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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

made north gallery

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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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
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