Gareth A Hopkins

These pages will be kept updated with forthcoming gallery shows and news on completed artwork.

Pages from my ongoing surreal/abstracted comic 'The Intercorstal' can be found here: The Intercorstal

My deviantart gallery, chock-full of my art, can be found here: grthink

Stories from my (old) walk to and from work can be found here: Trolleys In Odd Places

Sunday, 10 May 2015


These are a series of images I did on request for a magazine that seems to have disappeared before going to print. I'd initially been asked to do 8 pages of illustrations, said I could do four, and then a pretty full-on case tonsillitis meant that only three got done.

From what I understand the magazine was going to be themed on subcultures of London's East End, and I was given 'chavs' almost definitely because of some illustrations I did for Amelia's Magazine a few years ago. I felt pretty uneasy, especially when looking online for reference, since so much of it is vicious, nasty and horrifically classist. So I tried to make my illustrations monstrous, a reflection of how 'chavs' are viewed, as well as trying to build some sympathy in too -- whether that was successful or not, I don't know.

Earlier sketches and drafts replaced the figure's heads with ant heads, or abstracted tribal masks, but in the end I went with what I know, which worked in my favour. Although, with more time to work on it, who knows what might have been.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Secret 7" 2015

My sleeve for The Chemical Brothers' 'Let Forever Be' which depicts a researcher investigating a Buddhist statue that had a mummified monk inside it.

Here are the four designs I submitted to this year's Secret7". I was absolutely thrilled to get a design through again, for The Chemical Brothers' Let Forever Be, and even more thrilled to see it sell on the day (and to have gone to a great home, by the looks of it).

It's a great charity, and consistently does exemplary work for their chosen charity. It's fantistic to see them grow every year, and I'm honoured that I've been able to be a small part of that journey for the third year running. Year-on-year, my work for Secret 7's gets better, and I'm really looking forward to taking part next year.

A picture of my friend Kate Dowling's dog Bella, done for Underworld's Born Slippy. The song was named after a greyhound, a fact which a huge number of contributors seem to have picked up on.

For St Vincent's 'Digital Witness' I drew a secretary bird and added a background based on  a predominant colour in the video to the song. Like with greyhounds and Born Slippy, I get the impression that a whole slew of contributors used the same colour. Also, no idea why I drew a secretary bird -- it just felt right, and looked good.

I found out that 'Maccabee' is Hebrew for 'hammer'. So for The Maccabee's 'Go' I drew a horrendous visual pun based on the band's name.