Thursday, 27 April 2017
American Illustration 36 this year with my Pluripotency cover illustration for Nature Journal and will appear in the annual award book. After many years of entering the competition it's the first time I've made it in to the book, getting as far as the online Archive collection a few times, so proper chuffed. You can see the work on the site here.
Tuesday, 25 April 2017
BBC Focus. The brief seemed a little daunting at first but having the ol' trusty blackhole as a central feature helped me to work up some timely ideas around it. You can see the four rough initial cover proposals above, including a couple of landscape based ideas featuring mountains and sand (as if inside a huge hourglass). Ultimately, the blackhole sundial illustration was the image everyone gravitated to for the cover with the hourglass being chosen for the inside spread. You can see further BBC Focus work on the site here.
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
Friday, 24 March 2017
artwork comes the accompanying all singing, ice dancing promo. The video features a romantic ice dance routine with Team GB Olympic ice dancers Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland and I was tasked with creating an environment for the impressive real-life couple to strut their skates in. The band's Tom Van Can and Team GB's Robin Cousins MBE shot, edited and choreographed the dance routine at Slough Ice Arena against a white fabric backdrop then the footage was handed over to me. Using a combination of Adobe After Effects processes I managed to key out the dancers from the white-ish background, see before/after comparisons above, and apply the new visuals. TomVan Can filmed sodium materials exploding in water at high speed for inserts and I took some of that footage to create stylised animated backdrops and floors that were composited into scenes using 3D tracking where necessary. Colour grading and light leak effects were applied liberally to establish the monotone environments when they dance apart and the increasingly colourful world whenever they are together. All in all it was a rewarding and challenging creative visual effects job to get my teeth into and I'm pleased with the outcome. You can see previous First Congress videos for Found Wanting here and The First here.
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
First Congress artwork series so far. You can see more of this work on the site here.
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
The latest illustration commission for Mercedes-Benz Next magazine required a touch of animation to bring to life an article on E-mobility and vehicle architecture. After getting the illustration signed-off I created a short After Effects movie loop then reduced it further to a small gif to sit on comfortably on a website. You can see both the basic gif and the more developed vimeo clip animation above.
here with previous and related work for IB Mag.
Wednesday, 8 February 2017
BBC Focus for the cover and a spread on the theme of Life After Man. The brief was to depict scenes of London reclaimed by nature after some unspecified extinction event befalls humanity. Good news for deers at least. This issue came with two different cover designs to see if the readership fancied a design overhaul, I personally prefer the cleaner existing Focus layout but then I would as it shows off the illustration more. You can see all my work for BBC Focus on the site here.
Monday, 23 January 2017
here with related works.
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Monday, 16 January 2017
Phew, 2017 at last! First post out of the gates is for a new animated video for the band First Congress' latest single Found Wanting. The style runs with the Egyptian themed single artwork and mashes it up with petrolhead biker imagery all in support of a sassy performance by UK dancer Yasmin Ogbu. The video was great fun to make in a short amount of time. Once the style and treatment had been decided, with the band's driving force Tom Van Can, and Yasmin's green screen performance footage was edited I'd create scenes in After Effects on the fly adding a real sense of spontaneity that was refreshing. You can see the video here or on youtube and follow the band through the First Congress website. See all the artwork created for First Congress here.