Txt me- a collection of hand lettered text messages between friends and family.

design, idea, illustration, Ken Wilson-Max

There was a time before texting, you know. While the world has become enchanted by the mobile phone and its unchallenged convenience and up-to-the-minute-ness, we’ve lost the charm of the hand-made message. Following on from the land lettered nursery rhymes project which is now underway, here is something a little more grown up. Here is a request too; send me your bet, funniest, saddest, memorable text message and I’ll try to give it the respect it deserves.

I’ll hand letter it and you can have it back as a download or a postcard or some other printed form for a small fee. I’m working out the prices but really what you pay for a priceless memory?

Finally, something to smile about

fashion, idea, illustration, iPhone illustrations, London

After months of practising something is, at last, beginning to happen. The iPhone paintings are beginning to turn into a style. It’s very exciting! This portrait evolved right before my eyes, the result of having seen a couple of wonderful art exhibitions, as well as reading the newspapers more than usual, flicking through picture books and being immersed in the task at hand.

Something new

african, idea, Ken Wilson-Max, kids

I don’t often work with vectors for illustrations. It seems quite difficult to make them behave and so they then to be used for charts and diagrams. THere are some illustrators who use this medium very effectively for anything from business to children’s illustration. THe files are small and scalable with no loss of quality. This ‘style ‘ has come out of a current project although it is not being used for the project.

Its promising…


illustration, iPhone illustrations, Ken Wilson-Max

picture of a woman texting

Urban Chronicles; Volume one, No.2

idea, illustration, Ken Wilson-Max

slang word visualised

Breaking the recent stream of iPhone paintings, I’m on a quest to visualise as many slang words as possible, from as many countries as possible.  The criteria are that they must be either funny, common enough to be recognised, or particularly clever. I’ve established a small basic list which will keep me busy for a short while, but I need help finding new words. And just like the great actors, “I’ll only do nudity if it’s absolutely integral to the  story”, so don’t expect many offensive pictures. Word No. 2 is “Innit!”, used all over the UK. This sketch will hopefully become a finished illustration at some stage, so expect to see it again soon.