Thursday, 17 September 2020

Mill Town

Here's a recent commission for the Boston Globe's Books section reviewing Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains by Kerri Arsenault. The book looks at the rural working class town of Mexico, Maine, where the author and generations of her family grew up. It charts the social, economic and environmental impact of the declining paper mill at the heart of the area for over a hundred years. Really enjoy working on illustrations based on literary sources with a sense of place and atmosphere. You can see it on the site here with related work.

Monday, 7 September 2020

Barron's Covid Report


Here are a couple of recent Covid-themed finance and investment illustrations for Barron's. A cover for a 'Coping with Covid' report and an editorial on the 'Race to a Vaccine'. Enjoyed experimenting with colours and collage on these in relatively short turnaround times. You can see them on the site with related work here.

Thursday, 27 August 2020

Mapping the Tree of Life

Here's a recent cover illustration for the Natural History Museum's magazine Evolve for a feature on sequencing the DNA of every British species. The brief was to create a collection of various creatures within a tree design that referenced the DNA helix shape. The digital illustration was a collage of 3d designed helix tree trunk, animal photography and various sky/tree imagery layered and treated in Photoshop with a magic hour palette. Now, how to get them down from there? You can see this on the site here with related work.

Friday, 21 August 2020

Down For Whatever





Despite the lack of posts recently I'm glad to report it's been pretty busy for me during lockdown and whatever period of the pandemic we are currently in. A few illustrations and some chunky animation projects have kept me beavering away in my scrappy makeshift home office (aka the living room) such as this third video for Dutch producer Kilder's latest single Down For Whatever (featuring Friday Night Plans). After the first two mouth-centric videos we upped the ante and I had half of a face to work with. The singer, Friday Night Plans, supplied smartphone performance footage wearing a hat that obscured her eyes and created a striking look when treated for the video. The footage went into Cinema 4D and a 3d displacement map of the face was created that I could shade with light and texture and get the camera in close to capture interesting visual details. The performance was edited into an abstract sci-fi tinged environment with psychedelic 3d mountains and objects reacting to the music. All in all it was a blast to work on. You can see this and other Kilder videos on the site here.

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Hiii and 3x3 Awards

Pleased to get some recognition at the Hiii International Illustration Awards 2019 with the winners and finalists being announced recently. I received a Merit Award in the non-commercial category for my animation and illustration project Fragmentation for the male mental health site Man-Age. Also picked up a 3x3 Professional Show 17 Honourable Mention in the Sci-Fi category for my BBC Science Focus cover on the theme Space 2069.

Friday, 17 July 2020

Kilder Double Hitter


One of the more fun and creative projects I've worked on during lockdown was animating music videos for upcoming Dutch producer Kilder for Native Management. The brief for both singles, Backwards feat. LYZZA and Don't Hide, was to create a video using only the mouth of a smartphone shot performance from the singer and the photographic artwork for the single. It was an interesting challenge working within those parameters and I went to After Effects town layering up the kaleidoscopic 3d effects to enhance the mouthy performance footage.

Friday, 26 June 2020

The One

Here's another fun commission for Car And Driver magazine on the subject of the greatest cars of all time, no less, and how to pick 'The One'. The brief for this was to create a collage of lots (and lots) of cars in the pop mode of Peter Blake/Sgt. Peppers et al. We were thinking of including other cultural icons but there were just too many lovely vehicles to use in the collage, which was very enjoyable to put together. You can see this and other Car And Driver commissions on the site here.

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Extreme Science



Here's a recent cover illustration for a BBC Science Focus Collection of Extreme Science articles. For this one I was supplied some standard stock of a rubber-gloved, presumably mad, scientist holding an empty vessel and had to fill it with a colourful illustrated collage befitting the range of ideas covered in the issue. For the back cover I provided an alternate orange colour way. You can see these and other work for Science Focus on the site here.

Friday, 22 May 2020

Future London







Here's an enjoyable commission for the Evening Standard's Future London supplement on how we might be travelling around in 2030. Being an adopted Londoner the transport and city centric brief was literally right up my street so I 'went to town' creating five colourful collages for the various layouts. It was great fun to interpret the various vehicles with a slightly futuristic spin and collage some of my favourite local architecture into the mix. You can also see these on the site with related work.

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

WIA2020 And AI39 News


Really pleased to get some of my work recognised this awards season, the good news came as a lovely lockdown pick-me-up. Firstly, my Hadassah magazine cover for the #Metoo and the Jewish World issue was long listed in the World Illustration Awards. Secondly, my Jason advisory group illustration for Science and Space 2069 cover for BBC Science Focus were chosen winners in American Illustration 39 and will appear amongst the online archive.

Friday, 24 April 2020

The Truck That Never Was

New editorial illustration for Car and Driver magazine on the Pontiac G8 sport truck that never quite made it to the US market. The brief was to place the vehicle in an Australian setting, where the truck originated, so I created a dusky Sydney backdrop for it. You can see this on the site here with other work for Car and Driver.

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Brain Explainer

A post from deep WFH territory featuring a new cover illustration for BBC Science Focus Collection magazine for an issue that seeks to explain the brain. The brief was to create a luminous image of our grey matter housed in a human silhouette with a palette to pop the eye from a magazine rack. The back cover illustration featured the standalone brain image. You can see these on the site with previous work for Focus here.

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.