Thursday, 28 April 2016

ABRSM Strings

Time to catch up with some ongoing cover illustration work for UK music examining body ABRSM. Here are exam book covers for the Violin, Viola and Double Bass with further work in the series to view on the site here. Art direction and cover design by Kate Benjamin.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Unpublished Aliens


Sometimes it doesn't work out and your efforts go unpublished for whatever reason. These two ideas didn't make the cut unfortunately but I do quite like them so here they are. The brief was to create illustrations based on our species' first contact with aliens. The first is a play on the classic E.T. poster and the Creation Of Adam and the second alludes to fifties sci-fi featuring vaguely threatening bulbous headed entities.

Coastering


My rep Anna Goodson Illustration Agency is celebrating 20 years in the business this year. An anniversary themed coaster campaign featuring all of the agency's illustrators was recently created to mark the occasion. Here's mine, featuring an art traffic control tower and a sky-load of illustrators, if you will. Now, time to place a cuppa on it.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Nimbus In The Mix

Ok where was I? Ah, yes new illustrations to post. Here's one to promote a remix competition at Vancouver's Nimbus School of Recording & Media. Seem to be doing a lot of music related work recently, always enjoyable. See this and more on the site here.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Refocused

Here's a recent cover illustration for a BBC Focus issue on the science breakthroughs of 2015. Also posted here is the last illustration for the Into The Future column which has come to an end with a magazine redesign or 2016. It's for a piece on elegance in space travel design. It was a really enjoyable regular commission to have and the full set can be seen on the site here.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Splab

Thought it was time to whip out the trusty old brush pen and delve back into the sketchbook for the first time in a while. It was fun. This was yesterday's mindset.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Adventures In A Land Of Ever-Changing Wax Grooves

Here's a new flyer/poster design for a couple of friend's dj slot, Second Hand Sundays, at the wonderful co-operatively run pub, The Ivy House, in Nunhead, south-east London. The image sprouted out of the suggested idea of the groove in a record being a beautiful valley and I worked in the two intrepid dj/ramblers charting a musical course through it. The night starts this Sunday and details can be found at London Blues Night.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Bristol Plays Music


Here's a new illustration and animation for Bristol's music education hub Bristol Plays Music. The brief was to create an energetic image for web and print that represented Bristol's youth culture and the hub as an exciting platform for musical expression. The animation brings on all the figures and elements to resolve the finished illustration on their website, lovingly designed by my old buddy Graeme Swinton. You can also see the work on the site here.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

The First


Over the last few months I've been working closely with a new band called First Congress, led by Tom Van Can, creating their visual look and feel, including artworks, a logo and animation. Their debut single 'The First', a love song about a relationship between two women, has made it to the Radio 2 playlist and gets officially released in a couple of weeks so it's great to put some of that work out there. Here's the watery cover illustration for The First, featuring the logo design, and a lyric video for the new release. You can see the artwork on my site here and on the official site here. More First Congress artwork coming soon.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Alien Trees, Termite Cities and Portable X-Rays

Cripes, it's 2016! Seems like we're already in the future so to start the year here's the latest batch of monthly sci-fi illustrations for BBC Focus' appropriately titled column Into The Future by Stephen Baxter. First up is a look at how trees might grow extremely tall on alien worlds should there be weaker gravity. The future of cities was also contemplated with this imagining of a metropolis based on termite mounds with their natural ventilation. Finally, a look at how astronauts might be able to effectively treat themselves medically on long distance journeys with portable x-ray devices. You can see all the work for the column on the site here.

Monday, 21 December 2015

Trumpetting The RCSLT


Here's a cover commission for the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists magazine Bulletin announcing this year's honours and awards. The brief was to create an appropriately celebratory image based around fanfare and crowd imagery so I turned it up to 11. You can see it on the main site here with related work.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Einsteinian


Here's the latest Einsteinian cover illustration for BBC Focus magazine for a feature on relativity on trial. The idea was to develop a previous Einstein illustration I'd created for the magazine, see here, with more of an outer space feel so I whisked up some good ol' nebulae-face. I also animated it for the iPad edition which was great fun. You can see it and previous BBC Focus work on the site here.


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Diagnostical

Here's a cover illustration for a Nature publication on the tricky subject of Diagnostics Modelling, as the header suggests modelling the impact of improved diagnostics on infectious diseases. I had to try and craft a coherent visual combining modelling data, global health elements and people that might benefit from the research. You can also see it on the main site here along with other work for Nature.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Banking On Tech


Ok, it's back to Blogsville after a bit of downtime. First up is a cover illustration for Independent Banker magazine, or IB if you like, for an article on how technology plays a part in community banking now and in the future. A job lot of tablets, wearable gizmos and biometrics. You can also see this on the main site with some further feature illustrations here.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Big Ideas And Mass Extinction


It's BBC Focus covers update time again. Here are two recent illustrations and iPad animations for covers based on tackling mass extinction and 39 ideas that are about to change our world. You can see more Focus work on the site here.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Double Duty


Here's a recent cover illustration for CIO Magazine looking at doing double duty on those IT and business skills. You can see previous CIO cover work on the site here.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Tomorrow's People








Here's a selection of work from a really rewarding book project for UKTV. I was commissioned to illustrate the cover and 8 essays for the publication, called Tomorrow's People: Making Cultures For Creativity, promoting British creativity and launching at the 40th Edinburgh International Television Festival. It's edited by Zoe Clapp and some of the contributors featured here include Piv Bernth (DR's Head Of Drama - The Killing/The Bridge), John Kampfner (Director of CIF), Chris Chibnall (writer of Broadchurch), Dougal Wilson (music video director) and Sharon Horgan (writer of Catastrophe). All of the anecdotal essays offered plenty of inspiring and funny morsels to illustrate and once I'd settled on a style and palette the job was a joy to create in a relatively short turnaround time. You can see all the illustrations on the site here and even download a copy from UKTV here if you're in the mood for a read.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Space Grub, Mammoths And Robo-Docs



It's time to catch up on the future again with a round-up of recent illustrations for Stephen Baxter's Into the Future column for BBC Focus magazine. Firstly, a look at the future of food production and how Martian colonists might grow and consume their own Spirulina. The second illustration is about how we might preserve animals on the verge of extinction and even bring some extinct creatures back, step forward the Woolly Mammoth. Lastly the future of medical technology is considered along with the prospect of entirely robotic, and empathic, surgeons. You can see the full library of Into the Future illustrations on the site here.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Solutions

Here's a recent cover illustration for the Rocky Mountain Institute's magazine Solutions Journal. It's for a feature on the the merging of Amory Lovins' RMI and Richard Branson's Carbon War Room to create an environmental powerhouse tackling the energy revolution and low-carbon futures. Can't argue with that. See more work for Solutions on the site here.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Hiroshima

Here's the latest cover illustration for the current issue of BBC Focus looking at Hiroshima 70 years on. The cover depicts the Canna flower growing from the devastation just 10 days after the bomb, defying scientist's predictions of lifelessness in the area for decades. I also created a short animation for the iPad edition. See more work for BBC Focus here.