These small hand made glass signs were created in 2009 for a advertising collector of this old cigarette brand.
October 19, 2009
This drawing was made for a tattoo and body piercing based in America. The piece was all hand drawn and was used for a new logo and sign for the business. Made in 2017
October 12, 2017
Hand drawn pencil sketch made in 2014 for Russell Manley of the famous hair salon Ludlow and Blunt based in New York and Brooklyn, USA.
October 16, 2014
These Brilliant cut and etched 6mil thick laminated glass panels were made for a lovely couple in Ohio for there private residents in 2014. They built a beautiful home in the countryside and decided to incorporate a gin palace below the main house.
Some of the images also show how the work was packed and shipped to America.
October 9, 2014
Hand drawn pencil rendering for the world class artist / Tattooist Nikko Hurtado from Los Angeles.
9 inch by 7 inch.
October 8, 2017
I was commissioned by Sony Music/columbia records, New York to design an album cover for John Mayer, the American pop and blues rock musician. The album is called Born and Raised. John as you know, is a singer-songwriter, recording artist and music producer.
Working with John on the brief of the artwork, he asked me to include coins, watches, flowers, and ribbons. I had a great start because of his direction and experience in graphic design and knew this would go smoothly. He also has a great eye for detail and design.
The artwork took roughly one month to complete, drawings were made separately in this time, but most of the artwork from Vectoring and finishing in Photoshop took just short of 28 days. This has without a doubt been one of the most enjoyable projects I have been involved with due to the person I was working for.
The album is out now on iTunes and has also been made as a traditional LP with full cover jacket and internal artwork. The work was commissioned by Sony Music and Columbia Records, New York at the beginning of 2012.
It appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show on the 14th May 2012 in Chicago and David Letterman Show on the 17th May in New York 2012. and many more international shows. The images below show step by step artwork of the cover along with other ideas presented to John back in December 2011.
May 5, 2012
This Reverse gilded and silvered ornate mirror, was commissioned by Jameson Whiskey Dublin, Ireland for St. Patricks Day 2013. It was truly an honour to make this artwork for such a renowned world famous Whiskey company.
The techniques are as follows. Hand sketched design transfered to the back of the glass, The next stage was to brilliant cut part of the design using old stone wheels, and then to polish the cuts with a wood and felt wheel to bring them back to a crystal clear glass finish. The cuts were then masked out and numerous acid etchings were made to give various tones and depth to the glass and design. The etching process is an early turn of the century technique using Hydroflouric acid and distilled water in various ratios. The textured centre around the Jameson Shield is mica stippled which gives a mottled finish like fine hammered steel, a beautiful effect when silvered ,gilded or even left clear.
Deep sandblasting was used for the words IRISH WHISKEY and also the JJ&S design at the right corner in the marroon circle, this was then water gilded and painted.
The panel was then chemically silvered using silver nitrate, once this was backed up with a mirror backing paint the trumpets were gilded and scratched through with a fine knife to give shading to the design, this procedure is known as Verre églomisé, from the French term meaning glass gilded,
The technique dates back to the pre-Roman eras, but its name is derived from 18th century French decorator and art-dealer Jean-Baptise Glomy
The centre of the glass was then water gilded and hand painted, in some smaller areas of tight detail i decided to screen print to get the best possible detail. Once all the gilding was done using 24crt,22crt,18crt,16 lemon gold and 12crt gold for silver finish, i hand painted the shades of colours to all areas along with Mother-of Pearl inlay and glitter effects. Hand blending was used on the ribbons using smiths cream and gold size. A fun project to make for a very appreciative Whiskey company!
March 22, 2013
Honoured to have made this book cover art for the incredibly talented musician Bernie Marsden.
Bernie is an English Rock and Blues Guitarist. You will know him from the band Whitesnake ,having co- written many of the group's hit songs such as "Fool For Your Loving" and "Here I Go Again". He has written a book (Where's My Guitar ?) about his life , being a kid and growing up in rural Buckinghamshire.
The book covers lots of stories about playing guitar with friends such as the Beatles, Joe Bonamassa and Warren Haynes . It's an endless list of great stories and depicts his life on the road the last 40 years. Super nice man and a real honour to make this for him. I watched him perform back in March at one of the @prsguitars tours and he literally blew the house down. We became friends over this past year. All the black line work is hand pen drawn and then coloured in Photoshop.
September 14, 2016
In October 2013 I was commissioned to make the cover artwork for Kings of Leon, Beautiful War. This artwork was designed and sketched over 5 days, a lot of fine detail was added to the drawings.
The inspiration came from a trade card of flowers and lettering sent to me from there design team in New York. We decided to film the process of the sketch through time-lapse photography over the 5 days of sketching. To view the film click the tab to the right of my website. Thank you and enjoy the short film.
December 7, 2013
This glass sign was made for Jeffrey.M.Harp a talented tattooist based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
The lettering is acid etched with a slight mica stipple, the main copy of lettering is blended using water gilded 12crt to 23crt gold to silver blends. This was created using course wire wool and scratching back the silver gently to form a gradient blend allowing the gold leaf to cover over.
GA lettering is deep blasted and water gilded and in each corner of the glass has abalone shell inlaid into the clear areas.
The circles in silver are known as puntie cuts and are were brilliant cut and polished.
May 2, 2016
This glass sign was made as a gift for this Iconic men’s hairdressers Ludlow and Blunt in New York.
Ludlow and Blunt blens a heritage barbershop narrative with modern day techniques & Craftsmanship.
If you are in New York this is the place for a proper haircut vintage style!
The glass has been heat bended in a kiln and the lettering is deep blasted and gilded in 23 crt gold leaf.
The border has been glass nipped to create a bright facet effect and brilliance against the 18 crt bright lustre gild.
The letter S has the same techniques. Both pieces were all hand made with no computer help just good old fashioned craftsmanship!
Made in May 2016
May 18, 2016
Hand Sketched artwork in pencil finish for the website HAND MADE FONT.
November 9, 2016
Hand drawn artwork for Steve Zap based in Miami, USA. A present from his close friend in 2016.
April 16, 2016
Booth’s has a fascinating story. Savoured in Victorian gin palaces and favoured in the infamous hotel bars of the Golden Age of Cocktails, even King William IV was a Booth’s enthusiast.
It was these historic references that inspired this design and the design really is in the detail. Note the gilded oak leaf scroll filigree, representing the gin mellowing in sherry oak casks, and the decorative letter ‘H’ in the Booth’s wordmark – a charming quirk of personality on the original art deco bottle. Every element reveals a part of the Booth’s story.
I worked alongside London’s amazing design company Design Bridge to produce a bottle that would stand out not only in the design artwork but also with its beautiful glass work and embossing that was achieved through hours of work.
Booth’s was reborn.
By delving into the history of Booth’s and collaborating with Design Bridge we’ve been able to bring back the brand’s unique charm and character. Booth’s is now a stylish, complex and deeply authentic brand resurrected for today. Ornamental, original and obsessive about detail, this is craft and creativity at its glorious best.
April 5, 2016
The label designed artwork for the John Mayer Limited Edition Super Eagle.
I made 3 versions of this artwork in pencil sketched ideas. The final version was chosen by John Mayer and I then proceeded to pen draw the finished artwork. The label was made into a small 3 inch long adhesive graphic that went inside the f hole of the guitar.
It was an honour to be involved with this project along side John Mayer and Paul Reed Smith.
See the guitar and John Mayer explaining the exquiste craftsmanship in this film.
March 23, 2016
Made in 2015 this gilded glass sign was acid etched and water gilded in 24crt and 12crt gold leaf.
The centre diamond points on each letter was brilliant cut using stone wheels.
All the scroll work was oil gilded and the ship crest was acid etched and a technique known as Verre Eglomise was used.
The frame is made of Mahogany and has been oil gilded.
March 18, 2016
This Gilded glass sign was made in 2015 for the world famous Kings Avenue Tattoo Studios in downtown New York, USA .
Mike Rubendall is an internationally renowned artist, entrepreneur, and the founder of Kings Avenue Tattoo.
Mike has over twenty years experience in the tattoo industry and has received over fifty international awards for his work. Mike?s work has been featured in over 100 publications and magazines.
The glass is made up of many techniques including acid etching in fine mica stipple. Mother-of-pearl inlay, hand painted shades and shadows and brilliant cutting. The frame is mahogany and is French Polished.
This glass piece was an anniversary surprise from the owners work colleagues.
March 17, 2016
Made for a private bar in Cleveland, Ohio. This pencil sketched artwork is the main design for the bar interior. This will eventually become a reverse glass sign in many techniques including gold leaf.
January 13, 2015
This reverse gilded and acid etched glass sign was made for Sam Smith from Calgary in Canada in 2014.
Sam is a world class tattooist and artist, her boyfriend commissioned me to make this glass sign as a present for her. Sam came over to stay with friends in London and at the same time came down to pick up the work and take it back to her home in Canada.
The techniques used on the sign were deep blasting, acid mica stipple , blended glazes with matt gilding and a water gilded outline of 23 crt gold leaf. The frame is mahogany and has been French polished.
October 12, 2014
John Saville [1834-1926], was a native of Sheffield. His father of the same name was for many years proprietor of the Red Lion Inn in the market town of Howden in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
John Saville junior founded one of York's longest lasting retail & pharmaceutical chemist businesses, first established just a stone's throw from the City's medieval gateway, Monk Bar, at No. 4 Goodramgate (Monk Bar Within) in May 1876.
In late 2011, the York Castle Museum decided on the need to refurbish its famous long-established Victorian street, known as Kirkgate, and originally created in 1938 and now an iconic part of the Museum, comprising a cobbled street, hansom cab, as well the original facades and recreated interiors of several shops and emporiums, together with a police cell and Victorian schoolroom. Several of the shops have taken the names of long-established York businesses such as Banks Music, Sessions Printers and Terry's sweet shop, so it was with considerable excitement that the decision was made to resurrect the Saville name alongside several other new shops, and to recreate the interior of the druggist's and chemist's premises as it would have looked at the turn of the 20th Century.
With the assistance of local historian and former Saville's Photographic employee, Peter Stanhope and with the backing of Saville family members & the then curator, wendolen Whittaker, the interior of an original Victorian druggist's & chemist's premises in Kirkgate was wonderfully recreated. Features include an impressive high counter, tiers of original Victorian mahogany shelving forming a striking backdrop to the counter itself and upon which are displayed a striking array of original Victorian tallboys and chemist's jars, with incomprehensible latin drug names adorning each of their fronts. Copies of original Victorian Saville labels add an important aura of additional authenticity to many of these.
In June 2012, the newly refurbished Kirkgate was re-launched amid much public excitement & enthusiasm.
Whilst looking through the family archives in preparation for the above, we came across an old photograph of the original interior of the Goodramgate premises, probably taken circa 1900. The counter is piled high with an assortment of drugs and neatly packaged products. My great grandfather, Walter Perfect Saville, stands to one side, his assistant to the other. Behind the counter, hanging on the back wall of the shop can be seen a wonderful piece of original late Victorian advertising art – a large engraved glass, its fine lettering and decorative embellishments promoting the efficacious benefits of one of the business's longest lasting and most popular products, Saville Golden Liver & Stomach Mixture.
So it was that we were fortunate to make contact with David Smith in Torquay, one of the few craftsmen with the skill and ability to enable us to recreate (as far as was possible from the information provided in the photograph) that now sadly long lost piece of original Victorian advertising art. This wonderful piece will put the final & definitive Saville stamp on the York Castle Museum's chemist's and druggist's premises in Kirkgate and provide something as close to the Victorian original as is realistically possible, not least in using the same labour-intensive techniques, skills and craftsmanship of those late Victorian engravers and glaziers. It is a beautifully designed work by a truly unique modern artist and craftsman.
Great great grandson of John Saville [1834-1926]
August 23, 2014
Hand sketched artwork for a Gastronomy Grocer shop in South Devon, England.
May 23, 2014
category: Glass Signs
Made for Sky Sports channel and Premier League Productions. This glass sign was produced for the show which shows the making of the glass sign for the Manchester United V Liverpool game.
April 24, 2014
This is a design I made for a dear friend’s 60th birthday. Someone I met over 20 years ago at Rick Glawson’s California Conclave. Dave has been a huge inspiration to me and many others. Dave has such a lovely family, his daughter Shiloh Butler O’rourke organised his friends to make artwork in different mediums for him to open on his birthday. Happy Birthday David Butler!
April 22, 2014
category: Glass Signs
Hand made gilded Boulangerie glass sign for a private clients London kitchen.
These sets of gilded glass door surrounds are hand signwritten and water gilded to give the charm of a French boulangerie feel. Made for a bespoke kitchen surround in central London in 2014.
Photos courtesy of cabinetery / kitchen design by Increation.
April 21, 2014