I got featured on BBC's Breakfast News, painting a mural live on C4's Big Breakfast Show. A childhood hero of mine was on set... Grandmaster Flash! My manga work was featured on More 4's evening news and Chris Moyles' show on Channel 5 gave me the chance to save the audience from electric shocks by winning a game... I lost the game and the crowd duly got electrocuted... then I found out I had been played. They were not electrocuted.. the whole audience and crew played me!
I got a call at 3 in the morning from an in-law of mine. He was on a flight back to Washington and bought an issue of The New York Times. I think he nearly choked on his croissant as he came across the spread with my interview! Now, this is the truth I tell you; the night before, in London, he was making fun of my book, The Manga Bible... that same book would be featured in his favourite newspaper only hours later.
My work on samurising Jesus took the press by storm. at one point, I was doing 35 interviews on radio, internet, press and TV (at one point, I performed 10 interviews in one morning). Only two nationals are featured here.
My wife is from Brazil. So when she took the call from some journalist from Brazil, they began to speak Portuguese. When he found out she was from São Paulo (his base), things really began to spark. They ended up doing a feature on me and... my wife.
Solving my client's problems is like wrestling with crimson angels. I never give up. I always think there is an answer to any problem.
It is said that your gifts will place you before kings. I regularly give talks on contemporary culture and interpretation at Eton College including speeches to academics at The Queen's Foundation at Queen's College at Birmingham and Greenbelt. It's like standing on the cerulean sapphire floor of God's throne room. The prophet Ezekiel talks about this place and I imagine that; to stand before kings and queens is like some rehearsal to standing before God.
The Baishe Kings are a new left-field Hip hop collective signed to Big Dada. They needed avatars and a comic strip to launch their band's identity. The south London septuplet also wanted a non-hip hop look, so graffiti styled art was out of the question.
My solution was the manga chibi look with Baishe Kings' 4 colour house style and pulp print look. They thought it was 'swaishe'!
'The Baishe Kings' comments on Siku here..'
Mark is a great artist. He works in leathers by scrapping upper layers for a monochromatic tonal effect. Simply put, he produces photo-real drawings in leather!
He wanted New York's Manhattan buildings shaped in robot form. The idea is inspired by the 'If you can make it in NY, you can make it anywhere' concept. The robot represents the challenges posed by Gotham the giant vs. the little person with vision and faith.
I am currently developing more robots and a new project with Mark.
'Mark's comments on Siku here.''
Tony Mitchell, director of Atlantis wanted the 300 look for this big budget docudrama. That's why he roped me in. He wanted comic book framing for his cinematographer. Mitch and I were locked in a BBC boardroom in Belfast, N. Ireland for two weeks, sketching storyboards, discussing art, wives, philosophy and religion.
The extreme angles you see in comic books only work in films on a conceptual level. They will not work on a merely cosmetic level.
'Siku is a rare find - an incredibly talented individual who works in a very demanding industry and still manages to have a fantastic sense of humour. He has a tireless approach to his work and always strives to delivery what the client wants. His breadth and ability as an artist seems never-ending. He creates breath taking, imaginative imagery, but his true strength is in telling a great story. Working with Siku is always both fun and productive in equal measures.'
Think of a James Bond spoof. Now, invert the theme so that your story isn't about the super agent but about super baddies, their hench personnel and minions. This game glorifies all the things we love about evil geniuses; the secret mountain lair, gadgets, triumphant speeches and maniacal laughter, the endless supply of minions and their sociopathic-psychopathic hench persons.
Well, I got to work on a game that puts the player in charge of evil genius type characters. They come in three flavours; Blofeld type, Emperor Ming type and Dynasty's Alexis template. You were expected to build your evil empire culminating with the overtaking of the U.N. On the way, you'll have to do battle with secret agents assigned to bring your empire to destruction; Bruce Lee's, Van Damme's and Bonds all have a go.
At this time I was Elixir Studio's Visuals Director, so I came on board developing a total art style with lead artist Brian Gilles.. This was what we came up with; a retro look from the 60s.
'Siku has three unusual talents: 1)Versatility. He can take a brief and create four or five very different interpretations.
2)Breadth of imagination. Siku doesn't do derivative.
3)Attitude. I've never met a more ego-less artist. He doesn't take criticism personally, is immaculately professional and always has a smile on his face. I have no hesitation in recommending him.
Siku—artist, author, theologian and musician— is one of Britain’s leading comic book/concept artists having worked for 2000AD; producing titles such as Judge Dredd, Slaine and a strip he co-created called Pan-African Judges. He has also worked for Marvel UK and COM X.
In his role as Visuals Director of Elixir Studios in London, Siku has been credited on a number of computer games such as Evil Genius which won IGN’s Most Innovative Design award. He has been developing concept work for TV commercials and producing network identity and promos work for Nickelodeon. Siku’s writing and art is also featured in professional industry bibles such as The Best of British Illustrators, The Art of Game Worlds, The Art of Game Characters, Digital Art Masters volumes I and II, and the definitive Comic Art Now.
Yes. No attribution required. When sharing any work that uses my resources on sites like Dribble or Forest it would be nice to be credited. You want to make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside don’t you?
Yes. No attribution required but appreciated. I love people coding up the odd freebie, but an entire blog dedicated to just that is probably a step too far Jack. C’mon Mookie, do the right thing.
Not directly no. If you want to share the wealth then linking to each resource on Premium Pixels is encouraged and sincerely appreciated. Linking directly to the zip file, or worse, repackaging your own zip file, gets my goat :(
Siku is also a public speaker and teacher, regularly giving speeches at Eton College and given talks to academics at The Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham about his work on contemporary art, hermeneutics and rhetoric. He most recently is concluding the creation of the world’ first bible study graphic novel titled, Drink It! It is the product of a 'liquid' reading technique innovation Siku calls, ‘graphic theology’.
He is currently listed as one of London’s most noted blacks in the book; Black Londoners- A History.
Siku is married to Bell and ‘works’ from his Tardis in Essex with a bronzedcrunchyafrolock-haired six year old kid who thinks daddy actually works.