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Interval Arts

In the words of it's owner and curator Micah Purnell:

"Interval Arts is a curated outdoor art space located at the mouth of Manchester's creative northern quarter."

I've always been a big fan of people who like to do things differently, and Micah is definitely one of those people. He got in touch to see if I'd like to showcase one of my pieces 'Love Thy Neighbor' in his outdoor space and I jumped at the chance! The outdoor space is located in an interesting part of Manchester called Ancoats, a place which has seen it's fair share of hard knocks trials and tribulations, which is why I think it tied in quite nicely with my piece. 'Love Thy Neighbor' represents man confronting life and not dismissing it, in every hazard there's a highlight.

Check out the full Q&A over on Micah's site

 Photo courtesy of Micah Purnell

Photo courtesy of Micah Purnell

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FormFiftyFive

Massive fist-pump to the air on this one! The awesome guys over at FormFiftyFive have only gone and smashed together a new piece on my work. Huge kudos to the guys over there - in particular Jack Daly who's also a super talented illustrator. I had the pleasure of meeting the FFF guys whilst over at the OFFF Festival in Barcelona, if your looking to talk to some very creatively clued in chaps then get in touch with them! You can check out the article on my work here - Colour and Lines

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Behance Digital Arts Feature

Starwars can be counted amongst the most legendary of sci-fi films to ever hit our screens and I for one can count it as being on my list of inspiration. With this in mind - I've whipped up some Colour and Lines based on some of the most epic scenes from the series, both from the past and the present.

The curatorial team over at Behance have chosen my project to be featured, this time in their Digital Arts arena. I'm really chuffed about this and loving the awesome comments from the public saying such ace things about my approach. 

Big thanks to the curatorial team at Behance!

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Abduzeedo

Abduzeedo

Inspiration doesn't come any better than in the forms of the Abduzeedo blog, it's jammed full of insightful tutorials, interviews with designers, free wallpapers and a plethora of creative showcases - speaking of which includes my colour and lines. 

A big thanks goes out to the Abduzeedo peeps for showcasing my work to the world, massively appreciated! You can view the article here - Colour and Lines illustrations

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We and The Colour

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Proper nice guys, them people over at We and The Colour for selecting my work to be featured on their site. You can view the article here - Illustrative work from the series colour and lines by James Oconnell

In terms of inspiration sites - they are one of my favourites and have been for quite some time, they always have up to date content that's delicious to the eyes, not to mention their editorial is also spot on.

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IDN

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The awesome guys over at IdN world have featured my work - in particular my rendition of the Beatles - Abbey Road cover. Super simple lines, cutting right to the core of the subject matter - you can view the short, but sweet article here - Colour and Lines by James Oconnell

Music has always played a massive part in my life, whether it's crafting a piece of work or sitting in the sun listening to an audio book. I can see a hell of a lot more music pieces coming soon...

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Success

Success

Success is sometimes short-lived, in this case it's more of a tongue in cheek look at the subject. My good friend Jenny Theolin recently got in touch to see if I'd like to take part in her recent project The Fiasco Manifesto, a showcase of collaborators from all walks of life who work with Jenny on a project by project basis. 

I was given the following sentence to turn into whatever I wanted...

failure

Being quote an open brief I decided to snap my arm and illustrate the shit out of it - because... who doesn't like tattoos? I'm particularly fond of the memory of my father saying I'll never get a job when I came home one day with my neck tattooed which ties in quite nicely with the subject matter.

On show is a total of 10 collaborators including:

Dan Bull
Dave Brown
Rob Clarke
Lizzie Mary Cullen
Oli Frape
Dominique Byron
Tash Wilcocks
Nick Chaffe
Give Up Art

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Behance Character Served Feature

Behance Characters Served

Characters are the lifeblood of most computer games, in particular Ryu and Ken from Nintendo's Street Fighter. I was never really a Nintendo fan and mostly owned Sega's Mega Drive and Game Gear - it was only when I used to visit my cousins that we would all gather around the SNES and fight it out to be the SF champion. Underneath the gaming structure there's a solid narrative behind each character too - I believe this to be one of the main reasons why the game saw such success through the 90s and beyond.

The curatorial team over at Behance have again chosen one of my projects to be featured, this time in their Characters Served arena. I'm really chuffed about this and loving the awesome comments from the public saying such ace things about my approach. I've never been one to hang my own work on my walls but I'd definitely go for the entire SF collection I've done so far.

Big thanks to the curatorial team at Behance - you can view the project here - Colour and Lines Part Quatre

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Behance feature

Behance feature

Ever since moving to Behance from DeviantArt so many years ago I've never looked back, I mean they both have their pros and cons but for me - the UI and offering of Behance stands it leaps and bounds above it's competitors. I've had the opportunity to be part of the ongoing testing of the platform too, seeing the change of back end go from strength to strength.

Recently my Colour and Lines was picked up and showcased by Behance on their homepage, recognition like this doesn't come every day as the team involved in the curation process has super high standards. I want to say a big thanks to the curation team for choosing my work which can be seen here - Colour and Lines Part Trois

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Shortlist Magazine

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Whilst crafting away on my colour and lines work I was pleasantly surprised to have a ton of traffic one day hitting my social media - after a little searching I found that Shortlist Magazine had showcased my work online - so nice of the fellows over there!

It's always nice to find people interested in my work - especially when the work is so much fun to craft. Big thanks to the editor ... for featuring me - you can read the article here - Captivating Colour and Lines