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illustration Archives - Antony Ashton Art


 design, illustration, Tattoos  Comments Off on Tattoo
Feb 232018
Illustration, tattoo

Long in the making, this is a design for a half-sleeve tattoo soon to be inked on a good friend by Inkidge Tattoos, Redruth. The illustration combines his passion for electric guitars and music with symbols of the elements and a flavour of Japanese art. Cosmic Rock! It feels like a big responsibility designing something that’s going permanently on the skin of a close friend. I’m probably more nervous than he is!

Rule Britannia!

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Nov 212016


Rule Britannia! I did this back in the 198os. Thatcher was revelling in her post-Falklands popularity and Britain was ‘great’ again. I’ve dug it up because it seems just as appropriate for our post-Brexit state of affairs. Looks a bit like May too so I won’t bother updating it. Reminded me that when politicians want to make a country ‘great’ again they usually start a war…

Gyllyngdune Gardens lost illustration

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Nov 262014

I came across this illustration for an event at Gyllyngdune Gardens, Falmouth and is an example of a ‘lost’ illustration – done for an event that, in the end, didn’t materialise. This can happen occasionally and you’re left with a piece of work nobody sees, hidden away in the portfolio. It’s a shame when it’s a piece you like. But hey-ho, the client paid of course (the lovely Trifle Gathering Productions), and the event went on the following year – and I got to design the poster again!

Gyllyngdune Gardens, Cornwall. Illustration for Trifle Gathering Productions

… and this was the one we used the following year…

Gyllyngdune Gardens, Cornwall. Illustration for Trifle Gathering Productions



Miracle Theatre signwriting

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Nov 172014
Miracle Theatre Cornwall, signwriting, fairground sign

A busy few days working for Miracle Theatre, Cornwall and their winter show “Doctor Livingstone, I presume?”  It’s one of those ‘end of the pier’, fairground, ‘pop your head through a hole and have your picture taken’ things. (What are they called?) If anyone can come up with a name I’d be most grateful. Five days and late nights of illustration, tracing, painting, masking, building, spraying and varnishing later and we had our bespoke ‘stick your head through a hole…’ thing finished and ready for the Miracle Theatre tour of Cornwall. www.miracletheatre.co.uk

Miracle Theatre Group, Signwriting in Cornwall

Miracle Theatre Cornwall, signwriting, fairground sign

Signwriting – Camera Obscura animated

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Oct 162014


This signwriting project is an 8ft x 10ft illustrated facade of portable Camera Obscura, to be sited on Hastings Stade in East Sussex. Camera Obscura made by www.amazingcameraobscura.co.uk

Signwriting of Camera Obscura was recorded over weeks to make this simple stop frame slideshow.

Camera Obscura signwriting completed!

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Oct 062014
The signwriting of the Camera Obscura is complete.

Dipping into the paint over a period of a few weeks and the sign gradually takes shape. Background colours are applied using water based paints prior to adding outlines, text and details. The sign is finished with two coats of varnish. Details include a fishing boat and net sheds  unique to Hastings.

Awaiting delivery to amazingcameraobscura.co.uk for installation on Hastings Stade seafront.


camera obscura sign

Camera Obscura design and signwriting – stage 3

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Jul 142014
Transferring the design to the sign.

By fitting the design into a grid of 20 x 10 I can work out the correct size to transfer to the wood in the workshop.  The design is scaled up and pencil-drawn onto a sheet of primed and undercoated high quality 12mm plywood. Once the design is fully drawn I can cut the profile of the sign using an electric jigsaw. All bare edges are then sanded, primed and undercoated. Prior to starting painting the entire surface is given a light sanding and a second undercoat wash to ensure a smooth surface. The next stage is to attach 2 x 2 square battens to the reverse of the sign in order for it to be later bolted to the front of the Camera Obscura doorway by www.amazingcameraobscura.co.uk


Signwriting,Camera Obscura,Design

Camera Obscura, signwriting, design

Camera Obscura signwriting design

Camera Obscura signwriting build

Portraits – a unique gift

 design, illustration, portrait  Comments Off on Portraits – a unique gift
Jun 032014
This is how it works…

You have someone special in your life with a birthday coming up, so you want to give them something special to mark the occasion – something unique and personal. Here’s what you do.

Dig out a few photographs of them. Tell me their likes and dislikes, their passions and their hates. Favourite music? Art? Colour? Things from their past that make them who they are today. Funny things, secret things, anything. I’ll take all this information and put it together in a portrait that will really say something to them and you..

It takes up to 3 days of research, design, drawing and digital artwork to complete a portrait and then it’s printed onto quality Cartridge paper, mounted and framed.

How much does it cost? You tell me how much you think it’s worth.

If you’re interested do get in touch by email at antonyashtonart@gmail.com or on Twitter and please like me on Facebook.

framed portrait