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…?

Feature in Time Out Magazine

On your next visit to London Zoo, be sure to make the most of it by grabbing a copy of London Zoo Illustrated, a wild hand-crafted silkscreen print. For artist David Robinson, what was originally a sketch of gorillas and occupied onlookers, turned into a mammoth nine-month drawing project of the entire zoo.

A close inspection of the detailed and accurate map will reveal that not only does it include every animal in the zoo, but hundreds of individually drawn spectators, each with their own personality and physical characteristics.

The London Zoo Illustrated map is available to buy with 25% of sales donated to the Zoological Society of London, but you will have to be quick to nab one of the 250 limited first edition copies.

For more information and to view other pieces of his work, visit davidryanrobinson.com.

For more information about the print, and to buy, visit the ETSY shop

 Love the Zoo? Get yourself down to London Zoo Lates.

Mail Me Art: Short and Sweet. Pre-order now
All pre-ordered copies will be shipped 1st August 2013.
Includes instruction on how to take part in Mail Me Art: Open All Hours (MMA4).
Mail Me Art: Short & Sweet brings together the amazing work of more than 240 artists who sent mail art on a sometimes treacherous journey through the international postal system. In this book we present a showcase of what was received, and in some cases lost, in the post. The entire Short & Sweet project is featured along with photos and commentaries from the participants.
Darren Di Lieto (Author), Beach (Designer), Jane Di Lieto-Danes (Editor), Jon Burgerman (Illustrator), Jeff Miracola (Illustrator), Muxxi (Illustrator), Gaz Roberts (Illustrator), Violet Lemay (Illustrator)
Product details Paperback: 224 pages Publisher: The Little Chimp Society (1 Aug 2013) Language: English ISBN-10: 0956632017 ISBN-13: 978-0956632012 Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 x 1.6 cm

Mail Me Art: Short and Sweet. Pre-order now

All pre-ordered copies will be shipped 1st August 2013.

Includes instruction on how to take part in Mail Me Art: Open All Hours (MMA4).

Mail Me Art: Short & Sweet brings together the amazing work of more than 240 artists who sent mail art on a sometimes treacherous journey through the international postal system. In this book we present a showcase of what was received, and in some cases lost, in the post. The entire Short & Sweet project is featured along with photos and commentaries from the participants.

Darren Di Lieto (Author), Beach (Designer), Jane Di Lieto-Danes (Editor), Jon Burgerman (Illustrator), Jeff Miracola (Illustrator), Muxxi (Illustrator), Gaz Roberts (Illustrator), Violet Lemay (Illustrator)

Product details
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: The Little Chimp Society (1 Aug 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0956632017
ISBN-13: 978-0956632012
Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 x 1.6 cm

London Zoo Illustrated

London Zoo Illustrated is a limited first edition (exclusive to 250 copies) silkscreen print using oil-based inks onto 280gsm recycled paper. The prints measure 514 x 580mm and look perfect mounted to fit a standard 70x70cm frame. Each print comes signed, numbered and embossed with the ZSL London Zoo logo.

25% of the sale of each print will be donated to the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). ZSL is made up of a unique combination of scientific research, worldwide conservation and outstanding educational facilities at ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. ZSL’s mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats.

Nine months ago I started drawing London Zoo. Starting with the gorillas and a few spectators, this rapidly became, what is now, an accurate detailed map of the zoo. When you look closely you’ll be able to see every animal you can find there. Each one of the hundreds of individually drawn people is different to the next, each with their own personality. As you can imagine after months and months of drawing and studying, I now know the zoo like the back of my hand!

ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is a registered charity in England and Wales No. 208728

For more information, please visit the Etsy store HERE

NO NAVI! NO!

NO NAVI! NO!

Looking through family photographs over the weekend. Thought this needed a caption.
Got away safely!

Looking through family photographs over the weekend. Thought this needed a caption.

Got away safely!

Gerald Exhibition in New York!

My Gerald was shown last night in an exhibition in NYC!

Above: Super Gerald by Supermundane

Above: The Magical Mutt by Oliver Hibert

Above: Mappy by David Ryan Robinson

Over 100 artists have taken part in an exhibition in New York as a part of an ambitious collaborative sculpture project featuring Gerald, a paper dog.

Hundreds of ‘Gerald the Lazerian Dog’ sculptures – which are made from up to 88 paper components – have been customized by artists for the Gerald & James exhibition by LAZERIAN.

The exhibition and related book launch will be shown at New York Design Week 2013 in partnership with British bespoke paper-maker, James Cropper.

Artists from the UK, USA, Argentina, Australia and South Korea and received a Gerald with their only instruction to put their own spin on the emerging design classic.

The Gerald and James exhibition and book launch will take place during New York Design Week 2013 at 60 Reade, off Broadway between Thursday 16 – Sunday 19 May 2013

Information from Despoke.

Mail Me Art 3 Exhibition is coming up. Lots of great artwork, including work from Alexander Young, Angela Rohde, Graeme Neil Reid, Inkymole, Jon Burgerman, Lee Hasler, Mariya Olshevska and many more. For more information, check out the website.

Also a big thanks to Darren Di Lieto for organising it all!