Rejected Shapes

Scouring my hard drive for something, I came across the bones of this design which I made back in 2019.

I’d pitched it to a band as a gigposter but they didn’t feel it was the right fit. A few weeks later I changed the text and pitched it to a different band. They didn’t really like it either.

I can understand it in this case, some bands are expecting to see something that represents their music, perhaps with flattering lyrical references… and they are disappointed when you present your take on IKEA bed sheets.

Some artists are great at pattern design – for me it’s never really taken off! The thing is, suddenly finding it over a year later, I still quite like it!

So I’ll just use it for myself by starting a new band for artists and graphic designers. Rejected Shapes. Songs about client rejection and endless revisions. You can join if that resonates, just let me know what instrument you’re playing!

Oystercatcher

Oystercatcher digital painting for a weekly drawing series on Instagram .

I meant to record a process video but I thought to myself, ‘I’ll just do a little bit of a warmup practice before I set anything recording…’

Before I knew it I was completely in a flow state, no concept of time, just lost in making marks and building strokes…

Very enjoyable, but note to self: just set it recording next time.

Public Service Broadcasting Poster Reprint

The first poster I did for Public Service Broadcasting back in 2015 sold out very quickly and over the years since then I’ve had fairly regular messages from people asking if there would ever be a reprint.

Well, here it is. A new set of colours and marked as a 2nd Edition, this is available for pre-order in the PSB shop until Friday 20th Nov, I believe.

Thanks very much to the band for being into the idea of us relaunching this one, it’s always been one of my favourites and I’m really pleased with the new colours.

I printed the first edition myself (video of that here) but I’m entrusting this 2nd run to the super-capable hands of Tommy over at Prints of Thieves. Can’t wait to see how they turn out and for fans of the band to get their hands on them.

Kitty Pins

It’s October. The season of black cats! The season of weird orangey-pink cats!

When I came up with the little AoC cat face designs I absolutely knew I’d end up making lil pins out of them at some point. Well, here they are – Hard enamel smiling cat faces, outlined in shiny gold trim. Available in the Big Cartel shop now.

Lots going on at Army of Cats HQ at the moment. Working away at some stuff for clients, editing a process video I’m really excited about, and got some new work from me to reveal also.

As usual world contains many things to feel anxious about. I’m still battling with that. But there’s lots of positive and progressive things happening too, and I hope in some small way my little bits of stuff and words and photos help contribute to the good side of existence.

Be kind & keep looking out for one another. x

Sinister Fish Ahoy!

Villagers by Sinister Fish Games

A while ago I created a logo for Sinister Fish a games publishers founded by my friend Dave Clarke, who I know from way back in the days of playing in bands.

Dave recently very kindly hooked me up with a copy of the last game as well as a very swanky Sinister Fish logo coffee mug and promo bits.

It’s always a cool feeling to hold something featuring your logo or design work but this is the first time I’ve had my work on a game like this – I have to say the overall package is very, very satisfying.

Villagers by Sinister Fish Games

The game is designed and wonderfully illustrated by Haakon Hoel Gaarder and sees you as a founder of a new village during the middle ages, in the years following a great plague.

There is a solo mode but I haven’t quite had the time to delve into it properly yet. I’m still in the stage of admiring all the cards and pieces and playing Scrooge McDuck with the coins.

Villagers by Sinister Fish Games
Villagers by Sinister Fish Games

I do play board games from time to time (currently in the middle of the Tainted Grail campaign) but haven’t been able to meet with the guys I play with for a number of months due to the pandemic. At some point we’ll hopefully be able to try out Villagers and see how we get on.

Sinister Fish’s lastest game STREETS, also by Haakon Hoel Gaarder, is on Kickstarter right now. It’s absolutely smashed it’s funding goal already – go check it out!

New Big Cartel Shop

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I have a new shop, hosted by Big Cartel.

To mark the occasion, there are some new items available – a very limited, A2 version of my ‘Mynydd’ Welsh Mountains print, the return of the ‘Coffee Cat’ patch, and I also dug out some copies of very old Melvins, Unsane, and Night Marchers gig posters I still have a handful of and put them up for cheap.

For the next week, you can also get 15% off your order with the code: NEWSHOP15.

My Etsy shop will continue to exist, as I get do get decent traffic for certain products, but Etsy have pushed a number of changes over the past couple of years which I haven’t really liked.

It feels like they’re pushing for shops to be as Amazon-like as possible, with free shipping and quantity of sales over quality of service. They also keep increasing the cut they take.

It’s their right, of course, to run their platform however they’d like but I feel like there’s been a marked change in their values and who they want to appeal to.

For now, my Etsy is still down while I update prices, shipping costs and images…

By contrast, Big Cartel has always been very good at supporting smaller, genuinely independent artists and sellers. I like their style.

The new Big Cartel shopfront will be the main shop – new prints and items will go up here first… Please do click on over and have a mooch around! If you’ve wanted to pick up any bits of my work, now’s a great time to support me (and don’t forget the NEWSHOP15 code!).

The Continued Race for Space

Room Tour Project 222 CheekiSkrub

Someone dropped me a line to say they’d spotted a couple of my Public Service Broadcasting prints in a room tour video by YouTuber RandomFrankP.

The owner of the setup, CheekiSkrub, has done a very nice job! You can watch the video here.

I regularly get messages about whether these posters are still available. They have long since sold out and while I’d love to hook people up who are trying to track them down, unfortunately that’s the nature of limited editions!

I work with the band to produce this kind of work, so I can’t just bash out reprints without their permission. That said, there has been some talk of doing a reprint of the very first poster in different colours… we’ll see; watch this space.

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