This delightful map comes from the hands of James Grover
for Denver city's 5280 Magazine.
James' map shows the Santa Fe Trail and is decorated with drawings of its people, food and landmarks, knitted together with handcrafted letters and textures.
creates whimsical patterns, textures and lettering for walls, books and magazines.
Patterns and detail are important elements in James’s style. His line work has a slightly naïve feel to it and, working digitally, he adds depth to images by including extra elements, even if they’re small and subtle. See more...
creates five book jackets for Sarah Duncan's re-releases.
James Grover creates five book jackets for Sarah Duncan's re-releases.
The successful novels which have previously won glowing reviews and short-listings for 'Romantic Novel of the Year', have received a fresh look from James' wonderful sense of pattern and design. James says "The covers aim to capture the relaxed, romantic and heart-warming feel to the books."
works on an animation for Prince Edward Island tourism.
James Grover works on an animation for Prince Edward Island tourism.
Alongside animator Lev Bravo, James was commissioned to illustrate the 'Ask an Islander' feature on the Prince Edward Island website. 'Ask an Islander' allows potential visitors to directly ask islanders questions about the best places to eat, see music and see the sights. James says "I designed the general look and feel of the animation and created all the elements by hand." See the video here.
above - Gail Armstrong's work for SOGO
below - James Grover's work for Zizzi Ristorante
above - Turine Tran's work for Crayola
below - Sharif Tarabay's work for DONG Energy UK
We are super-excited to hear that Gail Armstrong, James Grover, Turine Tran and Sharif Tarabay have had their work shortlisted for the AOI World Illustration Awards in partnership with the Directory of Illustration.
Gail Armstrong's artwork for the SOGO campaign shortlisted in the Advertising and Design category, was to celebrate their 29th Anniversary. SOGO in Hong Kong commissioned an illustration to reflect the shopping experience in the prestigious department store during their celebration week. The image had to reference the various store departments and goods available and feature typical shoppers, whilst being colourful, lively and festive. 'SOGO 29th Anniversary' had to be an integral part of the image and the artwork had to work in a variety of formats and scales, with the option to extract key elements to use as stand-alone images.
Shortlisted for the Public Realm category, James Grover's Zizzi mural was to decorate two restaurant walls, bringing individuality to the site by finding inspiration in local history or landmarks. The murals are themed around the close proximity of Rockingham Forest to the town. In prehistoric times the area was the largest expanse of woodland in the country. More recently, in medieval England, the forest was allocated as a Royal Hunting Forest where wild boar, fallow deer and pheasant were in abundance.
Sharif Tarabay's painting for DONG Energy UK was to convey the UK's rich heritage combined with its modern innovation and technologies - shortlisted in the Advertising and Design category.
Lastly Turine Tran's work for Crayola with Leo Burnett in Ho Chi Minh city was to promote brand awareness of Crayola in a visually arresting way with the concept of 'unrolling' a colour pencil, laying it out flat, and seeing all the visuals that are waiting to be drawn by that pencil. "The brief was pretty simple and straightforward, but the charm needs to come from choosing and composing the iconic red objects. The effect I was after is the intensity of red, and the strong emotional tension it provoke. So instead of positioning and layering them randomly, I tried to place them so that totally unrelated things seem to have connections to each other. I leave the storytelling up to the viewers to interpret and connect the dot." says Turine. This piece is also shortlisted in the Advertising and Design category.
We are truly proud of all our artists who entered this year and look forward to finding out the results soon! Look here for the complete shortlist.
paints a theatre land mural in Zizzi Ristorante on The Strand.
James Grover paints a theatre land mural in Zizzi Ristorante on The Strand.
James's design was for the alcove space where he has represented a selection of the well-known theatres in the area. He says "The focus of the West End 'Theatreland' is of course the shows themselves, however the theatre buildings are often iconic and beautifully grand venues." Using acrylic pens and emulsion, James has drawn St Martin’s Theatre, Lyceum Theatre, Queen’s Theatre, Victoria Palace Theatre, Novello Theatre, London Palladium and Palace Theatre, along with characters from some well-known productions. He was also asked to produce a decorative mural for the George Bernard Shaw quote wall, which includes some theatre inspired elements, all this was completed over a period of six days.
works with Kopparberg on their spiced apple ads.
James Grover works with Kopparberg on their spiced apple ads.
James provided the hand drawn typography for the advertisement; a warming 'Keep Cosy' design to promote the cider that can be enjoyed chilled or heated.
above and below - photos of the Zizzi Sheffield interior
James Grover paints the interior of Zizzi Ristorante in Meadowhall, Sheffield.
James was asked to create murals to decorate the main restaurant wall and corridor and to bring individuality to the site by finding inspiration in local history or landmarks. His work is based around the rich musical heritage of the city of Sheffield and is initially seen as a decorative map. After looking closer at the mural, "...the city centre map’s street names are song titles with the year in which they were released...creating a giant quiz and igniting the natural competitive spirit to solve puzzles. For example, one street is named 'Sing It Back (1998)' – the answer would be 'Moloko'. The corridor features stylised album covers, also showing only the release date", he says. James wanted to hold the viewer's attention with this project and provide a talking point too - the restaurant is in a shopping centre and has a high turnover of customers with shorter meal times. The mural was painted on-site using acrylic and emulsion.
The new album cover by August James is illustrated by James Grover.
The new album cover by August James is illustrated by James Grover.
Skimming Stones is the acoustic duo's second album and is adorned with James's translucent floating patterns.
detail of the mural
Darwin Holiday Parks commission James Grover to put his art on the walls of their Piran Meadows site near Newquay.
Meadows and woodland were the inspiration for James, he also included some references to the sea too with Newquay's position on the Cornwall coast. James says "It was completely drawn in acrylic pens, with the background colour done in emulsion."
above and below: the walls of Zizzi Ristorante in Market Harborough
James Grover adds more of his magic to the walls of Zizzi Ristorante in Market Harborough.
The mural was hand drawn live on site, using acrylic pen paints and emulsion. And referencing the history of the area with it's close proximity to Rockingham Forest, James says "In prehistoric times the area was the largest expanse of woodland in the country, but deforestation has seen a large reduction in its size. More recently, in medieval England, the forest was allocated as a Royal Hunting Forest where wild boar, fallow deer and pheasant were in abundance. Nowadays, the remaining forest is protected and is still a key feature of the area." Another superb Zizzi interior by James!
designs a bookjacket for a collection of poems.
James Grover designs a bookjacket for a collection of poems.
We love the way James uses colour and this job is no exception. Commissioned by Hounslow Civic Centre, the book cover illustrates a poetry competition all about road safety.
James Grover works on a fish mural in the New Forest.
The shoal of fish line a wall of the pool at Hoburne Bashley in the New Forest creating a wave like design. James's love of pattern and shape can be seen in this beautifully drawn piece of art.
With many happy memories of drawing with his Grandmother, Exeter based James Grover shares his Scrapbook.
Roman inspired mural
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star mural
Zizzi Ristorante commission James Grover
to create two murals for a refurbishment of their Colchester restaurant.
The first of the murals was inspired by Roman pottery and mosaics, James immersed himself in the history of Colchester (or Camulodunum as it was known in Roman times) to make this gorgeous decorative piece. The second appears on the stairway at the restaurant, a star in the night sky with “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” written around the edge of a diamond - originally written as “The Star” by English poet and former Colchester resident, Jane Taylor. Both works of art were painted using acrylic paint pens and emulsion, and surely transform the interior from restaurant to gallery!