Monday, 18 September 2017

Zane 3D





Strange new happenings to report at Potts HQ. I've been dabbling in the dark arts of 3D over the last few weeks learning a bunch of exciting new tricks. Here are my first attempts to explore the extra dimension with a suitably abstract illustration and cheeky gif animation that I'll call Zane, no relation to Billy. These three scenes are the same texture and object experiment with different lighting to suit your mood. It's been a creative eye-opener so will keep the new stuff coming as I navigate the massive 3D learning curve.

Friday, 4 August 2017

The Great British Postcard


I've entered these two illustrations into a competition to design The Great British Postcard based on personal viewpoints of the country in 2017. The first entry, Brex the Lionheart, is a take on the current condition of the nation's pride and how an Elizabethan collar might help to curb any further self harm. The second, Keep Calm!, is a more playful interpretation of a nation acting out like a nostalgia crazed toy robot on the blink. You can see them on the site here.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

ABRSM Piano & Practice Notebook




I've recently been busy creating lots of cover artwork for ABRSM's music exam books that I've yet to put out there in the web-o-sphere. I'll start with these two from the last year for the latest Piano Exam Pieces and the colourful Practice Notebook. I've been working with ABRSM for 5 years now and am really pleased to still be illustrating the new editions for each instrument. The style has gradually evolved over the years and become a little more refined and elegant perhaps since the first Piano incarnation here. Also good to still be working closely with designer Kate Benjamin who puts together the best brief around and co-ordinates the complicated and varied colour schemes for each instrument. Bravo innit.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The Ultimate Driving Simulator


Here's a new illustration for Mercedes-Benz / Daimler on the latest driving simulator technology based in Sindelfingen, Germany. The article is about peering into the future and how the simulator can provide critical insights for car production based on the streams of data gathered from virtual conditions. You can also see the illustration on the site here with related works.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Mozartistic

Here's some new illustration work for the 'Best Children's Album' Grammy Award-winning Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. Cactus Skidoo has collaborated with Asheville Symphony on a 5 song EP called Mozartistic that mixes the world of Symphonic music, specifically Mozart's works, with the world of hip hop. I rendered a piano-tinkling, deck-spinning Amadeus for the cover along with designs for the full CD artwork packaging. As a bonus it was really nice surprise to receive a cool little statuette of DJ Mozart based on the cover illustration. You can read more and listen to the tracks here. See the work on the main site here.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Qirex

Bit of personal work splicing a moustachio dude with a Wipeout HD obsession. As you were.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Explore






Here's a series of illustrations for two features in Explore, the official magazine of Med-el, manufacturers of cochlear implants for hearing loss. The theme of the issue is Time with the first feature, Time it Right!, looking at the factors informing the decision on when to have implants. The second, Living in the Moment, is about appreciating the present rather than being stuck in the past or dreaming of the future. You can see all the spreads on the site here with related work.

Monday, 26 June 2017

New Prints In The Shop


I've had a belated Spring clean of the Shop area on my site by adding a new ordering system and updating the available prints. Do have a gander to see if there's anything you'd like to grace your wall, any feedback would be most welcome. There's also a little About The Shop page for more info. If you see anything on my site that you're interested in having as a print, that isn't currently in the shop, then please get in touch to arrange. Thanks all!

Friday, 23 June 2017

Semiconducting


Here's an illustration for Mckinsey On Semiconductors looking into the crystal ball at the future of security issues that could present obstacles to the growth of the Internet of Things. It's a semiconductor thing. You can see this and related technology illustrations on the site here.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

3x3 Professional Show No 14

Happy to have been awarded a Merit at this year's 3x3 Pro Show in the Gallery section for my Secret 7" entry based on the single The Less I Know The Better by Tame Impala.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

The Fix Is In


Here's a new illustration for Car And Driver magazine for an article looking at how a new software update should take your mind off VW's recent diesel emissions scandal and magically repair the brand's rep. You can see further Car And Driver work on the site here.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Future Human?

This little chap was created for an article in the The Chronicle Review called Where Are Humans Headed? by Michael Ruse, an amusing review of a book called Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution. I based the character on this passage 'Will we have massive brains, dwindling little bodies, and highly functional genitalia?'. Make of that what you will. You can see the illo on the site here with related works.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Sounds Of The City

Chuffed to announce my entry for this year's AOI Prize for Illustration competition was selected amongst the top 100 to be exhibited this week at the London Transport Museum. The theme was Sounds Of The City and I went with a collage of a busy central London night scene filled with cacophonous bright hot noise shapes. The exhibition looks to be a good one and is open to the public from this Friday May 19th until 3rd September.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

WIA 2017 Shortlist

I'm happy as a plate of punch pie to be shortlisted for this year's World Illustration Awards 2017 through the AOI. I'm in the Advertising category for this poster illustration to promote Second Hand Sundays regular DJ slot 'Adventures in a Land of Ever-changing Wax Grooves' at south London's The Ivy House last year. Looking forward to the exhibition at Somerset House in August where the award winners will be announced. Prints are available from the shop here.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

A.I. Law


Here's a cover illustration for Canadian Lawyer mag looking at the impact of artificial intelligence on the legal profession. Not so much robots in wigs, unfortunately, more algorithms and analysis of legal data. See it on the site here.

Friday, 5 May 2017

In The Blue Ridge Mountains Of Virginia

I was recently commissioned to create a poster design to sell to the public at this year's Blue Ridge Marathon in Virginia, USA. It's a spectacular, but gruelling, challenge that takes the runners up through the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. The design had to capture a sense of elevation and movement towards the iconic Star of Roanoke,  the world's largest freestanding illuminated man-made star, as well as a flavour of the community spirit around the event. You can read a little more about it here on the promoter's blog and see it on my site over here.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

AI36

Pleased to discover I'm a selected winner in American Illustration 36 this year with my Pluripotency cover illustration for Nature Journal and will appear in the annual award book. After many years of entering the competition it's the first time I've made it in to the book, getting as far as the online Archive collection a few times, so proper chuffed. You can see the work on the site here.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Time Enough


Time to find out where time comes from with the current cover, feature and iPad illustration/animation for BBC Focus. The brief seemed a little daunting at first but having the ol' trusty blackhole as a central feature helped me to work up some timely ideas around it. You can see the four rough initial cover proposals above, including a couple of landscape based ideas featuring mountains and sand (as if inside a huge hourglass). Ultimately, the blackhole sundial illustration was the image everyone gravitated to for the cover with the hourglass being chosen for the inside spread. You can see further BBC Focus work on the site here.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Cloud Factory


Here's a new cover illustration for IBM Systems magazine for a feature on their latest cloud tech. The brief was to create a positive-looking futuristic 'cloud factory' without suggesting pollution or smoke. I went through a few rough iterations above that were very colourful but had a touch of the toxic or just too cluttered before simplifying the chosen illustration for the final. You can see previous work for IBM Systems magazine here.

Friday, 24 March 2017

In Another Life Video








Hot on the heels of the First Congress 'In Another Life' artwork comes the accompanying all singing, ice dancing promo. The video features a romantic ice dance routine with Team GB Olympic ice dancers Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland and I was tasked with creating an environment for the impressive real-life couple to strut their skates in. The band's Tom Van Can and Team GB's Robin Cousins MBE shot, edited and choreographed the dance routine at Slough Ice Arena against a white fabric backdrop then the footage was handed over to me. Using a combination of Adobe After Effects processes I managed to key out the dancers from the white-ish background, see before/after comparisons above, and apply the new visuals. TomVan Can filmed sodium materials exploding in water at high speed for inserts and I took some of that footage to create stylised animated backdrops and floors that were composited into scenes using 3D tracking where necessary. Colour grading and light leak effects were applied liberally to establish the monotone environments when they dance apart and the increasingly colourful world whenever they are together. All in all it was a rewarding and challenging creative visual effects job to get my teeth into and I'm pleased with the outcome. You can see previous First Congress videos for Found Wanting here and The First here.