Mad Skills Monday 040: Tony Johnson

Welcome to Mad Skills Monday, where we showcase top work from young creatives to bring some inspiration to beat the post-weekend blues. This week, feast your eyes on the crazy characters of Tony Johnson.

Power tool: Mechanical Pencil + Photoshop
Power song: Theme from Hollywood – Megapuss
Power snack: Cheese + a glass of bourbon

Tony Johnson is a super-talented London-based illustrator and animator (OMG YES, THERE ARE GIFS!) whose humourous, cleverly-observed characters are colourful, graphic wonders that make you reminisce about hot summer days in childhood when there were no shits to be given about anything ever.

Play Hard

Play Hard

Flatland Slam

Flatland Slam

Grey

Grey

His work has graced the pages/stickers of the likes of Belly Kids, BLDGWLF, Tiny Owl Workshop and Printer of Dreams, and it’s getting really difficult to not start a whole collection of his stuff.

Missed Connections - Book illustration for Tiny Owl Workshop’s Love Itself fiction anthology.

Missed Connections – Book illustration for Tiny Owl Workshop’s Love Itself fiction anthology.

Genghis for Belly Kids' upcoming Postcards from the Ancient World

Genghis for Belly Kids’ upcoming Postcards from the Ancient World

E.T. - Limited edition print for Printer of Dreams’ 80s Youth movie poster exhibition.

E.T. – Limited edition print for Printer of Dreams’ 80s Youth movie poster exhibition.

Not content with absolutely killing it with his illustrations, Tony is also a brilliant animator, having created full music videos as well as animated versions of his still work.

Folie à Deux

Folie à Deux

Year of the Horse - Animated illustration to mark the Chinese New Year.

Year of the Horse – Animated illustration to mark the Chinese New Year.

Listen and Repeat

Listen and Repeat

Tony is available for freelance commissions, so go contact him/check out his stuff on Twitter, Tumblr, Dribbble or Facebook. You can also buy a nice selection of his work on prints, stickers, badges and cards over on his online store.

Want us to show off your mad skills? We’re always looking for young creatives, students and graduates to showcase for our Monday feature, so send us an email with some samples or a portfolio link with the subject line “Mad Skills Monday” to team@shellsuitzombie.co.uk and we’ll check you out!

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