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Derek McInnes, Yes he can! Free download

Aberdeen F.C. manager Derek McInnes given the Obama treatment. Below the image is a free download for an A3 print ready PDF (297 mm x 420 mm). A chance to waste a lot of ink on your work photocopier, or take it to a printers. Not to be used or re-used for any financial gain. No you can’t. Unless your name is Derek McInnes or you are Aberdeen Football Club.

Vistaprint poster template

There is also a version for a 42.6 cm by 60.1 cm poster, that has been added on a Vistaprint template, so you could get it printed online. I have no affiliation with Vistaprint, and gain nothing from you using this. If you go to this link here you can see where to upload http://www.vistaprint.co.uk. It should take you to their poster page. You then choose ‘Medium’ as the size, and then ‘Upload’. And it should work, costs about 10 quid. Enjoy.

Future updates on free artwork will appear here. www.facebook.com/thedandydons

Derek McInness yes he can


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Illustrations for Danish sports newspaper Tips Bladet

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I had the privilege of working for the Danish sports and betting newspaper Tips Bladet a few years back. Most of my work was topical football cartoons of the time, which will no longer make any sense. Above are caricatures of Luis Figo while at Real Madrid, and Zinedine Zidane while at Juventus.

Tips Bladet were the main sports newspaper of Denmark and were a print newspaper. They are now only online. www.tipsbladet.dk

Football has always been a big part of my illustration work.

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Illustrations for F.C Copenhagen

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Sibusiso Zuma, the South African international footballer while playing for F.C. Copenhagen

I had the great privilege of working for F.C Copenhagen as an illustrator a few years back. The Copenhagen based Danish Superliga football team known as F.C. København, or just F.C.K in Danish, play at and own Parken the Danish National stadium.

I had a few caricatures in their match programme, and an assortment of other merchandising work. It was a ridiculously childish thrill to go into Parken for meetings. The prospect of  bumping into a footballer in the lift, or even the then manager, Roy Hodgson. Sadly Roy appears to have drifted out of football altogether now, and manages England.

You can take the man out of Scotland…

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The scariest client meeting for a designer

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Of course the saying goes ‘A camel is a horse designed by a committee’. Meaning if too many people are involved in a design, without anyone being in charge of the project, bad design ensues.

www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Design_by_committee

 

 

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Working as a cartoonist for the Press and Journal newspaper

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Cartoon for The Press and Journal. A wee hint of Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes) in the brush work.

In the early nineties I worked for Aberdeen Journals’ Press and Journal newspaper as a layouter at their Lang Stracht headquarters in Aberdeen.

I was contributing cartoons to the Aberdeen f.c. fanzine The Northern Light at the same time. I eventually plucked up the courage to submit a couple of cartoons to The Press and Journal. It was a paper that sold 110,000 copies per day, six days a week back then. Covering the area from the Shetlands down to Dundee, and over to the Western Isles. The highest selling newspaper in the area, with an estimated readership of 220,000. The subs, the chief sub, the Assistant Editors, were nice but intimidating people – you wouldn’t want to mess with them.

Four hours after nervously offering two cartoons to the Chief Sub, I was holding a still warm from the presses copy of the P&J in my hand with one of my cartoons on the front page, and another on the all important back page (the football page).

The cartoons were topical and needed to fit in with that day’s news. A sharp learning curve in, coming up with material under pressure, drawing quickly, and accepting the random nature of what others considered funny (editors and sub-editors).

The Press and Journal doesn’t sell as many copies now as when my cartoons appeared. This may or may not be a coincidence.

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Daft Punk animated GIF

Your GIF keeps on giving…

Well guess what’s been playing in my house… my house. I found this excellent tutorial on the net http://vector.tutsplus.com/tutorials/illustration/create-a-daft-punk-gif-animation-using-illustrator-and-photoshop/ and decided to give it a go and create my own Daft Punk animated GIF, and add a little joke.

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Happy Halloween illustration

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Halloween Illustration

Halloween illustrations are a fun way to decorate your website or Social Media pages during the late October early November period. All sorts of variations between pumpkins, spiders, witches, moons, werewolves, and terrible puns can be used to develop your brand.

If you require any specialised holiday/celebration illustration or design, please get in touch. There are more examples of my work on my illustration page here.

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