE

A private piece commemorating David Bowie.

Another attempt to digitally recreate the illustration style of Bob Peak and others of the 60s and 70s. My primary goal was to recreate likness using as few precise strokes as possible. In an age of vector portraiture, I'm attempting to push back by using traditional drawing techniques, mimicking kinetic brush strokes and pastel the way it would be done with layers of acetate. The biggest challenge for me wasn't the likeness but trying to keep the lighting motivated in a sea of blackness.

Digital, 2016

 

TATTER CAT
TATTER CAT

A personal piece exploring the illustrative style of Mary Blaire. I adore her patchwork style, forced perspective, and imaginative paintings. I attempted this small experiment one evening, illustrating my favourite creature: the common house cat. 

Digital, 2017

A DEVIL IN A KING
A DEVIL IN A KING

This piece was developed for a group showing centered around the works of Stephen King. This show, called THE DART TOWER, was held at The Dart Gallery on Portland Street in Dartmouth in November 2017.

Instead of recreating an iconic scene, or trying to pick which one of my (many) favourites to illustrate, I settled on creating a portrait of the King himself. For this piece I was inspired by the new-retro stylings of Malika Favre, working with clean lines, a minimal pallet, negative space, and trusting the viewer with only suggestions of likeness. 

Digital / Print, 16x20, 2017

SKARSGARD
SKARSGARD

This piece was created for the DART TOWER group art show, held at the Dart Gallery on Portland Street in Downtown Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

I wanted to flex my digital portraiture muscles by creating something more photo-realistic, as opposed to my normal vintage style. I loved Bill Skarsgard in the recent IT adaptation, so I combined him with his character - half man, half intergalactic manifestation of horror. 

Digital / Print, 16x20, 2017

THINGS I'LL NEVER OWN 1
THINGS I'LL NEVER OWN 1

From a personal project I titled "Things I'll Never Own", I set out to design midcentury furniture pieces I wished I could afford. I was at my most financially unstable at that time, often only eating once a day and cold calling clients at any opportunity for a few dollars. Developing this series took the edge off, envisioning a better future to hold on to.

Digital, 2016

THINGS IILL NEVER OWN 2
THINGS IILL NEVER OWN 2

From a personal project I titled "Things I'll Never Own", I set out to design midcentury furniture pieces I wished I could afford. I was at my most financially unstable at that time, often only eating once a day and cold calling clients at any opportunity for a few dollars. Developing this series took the edge off, envisioning a better future to hold on to.

Digital, 2016

THINGS I'LL NEVER OWN 3
THINGS I'LL NEVER OWN 3

From a personal project I titled "Things I'll Never Own", I set out to design midcentury furniture pieces I wished I could afford. I was at my most financially unstable at that time, often only eating once a day and cold calling clients at any opportunity for a few dollars. Developing this series took the edge off, envisioning a better future to hold on to.

Digital, 2016

YELLOW BIRB
YELLOW BIRB

The Birb series was developed for a personal showing at Elle's Bistro cafe on Barrington Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The owners generously offered me their space to display my work. I had work to show, but I decided to create a series that would better fit the space that still held true to my vintage minimalist dogma. 

The show ran from March - April of 2016.

Digital / Print, 11x17, 2016

RED BIRB
RED BIRB

The Birb series was developed for a personal showing at Elle's Bistro cafe on Barrington Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The owners generously offered me their space to display my work. I had work to show, but I decided to create a series that would better fit the space that still held true to my vintage minimalist dogma. 

The show ran from March - April of 2016.

Digital / Print, 11x17, 2016

BLUE BIRB
BLUE BIRB

The Birb series was developed for a personal showing at Elle's Bistro cafe on Barrington Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The owners generously offered me their space to display my work. I had work to show, but I decided to create a series that would better fit the space that still held true to my vintage minimalist dogma. 

The show ran from March - April of 2016.

Digital / Print, 11x17, 2016

 TOUR DE MAC
TOUR DE MAC

A personal project where I designed a tour poster for my trip across the United States. This piece was inspired by a combination of vintage "Tour De France" posters and the work of illustrator Mary Blaire. I to convey a feeling of freedom and adventure, including myself in a way that wasn't egotistical but still personal.

Digital, 2018

HUNTING MIDNIGHT
FAMILY PORTRAIT
FOXY
AGENT 416
THE COAST - PRIDE GUIDE
THE COAST -
NOBODY TAKES PEGGY'S COVE
UP FROM LONDON SOUTH
DARTMOUTH MEET YOUR MAKER
SHE CAME FROM DARKSIDE
THE GEORGIA DEVIL
HALIFAX MEET YOUR MAKER
SISTERS OF JUPITER
SPACE WOMAN
THIN WHITE DUKE
TATTER CAT
A DEVIL IN A KING
SKARSGARD
THINGS I'LL NEVER OWN 1
THINGS IILL NEVER OWN 2
THINGS I'LL NEVER OWN 3
YELLOW BIRB
RED BIRB
BLUE BIRB
 TOUR DE MAC
HUNTING MIDNIGHT

Book cover design for Jordan Castle's first printed publication, "Hunting Midnight", released in the fall of 2017.

Digital, 2017

FAMILY PORTRAIT

Private commission for a couple who met abroad, both from two different countries, and now travel the world. Design inspired by the work of Bob Peak.

Digital, 2017

FOXY

Private commission, commemorating the recipient's ("Foxy") 40th birthday. Design inspired by Vogue covers of the late 60s and 70s.

Digital, 2016

AGENT 416

A fake film poster I designed and illustrated in response to the 2015 film tax credit slash in Nova Scotia. Hundreds of talented artists, animators, costume designers, writers, actors, and directors left Halifax (and the province as a whole) in favour of more opportunity in Toronto, Ontario, decimating the city's blossoming creative scene. 

Digital, 2015

THE COAST - PRIDE GUIDE

My first cover commissioned by Halifax's largest local paper, The Coast. Their "Pride Guide" edition is one of the largest the paper produces each year. I was asked to create an image that would be fun and intersectional. There was also an exhibit of lesbian pulp fiction book covers on display, which was something else they wanted me to play with.

I opted for complimentary colours for the couple, under a vibrant umbrella. The background was originally periwinkle to suggest an intimate, rainy moment - but was swapped for pink to be more eye-catching.

Digital / Print, 2016

THE COAST -

My second cover commission from The Coast, Halifax's largest weekly newspaper. The cover was to reflect that weeks news feature on the failings of the AIDS Coalition. I was asked to illustrate a fraying ribbon. I wanted to keep the look of the traditional ribbon, but with mottled texture and a sense of fragility. I included the background of cold marble as to not distract from the main image, but would also avoid leaving too much blank space.

Digital / Print, 2016

NOBODY TAKES PEGGY'S COVE

One of three mock film posters I created to sell as a GoFundMe project to get to Creative South in 2016. The traditional imagery of Nova Scotia was too tired - bagpipes, lobsters, fiddles - I wanted to create something with more bite. The campaign was successful, raising close to $2,000CAD in one month.

Despite initially insisting it would be a limited run, PEGGY was so popular I kept her in rotation. She continues to be my best selling piece to this day, with purchases as far as Ireland, Switzerland, and beyond.

Digital, 2016

UP FROM LONDON SOUTH

A piece from a personal series of mock film posters depicting the many places I have lived and traveled. I was born in Croydon, United Kingdom - an area of town people don't readily admit being from because of its bad reputation. Instead, I would tell people I was from "South London".

I played into that fib for this poster, using the factually accurate name but still implying the real nature of the place that I'm from.

Digital, 2015 

DARTMOUTH MEET YOUR MAKER

A personal work inspired by the Dartmouth Makers Craft Fair, a biannual showcase of local talent. The idea of the Dartmouth Maker sounded otherworldly to me, which inspired the concept of the mysterious goddesses that might inhabit our fair city.

Digital, 2016

SHE CAME FROM DARKSIDE

One of three mock film posters I designed for a personal GoFundMe campaign to get to Creative South in 2016. It is common to refer to Dartmouth as "the Dark Side" as, until recently, it wasn't a desirable place to live.

This piece was heavily inspired by original pulp/horror covers of the 1970s. It is common for people to mistakenly read this as "She Came From THE Dark Side", but in this case Darkside is the name of the planet this visitor comes from.

I have the full screenplay for this drafted in my head, but that may be a project for another year.

Digital, 2016

THE GEORGIA DEVIL

One of three mock film posters I developed for a personal GoFundMe campaign to get to Creative South in 2016. 

Creative South is a design conference held in Columbus, Georgia, so of course I had to create something that would fit. Ilove working with tongue-in-cheek themes, especially for a place as conservative as Columbus, so the idea of creative a pulp bodice-ripper was irresistable. 

These posters were successful, helping me raise close to $2,000CAD in one month. 

Digital, 2016

HALIFAX MEET YOUR MAKER

A personal piece inspired by the Dartmouth Makers Craft Fair, a biannual showcase of local talent. The name had me thinking about the "makers" of Dartmouth / Halifax, which inspired the idea of godesses. Halifax has a series of decades old tunnels beneath the city where any kind of magic could be lurking.

Digital, 2016

SISTERS OF JUPITER

While most of my mock film posters are based around local landmarks or personal attachments, this was simply inspired by a photograph of Jean Shrimpton that struck me. In the photograph, Shrimpton is lying on her back with face straight to camera, her iconic locks styled around her as if they defy gravity. 

The image grabbed me immediately and birthed the idea of three celestial sisters. Initially the poster was in flourescent pinks and oranges, but shifted towards a more simplified pallet near the end to remain true to the film posters of the era. 

Most people don't read the small print at the bottom of these posters, so I made sure to inject my own sense of humour there. 

Digital, 2016

SPACE WOMAN

A personal piece inspired by the airbrush works of Bob Peak. I love the way he conveyed movement, shape, and line with very minimal strokes, often mastering a likeness in one or two strokes (or so it seems).

Mimicking these techniques has been a long-term goal of mine and this is just one attempt. I love the aesthetic of beautiful people in space helmets, so here is one such person rising up out of the water. Did she crash land there, or is that where she came from?

Digital, 2016

THIN WHITE DUKE

A private piece commemorating David Bowie.

Another attempt to digitally recreate the illustration style of Bob Peak and others of the 60s and 70s. My primary goal was to recreate likness using as few precise strokes as possible. In an age of vector portraiture, I'm attempting to push back by using traditional drawing techniques, mimicking kinetic brush strokes and pastel the way it would be done with layers of acetate. The biggest challenge for me wasn't the likeness but trying to keep the lighting motivated in a sea of blackness.

Digital, 2016

 

TATTER CAT

A personal piece exploring the illustrative style of Mary Blaire. I adore her patchwork style, forced perspective, and imaginative paintings. I attempted this small experiment one evening, illustrating my favourite creature: the common house cat. 

Digital, 2017

A DEVIL IN A KING

This piece was developed for a group showing centered around the works of Stephen King. This show, called THE DART TOWER, was held at The Dart Gallery on Portland Street in Dartmouth in November 2017.

Instead of recreating an iconic scene, or trying to pick which one of my (many) favourites to illustrate, I settled on creating a portrait of the King himself. For this piece I was inspired by the new-retro stylings of Malika Favre, working with clean lines, a minimal pallet, negative space, and trusting the viewer with only suggestions of likeness. 

Digital / Print, 16x20, 2017

SKARSGARD

This piece was created for the DART TOWER group art show, held at the Dart Gallery on Portland Street in Downtown Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

I wanted to flex my digital portraiture muscles by creating something more photo-realistic, as opposed to my normal vintage style. I loved Bill Skarsgard in the recent IT adaptation, so I combined him with his character - half man, half intergalactic manifestation of horror. 

Digital / Print, 16x20, 2017

THINGS I'LL NEVER OWN 1

From a personal project I titled "Things I'll Never Own", I set out to design midcentury furniture pieces I wished I could afford. I was at my most financially unstable at that time, often only eating once a day and cold calling clients at any opportunity for a few dollars. Developing this series took the edge off, envisioning a better future to hold on to.

Digital, 2016

THINGS IILL NEVER OWN 2

From a personal project I titled "Things I'll Never Own", I set out to design midcentury furniture pieces I wished I could afford. I was at my most financially unstable at that time, often only eating once a day and cold calling clients at any opportunity for a few dollars. Developing this series took the edge off, envisioning a better future to hold on to.

Digital, 2016

THINGS I'LL NEVER OWN 3

From a personal project I titled "Things I'll Never Own", I set out to design midcentury furniture pieces I wished I could afford. I was at my most financially unstable at that time, often only eating once a day and cold calling clients at any opportunity for a few dollars. Developing this series took the edge off, envisioning a better future to hold on to.

Digital, 2016

YELLOW BIRB

The Birb series was developed for a personal showing at Elle's Bistro cafe on Barrington Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The owners generously offered me their space to display my work. I had work to show, but I decided to create a series that would better fit the space that still held true to my vintage minimalist dogma. 

The show ran from March - April of 2016.

Digital / Print, 11x17, 2016

RED BIRB

The Birb series was developed for a personal showing at Elle's Bistro cafe on Barrington Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The owners generously offered me their space to display my work. I had work to show, but I decided to create a series that would better fit the space that still held true to my vintage minimalist dogma. 

The show ran from March - April of 2016.

Digital / Print, 11x17, 2016

BLUE BIRB

The Birb series was developed for a personal showing at Elle's Bistro cafe on Barrington Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The owners generously offered me their space to display my work. I had work to show, but I decided to create a series that would better fit the space that still held true to my vintage minimalist dogma. 

The show ran from March - April of 2016.

Digital / Print, 11x17, 2016

TOUR DE MAC

A personal project where I designed a tour poster for my trip across the United States. This piece was inspired by a combination of vintage "Tour De France" posters and the work of illustrator Mary Blaire. I to convey a feeling of freedom and adventure, including myself in a way that wasn't egotistical but still personal.

Digital, 2018

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