For a LIMITED TIME ONLY: Get 50% off the ZSL London Zoo Screen print when buying it through my Etsy store! Buy today to get it shipped in time for Christmas!

AS FEATURED IN TIMEOUT LONDON

For more info visit: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/154384567/zoo-screen-print-london-zoo-illustrated?

Happy Holidays! :)

Recently did the album cover for David Fenn and Mark Fosters soundtrack to their latest game, Leaf Me Alone. Hosted by Nickelodeon the Ludum Dare minimalist adventure RPG lets you explore four seasons of a mystical world, solving ethereal enigmas or simply leaping around the leafy labyrinth. Check it out now over at Addicting Games.

And if you love the music, it’s available to listen to and purchase here!

Apologies for not posting. Work at CN is VERY busy this time of year. All of my free time (which isn’t a lot) is spread over a secret project I am working on and playing GTA V. The secret secret project is going very slow. This is an unused thing that I will just leave here for you to look at. I’ll be back when I have something more interesting to say!

Apologies for not posting. Work at CN is VERY busy this time of year. All of my free time (which isn’t a lot) is spread over a secret project I am working on and playing GTA V. The secret secret project is going very slow. This is an unused thing that I will just leave here for you to look at. I’ll be back when I have something more interesting to say!

Work being exhibited at the Southbank Centre, London from the 18th - 22nd September. Same Gerald the Dog show as the one in New York by Lazerian in May. Y’all should come!

Fan Art. Bee & Puppycat on Cartoon Hangover by Natasha Allegri!

Fan Art. Bee & Puppycat on Cartoon Hangover by Natasha Allegri!

Question: Can I draw all 151 Pokemon, in an hour, from memory?
Answer: Yes., and I would recommend everyone doing it. All you need is a pen, paper, stop watch and Pokedex from RBY (List only, no peaking!)
I’m such a nerd.

Question: Can I draw all 151 Pokemon, in an hour, from memory?

Answer: Yes., and I would recommend everyone doing it. All you need is a pen, paper, stop watch and Pokedex from RBY (List only, no peaking!)


I’m such a nerd.

Jake repeat pattern. Thought I would share, using it as my current Twitter background! Download the tiled version for yourself here!
Speaking of Twitter: @DRyanR

Jake repeat pattern. Thought I would share, using it as my current Twitter background! Download the tiled version for yourself here!

Speaking of Twitter: @DRyanR

Ladies and Gentleman, I have decided that as part of my big website update, I will include a few projects that I have worked on for Cartoon Network. Stay tuned as this will be updated at some point this week (fingers crossed). In the meantime, please enjoy this gif, as well as a first time exclusive look at the brand spanking new website!

Ladies and Gentleman, I have decided that as part of my big website update, I will include a few projects that I have worked on for Cartoon Network. Stay tuned as this will be updated at some point this week (fingers crossed). In the meantime, please enjoy this gif, as well as a first time exclusive look at the brand spanking new website!

Updating my website as we speak. Updating old artwork too, as nothing has been updated for 2 years. In the meantime, Pidgeot, GO!

Updating my website as we speak. Updating old artwork too, as nothing has been updated for 2 years. In the meantime, Pidgeot, GO!

Pallet Town! I’m ready to walk in the tall grass!

Interview: Cartoon Network’s David Ryan Robinson by Business Boom Collective

It’s time for our latest interview from the world of illustration, this time with designer, graduate of the University of Salford and one part of the Cartoon Network Creative Department David Ryan Robinson! Here, we exhibit some of his widely-known projects, including his acclaimed map of London, and ask the man himself about his experiences so far and advice on breaking into the industry.

Hi David, it’s a pleasure to continue our interview series with you, how do you fit into the creative world?

Hello! I’ve always considered myself as an illustrator. For a while my sole profession was a freelance illustrator, mostly editorial and advertisements. However since working at Cartoon Network and working there as a designer, it’s really hard to pin point me within the creative world. In university the tutors often used the word “designastrator”. Don’t really like the word myself, but I guess that could be what I am.

When did you first discover your flair for illustration, did your education play a large role in your artistic development?

Throughout my childhood I always had a thing for drawing. Mostly animals, dragons and Pokemon. This never stopped really. I remember just drawing a lot of Egyptian mythical creatures throughout the years of high school! However I don’t think education played a big part in my artistic development. I used to draw all the time anyway, it wasn’t until University that I realised that I could make a living out of drawing.

How would you describe your illustrative style?

I’m not too sure how you would describe my style. I use a lot of line work with limited colour. My normal routine when illustrating is to draw it out first, scan, then refine the strokes and add colour using photoshop.

We continue to see creative talent coming through the University of Salford, how did you find life there?

I didn’t mind it there to be honest. I thought my tutor knew what he was on about and really got me ready for the outside world. They had great silkscreening facilities that hardly anybody used, so once a week I used to go there and print work for the local art fairs. The one of the first things that I learnt outside of University was that there is a very fine line between illustration and design. The courses are split up into Illustration, Communication and Animation, which I totally understand. But going from a purely illustrative background to working on designs at Cartoon Network as well as animating/building environments in 3D/product design/art direction/etc was a fairly simple transaction considering I spent the 3 years of Uni thinking that Communication design is where you produced posters in Adobe Illustrator, and Illustration is where you draw pictures for magazines.

The map of London is a fascinating project, what was the inspiration behind it and what was the feedback like?

Ha ha, everyone talks about the London map. It was a great product to work on and the feedback I got was incredible. I managed to get it featured in the Daily Mail and I sold out of the whole edition within hours. Even now a year later I still get people emailing me about once a week to see if I have any available! I have, however, just recently finished another map for London Zoo, which seems to be getting a lot of attention at the moment (albeit not as much as the London map did!). That can be found on my online store.

Tell us more about your experiences and general life at the Cartoon Network.

Life at CN is great! They have a free coffee machine and I get to work on shows like Adventure Time, which is very cool. I work within the Creative department, creating designs for all commercial and consumer marketing. So, packaging, products, brand style guides, window displays, DVD, publishing… everything that comes from Cartoon Network on print has come from our small team! At the moment we are focusing our concentration on The Amazing World of Gumball, Adventure Time, Ben 10 Omniverse and Regular Show.

What advice would you give to newly graduated creatives looking to establish themselves in the industry ?

I can only go by my experiences really. So looking back at what I did..

Move to London. Get a crappy part time job somewhere to pay the bills (I chose Waitrose!). Freelance on the side while spending all day phoning up companies asking if they want you to work for them. Accepting that there is probably a 0.5% chance of them saying yes and not giving up until someone wants you!

Where can our readers find you online?

I think I have quite a good online presence. You can find me on my website at davidryanrobinson.com, Tumblr, Instagram: davidryanrobinson, my Etsy store and on Twitter @DRyanR.

Thanks David! All the best from the BB team.

I hope this is the first ever Leaf Me Alone fan art!

I hope this is the first ever Leaf Me Alone fan art!

Got my copy of MMA: Short and Sweet yesterday. Order now on Amazon!

Got my copy of MMA: Short and Sweet yesterday. Order now on Amazon!

New brushes. Maybe this is my new thing…?

New brushes. Maybe this is my new thing…?