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.
Wednesday, 3 June 2015
Here are a couple of personal pieces I produced for the recent Secret 7" open submission to design 7" vinyl covers for a good cause. Didn't get selected for exhibition unfortunately but enjoyed the sweet heck out of the experiment. Out of the given tracks I chose Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer (top) and Underworld's Born Slippy (bottom). See more personal work on the site here.
Monday, 1 June 2015
Into The Future column illustrations for BBC Focus Magazine I've also been producing cover art and animations for a number of recent issues, having been drafted in to provide a consistent look and feel for the magazine and iPad edition. Here are two cover illustrations and iPad animations, one on the possible illusion of free will and the other on massive volcano mega eruptions, for which I had the aid of a stock image to work some lava drama into. You can see more work for BBC Focus on the site here.
Wednesday, 27 May 2015
Friday, 22 May 2015
I've been doing quite a bit of regular work for BBC Focus magazine recently, amongst other commissions, so here's a bit of a catch up on the Baxter's Into the Future illustrations from the last three months. Firstly, a look at how Jules Verne is inspiring the technology of tomorrow such as an electricity generating Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion plant. Secondly, the future of religion in an increasingly secular world and thirdly a piece on habitable worlds in the universe featuring a quizzical alien being looking to the stars. See all the Into the Future illustrations on the site here.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
Monday, 11 May 2015
Friday, 10 April 2015
illustration up in the Showcase 100 Exhibition at the Framers Gallery in central London. It's a juried exhibition and publication set up by the good folk at Little Chimp Society and Hire An Illustrator. There's some great work in the show so it's well worth a look...if you can get down there by tomorrow when it finishes that is! If not, you can always get the book.
Wednesday, 1 April 2015
British Science Fiction Association Awards for Sophia Mcdougall's Mars Evacuees cover. The awards are held at the Dysprosium Eastercon convention this coming Easter weekend and I'm up against some stiff competition so my fingers will be crossed at all times until then. Looking back at the history of the awards it's a real privilege for me to be nominated amongst some of the hugely influential names on there, Jim Burns in particular, was a big inspiration for me as a sci-fi art obsessed youth.
Thursday, 19 March 2015
Here's a new cover illustration for the latest issue of BBC Focus on the mind-bending concept of a twin universe 'next door' to ours where time runs backwards. The illustration also needed to be animated for the iPad edition of the mag which you can see below. More work for BBC Focus can be found on the site here.
Thursday, 12 March 2015
Here's a recent cover illustration for HR Magazine that required a simpler graphic approach to get across the idea of Human Resources under examination. I've posted the original and a different colour-way for the actual cover. See more work for HR Magazine on the site here.
Friday, 6 March 2015
Friday, 27 February 2015
Here are a couple of recent editorials for my regular slot in BBC Focus' Into The Future column. First up is a depiction of an Ice Age London, not hard to imagine that one, and a Valentine's themed take on technology and relationships. You can see more work from the series on the site here.
Monday, 23 February 2015
ABRSM. Here are illustrations for the Singing Syllabus and Sight-Singing, the Harp and Guitar specimen sight-reading. You can see them on the site here with other work for ABRSM. Thanks to Kate Benjamin as usual for her direction and design.
Thursday, 18 December 2014
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to promote their Winter campaign. Working with Premm Design again we went with a darker background and vibrant colour scheme to emphasise the Christmas element and warmth of the indoor activities. Along with the illustration I also created an animated version for moving billboard ads. You can see all previous work for QEOP on my site here.
That's me done for the year. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you on the other side.
Thursday, 11 December 2014
Catch-up time! Here are a couple of recent illustrations for my regular BBC Focus sci-fi commission for Stephen Baxter's Into The Future column. There's a look at some Einsteinian teleportation theories and a vision of Helium 3 mining in Jupiter's atmosphere. See the collected Into The Future work on the site here.