I made a thing.

Park Ranger/Science Bear! Park Ranger by day… Mad Scientist by night!

Clearly an idea that ended up nowhere…

Cake the Cat Bus! Adventure Time & Totoro mashup.

Cake the Cat Bus! Adventure Time & Totoro mashup.

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!

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!

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.

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.

Over the next couple of months I will be working on an exciting project with ZSL, producing a map of London Zoo! These will be available to purchase as silk screen prints, and 25% of all purchases will go to the Zoo’s charity!
Add me on Twitter to keep updated on this!

Over the next couple of months I will be working on an exciting project with ZSL, producing a map of London Zoo! These will be available to purchase as silk screen prints, and 25% of all purchases will go to the Zoo’s charity!

Add me on Twitter to keep updated on this!

Apologies for the lack of blog updates. I have been on holiday for a couple of weeks!
Got a couple of exciting projects coming up! Can’t really name drop yet, but should be pretty sweet!

Apologies for the lack of blog updates. I have been on holiday for a couple of weeks!

Got a couple of exciting projects coming up! Can’t really name drop yet, but should be pretty sweet!

So yesterday was a busy day! After Rex Features got in touch with me, I was featured on the both Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph, for my map!
Here’s what readers are saying:
"how did this take hundreds of hours? its not even that good. if it had said 10 hours maybe even 5 hours, i’d still think that was a bit long"
- Gary, Bexley, 15/8/2012 16:57
"why is this load of sh… in the news?? i,ve got a 5yr old grandchild that can do better"
- tell it like it is, liverpool england, 15/8/2012
"Well he’s got the publicity he was obviously after! Having first seen the drawings I thought what a fantastic 10 or 12 year old - found out he was 23 and a Graphic artist! - Drawings are great all the same but very juvenile in design."
- PaulW, London, 15/8/2012 17:26
"My child drew a picture of a dinosaur wearing a cowboy hat. Far more interesting. ‘Artist’ is not a simile for ‘Idiot’"
- Redspider, Blackpool juxta Tamworth, 15/8/2012 21:12
"should have just drawn a toilet ……."
- stuart, stockport, 15/8/2012 20:24

"Its a shame he didn’t put his 100 hours to better use like our heroes in Afghanistan and Iraq or our nurses working 72 hour shifts in the NHS. They would love nothing better than to eat an ice cream. Instead they are working to make people like David’s lives better and he doesn’t even look grateful in his picture. Broken Britain.”
- Jake Finnhouse, Birmingham, England, 15/8/2012 18:22

"Its a doodle… so what? I mean anyone can draw this given enough time. Like the quip on the back of a tshirt that says "I’m with Wally"… so we know where wally is. This is where the fun is, in the detail. But its nothing that I or most others couldn’t do…. and in 6 months thats a lot of forgone earnings.."

- EUSSR, London, 15/8/2012 20:39
I think some of these gems will be going up on my website later! Despite the negative, I got a lot of positive! Countless emails came through yesterday and the map sold out within hours. I’m expecting another day of people emailing asking if there are any available. I’m sorry but there is not! The maps where an addition of 100 and now they have gone i’m afraid!
However, after the success of this map, I will now be drawing another map of New York City! To keep updated of the progress of this map (when I begin!) and my other work, please follow my Tumblr (this!) and Twitter: @DRyanR
Keep it classy!
DRR

So yesterday was a busy day! After Rex Features got in touch with me, I was featured on the both Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph, for my map!

Here’s what readers are saying:

"how did this take hundreds of hours? its not even that good. if it had said 10 hours maybe even 5 hours, i’d still think that was a bit long"

"why is this load of sh… in the news?? i,ve got a 5yr old grandchild that can do better"

"Well he’s got the publicity he was obviously after! Having first seen the drawings I thought what a fantastic 10 or 12 year old - found out he was 23 and a Graphic artist! - Drawings are great all the same but very juvenile in design."

- PaulW, London, 15/8/2012 17:26

"My child drew a picture of a dinosaur wearing a cowboy hat. Far more interesting. ‘Artist’ is not a simile for ‘Idiot’"

"Its a shame he didn’t put his 100 hours to better use like our heroes in Afghanistan and Iraq or our nurses working 72 hour shifts in the NHS. They would love nothing better than to eat an ice cream. Instead they are working to make people like David’s lives better and he doesn’t even look grateful in his picture. Broken Britain.

"Its a doodle… so what? I mean anyone can draw this given enough time. Like the quip on the back of a tshirt that says "I’m with Wally"… so we know where wally is. This is where the fun is, in the detail. But its nothing that I or most others couldn’t do…. and in 6 months thats a lot of forgone earnings.."



So, before my blog is overrun with Pokemon running around wildly as and when I complete them, I have decided to compile them all onto a section of my website. I will update this as and when I complete them, and then maybe update on my blog after every 25 or so instead.
All Pokemon drawings can now be found HERE

So, before my blog is overrun with Pokemon running around wildly as and when I complete them, I have decided to compile them all onto a section of my website. I will update this as and when I complete them, and then maybe update on my blog after every 25 or so instead.

All Pokemon drawings can now be found HERE

Caterpie, Metapod, Butterfree

Caterpie, Metapod, Butterfree