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Illustration agent

George Grace represents

Yo Yo Yo - Don't worry I'm not going to wax lyrical but more let you into some awesome news that's happened recently... I've been picked up by illustration agent George Grace.

That little paragraph break was me yelling in the air and throwing a massive fist bump to the sky - mega excited to see where this relationship is going to take my work... stay tuned for some awesome stuff coming soon!

Made North Gallery Exhibit

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My lovely little foxes have been visiting Sheffield for the past few weeks. I was lucky enough to have been invited to exhibit at the Made North Gallery in Sheffield. Armed with a few prints I delivered a few digital prints together with some lush giclee's and when I say lush - I mean proper lush; the colour quality was out of this world!

This is the first time my colour and lines have been exhibited in the real world and I'm hoping it won't be the last, well... there is a couple of sneaky exhibition ideas planned for London and NYC coming up but I'll leave that nugget of information there for you to make of it what you will.

I've always been a big fan of Sheffield I think mainly because of the Designers Republic and Ian Anderson. He's a lovely chap who's still motoring on.

If you are interested in booking my work for an exhibition do get in touch - I'm quite an amicable young lad who loves to meet people and share my work:

Email: wave@james-oconnell.com

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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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GLUG

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Sweden Bound! Well, not me - but my art - I was asked by GLUG to create a piece of work for the first Glug night in Sweden. Armed with my colour and lines I went forth and threw down some shapes - wavy lines and a heavy looking Swedish flag.

For those of you unfamiliar with Glug: 

Glug is a series of events for the design and creative community. Our showcase event is held in London but there are now 10 other events around the world.
— http://www.glugevents.com/
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One of the best things I've found through my career is that collaborating and working with people who share the same passion as you has the ability to push your enthusiasm through the roof.

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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...

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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
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Colour and Lines x Instagram

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Like me, your probably one of those people who can't stop taking pictures of their food and posting it to Instagram, the addictiveness is so immense. Being such a visual person I wanted to try a little experiment using my Colour and Lines combined with the mechanics of the liking system found on Instagram. This probably sounds a bit vague, but stay with me...

With Instagram being such a visual platform - I wanted to create a piece of communication that would allow me to give back to people who 'like' my work - thus Tap the Gap was born, view the project here - Colour and Lines x Instagram

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The mechanic itself was really simple, it needed to be. The thing people always get wrong with social sharing is putting too many stumbling blocks in front of the user - remove these barriers and make sharing an effortless approach. I'm hugely thankful to all the people who have stuck with me and my work - all the ace words and emails requesting prints have spurned me on to craft more and more images.

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The shelf life of the project is quite limited as when it's done, it's done - proud to say that a fair few people have been making their own TapTheGap versions - go forth and conquer!

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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