Sunday, 11 September 2011

IF - Mysterious

Late entry for (last weeks) Illustration Friday. The word given was 'mysterious'. I've wanted to draw a smoke obscured face for a while now and as I developed this idea it grew into a full on film noir scene image.

I've recently been struggling with what to draw next. Usually having none or too many ideas at once. I think I'll stick to I.F. for a while as it's really draws on ones inventiveness and problem solving skills.

If you have no work on it also works very similarly to a little commission as you're given a brief (a very brief one at that) and have a deadline of the coming friday. It's good.

Many roughs.

Since watching Richard Ayoade's film Submarine, I've had a little obsession with the lead female characters hairstyle. I finally got to put it to use in this piece.


Want to see next - The Troll Hunter

Friday, 2 September 2011


Clutter City Market 'Autumnal Affair'.
Tomorrow at the Norwich Arts Centre 10-4pm.

I'll be there all day with Buffalo Run T-Shirts, Illustration Prints and 'Wolves in Cars zines' FOR SALE!

I may even be offering a Portrait-to-go service, if I can get organised enough.

Come along, say Hi and spend some of your hard earned.

Saturday, 20 August 2011


Recent commission for London DJ Anthony Etherington. Check some of his mixes out HERE.

FITH stands for 'Fire in the hole', another of the DJ's nights.


I have a new Facebook page! The last one was in the old group format, currently being fazed out it seems.

Please add me as a friend HERE.

Monday, 8 August 2011


Couldn't feel like drawing at all today. So here's some campfire Gifs instead.





Mountain Man - Animal Tracks

Friday, 5 August 2011


What started off as a simple illustration about some Sun glasses and a hairstyle turned into a whole big experimental power image.

I like it.


Oh and if you havn't seen it already - Get Creative!

Wednesday, 3 August 2011


Imagine the scene, if you will.

You've just created a range of T-Shirts and set up an online shop when your big brother, whose birthday is approaching, sends you a concise email which reads 'Do me a Storm trooper one'.


Battle of Endor

Trooper dreams

These were a one-off special for my Bro, all other designs available at the BUFFALO RUN Shop.


I might be switching blogs soon. I've always said to myself 'if it's (blogger) still good enough for The Sartorialist, then it's good enough for me'. Not so anymore.
Will keep you posted.

Friday, 22 July 2011



Smash Skates 1st shop board. All standard sizes.

Available at Smash Skates, Beccles or online (soon).

Special thanks to Ash, Ellie, Felix, Adam and Baker the Cat.

1st run of 50 boards signed and numbered.

One of my 'do before you dies' can now be officially ticked off.

Sunday, 17 July 2011


Portrait of Devendra Banhart, to be filed under 'Bands' in the Portfolio.

The look of Mr Banhart in this piece was inspired by the 'Carmensita' video, a favourite of mine. Added to that the aesthetic of the 'Cripple Crow' album insert.

As mentoned in this interview (5:50ish), Devendra Banhart prefers to leave background sounds in his recordings and just letting everything happen. I was thinking about this while carefully and meticulously arranging the elements of this image in Photoshop. Here there is little sponteneity unless intentionally created. This is something I'm going to try to remedy as everything being just right is getting on my nerves a little.


Symmetry spirit monster creation

Wednesday, 6 July 2011


Last weekend I spent a lot of time under the roof of Norwich Arts Centre.
In the day time selling my wares at Clutter City Market and the evening soaking up the fantastic sounds of Sargasso Trio (after some good food at Franks Bar).
A day very well spent.

I was lucky enough to make aquaintance with a lovely creative couple: Jim Mortram and Sister Planet, my awesome stall neighbours at Clutter City.

Sticker gift from Sister P.

Jim's an award winning photographer of environmental social reportage stories and portraiture. Sister Planet (Laura Manfre) describes herself as a french illustrator and vintage lover.

Be sure to have a look on their websites, just click the names above.


Despite a reluctance to add to an ever growing list of usernames and passwords I've just signed up to Twitter.

Find me @_JoelBenjamin_

I'll no doubt use it to endlessly Retweet posts and Skateboarding snippets.


I may appear at Les Beaux Velos this coming Sunday at Upper St Giles Street, Norwich.

My part time retail job has me hooked on 12 hour long overnight shifts, one of which is that very same evening/night/following morning. Whether it would be a good idea to spend the day prior to that anywhere else but in bed is, as yet, undecided.


Just to throw a few more links in here:

The online shop is still going strong at -

Current musical obsession - Timber Timbre

Thursday, 30 June 2011


Fashion/lifestyle portfolio piece. After the fairly straightforward inking stage this illustration took me ages, a few weeks, to make the colouring work (I hope it does?).

Just finished - Dantes Inferno (heavy).

Wednesday, 22 June 2011


My good friend Mickey over at Illustrator Lam commissioned me to do some professional colouring for him. His two page comic is a biography of Annie Yang, a woman who was tortured in China for practicing Falun Gong meditation until she managed to get asylum in the UK. Read alittle more on the subject over a Mickeys Blog or at

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This was the first time I've ever got to colour someone elses work and proved to be quite challenging. When you make your own piece everything is sort of planned out deep somewhere in your mind. What was toughest seemed to be estimating how long it would take to complete. Until 3:30am on the morning of the deadline turned out to be a fair approximation.


The Body Breaks - Devendra Banhart
I have 4 Devendra Banhart albums now!
I guess you could call me a fan (portrait coming soon).

Monday, 13 June 2011


For some reason it has taken me ages to get my little zine 'Wolves in Cars' up in the shop. (Read original post here)

Well, it's finally available to order and to celebrate this feat of effort there is a new Tee to match.
100% cotton in Mens and Womens fit.

Check out at -

By the way, I have a table booked at the next Clutter City Market on Sat July 2nd at the Norwich Arts Centre, 10am - 4pm. If you're in the area come along and see all the glorious goods available from tons of local creative types!


Missed the gig but got the album - Phosphorescent

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Thrift WIP

A small piece of a current commission. Might be quiet on the blog front for a little while.


Listening to....

Yeasayer - Wait for the summer

Fleet Foxes - Grown Ocean

Timber Timbre - Bad Ritual

Thursday, 19 May 2011


Portfolio piece - Thom Yorke of Radiohead.
I went for the Lotus Flower video look as I love to use large shapes/areas of flat black that his hat makes up. The colour scheme is directly inspired by King of Limbs cover palette.


I listen to Radiohead quite a lot these days although I've missed a a bunch of their albums (the ones between Kid A and In Rainbows, including the solo Thom Yorke releases). I have some catching up to do.


Just added some prints to the Online Shop! Take a peek at BUFFALO RUN.


Had the pleasure of seeing live last night - Staff Benda Bilili - They really know how to party.