The first bit of artwork I've produced this year is an illustration for an article on this year's Newcastle Gateshead Comedy Festival for NARC magazine.
I tried to come up with an image that was iconic and about stand-up comedy in general, rather than specifically about who's on the bill this year or a kind of generic image to represent comedy. I opted for a spin on 'The Ascent Of Man', showing how British stand-up comedy has developed over the years. Kind of an 'Ascent of McIntyre', if you will.
I like the illustration a lot (especially Ken Dodd at the beginning there), but I'm not entirely sure it works in the context. Are people going to get it? Or are am I just leading people to think that all these people are performing at the festival (which would be a huge feat as Bernard Manning has been dead for a wee while now)? I dunno - judge for yourself - the new issue of NARC is in shops and venues around the North East as I type.