Tuesday, 11 April 2017
Friday, 24 March 2017
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
First Congress artwork series so far. You can see more of this work on the site here.
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
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 with previous and related work for IB Mag.
Wednesday, 8 February 2017
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 with related works.
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Monday, 16 January 2017
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
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.
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
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.
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
Focus work on the site here.
Friday, 30 September 2016
First Congress' other singles Good Problem and The First.
Wednesday, 14 September 2016