Monday, 13 June 2022

Raw Power '22

North London's Raw Power Festival, presented by Baba Yaga's Hut, is  swiftly coming around again in August 2022 and for the third year running I've been working on all the promotional material. It's a great festival and always has an exciting lineup of music so there's no shortage of aural inspiration for me to draw on.

The design process started late last year (see dev work at bottom) with the aim to have the logotype work well standalone or as a window onto the art. I was keen to have a versatile method of presentation so that the illustration could breathe full-frame when there were less bands announced on the early posters then be stashed inside the logo to make space for the full band lineup later on.

I created the abstract sc-fi pyramidal landscape with 2d and 3d elements originally then fully 3d for the animated promo which came at the end of the process. It was all put together in Photoshop, After Effects and Cinema 4d to the beat of the stonking 'Reducer' by Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs and great fun to work on as always. See this and previous Raw Power work on the main site here.

Monday, 23 May 2022

Moon Rush

After a bit of a break I'm back in the studio, figuratively and literally with a new studio space in Margate's Hawley Square Studios shared with the talented thingsmove. Good to be back amongst it after a two year hiatus working exclusively at home. Here's my latest cover illustration and animation for BBC Science Focus print and Apple News edition. This one is themed on the Great Moon Rush and the sudden lunar interest from superpowers and billionaires. Using the lovely '69 Time cover as inspiration I developed the spiral-centric design to accommodate a few more lunar landers all created and animated in Cinema 4d with After Effects post work. Great fun to work on. You can see further illustrations and nations for BBC Science Focus here.

Wednesday, 30 March 2022

Summit Challenge


Here's a branding illustration for an upcoming cancer charity fundraiser event in New Jersey called Summit Challenge.  The brief was to capture a flavour of the day's activities which include a fitness challenge obstacle course, featuring hoop swinging and net climbing, and lots of general family fun in a festival atmosphere. The event will raise money to help provide care, comfort and compassion for cancer patients which was the theme of the second illustration commissioned in the Summit Health Cares colour palette. You can see similar fundraising event similar work here.

Tuesday, 29 March 2022

Future Of Fuels

More vehicular editorial cover art, this time for CSP Magazine in the US on The Future Of Fuels. The brief was to show a car on a garage forecourt facing fuel retail issues around pricing and the idea of the 'electric disconnect'. The digital collage was used on the cover and as a double page spread inside. You can see other transport themed illustrations here.

Forward Thinkers

Here's some new editorial work for Professional Engineering magazine for a feature on Forward Thinkers. The brief was to create a cover and a number of spot illustrations showing the future and past of a particular field of engineering including aerospace, rail and energy. For the cover I modelled the zero emission concept aeroplane in Cinema 4d  then worked with collaged elements throughout the five images. A fun one. You can see a previous commission for Professional Engineering here.

Monday, 14 February 2022

Battling Campus Antisemitism

Next up, another cover commission for the current issue of Hadassah magazine. This one for a feature on 'Battling Antisemitism on Campus'. The brief required a campus college gate scene with students engaged with social media to provide a message bubble backdrop for various slogans based on the topic. I also worked on an essay illustration for this issue entitled 'We Are So Glad That You're Here' about a Jewish Studies academic's experiences. See further work for Hadassah here.

People Watching

Time for a bit of an overdue work update, first up a recent editorial cover illo for North America's MG Magazine for the discerning cannabis professional no less. It's for a feature on 'The People Worth Watching' in the industry so I designed a colourful collage based on a central figure engaged  in a spot of cannabis talent watching. I had the chance to select the masthead colours to go with my palette on this one. Love me some orange n teal. 

Friday, 21 January 2022

Ideas for '22

Here's a new animated cover for the current issue of BBC Science Focus featuring a cornucopia of Ideas You Need to Understand in 2022. It was a fun looping collage to put together and bring to life with a combination of 2d and 3d elements in After Effects. See more Focus work here.

Wednesday, 5 January 2022

SOI Illustrators 64


Happy New Year to all! Pleased to be opening 2022 with news that my recent BBC Science Focus animated cover art, Where Next?, has been accepted into this year's Illustrators 64 Annual and Exhibition at New York's Museum of Illustration. That's a 'whoop!'.