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.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020


Happy New Year to all! Here's a juicy little 3d animation commission to kick off the 2020s. It's a promotional video for startup solar energy company Solivus that gives an overview of the possible applications for their products. Starting with art director Richard Sinclair's initial storyboard I decided that creating an entirely stylised 3d environment would be the most effective way to establish and move through all the scenes that were required. I set out on a steep learning curve figuring out how to build the landscapes and buildings and design the vehicles, cars, trucks and hyper loops, all whilst deciding on a stylistic approach that would work. I initially pushed for a harder graphic monotone style using the main orange brand colour (see the style board above) but it seemed slightly apocalyptic and a little at odds with the clean energy message. After softening the trees and introducing a more positive summery palette the style was approved and I proceeded to map out the long swooping camera moves in 3d and build the environment accordingly. Everything was rendered out to After Effects for final compositing and colour tweaking followed by music and voice-over selection. Overall, it was a really rewarding job and I'm pleased with the results. I look forward to more of this sort of thing! You can see this on the site with further 3d visualisations of Solivus technology here.