Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Dark Stars

Here's a new cover illustration for BBC Science Focus on the mysterious possibility of Dark Stars. The theory is that these transparent celestial bodies give off no light and cannot be seen by the human eye. So, for something effectively invisible I decided to make the illustration as bright and in your face as possible! The image plays with the idea of the cosmos and dark matter being warped around the transparent star, and the magazine's title for a fun touch. You can see previous work for Focus on this blog here.

Friday, 22 January 2021

Mountain Slider

Here's a little editorial illustration for a Backpacker Magazine survival story about a mountaineer that slid into a huge bergshrund, or crevasse to you and I, just as he thought he'd completed the trek up a glacier. The stuff of nightmares. You can see more work for Backpacker here.

Thursday, 14 January 2021

The Pandemic Issue

Here's a new cover and feature illustration for Hadassah's latest issue on the Pandemic looking at Jewish women's experiences in particular. I went with the visual theme of women being isolated in their own Covid-shaped cells and personal experiences composed within the silhouetted figures. I chose an eye-catching palette with a slightly alarming red for the cover to bump up the anxiety. You can see more work for Hadassah magazine here.

Monday, 4 January 2021

Ageing Well

Happy New Year to all! It's gotta be better than the last one, surely. To kick off '21 here's a nice commission that I snuck in before Xmas for a Washington Post feature on 'Ageing Well'. The main cover collage plays with autumnal colour silhouettes and references to the ageing themes of the articles with an added textural visual nod to tree rings. I also created two spot illustrations for the inside in the same vein. You can see more lifestyle illustrations here.

Friday, 18 December 2020

The Future Of Work


Here's a recent and weighty commission for Virginia Tech Magazine on the Future Of Work no less. Virginia Tech are at the forefront of technological research and innovation across multiple disciplines so it was a joy for me to interpret the institution's future in my own 'tech-centric' style. The colourful cover and feature illustration collages are a mash-up of students, campus buildings, history, science and tech from disciplines such as medicine, construction and the arts. Overall, a very satisfying commission to work on, right up my strasse as they say. You can check out some of my other technology illustrations on the blog here.

Monday, 14 December 2020

ABRSM Crescendo

It's been a bumper year for ABRSM illustration commissions and here's a mega-post to catch up on all of them. The bulk of the work was rebranding ABRSM's Music Theory series which required a new visual concept that could be used across the 5 grades of Work and Answer books. I presented a few approaches before settling on an organic design that emanated from a large central  grade number featuring 3d notation, textures and patterns. The illustration had to be versatile enough to work with the five colour schemes and for the Answer book I inverted the tones of the numbers and background imagery to differentiate them. Monochrome versions were also provided for the Sample Paper covers. Aside from that I created new covers for Piano Exam Pieces and Scales & Arpeggios with designer Kate Benjamin. Great jobs to work on as always. You can see all the previous work for ABRSM here.

Monday, 7 December 2020

Bowery Bronze

Very pleased to discover last week that my recent 3d animated music video, Kilder's 'Down For Whatever Feat. Friday Night Plans' picked up a Bronze award at New York's Bowery Awards in the animation category for Film Craft / Motion Video. Really pushed my puny 3d skills on that one so I'm chuffed with the acknowledgement.

Thursday, 19 November 2020

The Case of the Sherlock Stamp Proposal

Here's some Sherlock Holmes related unpublished work from last year that I produced as unadopted stamp proposals for the Royal Mail. The brief was to create scenes from famous Sherlock stories for a commemorative stamp collection, these two are from The Adventure of the Speckled Band and The Red-Headed League. They were a natural stylistic progression from my illustrated Sherlock submission for the Folio Society in 2018 which you can see here. The chosen illustrator, Karolis Strautniekas did a cracking job on the final set of stamps that were released in August, online here

Unadopted stamp proposals © Royal Mail Ltd.

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Red, White and Boom

Here's a recent-ish illustration for Car And Driver with an appropriately US flavoured celebratory theme befitting the current geo-political mood. This is actually about a guy saving cancelled public Fourth of July celebrations in his home state by bringing the bang with his Mustang. You can see more Car And Driver illustrations on the site here.

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Atlanta Pride

Here's a new editorial illustration on the upcoming Atlanta Pride Celebration this weekend for Atlanta Magazine's calendar section. It's the fiftieth anniversary of the festival, one of the longest running in America, and due to the pandemic it'll be more of a virtual event this year so the brief called for a digital/online vibe to the collage of celebratory imagery. You can see this on the site with related work here.

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Immunity Ocean

Here are two new cover illustrations for the current issues of BBC Science Focus magazine and the Collection edition. The main magazine needed an image for their Immunity Special Report and, after trying out a few ideas, this bemasked individual protected from virus invaders by a glowing antibody shield seemed to do the trick. The covid and antibody elements were created in Cinema 4D and comped together in Photoshop. The illustration was also used for a feature spread inside. The second illustration for the Oceans themed Collection edition is a digital collage of supplied stock elements textured and enhanced in Photoshop. You can see more work for Science Focus on the site here.

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.