Friday, 19 September 2014

Your Life In 2054

Here's a hefty commission for BBC Focus magazine's current issue on what the future holds for us in the year 2054. I had to create a cover and three feature illustrations for technology-centric stories based in the home, leisure pursuits and the work environment. The cover was the big one requiring me to exhaust all my Photoshop tricks to create a detailed futuristic London(ish) cityscape with towering number structures. I then had to animate a looping scene and create some audio for the iPad edition which was great fun to do. You can also see the work and full magazine spreads on the site here.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Bokhari Illustration Remix

The guys at Bokhari Records are celebrating their 10th release and have asked some of their previous record sleeve artists to remix each others imagery. I've chosen to remix Radio Design's splendid 3D cover by stripping back all the abstract majesty and turning it into a daft lil' eye-headed hand creature. All the remixed artworks are available as posters at the Bokhari site. You can my previous sleeve art for Bokhari on my site here.

Friday, 22 August 2014

James Dean

Advanced Photoshop magazine recently asked me to devise a portrait tutorial for them of a legendary vintage Hollywood figure. James Dean seemed to fit the bill nicely and came with the added bonus of working with 50's Americana road-themed imagery which is always enjoyable. The tutorial can be found in this month's issue and the illustration also features on the cover. See it larger on the site here.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Space Balloon

The sci-fi themed illustrations continue apace for BBC Focus' Into The Future column. This one looks at the deployment of hi-tech balloons to chart the terrain of celestial bodies such as Saturn's moon Titan.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

QEOP Summer

Hot on the heels of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park launch artwork comes the Summer campaign. Working with Premm Design again we developed the original style and composition further and introduced a warmer yellow/orange to the brand palette. The brief was to emphasise the family fun appeal and to entice the general public to visit the great new space that it has become. Once again the illustration had to work across multiple print formats and moving billboards, for which I also created the animation, and will be popping up all over London town anytime now. You can see all the QEOP work so far on the site here.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

ABRSM Medley

Here's a little catch-up on recent illustrations for the ABSRM music exam book cover series. A new Piano Exam Pieces illustration was commissioned for the 2015 & 2016 Syllabus along with a single cover for the Guitar, Harp, Harpsichord, Organ & Percussion. The Clarinet gets two covers for Sight Reading and Scales & Arpeggios. Great art direction as usual by Kate Benjamin. See further work for ABRSM on the site here.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Tyranny On Mars

It's time for the latest shot of sci-fi speculation for BBC Focus' Into The Future column. This month's article looked at the idea of extraterrestrial liberty and freedom beyond the Earth. Explored scenarios included human rights issues on Martian colonies and the possibility of Total Recall-esque tyrannical uprisings.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

3 x 3 Show Success

Very pleased to see that a couple of my entries in this year's 3 x 3 illustration shows were successful. Claude Debussy's Life In Miniature animation picked up a Merit in the Professional Show and my cover illustration for Sophia Mcdougall's Mars Evacuees received an Honorable Mention in the Picture Book Show.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

School Of Giving

I'm back at the blogface after a bit of a busy period with a recent editorial illo for Cincinnati Magazine. It's for an article called School Of Giving about charitable deeds and schemes set up by various schools across the state. I enjoyed using a simpler style with a limited palette for this one. You can see it with similar work on the site here.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Robot Rights

This month's illustration for BBC Focus Magazine's Into The Future column looks at the possibility of a world where servile robots are self-aware enough to stand up for their own rights. As the writer Stephen Baxter suggests 'if you're smart enough to ask for freedom, you're smart enough to deserve it.' Asimov-tastic! See further Into The Future sci-fi illustrations on the site here.

Primavera Sound

At the end of May we took a fourth annual trip running to Barcelona for the Primavera Sound festival held at the large Parc Del Forum along the coast. It was a biggie this year with highlights including QOTSA, NIN, Pixies, Arcade Fire, Factory Floor, Andy Stott and Kronos Quartet. Great fun was had at the festy as always with an extra day of recovery in the beautiful city consuming plates of padron peppers.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Tears In Rain

Here's a little personal piece to wrap up the week. It's a simple, stylised take on Rutger Hauer's final scene as the dying replicant Roy Batty in Blade Runner, one of my all time faves. See some more Film Heads on my site here.

Friday, 6 June 2014

London's Greatest Buildings

I was recently asked by RIBA to adapt my London skyline illustration to promote an upcoming event called London's Greatest Buildings on 24th June, part of the London Architecture Festival. I was very happy to do so, always a pleasure working on architectural imagery.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

AOI Awards Shortlist 2014

Very pleased to say that my animation Claude Debussy's Life In Miniature has been shortlisted for this year's AOI Illustration Awards in the Design category. The Awards show will be held at Somerset House, London later in the year.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Transatlantic Train

Here's my latest illustration for Focus Magazine's Into The Future column. This month Stephen Baxter looks at the prospect of future trains travelling across the Atlantic in a super-speed magnetic vacuum tube. Presumably leaf-free to avoid delays. See more sci-fi work for Focus here.

Monday, 19 May 2014

This Time It's Personal (Computer)

Here's a new illustration for Nominet Trust's latest provocation paper The Personal (Computer) Is Political. It looks at the importance of understanding how digital/social media technologies are put together and the driving forces behind them. You can see previous illustrations for Nominet Trust on the site here.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Banyoles Behemoth

Here's the final Post-Invasion Card of the series depicting a serene and watery demise for this space junker in the Lake of Banyoles. You can see the full set on my site here. It's been a blast!

Stiff Competition

Here's an editorial piece for AOPA's Flight Training Magazine looking at how the emerging growth of Middle Eastern airlines is putting US carriers in the shade. See previous work for AOPA here.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Applied Arts Awards And Interview

I'm triple happy to be able to say three of my entries were chosen this year for the Applied Arts Illustration Awards. My Claude Debussy: A Life In Miniature animation was a winner in the Motion category, The Skull in the Poster category and Next Steps In The Final Frontier in Editorial. Quadruple chuffed to also have an extensive interview, entitled Colour Ways for the Split Run section, in the current Awards Issue that can also be read online here.

Friday, 2 May 2014

Cornish Pip

My wife and I spent the Easter weekend down in Cornwall again, this time staying in Pip the Shepherd's Hut and Pip's Cabin on a lovely farm in Rezare near Launceston. We strolled around the local woodlands before hitting the seaside towns of Polperro and Looe in the blazing sunshine before the drizzle arrived on the last day for visits to Tintagel and Port Isaac. Evenings were mostly spent drinking bourbon and eating red meat around the open fire. Cracking.