Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Cloud Factory

Here's a new cover illustration for IBM Systems magazine for a feature on their latest cloud tech. The brief was to create a positive-looking futuristic 'cloud factory' without suggesting pollution or smoke. I went through a few rough iterations above that were very colourful but had a touch of the toxic or just too cluttered before simplifying the chosen illustration for the final. You can see previous work for IBM Systems magazine here.

Friday, 24 March 2017

In Another Life Video

Hot on the heels of the First Congress 'In Another Life' artwork comes the accompanying all singing, ice dancing promo. The video features a romantic ice dance routine with Team GB Olympic ice dancers Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland and I was tasked with creating an environment for the impressive real-life couple to strut their skates in. The band's Tom Van Can and Team GB's Robin Cousins MBE shot, edited and choreographed the dance routine at Slough Ice Arena against a white fabric backdrop then the footage was handed over to me. Using a combination of Adobe After Effects processes I managed to key out the dancers from the white-ish background, see before/after comparisons above, and apply the new visuals. TomVan Can filmed sodium materials exploding in water at high speed for inserts and I took some of that footage to create stylised animated backdrops and floors that were composited into scenes using 3D tracking where necessary. Colour grading and light leak effects were applied liberally to establish the monotone environments when they dance apart and the increasingly colourful world whenever they are together. All in all it was a rewarding and challenging creative visual effects job to get my teeth into and I'm pleased with the outcome. You can see previous First Congress videos for Found Wanting here and The First here.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

In Another Life

The new First Congress single 'In Another Life' is out this week and has an ice dancing themed video to go along with it, more on that coming soon. Firstly, here's the single artwork continuing that theme with a solitary skater and simple shadow reversal to suggest the other life. I'm enjoying the stripped back colour and stylisation I've established with the First Congress artwork series so far. You can see more of this work on the site here.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Slow Landing

Here's a recent editorial for AOPA Flight Training mag on the controversial practice of 'slow landing', a risky technique for improving advanced pilot skills. See more work for AOPA on the site here.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Electric Vehicle Architecture

The latest illustration commission for Mercedes-Benz Next magazine required a touch of animation to bring to life an article on E-mobility and vehicle architecture. After getting the illustration signed-off I created a short After Effects movie loop then reduced it further to a small gif to sit on comfortably on a website. You can see both the basic gif and the more developed vimeo clip animation above.


Here's a cover and spot illustrations for Independent Banker Magazine on the future of banking and your own personal robo-advisor to deal with your hard cash. It was a fun commission coming up with a friendly robot figure, a sort of amalgam of current robo tech and the stolen eyes of V.I.N.C.E.N.T. from Disney's Black Hole movie. You can see the work on the site here with previous and related work for IB Mag.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Life After Man

Here are the latest illustrations for the current issue of BBC Focus for the cover and a spread on the theme of Life After Man. The brief was to depict scenes of London reclaimed by nature after some unspecified extinction event befalls humanity. Good news for deers at least. This issue came with two different cover designs to see if the readership fancied a design overhaul, I personally prefer the cleaner existing Focus layout but then I would as it shows off the illustration more. You can see all my work for BBC Focus on the site here.

Monday, 23 January 2017


Here's an illustration I did quite a while ago now that's only recently been published. It's a cover for the UCLA Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Annual Report 2016. The brief was to focus on telepathology in particular, the practice of using telecommunication technology and data transfer for swifter diagnosis and research. See the illustration on the site here with related works.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Montreal 375

Get those liquid-containing vessels at the ready, it's time for the Anna Goodson Illustration Agency annual coaster promotion. Here's my illustration for this year's theme, a tribute to the great city of Montreal on the eve of the 375th anniversary of it's foundation. Always loved the inspired architecture and sci-fi weirdness of the '76 Olympic Stadium so it dominates my composition as it does the skyline. See previous coasters on the site here.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Found Wanting Video

Phew, 2017 at last! First post out of the gates is for a new animated video for the band First Congress' latest single Found Wanting. The style runs with the Egyptian themed single artwork and mashes it up with petrolhead biker imagery all in support of a sassy performance by UK dancer Yasmin Ogbu. The video was great fun to make in a short amount of time. Once the style and treatment had been decided, with the band's driving force Tom Van Can, and Yasmin's green screen performance footage was edited I'd create scenes in After Effects on the fly adding a real sense of spontaneity that was refreshing. You can see the video here or on youtube and follow the band through the First Congress website. See all the artwork created for First Congress here.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Axles To Grind

Here are two editorials for a spread on heavy truck safety in Car and Driver magazine in the U.S. The brief was to create an illustrated take on a recent horrifying incident in New York state involving an out-of-control truck, a jam of vehicles and a bunch of heroic individuals. It can be watched here if you wish, thankfully there were no fatalities. You can see the work on the site here with other Car And Driver commissions.

In The Future

Here's a new future-themed cityscape cover illustration for HGI Magazine showing the fast paced change of the industrial and investment landscape. Some cool driverless cars in there too! You can see it on the site here with related work to check out.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Computer Brain

I have brains on the brain today with yet another illustration depicting the ol' grey matter in technicolour. It's the latest BBC Focus cover looking at How Technology Is Rewiring Your Brain, yes, yours. There's also an iPad cover animation to go with this one. See all the Focus related work on my site here.

Defeating Dementia

Here's a recent illustration for Nature Journal on How To Defeat Dementia. It was a tricky brief as the article focused on three courses of action in particular and the image needed to represent those along with dementia in a sensitive way. I came up with this damaged, maze-like brain illustration using a more graphic approach than usual and I'm pleased with the outcome. You can see my other work for Nature on the main site here.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Genetic Superhero

Here's a recent cover illustration and iPad animation for BBC Focus magazine on the theme of Genetic Superheroes, those unsuspecting folks with super DNA that may hold the key to ending disease. See more Focus work on the site here.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Found Wanting

Here's a new cover illustration for the upcoming single from First Congress called Found Wanting. The illustration was inspired by imagery of Ancient Egyptian gods and weighing scales, supplied by band leader Tom Van Can, and evolved into a kid Anubis on a see saw. Go figure. Click the links to see more artwork for First Congress' other singles Good Problem and The First.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Logistically Speaking

Here's a cover illustration for the Mercedes-Benz innovation magazine Next. It's a look at the next phase of intelligent logistics where products essentially navigate their own way to the recipient as delivery vehicles communicate with each other. Postman Pat would love it. You can also see the work on the site here.