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Beginnings of a new t-shirt design

  • Posted by aron
  • 12 January 2012

After a lovely fortnight off over Christmas and New Year we're back in the office and hard at it with new t-shirt designs for the spring range. Trying to come up with ideas got me thinking about my life and how I live it, and the things in it that I love or hate (sometimes both).

One of the things that I noticed was that I find myself glued to my iPhone. All that information right at your fingertips is an amazing thing to have, but at the same time it kinda works the opposite way. You end up consuming more information than you create, almost becoming a bit of a 'slave to the machine, man'. So I thought about how I could reflect this in an illustration for a t-shirt.

Here are a few sketches of what I've been working on. It was nice getting away from the mac and get drawing again, although, as you can tell, it's been a while since I've picked up the pencil and drawn some human forms so they're a little bit rusty. But I do like the Matisse-esque style they have.

As long as it makes the cut, the final design will be included in the spring range. We'll keep you posted on new tees via our twitter and facebook.

Thanks for reading.


P.s. I understand there's great irony in posting these on Instagram from my iPhone.

K O M A design

  • Posted by aron
  • 11 May 2011

One of my favourite illustrators (and regular howies t-shirt contributor) Andy J Miller is a kind of  wizard when it comes to drawing.

To add to his talents, he's showed a flare for writing too. He keeps a blog that contains his views and attitudes towards design, along with a collection of character illustrations, as part of his 'Day-After-Day in Nod' series.

You can see everything on his tumblr here > http://designkoma.tumblr.com/ - it's well worth a read through.

Here's one of my favourite entries:

Personal Work: Motive

I have always done bits and pieces of personal work, but in the past couple years I have started to dedicate a bigger portion of my time and energy to developing my personal work. Something that has become more and more abundantly clear is that there are certain artsy cliches that actually have a lot of meat to them.

The one I have been thinking about the most however is working for yourself. I don’t just mean doing personal work, I mean motive, doing it for you. When you sit down to do personal work, what’s you motive?

Here is the rule I have found to be true time and time again, If your motive is anything but a personal desire to create, your work will suffer.

If you sit down to work out of a sense of jealousy, your work will suffer. If you sit down to work out of a sense of competition, your work will suffer. If you sit down to work out of a desire to make money or fill a gap in a market, your work will suffer.

When motives fog your desire to create, you will be filled with the wrong types of critics, your work will not flow freely and you will end up stifling your creativity all together.

How do you get your motives right?

Determine what type of work you want to create.

For me this started by taking an account of the most intense experiences I have had in my life experiencing film, music, or illustration, finding the similarities and then asking questions like “What about this moves me?”, “Why does this move me?” “What in my past effected what moves me?”. Then I filtered these things through my current values, dreams, thoughts and passions. All of these things put together give you a sense of what you want to accomplish in your own work.

Another thought that has always been helpful for getting this desire, is trying to create what art you want to look at and experience.

I can’t describe the feeling of going to the drawing board with that type of intention, coupled with a feeling  of success when it was over. Looking at an image you have created in which you feel accomplishes a true outpouring of you is one of my the most satisfying feelings in the world.

Articulating my most moving experiences in life through my work is exhilarating, and a feeling I have never had prior to these discoveries.

P.S. When I talk about what moves you most I am not necessarily talking about the stuff you are currently into. I am talking about throughout your life what where the things that you remember being really effected by? For me it’s stuff like certain episodes of specific kid’s tv shows, and certain pages in specific kid’s books, a certain moment in a song even. I believe determining how these things made you feel and why is huge in this discover.

45rpm WHAT

  • Posted by aron
  • 5 April 2011

45rpm also goes by the name Matt. You might have met him when he worked at the howies store in Bristol or perhaps you'd have seen him on his fixed gear bike flying down Park street wearing one of our t-shirts. He's instantly recognizable, with a big beard and mesmerizing eyes. He's a howies man through and through.

As well as setting up a bike collective called No Gears Bristol he's a graffiti artist specializing in custom typography and one half of the WHAT collective.

We love his work, especially his recent submission (below) for a competition by Dont Panic. Years of broken and used skate decks have been recycled to create this unique piece of art.

If you like you can help him win a hamper of fruit by voting for his submission right here.

And to see more of his work on flickr you can click right here.

Oh, and you can follow his rants on twitter here > @45rpmWHAT

I think that's everything.

This one

  • Posted by howies
  • 1 April 2011

Florence’s Finest

  • Posted by aron
  • 3 March 2011

howies team rider Dan Yeomans is also an artist (and a pretty fine one at that). In true Mr Yeomans style, he has excelled once again by receiving an invitation to Florence Academy of Art - arguably the most prestigious art school in Europe.

So this is where you come in. To help fund his studies Dan is offering anyone interested the opportunity to order a painting in advance. Once his studies are complete he will then paint you a portrait as agreed.

For more information please have a look at his donation page here and watch his video. Dan's painting skills are exceptional, he even did a portrait for our Lou.

For more of Dan's work, visit his site here.


Dan Yeomans Art

  • Posted by aron
  • 8 October 2010

As well as being a world class mountain biker, howies team rider Dan Yeomans is a dab-hand at painting. As Dan puts it, "the painting above is of Mal, a lovely old guy who pops by pretty much on a daily basis and tells wicked stories in his welsh accent that's really quite hard to understand".

You can see all his work here – http://www.danyeomans-art.com/ – including a painting he did recently for our Louise.

All artwork is available to purchase and he also does commissions, in case you're after something special.

Bristol Staircase Gallery

  • Posted by howies
  • 5 March 2010


Artist, Samantha Gilraine came in yesterday to refresh our Staircase Gallery in the Bristol shop.

Samantha is a Bristol based artist and photographer who merges traditional painting and digital photography.

"My aim when creating artwork is not to just recreate what a landscape looks like, but the real experience and feeling of being within a landscape. "

Pop by to see Samantha's work over the next few weeks.

We also have a selection of greetings cards on sale of  Samantha's work if you would like to take a smaller version home with you.

Art for a dollar

  • Posted by aron
  • 24 April 2009

Scott Campbell is a tattooist that also makes great works of art. Entitled 'Make it rain', the pics below are part of a series of laser-cut dollar bills he created for an exhibition in Miami.





Some people just ooze pure talent.

Mumbai Taxi Art

  • Posted by aron
  • 27 March 2009


In celebration of their April typography issue, Creative Review commissioned taxi artists in Mumbai to decorate an old Fiat. If you like typography, check out the full story including some great pics right here.

Here's a vid on how they made it...


Cheers to Steve for the heads up.

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