Thursday, 17 May 2018

Blockchain Buster

Here's a recent cover illustration for Canadian Lawyer magazine on the impending technological threat that blockchain presents to the legal industry. To visualise blockchain I turned to 3d software to create a formidable looking wheel-of-tech and cranked up the ominous Hammer Horror lighting for effect. I was also asked to illustrate the typography which I rendered disintegrating into the gears of the machine. Thanks to Blockbuster Video for the accidental typographic inspiration. I've included a few alternative attempts along with the final cover and you can see the this and related work on the site here.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Skylarking About

Here's a change of pace from the slicker 3d approach with a painterly publishing illustration for the paperback cover of Karen Gregory's Skylarks released tomorrow by Bloomsbury. The brief was to loosely capture the feel of two skylarks playing freely in the sky symbolising the relationship at the heart of the young adult novel. A really enjoyable commission, experimenting with textures and good ol' fashioned scanned-in mark making, and great cover design by Andrea Kearney. You can see it on the site with similar work here.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Unknown Worlds

Here's the latest from my ongoing commission to illustrate the covers of BBC Focus Magazine Collection. 'Unknown Worlds' is the theme here and I went with a 3d helmeted glass head visual, probably inspired by the glass skull on the old tv show Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious, I'm old. My original helmetless first rough can be seen above. See the rest of the collection on the site here.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Techno Techno Files!

Here are a couple of recent editorials for Exhibitor Magazine's Techno Files section on the latest innovations in the exhibition industry. The first spread and spots take on VR, biometrics and chatbots while the second set, adapted from the first, deals with drones, geofencing and conductive ink. A fun commission using lots of colour and familiar territory for me style-wise. See the work and related technology commissions on the site here.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Atomic Timekeeper

Here's a recent illustration for 5280, Denver's Mile High Magazine, on the local atomic clock at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder. It's the most accurate in the US but still manages to lose a whopping one second every 300 million years. Sloppy. This was created with some 3d modelling composited with 2d textures in Photoshop. I've included some of the roughs developed en route to the final piece, also visible on my site with related work here.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Prism Break

Here's a new cover illustration for IBM Systems Magazine on optimising your 'AI Journey'. The abstract brief required a visual that somehow showed important information being identified and channelled from multiple data sources. The first works-in-progress show the initial classic prism idea and multi-sided object visual that were combined for the cover concept. The finished illustration was put together with 3d and 2d techniques. See this and other work for IBM publications on the site here.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

The Science Of Health And Happiness

An exciting commission came through earlier this year to illustrate 12 upcoming covers for the BBC Focus Magazine Collection. Each volume (or bookazine, if you will) has a particular theme and these first two issues concentrated on the science of Health and Happiness respectively. I saw it as a good opportunity to flex my, still puny, 3d skills and create some relatively bold and simple illustrations that convey the themes clearly. More to come on this series as the year progresses. You can see them on the site with further BBC Focus work here.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Head Games

I'm playing catch-up on the blog after a busy old month of work and travel. Here's a recent cover illustration for Wall Street Journal's Review section for an article entitled 'Head Games: The Mental Tricks Of Athletic Endurance'. Unlike this delayed post the illustration was created in time for the, then, upcoming Winter Olympics. I created an alternative dark version that was used on the website. You can see it on the site with previous Wall Street Journal work here.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Folio Society BIC2018

I finally got around to entering the  Folio Society Book Illustration Competition, something I've wanted to do for quite a while, and am really pleased to say I've made it on to this year's longlist. The chosen book to illustrate was The Selected Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes and the brief required illustrations for three short stories and a cover binding design rendered in a simpler graphic style.

It was great to soak up the atmosphere of the Arthur Conan Doyle stories (A Scandal In Bohemia, The Man With The Twisted Lip and The Musgrave Ritual) and select scenes I felt would lend themselves to interesting interpretations. Stylistically I tried to go for a modern and atmospheric painterly approach creating a digital collage of scanned-in-textures, photography and even a touch of 3D with subtle patterning effects. Really enjoyed the process of working on these and I might post some of the visuals that didn't make the cut at a later date.

In the meantime you can see all the excellent and varied entries on the longlist here and even vote your favourite ... ahem! The winner is announced at the Awards Night on February 20th. #BIC2018

Friday, 26 January 2018

Norwegian Neon

Here's a new illustration for Daimler/Mercedes-Benz Next innovation magazine. The article looks at the prevalence of e-mobility across Norway and posits that the 'country is all-electric'. The national flag rendered in neon seemed to sum up the theme nicely. I built the sign in 3d then took it into Photoshop for a little tinkering. I've included some of the process work here from initial client sketch to the 3D model and a few rendered variations. You can see it on the site with related work here.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Portrait Of A Memory

Nature Journal recently commissioned me to tackle an illustration on memory and how it works. The brief required an image featuring disparate elements, including Cumberbatch's Sherlock, connected in intricate ways so I thought I look to 3D software for assistance. I created an atom array of spheres for the complex memory structure then worked in the colour and photo-collaging for the final image. You can see further work for Nature on the site here.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The Intelligence Revolution

Here's a recent illustration for HRPA's upcoming annual Human Resources conference commissioned by Premise in Toronto. The 'Intelligence Revolution' theme required a futuristic looking image featuring a friendly, neighbourhood robot offering a hand. I've included a few examples of the brand image used in context. You can see this and related work on the site here.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Southside Engineering

The year is 2018. A disembodied consciousness floats in an abstract sci-fi void. A fitting description of me in the studio today and the contents of my first post of the year.

This is my new artwork and animated teaser for Bokhari Records latest 12" vinyl release BK16Southside Engineering by the talented Stephen Lopkin. I was chuffed to work on their first release BK01: Siafu back in 2012 so when I was asked to design their vinyl cover art again I jumped at the chance.

Eager to have a creative project to apply some newly acquired 3D skills to, I came up with this futuristic scene that alludes to the act of listening to electronica/techno while allowing me to run riot with gleaming, reflective surfaces and various neon-like textures. Above is the final vinyl 12" front and back sleeve and A and B side label designs.

Once I'd built the 3D scene it seemed rude not to experiment with animating the objects and camera it so I created the short teaser to introduce the artwork and the excellent track itself. I've also included here a selection of various lighter colour tryouts that I initially sent over before we landed on the optimum dark/luminous contrast. You can see more work for Bokhari Records on the site here.

Monday, 11 December 2017

The Future Is Electric

A further electric car illustration to add to the growing collection. This one's for a Daimler/Mercedes-Benz Next article The Future Is Electric on how e-mobility will become mass market and eventually replace the combustion engine. Great fun using the brand colours to maximum eye-popping effect. You can see the Daimler/Mercedes-Benz portfolio and related work on the main site here.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

AGIA Christmas Coaster Promo

The annual Anna Goodson Illustration Agency coaster promo is out just in time for Christmas and this year's theme is the power of love and art, no less. I went with a global warming theme for my illustration and animated gif. Mother Earth could do with a little more love in light of a certain large country withdrawing from international climate agreements. You can read about the promo here and check out illustrations on social media tagged with the #Loveisloveisart.