Monday, March 01, 2021

Freelance illustration, Illustrator for hire, illustration, artwork freelance

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

A brand new website, home for my first book 
Discover all you ever wanted to know about me, author illustrator Paul Morton!! And then download loads of cool free froggy crafts and collectibles.

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Wednesday, January 08, 2020

So, a brand new post for the new year. Amazingly it's my 14th new year on this blog! I'm mad busy creating exciting new sites for my Bug Belly book, more on that later. For now I can offer you a delicious new taste sensation from Lister's crisps. Designed by Hot Frog Graphics - Steak & Ale and Caramelised Onion flavour joins the range.
Plus, the counter top display boxes are looking great.
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image of Lister's Steak & Ale and caramelised onion crisps

image shows range of 5 Lister's crisps designed by Hot Frog Graphics

image shows box of Lister's crisps designed by Hot Frog Graphics

Saturday, December 07, 2019

First it was Gremlins, then Meerkats and more recently Narwhals!
Creatures that are trending in the toy and publishing market really do seem to get everywhere and take over.
So I was commissioned to improve the gameplay illustration for the Narwhal 'Free for All' game.
Commissioned by Forrest Pruzan in Seattle for whom I've produced a pile of games over the years.
Keeping it clean, clear and with a hint of icy atmosphere was challenging when there are shadows and highlights to consider.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

• DRAWING CONCLUSIONS •
Thirty years ago I had my first book published. 
No not a children's book but a collection of political postcards and cartoons. Over the years I've produced many cards for various campaigns such as The Miners, CND, Anti-Apartheid etc mostly through Leeds Postcards.
Following the miners strike and the success of the Miners Support pack we decided to collect all my work together into one small booklet, full colour cover and black and white inside.
Drawing Conclusions was sold throughout the UK via a series of press campaigns and reviews. Remember, no social media in those days to shout out about your project.




 Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament's chair Monsignor Bruce Kent was kind enough to offer a foreword to the book which I was flattered and very proud of. I'd met him at afternoon tea hosted by the mayor in Barnsley Town Hall and he had remembered meeting me.

The Thatcher Therapy dot-dot puzzle postcard became quite famous and was featured in other publications. It spawned the follow up Reagan puzzle, and more recently, the David Cameron 'Smug Face Wipe'.




Please feel free to print off the Thatcher picture, laminate it and enjoy the satisfaction that thousands of sufferers sought in the 1980's and 90's.
Thatcher was such a shock to the system that she spawned thousands of political cartoons and I've created my fair share. Here's another produced for the "I support the Miners' pack of cards raising money for striking miners




I am very proud to be able to say that these cards helped raise over £30,000 for families living below the breadline as the Tory government turned the screw.



I sold the book at various events. 
Here in Roundhay Park Leeds at a Peace festival.



And, also in Leeds, with a window display on Sherratt & Hughes bookshop.



I still have a few hundred copies of the book left and keep thinking about putting them online.
If I do they will be around £10 each including p&p.
I'll post again if this happen, but if anyone would like a copy meanwhile, please email.



"Screamin Tabloids" for Campain for Press and Broadcasting Freedom


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Monday, November 18, 2019

• VILLAINOUS DISNEY •
Sooooo, I'm quite embarrassed really to admit that I haven't managed to post on here for some 4 months! It's unforgivable - but I have some very good excuses!
Firstly, the commissioned work I've had in is still mostly under wraps and embargoed.
Secondly, the other work I've been doing, and which has taken up 90% of my time, is writing and illustrating my first children's book!!!
Well, it was worth the effort, as my book Bug Belly the ever hungry frog will be published next Spring by Five Quills.
Much, much more on that later I promise. In fact there will be a brand new Bug Belly website with all the colourful details. I shall share that as soon as it's ready.
Meanwhile, some of the commissioned work I CAN shout out about is a great little job for Disney and their Villainous board game.

I was asked by the great team at Funko (Formerly Forrest Pruzan in Seattle) to juice-up their raw renderings of the plastic game play pieces. Although the render was quite good it lacked the sexy highlights, refractions and reflections that real plastic would possess. Also, they wanted flaws in the plastic to be noticeable to add that extra realism.

To really demonstrate the 'before and after' effect of my illustrative involvement I sought the help of my friend Gary Fabbri. (http://www.garyfabbri.com)
 Gary is a skilled illustrator AND talented film maker and he created this great little video wipe promo for me, using After Effects and Adobe Premier. Please remember that all images are strictly copyright. ©






And here are some of the other characters from the game that were a pleasure to work on. 





The game is decribed thus -  
An epic contest of sinister power, you take on the role of a Disney Villain and strive to achieve your own devious objective. Discover your character's unique abilities and winning strategy while dealing twists of fate to thwart your opponents' schemes. Find out who will triumph over the forces of good and win it all!

You can enter the game play as one of six iconic Disney Villains (Maleficent, Ursula, Jafar, Prince John, Queen of Hearts, Captain Hook)
Each Villain has their own oversized sculpted mover
The game where being the bad guy is a good thing
Fate cards allow you to meddle with other Villain's objectives!





Monday, June 10, 2019

These are just a handful of the great new designs I've made available on my Zazzle shop.
or here to see 

All these designs are available on a variety of matching products including TOTE BAGS, CUSHIONS, T SHIRTS etc.









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Thursday, March 14, 2019

I was approached recently by a local Rugby League club to give some strength and dynamism to their new logo.
Working from a few sketches I developed this graphic which will hopefully get them noticed and raise their profile.
Other jobs in the last few months have included multople games work with long lead times. So much so that I can't proudly post anything on here for a few more months yet.
I'm also working on a book which I shall certainly be promoting as soon as possible.
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Monday, November 26, 2018

I'm pleased to be able to post these 2 great new games box covers for Wonder Forge. Commissioned by Forrest Pruzan in Seattle they required me to bring to life some of the smaller elements on the covers.
In the SpinGo game it was the spinning cards that needed illustrating and on the Minions Despicable Me game, just the linking plastic pieces.
I usually render, or am provided with the render, a basic 3d image, which I then bring into Photoshop and go to town on.
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• 99 brand new designer gifts •
I've also been very busy building my designer shop on Zazzle. It's packed full with all the best of my artwork from the last 30 years. Bears, Lions, snowmen, Santas, Peace Doves, Hearts, Aliens, Rock Stars, Ladybirds and of course, FROGS, have all been re-purposed by creatively designing them onto mugs, T shirts, posters, shoulder bags and giant fleeces. To name but a few of the more recent sales!
It's great fun creating these items and when Zazzle offer up to 70% discount codes there are some great bargains to snap up on my shop or elsewhere.
If it sounds like your kind of shopping then please take a look.








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