My close personal friend Lady Gaga

Double post part 2: Her Ladyship's square chin.

This part is all dedicated to Lady Gaga as I recently did a bunch of concept design for the good folks at Millenium fx who were working on some prosthetics for her latest video "YoĆ¼ and I".

I can't claim any real say in the final look of the mermaid tail, that was much more down to the incredibly talented sculptors at Millenium, but the gills did come out like the slash ones in my doodle. In the end they made up some spare molds and they stylishly stuck some gills to her cheeks as well. Nice.

I did much more stuff for her cyborg parts. You can see below the various stages of her arm and neck pieces. They're in vaguely chronological order so you can see them go from really glam to mechanical to finally somewhere else. Once again after my initial drawings all the hard work was done by the sculptors and the folks on the shoot, but I like that the weird chin block made it to the final video.

You can also see in the pics how, as things progressed, I spent less time on suggested hairstyles and then even colouring when time became tight. The work rate of everybody involved turning around such a complicated shoot was pretty impressive.

The 3rd man not on the moon.

Part one of double post to make up for my tardiness in updating. For you today: Nicholas Cage, Roald Dahl, Irish culture and romantically noisy cinemas...

First up here's a poster I did months ago for a children's production of Roald Dahl's classic The Witches. The show was put together by the good people at DADA, who I'd worked with before on a poster for a production of Peter Pan. It's pretty creepy but Dahl's sense of humour was wonderfully dark so I think I can get away with it.

Next up is a commission for an old friend from college who wanted a doddle for her husband as an anniversary gift. She sent on an incredible list of various idiosyncrasies for me to play on. It led to this drawing of herself sitting in a noisy cinema surrounded by various incarnations of his foibles.

Dublin is up for World Design Capital 2014, our bid is being led by the good folks at Pivot Dublin. They held a dinner at the Hugh Lane Gallery for the assessment panel and asked various illustrators, designers, photographers etc to create a placemat to add some fun and variety to the place settings. This is my effort which features a host of characters, all being slightly bizarre nods to Irish figures, myths and historical and literary characters. Anyone get them all? The sloth in the bottom left I'll give you.

Last up is a recent piece, a poster for the Hollywood Babylon movie night. This coming showing is dedicated to mad genius Nicolas Cage and in particular Vampires Kiss and Wild at Heart. Cage gets a lot of flak for some of the cheesy action movies he churns out but it's hard to knock the guy who has Raising Arizona, Leaving Las Vegas and Adaptation under his belt. Hell I really liked Drive Angry! So in honour of himself I did this flippable playing card style poster. They're going to be screen printed up and available on the night, this Saturday (WRONG! it's next Saturday 27th, oh dear - ignore date on poster) and also through the Hollywood Babylon site. Go!

Part 2 of blog update in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1....