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.