Wednesday 23 May 2018

Genes And Planets

Work continues on the BBC Focus Magazine Collection cover illustrations and here are the most recent volumes, a Guide To Your Genes and How Science Can Fix The Planet. These were both created with 3d software then composited and tweaked in Photoshop. I'm getting a kick out of playing with the 3d camera and finding unusual angles to work with. The spiral 'gene-tunnel' effect was achieved by looking down though the length of the double helix model. I've included some of the colourful initial work-in-progress visuals for these two covers also. See this and further work for Focus Collection on the site here.

Thursday 17 May 2018

Blockchain Buster

Here's a recent cover illustration for Canadian Lawyer magazine on the impending technological threat that blockchain presents to the legal industry. To visualise blockchain I turned to 3d software to create a formidable looking wheel-of-tech and cranked up the ominous Hammer Horror lighting for effect. I was also asked to illustrate the typography which I rendered disintegrating into the gears of the machine. Thanks to Blockbuster Video for the accidental typographic inspiration. I've included a few alternative attempts along with the final cover and you can see the this and related work on the site here.

Wednesday 2 May 2018

Skylarking About

Here's a change of pace from the slicker 3d approach with a painterly publishing illustration for the paperback cover of Karen Gregory's Skylarks released tomorrow by Bloomsbury. The brief was to loosely capture the feel of two skylarks playing freely in the sky symbolising the relationship at the heart of the young adult novel. A really enjoyable commission, experimenting with textures and good ol' fashioned scanned-in mark making, and great cover design by Andrea Kearney. You can see it on the site with similar work here.