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Leicester Tigers - Welford character design - He's Grrreat!

If any of you good people are Leicester Tigers fans you might recognise this grrreat guy. It's Welford the official mascot for Leicester Tigers - the English rugby union team based in Leicester (obviously).

I've been illustrating the Tigers Family (#Tigersfamily) cartoon strip for the past two seasons, and you can see every single cartoon strip as well as sketches and even video on their very own blog.

This project however is all about Welford. Welford has been the offical Leicester Tigers mascot for some time now, but until recently he has only been seen in his physical form. He can usaully be seen on the pitch and in and around the Welford Road ground, meeting the fans and interacting with the kids. Now however he is also famous in his 2D, fully illustrated version!

He appears in many forms of promotional and marketing material both online and in print. You can see him in several places around the ground, on matchday promotional and fun (JTC - Junior Tigers Club) items and across the Tigers external marketing range.

Below you can see Welford in his claws out 'Thriller' pose :) You can also see him in several other classic poses as well as some early sketches of Welford before he was created in his final glorious full colour vector version.

Let me know if you're a fan of Welford and be sure to take a pic and send it to me if you see him around. Feel free to leave some comments below, but please keep them clean if you're not a Tigers fan ;) Cheers and enjoy!


If you'd like to see more of my character creations then click here and give your eyes a treat :)

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British and Irish Lions rugby playing lion on the charge

The British and Irish Lions have started their tour of Australia. I'm obviously biased, but it's great to see so many of the squad are made up of Welsh rugby players! I feel the Lions are in with a real chance of doing extremely well on the tour this time. So, to celebrate here's a new illustration depicting a rugby playing lion in full flight. Enjoy!

This illustration is available to buy in my iStock portolio

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Leicester Tigers Family NEW Official Cartoon Strip

It's official...The family have landed! Here they are, the brand new 'Tigers Family' exclusively created for Leicester Tigers. The Leicester Tigers (in case you don't know) are the most successful English rugby union club since the introduction of league rugby in 1987 and play their rugby at Welford Road in Leicester.

I've been working on this project for a few months now and it gives me great pleasure to finally unveil the brand new Tigers Family to the World! They will star in their very own cartoon strip that will appear in every Tigers home game programme, and also appear on various promotional material including emailers, posters, postcards and more. You can expect to see a lot more of the family as time goes on, the first strip is finished and will appear in Saturday's programme when the Tigers play Worcester Warriors. I'm very excited about this project and would love to know what you think. Enjoy!

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The Six Nations are on! Wales for the Grand Slam?!

A superb weekend of rugby! A few teams not quite performing to their potentials, with a bit of a lacklustre game from England and Scotland. Wales on the other hand were fantastic! A great game against Ireland with perhaps neither team deserving to lose. Wales however showed true determination and team spirit to pull off a last minute winning score. Can wales now go on to win the Grand Slam? Time will tell, but I'm really hoping so!

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