Friday, 7 June 2019

Archival Congress



While trawling the archives recently I came across some illustrations for a music project from a couple of years ago that I hadn't shared yet. These are a selection of unreleased album/single covers and concepts for the band First Congress who I collaborated with for a while on a number of illustrations and animated videos, the already released of which you can see here. These were the first visuals I worked on for the band while I developed the stylised graphic approach that would set the template for the later single covers. You can also see these on the site with related work here.

Monday, 20 May 2019

Play With Fire

Here's a cover jacket illustration for a new book by Nick Francis of Casual Films called 'The New Fire'. It's a guide to successfully using video to promote businesses so a blazing play icon seemed an appropriate way to visualise the theme. You can see this and related work on the site here.

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Black Holes and Ancient Life


Some new cover illustrations for the rebranded BBC Science Focus Magazine and Collection Vol. 13. The Supermassive Black Hole illustration was a quick turnaround commission to coincide with the recent first ever image of the cosmic phenomenon from the Event Horizon telescope. That image was understandably a touch blurry so I took visual guidance from the Event Horizon simulations gallery. I also created an animation in After Effects for the iPad cover edition using the 3d model I'd created for the illustration. The second illustration shows a cross-section of the development of Ancient Life on Earth up to early man traipsing up a 3d spiral. See further BBC Focus work here.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

American Illustration 38 Winner

Very happy to have been selected this year as an American Illustration 38 Chosen Online Winner with this illustration for Hadassah Magazine based on an extract from the book 'Barren Island' by Carol Zoref.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Commence Au Festival!




I recently illustrated the classical music Festival Guide 2019 for BBC Music magazine. The guide covers a number of UK and international festivals across the globe so a colourful burst of a collage was required to give a flavour of all that was on offer. Bit of a throwback to my Promming days! You can see this and related work on the site here.

Friday, 12 April 2019

MAN-AGE


Here's some personal work for a great online project called MAN-AGE that aims to publish creative stories and artwork that deal with male mental health struggles in an attempt to 'challenge unnecessary societal pressures, create a community of voices and combat isolation'. I found this a challenge at the outset as I’m quite a private person so decided to tackle the general themes of masculinity and mental health head on rather than get overly personal. Once I took that approach I couldn't be stopped and ended up creating four illustrations and a couple of animations using the man-age colour palette. The first 3D animation and accompanying artwork is called 'Fragmentation' and is an abstract take on a depressive episode. The third and fourth artwork, 'Bust' and 'Mars Attacks' deal with notions of broken masculinity and associated anxieties. The site is full of really interesting writing, photography and illustration and well worth a look at man-age.com. You can also see the work on the site with related work here.

Monday, 11 March 2019

Healthy Systems


Catch up time on the latest cover illustrations for BBC Focus Collection Volumes 11 and 12 with guides to a Healthy Body & Brain and the Solar System, respectively. These were both mostly created with 3d software then finessed with some Photoshoppery. I've included some of the initial cover ideas for both that were almost finished pieces themselves. Lots more illustration and animation work to see for BBC Focus up at the main site here and on this blog of course.

Supercomputing

New technology illustration for IBM Systems Magazine on their latest supercomputers Summit and Sierra. See this and previous illustration work for IBM on the site here.

Friday, 15 February 2019

ABRSM Movement



Time for a hefty catchup on my music exam book cover illustration work with the lovely folk at ABRSM and equally lovely designer Kate Benjamin. Here are two of the more recent designs for Piano and Guitar Exam Pieces 2019/20 that have some new 3d elements woven into the gradually evolving style and texture to keep it fresh. I've also included a whole slew of colourful Woodwind Syllabus covers from the previous year that I've yet to add to the blog. A real pleasure to work on all of these and happy to say there's more to come. You can see all the of the ABRSM work over on the site and here on the blog.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Raw Power Festival 2019


Here's a job I really enjoyed getting my teeth into recently, creating all the promotional material for a North London music event Raw Power Festival 2019. It's a festival I'm a fan and regular attendee of so was excited to tackle the relatively open brief from the promoter Baba Yaga's Hut. I saw it as a welcome opportunity to indulge my creative and musical leanings with the festival being a great showcase for 'the best psych heaviness, space rock, synth crazyness, left field electronica and much more'.

For the logo I looked for chunky typefaces to adapt into suitably psychedelic texture windows. The artwork came about after two flashes of inspiration, one of them retroactively. I modelled the central figure in 3d, initially thinking welding helmets and slinky robots and was reminded afterwards by my wife that it was probably all inspired by Jennifer Beals in Flashdance (1983). Probably. For the landscape I was thinking heavy-duty gig lighting and dry ice fog by way of Flash Gordon (1980) skies and strange floating droids.

Once the look was signed off I designed the posters announcing the partial and full festival line up then went to town animating a promo video in After Effects to the heavy strains of Gnod's Donovan's Daughter. I've included some of the promo stills here and a few of the initial poster designs beneath the finals to show the creative progress. You can also see the work on the site here with related work.


Friday, 25 January 2019

Barren Island



Here's a feature and spot illustration for a Hadassah Magazine extract from the 2018 Ribalow Prize winning novel 'Barren Island' by Carol Zoref. It's about an immigrant Jewish family growing up on Barren Shoal, a factory island in New York's Jamaica Bay, in the earlier half of the 20th century where the primary industry was rendering animal carcasses into glue and fertiliser. It's a very atmospheric read and I really enjoyed trying to capture the essence of it. You can see it on the site with previous work for Hadassah.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Poster Prize For Illustration 2019

Happy New Year to all! Just about kick-started my brain into gear for January so I'll open the 2019 blog chapter with some good news. Very pleased to have been accepted into this year's AOI Poster Prize for Illustration exhibition at the London Transport Museum opening on 8th February. The theme is 'London Stories' and, after racking my brains for an existing narrative to illustrate, I decided to go with one of my own personal experiences. This illustration, entitled 11/10/08, is a celebration of my wedding day on the London Eye to the woman I love in the city I love. Simples. You can see it on the site with previous Prize For Illustration entries here.

Monday, 17 December 2018

Focus Fest


Time for a BBC Focus magazine catch-up before the year is out. Here are the two most recent cover illustrations for BBC Focus Collection, on The Science Of True Crime and Health Breakthroughs, that continue the 3d minimal style I've been developing since the first issue earlier in the year. The third illustration is a cover for the main magazine for the theme 'Inside Mars' and required me to create a colourful new planet environment for the supplied 3d rendering of the Mars InSight lander. See further Focus cover work on my site here.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Anna Goodson Coaster Campaign 2018


Get your mugs at the ready as it's Anna Goodson Christmas coaster campaign time again! This year's theme is all about showing support for the protection of our environment and comes with the hashtag #Illustratorswhocare. I chose to illustrate wind power as a source of green renewable energy and created a stylised scene featuring 3d turbines. Once I'd created the 3d environment and illustration I had some fun bringing it to life for an animated gif and a short teaser animation you can watch above. Anna also asked me to edit a promo for the coaster campaign featuring all of the excellent contributions from the agency's illustrators. You can read the full news post on the campaign here and see the work on the main site, along with previous coasters, here.

Monday, 19 November 2018

In Transit


More transport-themed collage mayhem with this illustration for NYC's Transit Center. It's about how autonomous vehicles are falsely presented as a future solution to urban transportation problems and undermine investment in the struggling transit system. You can also see this on the main site here with related work.