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Advanced Photoshop’s latest website wallpaper is…"Dark!"

April 17, 2009


…that is to say “Dark”- the tutorial we did for the magazine over Christmas, not just the absensce of light! Forgive the awful joke, I’m just very tired this morning!

It was a very pleasant surprise to log on and see our art staring us in the face! Looks like it will be there for around a month or so. Thanks to the AP team for choosing our art ot represent the magazine, we’re very flattered.

Have fun,
David
http://twitter.com/DavidCousens

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Comic concept sketches

March 17, 2009


Concept sketches for a comic book proposal written by a good friend of ours. Unfortunately, other than telling you this character’s first name, that’s literally all we can say about this for now as it’s far too early to start spilling any beans just yet!

Have fun,
David

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Cool Surface Hits the Small Screen!

March 2, 2009

Copyright: BBC

Currently showing on Saturdays at 9am on BBC2 is a brilliant series called “Who Wants to be a Superhero?”, featuring a group of children who are competing as their self-invented superhero characters to win the opportunity to star in their very own comic book, written by the legendary Stan Lee. And if you tune in and watch carefully, you’ll see some of Cool Surface’s artwork popping up every now and again! We’re really pleased that we were able to contribute to this show, as we have great fun watching it. But secretly we wish that it could have been made about 15 years ago so that we could have been on it ourselves!

Have fun,

Sarah

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A sketch from reference

February 23, 2009

It’s been a busy couple of months working on the “10” series for Macmillan publishing (see the “Highly recommended” section in the sidebar for current releases!). But now that we have book number 4 under our belts, there is some free time for random scribblings and the like. Here’s a sketch David has drawn from a reference photo. Can you guess who it is yet…?

Sarah

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Tiki and Mambo: When hamsters get drunk! (with a little Monkey Island influence)

October 13, 2008


These little Roborovski hamsters were commissioned for a very good friend of ours who is really into Tiki culture. After doing a bit of research into all things Tiki, everything kept reminding me of the Lucas Arts “Secret of Monkey Island” games which I still love to this day. As a result, the eagle eyed amongst you will notice that a few Monkey Island easter eggs got thrown into the mix for this image, plus one completely unrelated game just for fun. Which ones can you spot?

After studying his work, I have a whole new respect for Bill Tiller who inspired a lot of the Monkey Island aesthetics. His take on clouds inspired me a lot for this image. I really enjoyed making this, so thanks for the inspiration Bill!

Have fun,
David

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"10 Explorers who Changed the World" sneak peek #4

July 28, 2008

Here’s our regular Monday afternoon Explorers sneak peek. Has it really been a whole week since the last one? Things have been so busy at Cool Surface Towers that the time has really been flying by…


10 Explorers Who Changed the World
Publishing 4 August 2008
By Kingfisher, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Books
www.panmacmillan.co.uk

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Sneak Peek from the Upcoming "10 Explorers who Changed the World"

June 30, 2008

We’ve been teasing you for over a year now about these mysterious books we’ve been working on, but as the release date approaches we can finally begin to show you a few images from the upcoming book “10 Explorers who Changed the World”. This is the first in a new and exciting series for younger readers. Due to be released on the 4th August 2008 by Kingfisher, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Books, this new and innovative series of books will use Cool Surface’s animated art style to attract more reluctant readers and teach History in an exciting and engaging way. Here’s a glimpse of Magellan’s employee appraisal system…


For more information about the books, visit www.panmacmillan.co.uk