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.

Happy Days

Here's another multi-spread commission for Live Happy Magazine for their special issue on the International Day Of Happiness last month. The feature looks at why happiness is crucial and how to make more of the lovely stuff. I used an appropriately bright and breezy palette based on the magazine's colour scheme to make it all pop. You can see the final layouts and other work for Live Happy on the site here.

Thursday 17 April 2014

Calella Hulk

I've been working on a personal project recently involving a bit of sci-fi fun with some old postcards I picked up in Barcelona. The series is called Post-Invasion Cards and is made up of four lurid landscapes 're-imagined' as giant crash-sites for interstellar crafts after an unspecified planetary assault. This first piece is called Calella Hulk, I'll post the others over the next three Fridays. You can see more detail on the site here.

Tuesday 15 April 2014

Virginia Plain

Here's a recent personal piece that I submitted to this year's Secret 7" vinyl art/good cause exhibition. Didn't make it into the show unfortunately but enjoyed the hell out of making it. I chose to illustrate Roxy Music's Virginia Plain with a stripped-back collage style that mashes up references to Warhol superstar Baby Jane Wolzer, Studebaker cars and the cigarette brand of the title. You can see it on my site here with other personal work.

Thursday 10 April 2014


Here's my second sci-fi contribution to Focus Magazine's Into The Future column. This month's topic, Artificial Intelligence, gave me a chance to try out a female cyborg inspired by designs from Spielberg's film and a classic cover for William Gibson's Burning Chrome by artist Chris Moore. You can also see the Into The Future illustrations in more detail on my site here.

Thursday 3 April 2014

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

I was recently commissioned by the good folks at Premm Design again, whom I worked with on three years of successful BBC Proms illustrations, to create an illustration for the opening of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford this coming Saturday April 5th. To get a feel for the park I donned a hard hat for a site visit during construction and took a load of research snaps before tackling the brief. The illustration had to convey a sense of the iconic architecture, public spaces, waterways and array of activities available in a simple and effective way all rendered in the eye-catching brand colours. The image had to work for various for print formats, landscape and portrait, and I also animated the illustration for some short moving ads that can be seen at Westfield and on those tubes of London. You can also see more on the site here. Now I just need to go and have a little lie down in it.

Tuesday 1 April 2014

This Machine Never Forgets A Face

Here's an editorial for American Way magazine on the state of today's facial recognition technology that uses data points to analyse your features and match you to a database for identification. I could do with this in the mirror most mornings.