Thursday, 28 January 2016
Friday, 15 January 2016
Into The Future by Stephen Baxter. First up is a look at how trees might grow extremely tall on alien worlds should there be weaker gravity. The future of cities was also contemplated with this imagining of a metropolis based on termite mounds with their natural ventilation. Finally, a look at how astronauts might be able to effectively treat themselves medically on long distance journeys with portable x-ray devices. You can see all the work for the column on the site here.
Monday, 21 December 2015
here with related work.
Thursday, 3 December 2015
here, with more of an outer space feel so I whisked up some good ol' nebulae-face. I also animated it for the iPad edition which was great fun. You can see it and previous BBC Focus work on the site here.
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Here's a cover illustration for a Nature publication on the tricky subject of Diagnostics Modelling, as the header suggests modelling the impact of improved diagnostics on infectious diseases. I had to try and craft a coherent visual combining modelling data, global health elements and people that might benefit from the research. You can also see it on the main site here along with other work for Nature.
Friday, 20 November 2015
Wednesday, 7 October 2015
Monday, 21 September 2015
Tuesday, 25 August 2015
Here's a selection of work from a really rewarding book project for UKTV. I was commissioned to illustrate the cover and 8 essays for the publication, called Tomorrow's People: Making Cultures For Creativity, promoting British creativity and launching at the 40th Edinburgh International Television Festival. It's edited by Zoe Clapp and some of the contributors featured here include Piv Bernth (DR's Head Of Drama - The Killing/The Bridge), John Kampfner (Director of CIF), Chris Chibnall (writer of Broadchurch), Dougal Wilson (music video director) and Sharon Horgan (writer of Catastrophe). All of the anecdotal essays offered plenty of inspiring and funny morsels to illustrate and once I'd settled on a style and palette the job was a joy to create in a relatively short turnaround time. You can see all the illustrations on the site here and even download a copy from UKTV here if you're in the mood for a read.
Thursday, 20 August 2015
Into the Future column for BBC Focus magazine. Firstly, a look at the future of food production and how Martian colonists might grow and consume their own Spirulina. The second illustration is about how we might preserve animals on the verge of extinction and even bring some extinct creatures back, step forward the Woolly Mammoth. Lastly the future of medical technology is considered along with the prospect of entirely robotic, and empathic, surgeons. You can see the full library of Into the Future illustrations on the site here.
Tuesday, 18 August 2015
Monday, 3 August 2015
The first stop was a rainy but beautiful Bergen. We wondered the city and labyrinthine wood-panelled Bryggen area then caught a funicular for the breathtaking view from Fløyen. In the evening we had some heart-warming grub at Pingvinen then imbibed the local Nøgne Ø beer at the cosy Henrik øl og Vinstove pub.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
BBC Music cover illustration I was also very happy to jump on board this commission for the current issue of Songlines magazine for a feature on the A to Z of World Music. You can see more work for Songlines on the site here.
Friday, 24 July 2015
Friday, 26 June 2015
It's Proms season again and I was recently commissioned to create the cover for the current issue of BBC Music to celebrate it. The design had to feature the Royal Albert Hall, of course, with this year's stars and highlights composed around a tricky CD fronted cover layout. It was great to have another crack at a Proms themed illustration after working on the main event branding imagery three years in a row from 2008-10. You can see that previous Proms work here.
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Mars Evacuees last year comes the follow-up book Space Hostages with a new illustration from yours truly gracing the cover. The brief for this one required a little more dynamic flying action, in place of the cucumber-cool stances of the original, and the Martian red has become a more earthy, yet alien, green. Hugely enjoyable to work on again. You can read some book extracts on Sophia's interesting blog here and see more of the work on my site here.
Wednesday, 17 June 2015
Post-Invasion Cards series received a Merit in the Sci-Fi category and The Life Of Maria Callas gained an Honourable Mention in the Animation category. The second Post-Invasion card, The Wreck Of Puigcerda, was also a chosen winner in American Illustration 34 this year and will appear in the online archive.
Thursday, 11 June 2015
BBC Focus cover and feature on how we could build a Jurassic World to tie-in with the impending release of the latest dino movie. I had to create a number of realistic looking environments and scenes using some very useful 3d dinosaur and people stock imagery. The cover features a baby Rex illustration based on a supplied clay model photo that I spruced up with some reptile skin, egg shells and lashings of gloop. For the iPad edition I animated some life into the freshly born critter. The whole project was great fun to work on. You can also see the work on my site here.