Graham Humphreys is an illustrator and graphic designer based in London, United Kingdom.
Sim Branaghan's 'British Film Posters - An Illustrated History' (BFI Publishing, 2006), generously suggests "Graham... has some claim to be the last great name among Britain's film poster artists."
I have illustrated since I could pick up a crayon; my earliest work consisted simply of crudely rendered Daleks and skulls. These did not look good on the books and walls of my parents home. But it was a start.
I studied graphic design and illustration at Salisbury College of Art from 1976 to 1980. This period saw the emergence of UK Punk Rock which gave direction and energy to my formative years. Moving to London on completion of my college term, I commenced my freelance career. The trajectory of this exciting journey taught me many disciplines, from the traditional paste-up and respect of typography all the way to the welcome embrace of the ubiquitous Mac. Here's how it's been going...
Throughout the 1980s I worked extensively with Palace Pictures, designing and illustrating UK movie campaigns such as 'Dream Demon', 'Basket Case', Sam Raimi's 'The Evil Dead' & 'Evil Dead II', Wes Craven's 'A Nightmare On Elm Street', parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, Dario Argento's 'Creepers' (Phenomena) and Alejandro Jodorowsky's 'Santa Sangre'. During the same period I produced numerous illustrations for the New Musical Express, including a major 'NME' poster campaign that appeared on London's routmaster buses. This was the height of London's original 'Goth' music scene and I worked with Miles Copeland's record label designing for the band 'Lords of The New Church' and illustrated a 3-D album sleeve for 'The Cramps' - "Off The Bone" (complete with red/green 3-D viewing spex) which sold well enough to earn the band's first Silver Disc. London's 'Batcave' was the weekly meeting hole where you could rub shoulders with Siouxsie, Marc Almond, Nick Cave and a host of Goths and Punks dancing to Glam, Punk and Psychedelia!
As the 80's became the 90's I storyboarded three films for director Richard Stanley: 'Hardware', 'Dust Devil' and 'The Island of Dr.Moreau' (we worked in both Los Angeles and a jungle location a short distance from Cairns, Australia; the extensive storyboards were destroyed after Richard was removed from the project during the first week's filming, clearing the way for a more formulaic feature).
Since the 1990's I have worked in close association with 'The Creative Partnership', a film promotion company based in Soho, London. Here, I have worked on various campaigns and posters including Mike Leigh's 'Life is Sweet', Terry Jones' 'Erik the Viking' and the Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriquez collaboration 'From Dusk 'til Dawn' and designed the logo and stationery for a regenerated Hammer Films Production Company. In addition I received regular commissions from publications as varied as Vogue, Esquire, FHM, QX, Arena, Loaded, Junior and F-1 Magazine.
The new millenium brought a collaboration with Tartan Films, for whom I designed such campaigns as Miike Takashi's 'Audition', Rob Zombie's 'House of 1000 Corpses', Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato's 'Party Monster' and Alejandro Jodorowsky's re-release of 'El Topo'. Many theatrical and DVD releases were supported by extensive national press and magazine ad design. The DVD box for the 'Ramones - End of the Century' documentary was recognised by a Marketing Initiative Award by the British Video Association.
In 2003 Anchor Bay reissued the 'Evil Dead Trilogy' which featured my original artwork plus a filmed interview alongside writer Christopher Fowler ('Spanky', 'Psychoville' and the ongoing 'Bryant & May' series), in which we discuss the marketing of 'The Evil Dead'. The interview was filmed by Marc Morris and Jake West (director of 'Evil Aliens'), of Nucleus Films. I have since designed and illustrated sleeves for Marc and Jakes exciting DVD label, packaging such titles as 'Grindhouse Trailers' 1 and 2 and 'London Voodoo'.
I have also been producing extensive packaging and design for the collectible producers: Product Enterprise, Iconic Replicas, and Sixteen12. These have included BBC's (classic) 'Dr.Who', Canal Plus' UK 1960s 'Dalek' movies and various Gerry Anderson classics such as 'Space 1999', 'UFO' and 'Thunderbirds' plus a unique product range called 'Space Vixens'.
Recently I have worked with director Sophie Fiennes to create an identity for 'The Pervert's Guide to the Cinema - with Slavoj Zizek' and with Blaze Films to create an identity for the George A Romero produced 'Into The Dark'.
It seems I am still drawing Daleks and skulls; however, I receive commissions for caricature, book, magazine, film, education, storyboard and bespoke projects. The material represented here is a small sample of the ouput, but I hope it is representative and above all enjoyable to view.