Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Infinity Plus One






I recently took on a fun commission to create the artwork for American family hip hop artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo's new album, Infinity Plus One. Working with the artist Cactus Skidoo the brief was to create illustrations that reflected the 'intergalactic space funk' of the music and a child-like wonder for the cosmos. The artwork is primarily for the packaging with the CD design itself based on the Voyager Golden Record launched into space on the classic '77 mission. The packaging also features glow-in-the-dark elements on the front and back. You can see the artwork on the main site here.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Showreel 2016


A new motion reel is up at the site to check out showcasing all the latest animated work from the last year or so. Thanks to Bokhari Records for the great tune, R-Type (my fave arcade game!) by Mark E.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Spaceman and the Nanobots




Here are two new BBC Focus covers and iPad edition animations to cast the eyeballs over. Most recently is a lone lunar astronaut illustration for a Q+A Space Special issue and before that a cover on Nano Medics beavering away inside the human body. You can see more cover work for BBC Focus on the site here.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Good Problem


Here's a new illustration and design for the latest single 'Good Problem' from  the band First Congress. It's a song about a relationship that survives against the odds so I crafted this piece by splicing a reluctantly enamoured cat and dog with an interesting still I chanced across from thirties movie Now And Forever. You can listen to the song on their site here and see further artwork and animation for First Congress on my site here.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Up At The O2




Earlier in the year I worked with Feed Films on a briefing video for London's Up At The O2 attraction, a walking trek up and over the former Millennium Dome in North Greenwich. I designed and animated the intro and outro in After Effects with some quality 3d work from Radio Design. We also created and animated infographics sequences that were tracked into video segments to enhance the overall message, some of which are shown in the edit here. You can also see this and other video work on the main site here.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

3 x 3 Professional Show 2016

Pleased to pick up a Merit and an Honourable Mention in this year's 3 x 3 Professional Show for two of my illustrations for BBC Focus magazine. My Einstein cover for the Relativity On Trial issue scored a Merit in the Editorial category and my futuristic vision of a Termite City for the Into The Future column earned the Honourable Mention in the sci-fi category.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Pluripotency


I love it when Nature calls(!) as it usually ends in a rewarding commission and this time was no different. I tackled this week's cover and feature illustration on ten years of iPS (Induced Pluripotent Stem) cell research. Most of the cell imagery itself was fascinating and colourful so I created an eye design out of iPS cells for the cover to suggest observation under a microscope. The feature required a portrait of Nobel Prize winning stem cell researcher Shinya Yamanaka in the same style. You can also see the work on the site here along with further Nature commissions here.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Platinum List




American Airlines' Celebrated Living magazine got in touch again recently to commission some illustrations for a feature called 'Platinum List' covering at all the latest luxury products and experiences on offer. The first illustration looks at the latest in hotel AI technology and robot service and the second focuses on some of the obscene luxuries available to the super-rich on cruises. I also provided a couple of spot illustrations, one about the Red Rooster restaurants dual homes in Harlem and Shoreditch. You can also see them and other work for Celebrated Living on the site here.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Secret 7"





It was a pleasure and privilege to be part of the Secret 7" exhibition this year at Sonos Studios, London in aid of Amnesty International UK. My 7" record sleeve design was on show throughout April alongside some fantastic entries and was sold in a buying frenzy for charity yesterday. So, now that the secret's out here's my Superman flavoured illustration for Tame Impala's The Less I Know The Better. I've also posted here  my other two submissions that didn't make the show for Max Richter's Dream 3 and John Lennon's Imagine. See the work on the site here.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

ABRSM Strings

Time to catch up with some ongoing cover illustration work for UK music examining body ABRSM. Here are exam book covers for the Violin, Viola and Double Bass with further work in the series to view on the site here. Art direction and cover design by Kate Benjamin.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Unpublished Aliens


Sometimes it doesn't work out and your efforts go unpublished for whatever reason. These two ideas didn't make the cut unfortunately but I do quite like them so here they are. The brief was to create illustrations based on our species' first contact with aliens. The first is a play on the classic E.T. poster and the Creation Of Adam and the second alludes to fifties sci-fi featuring vaguely threatening bulbous headed entities.

Coastering


My rep Anna Goodson Illustration Agency is celebrating 20 years in the business this year. An anniversary themed coaster campaign featuring all of the agency's illustrators was recently created to mark the occasion. Here's mine, featuring an art traffic control tower and a sky-load of illustrators, if you will. Now, time to place a cuppa on it.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Nimbus In The Mix

Ok where was I? Ah, yes new illustrations to post. Here's one to promote a remix competition at Vancouver's Nimbus School of Recording & Media. Seem to be doing a lot of music related work recently, always enjoyable. See this and more on the site here.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Refocused

Here's a recent cover illustration for a BBC Focus issue on the science breakthroughs of 2015. Also posted here is the last illustration for the Into The Future column which has come to an end with a magazine redesign or 2016. It's for a piece on elegance in space travel design. It was a really enjoyable regular commission to have and the full set can be seen on the site here.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Splab

Thought it was time to whip out the trusty old brush pen and delve back into the sketchbook for the first time in a while. It was fun. This was yesterday's mindset.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Adventures In A Land Of Ever-Changing Wax Grooves

Here's a new flyer/poster design for a couple of friend's dj slot, Second Hand Sundays, at the wonderful co-operatively run pub, The Ivy House, in Nunhead, south-east London. The image sprouted out of the suggested idea of the groove in a record being a beautiful valley and I worked in the two intrepid dj/ramblers charting a musical course through it. The night starts this Sunday and details can be found at London Blues Night.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Bristol Plays Music


Here's a new illustration and animation for Bristol's music education hub Bristol Plays Music. The brief was to create an energetic image for web and print that represented Bristol's youth culture and the hub as an exciting platform for musical expression. The animation brings on all the figures and elements to resolve the finished illustration on their website, lovingly designed by my old buddy Graeme Swinton. You can also see the work on the site here.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

The First


Over the last few months I've been working closely with a new band called First Congress, led by Tom Van Can, creating their visual look and feel, including artworks, a logo and animation. Their debut single 'The First', a love song about a relationship between two women, has made it to the Radio 2 playlist and gets officially released in a couple of weeks so it's great to put some of that work out there. Here's the watery cover illustration for The First, featuring the logo design, and a lyric video for the new release. You can see the artwork on my site here and on the official site here. More First Congress artwork coming soon.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Alien Trees, Termite Cities and Portable X-Rays

Cripes, it's 2016! Seems like we're already in the future so to start the year here's the latest batch of monthly sci-fi illustrations for BBC Focus' appropriately titled column 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.