Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Big Ideas And Mass Extinction

It's BBC Focus covers update time again. Here are two recent illustrations and iPad animations for covers based on tackling mass extinction and 39 ideas that are about to change our world. You can see more Focus work on the site here.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Double Duty

Here's a recent cover illustration for CIO Magazine looking at doing double duty on those IT and business skills. You can see previous CIO cover work on the site here.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Tomorrow's People

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

Space Grub, Mammoths And Robo-Docs

It's time to catch up on the future again with a round-up of recent illustrations for Stephen Baxter's 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


Here's a recent cover illustration for the Rocky Mountain Institute's magazine Solutions Journal. It's for a feature on the the merging of Amory Lovins' RMI and Richard Branson's Carbon War Room to create an environmental powerhouse tackling the energy revolution and low-carbon futures. Can't argue with that. See more work for Solutions on the site here.

Monday, 3 August 2015


Here's the latest cover illustration for the current issue of BBC Focus looking at Hiroshima 70 years on. The cover depicts the Canna flower growing from the devastation just 10 days after the bomb, defying scientist's predictions of lifelessness in the area for decades. I also created a short animation for the iPad edition. See more work for BBC Focus here.

Scandinavian Trip - Norway Or The Highway

Last October my wife and I went on a two week Scandinavian road trip taking in Norway, Sweden and Denmark with a final stop in Berlin. I've finally gotten round to sifting through the digital mounds of photos from the journey and will be posting in bite-sized chunks.
  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.
On the second day we hit the road and our route took us through the stunning Hardangerfjord area onto the vast glacier of Hardangervidda (Livin' le Hardangervidda!) via the Vørringfossen waterfall. After a full day behind the wheel we parked up in pretty Rjuken.
For our anniversary we continued south through some amazing autumnal landscapes to the coastal Strand Hotell in Fevik, a favourite retreat of Roald Dahl's apparently.
After a drive up the coast we spent a couple of days in lovely Oslo soaking up the sights. Highlights included a walk on the Opera House roof and a tour of the seriously impressive, and slightly warped, Vigeland sculpture park. Evenings were spent playing old school arcade games at Tilt, eating American style at the Nighthawk Diner and drinking in Japanese Bar Isayaka and cool boozer Revolver.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

A To Z Of World Music

You wait forever for a music related cover illustration designed around a front mounted CD then two come along at once. After the recent 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

Double Ali

Here's a double dose of the great Muhammad Ali in illustrated form. These two were drawn with the brush pen and coloured with Photoshop for a birthday commission for a friend. They're also up on the site in a little more detail here.

Natural Editorials

Bit of a blog catch-up day today. Firstly, here are a couple of recent editorials for Nature Journal on the truth about how we process pain and the fight for equality in African scientific research. You can see more work for Nature on the site here.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Proms Reprise

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

Space Hostages

Hot on the heels of Sophia Mcdougall's 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

Illustration Show Hitters

Very pleased to discover a couple of my entries in this year's 3 x 3 Professional Show were successful. My 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


Here's another chunky commission for a 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

Slippery Sledgehammer

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

Of Free Will And Volcanoes

Alongside the regular 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.