Friday, 5 June 2009

JJ Update

Apologies for the paucity of our posting of late.

I've been busy with various projects, most importantly the birth of a new baby boy, who arrived on the 8th of May. He's four weeks old today, and we still haven't named him.

The other big thing I've been working on since the end of last year was a design for the mascot for the 2012 Olympic Games. I made a shortlist of 20, then a second shortlist of 5 and finally a shortlist of 4 (they were really putting themselves on the line with that decision). I finally heard (also on the 8th of May) that we hadn't made the next selection, which was a shame. It's frustrating to have put so much work into something which ended up going nowhere but so it goes. The experience of working on something like this has been quite a strange one: I think a lot of the decision making was political rather than creative. I found this hard to deal with having had so much freedom in the work I've been making recently.

I've also started a new blog for publishing my drawings here:


Hopefully that will be of interest when there are less big projects going on.

7 comments:

bill, bare said...

to bad about the mascot. can you publish some of your ideas or are you under a privacy agreement? would surely love to see your aspect on the olympic games!

James Jarvis said...

I need to check the small print.

Lionel said...

Wow. The mascot news is rather unfortunate. But to have made it to the top 4 of 20 talented artist ? I personally think that is quite an accomplishment ! I really hope that you will be able to post concepts of the olympic figure. And congrats on the little scrapper !

James Jarvis said...

I think I was one of the the only artists pitching as an individual. The other candidates were corporate identity companies and the like.

stephen said...

You know all I'll be thinking about now in three years is where is my JJ plush?

Low-life-clothing said...

any new release for sdcc

Porlzilla said...

Congratulations on the new addition to the family!
Jon.