Tuesday, 29 July 2014

QEOP Summer



Hot on the heels of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park launch artwork comes the Summer campaign. Working with Premm Design again we developed the original style and composition further and introduced a warmer yellow/orange to the brand palette. The brief was to emphasise the family fun appeal and to entice the general public to visit the great new space that it has become. Once again the illustration had to work across multiple print formats and moving billboards, for which I also created the animation, and will be popping up all over London town anytime now. You can see all the QEOP work so far on the site here.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

ABRSM Medley





Here's a little catch-up on recent illustrations for the ABSRM music exam book cover series. A new Piano Exam Pieces illustration was commissioned for the 2015 & 2016 Syllabus along with a single cover for the Guitar, Harp, Harpsichord, Organ & Percussion. The Clarinet gets two covers for Sight Reading and Scales & Arpeggios. Great art direction as usual by Kate Benjamin. See further work for ABRSM on the site here.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Tyranny On Mars

It's time for the latest shot of sci-fi speculation for BBC Focus' Into The Future column. This month's article looked at the idea of extraterrestrial liberty and freedom beyond the Earth. Explored scenarios included human rights issues on Martian colonies and the possibility of Total Recall-esque tyrannical uprisings.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

3 x 3 Show Success

Very pleased to see that a couple of my entries in this year's 3 x 3 illustration shows were successful. Claude Debussy's Life In Miniature animation picked up a Merit in the Professional Show and my cover illustration for Sophia Mcdougall's Mars Evacuees received an Honorable Mention in the Picture Book Show.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

School Of Giving

I'm back at the blogface after a bit of a busy period with a recent editorial illo for Cincinnati Magazine. It's for an article called School Of Giving about charitable deeds and schemes set up by various schools across the state. I enjoyed using a simpler style with a limited palette for this one. You can see it with similar work on the site here.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Robot Rights

This month's illustration for BBC Focus Magazine's Into The Future column looks at the possibility of a world where servile robots are self-aware enough to stand up for their own rights. As the writer Stephen Baxter suggests 'if you're smart enough to ask for freedom, you're smart enough to deserve it.' Asimov-tastic! See further Into The Future sci-fi illustrations on the site here.

Primavera Sound

At the end of May we took a fourth annual trip running to Barcelona for the Primavera Sound festival held at the large Parc Del Forum along the coast. It was a biggie this year with highlights including QOTSA, NIN, Pixies, Arcade Fire, Factory Floor, Andy Stott and Kronos Quartet. Great fun was had at the festy as always with an extra day of recovery in the beautiful city consuming plates of padron peppers.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Tears In Rain

Here's a little personal piece to wrap up the week. It's a simple, stylised take on Rutger Hauer's final scene as the dying replicant Roy Batty in Blade Runner, one of my all time faves. See some more Film Heads on my site here.

Friday, 6 June 2014

London's Greatest Buildings


I was recently asked by RIBA to adapt my London skyline illustration to promote an upcoming event called London's Greatest Buildings on 24th June, part of the London Architecture Festival. I was very happy to do so, always a pleasure working on architectural imagery.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

AOI Awards Shortlist 2014

Very pleased to say that my animation Claude Debussy's Life In Miniature has been shortlisted for this year's AOI Illustration Awards in the Design category. The Awards show will be held at Somerset House, London later in the year.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Transatlantic Train

Here's my latest illustration for Focus Magazine's Into The Future column. This month Stephen Baxter looks at the prospect of future trains travelling across the Atlantic in a super-speed magnetic vacuum tube. Presumably leaf-free to avoid delays. See more sci-fi work for Focus here.

Monday, 19 May 2014

This Time It's Personal (Computer)


Here's a new illustration for Nominet Trust's latest provocation paper The Personal (Computer) Is Political. It looks at the importance of understanding how digital/social media technologies are put together and the driving forces behind them. You can see previous illustrations for Nominet Trust on the site here.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Banyoles Behemoth

Here's the final Post-Invasion Card of the series depicting a serene and watery demise for this space junker in the Lake of Banyoles. You can see the full set on my site here. It's been a blast!

Stiff Competition

Here's an editorial piece for AOPA's Flight Training Magazine looking at how the emerging growth of Middle Eastern airlines is putting US carriers in the shade. See previous work for AOPA here.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Applied Arts Awards And Interview


I'm triple happy to be able to say three of my entries were chosen this year for the Applied Arts Illustration Awards. My Claude Debussy: A Life In Miniature animation was a winner in the Motion category, The Skull in the Poster category and Next Steps In The Final Frontier in Editorial. Quadruple chuffed to also have an extensive interview, entitled Colour Ways for the Split Run section, in the current Awards Issue that can also be read online here.

Friday, 2 May 2014

Cornish Pip

My wife and I spent the Easter weekend down in Cornwall again, this time staying in Pip the Shepherd's Hut and Pip's Cabin on a lovely farm in Rezare near Launceston. We strolled around the local woodlands before hitting the seaside towns of Polperro and Looe in the blazing sunshine before the drizzle arrived on the last day for visits to Tintagel and Port Isaac. Evenings were mostly spent drinking bourbon and eating red meat around the open fire. Cracking.

The Dead Woman's Ruin

Here's the third in the Post-Invasion Cards set featuring a colossal wreck splayed across the mysteriously titled mountain range of La Mujer Muerta (The Dead Woman). Nice view from the balcony. See the set in more detail on my site here.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

ABRSM Reprise






I've been continuing my work with the ABRSM this year rebranding all their music exam covers with designer Kate Benjamin. Here are a few recent illustrations for various Flute, Oboe and Bassoon covers to get your eyes (ears) 'round. You can see the 2014 cover designs so far on the site here.

Monday, 28 April 2014

QEOP Spotting


The advertising for the opening of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has been all over London town this month which has been a treat to see. Here are a couple of bus and tube examples. Thanks to Annie for the tube snap.

Friday, 25 April 2014

The Wreck Of Puigcerda

It's Post-Invasion Card time so here's the second in a series of four vintage Spanish postcard vistas re-imagined as the final resting places of peculiar vessels. See the set so far on the site here.