Thursday, 9 August 2018

Lürzer's Archive 200 Best Illustrators Cover

Roar-ly pleased to have one of my illustrations selected for the cover of this year's Lürzer's Archive 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide. It's my entry, Brex The Lionheart, for last year's Great British Postcard Competition judged by John Lydon, in which it was a finalist. Chuffed to also have a few other pieces chosen for the new edition, an article on which you can read on the Lürzer's site here.

Friday, 27 July 2018

Mind-Bending Future Life

Here are the latest covers for the BBC Focus Collection series for the themes of Mind-Bending Science Simply Explained and the Scientific Guide To Your Future Life. The content for these usually covers a broad spectrum of topics so I tend to go for a simpler striking visual that sums up the theme and sits well with the established cover layout. Working with 3d allows me to focus on a central object then experiment with camera angles, light and colour. Bright eye-catching colours are generally preferred by the publisher so once my 3d renders are in Photoshop then I can enhance elements and ratchet up the palettes to my heart's content. I've included some of the early ideas and variations on the finals for these two covers. I was getting carried away with flying cars and neon cocktail cities for the Future Life theme but the 'simpler' billboard-only approach won out in the end. You can see these and previous work for BBC Focus on the site here.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Nature Photonics

I was recently approached by the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University, NY, to create illustrations based on their research into non-invasive laser vision correction. The aim was to submit them to Nature Photonics magazine to support their manuscript and be selected for a cover feature. Very happy to report one of the illustrations was chosen and is on the current issue as we speak!
I worked on four images based on some relatively jargon-heavy discussions and diagrams of the process and created three interpretations of the external eye and femtosecond laser and one micro view of crosslinks in collagen fibrils - still with me? I used some 3D modelling to create the laser and eye close-ups before bringing the renders into Photoshop to play with colours and texture. You can see them on the site with related work for Nature here.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

3x3 Professional Show Merits

Really chuffed to get two merits in this year's 3x3 Professional Show No.15! First was for animation and was awarded to my Bokhari Records teaser for their sixteenth release 'Southside Engineering' by Stephen Lopkin. The second was in the editorial category for my illustration for Mercedes-Benz/Daimler Next 'The Future Is Electric'.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Secret 7" 2018

I was really pleased to have one of my submissions chosen again for this year's Secret 7" exhibition and auction in aid of Mind charity. All the artists involved remain anonymous until sale day and I can now reveal I created this illustration for Jeff Buckley's 'Lover, You Should've Come Over' based on some of the song's lyrics 'She is the tear that hangs inside my soul forever'. The show was held at The Jetty in North Greenwich and the sale has now moved online here where mine is still available to buy until Sunday 8th July. I also submitted the illustration above for Jimi Hendrix's 'Castles Made Of Sand' that didn't make it into the show but could do with a little blog love. You can see this and related work on the site here.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Wormholes A Go Go

All new work for BBC Focus' current 'Through The Wormhole' themed issue. The commission included a cover, double-page spread and iPad edition animated illustrations. Had lots of fun envisaging and animating these, yet to be discovered, tunnels between galaxies. You can also see them on the site with further Focus work here.

Monday, 4 June 2018

V&A Highlight

I visited the V&A on Saturday and checked out the 2018 Illustration Awards, as well as the excellent Ocean Liner exhibition that's currently on. I was very pleasantly surprised to see one of my editorial entries pop up on the gallery telly as one of the show's selected highlights, I had no idea! The illustration in question, Life After Man, was for a BBC Focus cover last year. Kudos to the winner's this year, some great work on display and well worth a visit.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Figures And Football

Here's a bit of a catch-up on a couple of sporty commissions for Qatar Airways Oryx magazine I've worked on in the past year. The most recent 'Perfect Figures' looks at the trend of collecting health data through smartphones and wearables and the second 'Countdown To Kick-Off' is a look a the stadium and infrastructure construction underway in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.  You can see them on the site with related work here.

Rough Diamonds

Here's a recent double page illustration for MS Amlin Chart Magazine on the most audacious and ingenious airport-based diamond heists in history. You can see see this and other related bling on the site here.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Genes And Planets

Work continues on the BBC Focus Magazine Collection cover illustrations and here are the most recent volumes, a Guide To Your Genes and How Science Can Fix The Planet. These were both created with 3d software then composited and tweaked in Photoshop. I'm getting a kick out of playing with the 3d camera and finding unusual angles to work with. The spiral 'gene-tunnel' effect was achieved by looking down though the length of the double helix model. I've included some of the colourful initial work-in-progress visuals for these two covers also. See this and further work for Focus Collection on the site here.

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.