All work and no play makes James a dull boy.

Slanted 36 — Coesxist
Illustration for Slanted 36 based on the theme 'Coexist'. The publication questions topics such as climate change, political power, human rights, freedom of speech, wars, and many other global issues.


Chapter Arts Centre
Frontage artwork submission for Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff. The brief was an open call for artists to create an impactful piece to celebrate the re-opening after COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

Hahnenkamm Rennen 2021
Poster entries for the 2021 Hahnenkamm Rennen, an annual world cup alpine ski race in Kitzbuhel, Austria.


The Happy Film
Entry for 'The Happy Film' poster brief, set by Stefan Sagmeister.

Fount Magazine
Illustration for Fount Magazine — Mash-up Culture #2 — Connect. My illustration is a mash-up of an original piece by Lixö de Janeiro.


Good Good Good
Typographic illustration inspired by the Happy Mondays track – Do It Better.

Secret 7" 2020 
The Internet – Come Over & Koffee – Toast


Secret 7" 2018
London Grammar — Help.


Cutterblock Display
Typeface design.

An ongoing collection of illustrations, formed directly from the printed textual adverts, in the section of The Guardian that goes by the same name.


Talking Heads
Unused editorial illustration on the subject of organic networking.

Hand made clocks
Ply wood, chalk paint and clear wax to finish. These are just prototypes, I'll get around to making them properly one day...

Slanted 25X25
I was 1 of 25 invited by the lovely people at Slanted to make a '25 illustration' for their special 25th Slanted output, which celebrates 10 years of existence. The publication is a limited edition risograph printed booklet in 14 colours.

Participants included: ATTAK, Edward Fella, Hi, Hort, House Industries (Ken Barber), karlssonwilker inc. (Jan Wilker), Klub7, Stefan Marx, Monotype, Non-Format, R2, amongst others...

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PRESENT! Exhibition (London Design Festival 2015)
I was invited by 'We Are Equals' to create a poster for PRESENT! A week long exhibition that brought together designers from across the world to help street children in India. The exhibition was held at London Design Festival (19 – 27 September 2015).

Find out more here: PRESENT!

Akzidenz Happen
A mash-up of the typeface Akzidenz-Grotesk (Berthold Type Foundry). I made this by running letterforms through a scanner, moving, jolting and twisting the paper to create the desired effect.

No Sleep
An illustration of me not sleeping, created while I couldn’t sleep.

Lürzer's Archive: 200 Best Illustrators 2016/2017
I had some illustrations I made for BAFTA Cymru published in this lovely book. 


Sign of the Times
NB Studio, Spring Chicken and Michael Wolff invited designers from all over the world to submit a design to replace the ‘Elderly People’ road sign, as they felt it was ageist and outdated. An exhibition of the designs took place at the Protein Gallery, London on the 11th – 13th of September, 2015.


An experiment with shape and pattern.

Precedent – 10 Guiding Principles
I made a series of illustrations for precedent, which highlighted their '10 guiding principles'.


Little White Lies & Ralph Steadman / Breaking Bad Exhibition
To celebrate the release of the Breaking Bad Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbooks, featuring exclusive artwork by legendary British cartoonist Ralph Steadman, Little White Lies released a creative brief to design a piece of artwork based on a memorable scene from Breaking Bad.

The brief was created to coincide with a special exhibition of exclusive hand-crafted character illustrations by Ralph Steadman, at the 71a gallery in East London. Ralph would then choose 15 of the entries to sit alongside his artwork in the exhibition.

I was extremely honoured to be one of the fifteen selected for the exhibition. My artwork is based on the scene where Gustavo Fring is unfortunate enough to have half of his face blown off. I had a great time at the exhibition and even got to meet the man himself.


Adelaide Fringe
Poster entry for the 2016 Adelaide Fringe.


LOL / 404
404 graphic for the Sequence Agency website.


Slanted – Monsterbox
I was invited to take part in Monsterbox, a project created by Slanted/Magma Brand Design. Monsterbox is a collection of 150 illustrated note cards, printed on high quality card stock using 3 HKS special colours. I created 2 monsters - 'The Burrowing One Eye' and 'Self Sufficient'.

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Anorak Magazine
I was asked by Anorak to create a colouring in page for Vol.18. I thought a character with fruit on their head would be a good option.

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This idea was inspired by my inadequate sense of direction. I always get lost and wanted to somehow illustrate this.


Minimal Gallery
Large scale, hand drawn illustration for Minimal Gallery, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Fresh 3 / Cutting Edge Illustrations — Print
I had a couple of illustrations published in Fresh 3, a lovely book full of wonderful stuff.


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