A Little Film About... Tim McDonagh BTS

Here's a look behind the scenes during of Tim McDonagh's Handsome Frank artist video, A Little Film About... This exciting, intriguing and somewhat bizarre film was the brain-child of PAL Productions. Here's what they had to say on their thoughts on the filmmaking process: 

Making a film about Tim was a dream come true. Who wouldn't love his work? Detail like no other and really dark - you know the kind of darkness you always hope to stumble upon as an filmmaker. After a couple of rough years filming conferences I really thought this might be the break I needed. Unfortunately, I had some creative differences with the client. They couldn’t see my vision. I had all but abandoned the project when my editor, Gareth, gave me an urgent call and showed me this mysterious figure lurking in the background of all of the shots. I knew it was my duty as a documentarian to return to Brighton and find out who this person was. To deliver the truth. 

Was it scary? No. Not for me. As Werner Herzog says, “I’m simply not afraid. It’s not in my dictionary of behaviour”. The shoot was fraught with highs, lows and moral conundrums as to the ethics of documentary filmmaking. Should I intervene or not? I hope my audience is happy with the decision I made. I am currently looking to raise funds to return to Tim every five years and see how the relationship at the heart of this tale blossoms. Please look out for the Kickstarter. Dyfan Roberts.

View the film here

Photography by: Tom Robinson

Character illustrations by Stephen Cheetham

Stephen Cheetham is no stranger to stranger to illustrating characters in his signature vector style. Over the years he's created hundreds of different characters, including some familiar faces - The Beatles, Superman, Mary Poppins and our namesake, Frank. 

Wanting to freshen things up Stephen has been working on a new character style so clients have more of a choice when commissioning him. We hope you like them. 

Thomas Danthony - Freedom Beer Project

We're proud to show off Thomas Danthony's new work for the Freedom Beer Project. All hand painted gouache on paper, a series of 3 that are completely unique, Danthony created a custom technique derived from 19th century stencil art reproduction to paint them. This process allows the image to be reproduced three times only, before the stencil is destroyed. 

Where Has Frank Been?

If you're reading this then you're probably savvy enough to know that we recently sent out our latest newspaper Frank Issue 4 all round the world to all our lovely clients and a few lucky others.

Every year, we gather our favourite project that each of our illustrators have worked on and showcase them in Frank. Since launching our first issue in 2013, our newspapers are landing on doormats all over the planet, so we want to show you a few of our favourites.

We're especially happy about Frank travelling to India because following our trip to Jaipur last year, we kept in touch with the fantastic folks at Paper Planes and hit upon an idea to help raise money for an Indian charity using art to empower children and women in marginalised communities. We sent 500 copies of our Frank newspaper, which Paper Planes are selling with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the muralswallah program.

You can have a look for yourself on Instagram by searching the hashtag #frankpaper. Also, while we're here, go enter our competition Instabrief and you might be able to win a print by one of our artists inspired by your own picture! More details here.

Star Wars Galactic Atlas – Tim McDonagh

From a galaxy far, far away to a beautifully-illustrated book near you….this was definitely one of those projects that was difficult to keep a secret, especially as it began unfolding in such a magnificent way. This year, we managed to land our very own resident Star Wars fantastic Tim McDonagh the brief of his dreams: to illustrate an entire Star Wars book. Excited as he was, he understood that this was no small undertaking, and quickly got to work on a project that ended up being incredibly detailed and laborious. After supplying a detailed sample to the client (Egmont) and getting the go-ahead, Tim spent around a year working on various maps, all your favourite characters and the additional promo material for the book. When you look at the immense level of detail on every page you’ll see why it took so long to get everything together. The finished work was so well received that it was even given it’s own trailer!

All artwork © and TM 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd.