Monday, 30 March 2020

Stop the Bleeding

First post from the lockdown bunker happens to be a fairly recent health illustration (not Covid 19 related!) for NC State Alumni magazine on new methods being developed to help wounds heal after traumatic injuries. I created some blood cells in 3d for this one to collage in with the other 2d illustration elements. You can see this on the site with other health related illustrations here.

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Raw Power Festival 2020

It's fast approaching music festival season and I'm happy to report I was asked again to create all the promotional materials for the upcoming Raw Power 2020 by organiser Baba Yaga's Hut.

Building on last year's sci-fi/psych designs I further developed the logo with textures reminiscent of amp speakers and created ominous rocket structures fashioned from jack plugs. Over a period of around 6 months the festival line up came together requiring early bird, first and final announcement poster designs while I tinkered away on an animated promo in the background. This focuses on the launch sequence of one of the jack towers as it hurtles towards a sonic-hole (if you like) as the festival line up appears across the action. This was all modelled in 3d and composited in After Effects with the mind-crunching soundtrack provided by headliner Chrome Hoof.

The festival in North London is always a blast and a great place to discover new bands, you can get tickets through their facebook page here. You can also see this and related work on the site here.

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Book Illustration Competition 2020

This year I thought I'd have another crack at the Folio Society/House Of Illustration Book Illustration competition after making it to the final short list with my Sherlock entries a couple of years ago. No room on the long list for me this time unfortunately but I really enjoyed the creative challenge as always. The theme was Love Poems and there were three to illustrate, the details are below. Congratulations to all the long listed illustrators! You can go and vote for your favourite here until 16th March and you can also see these illustrations on my site here with related work.

The first illustration focuses on the following lines from The Good Morrow by John Donne.
'My face in thine eye, thine in mine appears,
And true plain hearts do in the faces rest;
Where can we find two better hemispheres,...'.

Secondly, this extract from Wild Nights! by Emily Dickinson.
'Rowing in Eden -
Ah, the Sea!
Might I but moor - Tonight -
In thee!'

Finally, this passage from The Trick by Imtiz Dharker.
'...till that time comes when you come to the door
of dreams, carrying oranges that cast a glow
up into your face. Greedy for more
than the gift of seeing you, I lean in to taste
the colour, kiss it off your offered mouth.'

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Future Meds

Here's a recent editorial for 5280 Health magazine over in Denver, USA. It's for a look at some potentially game-changing health treatments including insulin pills, Alexa-style health advice and cancer-fighting snake venom. I went with a colourful collage approach using one of my favourite go-to palettes. You can see this on the site with previous and related work here.

Monday, 27 January 2020

Moon Mined

Here's a series of illustrations for a feature in the current issue of BBC Science Focus called 'What If...' looking at what could happen if we started mining the Moon for its resources. I figured the most versatile way to depict a moon base and mining facility would be to try and model them in 3D, giving me the ability to alter the virtual camera angle for different compositions. Once satisfied with the models, shots and lighting, I rendered out the scenes and sprinkled on a little moon-dust in Photoshop. You can see them on the site here with other related work.

Monday, 20 January 2020

Yes! Ticket

Here's some new work commissioned by the excellent Italian visual design studio Bunker for their client Yes! Ticket, a continuation of previous branding illustration work I created for 360 Payment Solutions a few years ago. The Yes! Ticket and Gift illustrations needed to colourfully convey the myriad activities and services you could use the card/vouchers for such as dining out and shopping. The compositions were designed to stand alone or work on different colour backgrounds. You can see these on the site here with related work.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020


Happy New Year to all! Here's a juicy little 3d animation commission to kick off the 2020s. It's a promotional video for startup solar energy company Solivus that gives an overview of the possible applications for their products. Starting with art director Richard Sinclair's initial storyboard I decided that creating an entirely stylised 3d environment would be the most effective way to establish and move through all the scenes that were required. I set out on a steep learning curve figuring out how to build the landscapes and buildings and design the vehicles, cars, trucks and hyper loops, all whilst deciding on a stylistic approach that would work. I initially pushed for a harder graphic monotone style using the main orange brand colour (see the style board above) but it seemed slightly apocalyptic and a little at odds with the clean energy message. After softening the trees and introducing a more positive summery palette the style was approved and I proceeded to map out the long swooping camera moves in 3d and build the environment accordingly. Everything was rendered out to After Effects for final compositing and colour tweaking followed by music and voice-over selection. Overall, it was a really rewarding job and I'm pleased with the results. I look forward to more of this sort of thing! You can see this on the site with further 3d visualisations of Solivus technology here.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Race To Venus

Here's my latest illustrated cover and spread for BBC Science Focus on the race to reach Venus and what we'll discover. A toxic hellhole apparently! Book me up. For this one I created the landing probe in 3d to get a few angles to play with and composited it into the Photoshopped planetary scene. You can see this and previous work for BBC Science Focus on the site here.

Thursday, 28 November 2019

World Wide Wonder

Here's a recent editorial for PM Network magazine on their pick of the wonders that the World Wide Web has brought us so far from 'Gangnam Style' to Crowdfunding with a few cat videos thrown in for good measure. You can see this and related work on the site here.

Monday, 25 November 2019

Beating The ABRSM Drum

I've had a very busy year working with the ABRSM and designer Kate Benjamin on numerous cover illustrations for their prodigious music exam publication output. This is the latest selection of artwork mostly covering Percussion and Strings with a sprinkle of Piano and Specimen Aural Tests. The creative brief opened up for the Percussion series with a bolder graphic approach being adopted while a more 3d abstract scene worked well for the Specimen Aural Tests illustration. Always enjoyable commissions and more to come in 2020! You can see all the previous work for ABRSM on my site here.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019


Time to go 'Shreddin' The Gnar'* with this film poster design for long-standing US Winter sports filmmakers Warren Miller Entertainment's 70th anniversary release Timeless. This was an exciting commission to work on being a bit of an over-the-hill, make that fall-down-the-hill, snowboarder myself. The collage illustration came together over a few rounds of the usual frenzied Photoshop mix of painted textures and photography, a great selection of which was supplied featuring the stunning locations and incredible athletes. Along with the overall typographic design I also created the main title logo in 3d and animated it for the film's breathtaking Mont Blanc intro shot. Hopefully I pulled the job of with the requisite amount of 'Steez'*. You can also see this on the main site with related work here.

actual snowboarding parlance spoken by people.

Monday, 4 November 2019

All Systems Go!

Here's a recent techie cover illustration for IBM Power Systems magazine showcasing their new virtual servers on IBM Cloud. This is a good ol' Photoshop mix of 3d, photography and layered texture mayhem. You can see this and previous work for IBM on the site here.

Friday, 1 November 2019

Instant Inspiration

October has managed to fly by without a single blogpost so I'll try and make up for it before 2019 is finito. First up is a little bit of press promo. Was great to get invited to feature my work, along with a mini-interview, in the latest Computer Arts issue for the Instant Inspiration page. It's an Instagram thing! You can check mine out here.

Monday, 30 September 2019

Of Bodies & Brains

Time for an overdue post on some recent illustrations for BBC Science Focus mag. Here's a cover for the spin-off Collection Volume 17: A Scientific Guide to the Human Body and a feature illustration in the main mag posing the question Should You Upgrade Your Brain? Think I might need to. You can see these and other Science Focus work on the main site here.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Chrome Blab: Danger of Death

Here's a short bit of experimental daftness featuring a dollop of 3d twisting gloop and oddball found signage from the coast. Creepy fun? Surewhynot.

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Witch Doctoring

Here are a couple of concept illustrations I recently unearthed from the digital archive. They were early test visuals for a witch doctor character that would feature in a Childish Gambino VR concert experience called 'Pharos' that was performed in California's Joshua Tree National Park in 2017. I was commissioned by Radio Design and you can read about the making of the incredible concert over on their website here. The overall production design went in another direction but it was hella fun to work on briefly.

Monday, 5 August 2019

#Metoo and the Jewish World

Here's a new commission for Hadassah Magazine in New York illustrating the cover and a few feature articles for their '#Metoo and the Jewish World' issue. It was a slightly intimidating brief to tackle as a non-Jewish middle aged bloke but I approached the sensitively written and enlightening articles as I would any project and settled on a visual language I was happy with to interpret the themes. The illustrations cover a wide spectrum of #Metoo issues from the experiences of female rabbi's to an update on the movement in Israel. You can see the work on the site and previous work for Hadasshah here.