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.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

In Another Life


The new First Congress single 'In Another Life' is out this week and has an ice dancing themed video to go along with it, more on that coming soon. Firstly, here's the single artwork continuing that theme with a solitary skater and simple shadow reversal to suggest the other life. I'm enjoying the stripped back colour and stylisation I've established with the First Congress artwork series so far. You can see more of this work on the site here.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Slow Landing

Here's a recent editorial for AOPA Flight Training mag on the controversial practice of 'slow landing', a risky technique for improving advanced pilot skills. See more work for AOPA on the site here.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Electric Vehicle Architecture

The latest illustration commission for Mercedes-Benz Next magazine required a touch of animation to bring to life an article on E-mobility and vehicle architecture. After getting the illustration signed-off I created a short After Effects movie loop then reduced it further to a small gif to sit on comfortably on a website. You can see both the basic gif and the more developed vimeo clip animation above.

Robo-Advisor!



Here's a cover and spot illustrations for Independent Banker Magazine on the future of banking and your own personal robo-advisor to deal with your hard cash. It was a fun commission coming up with a friendly robot figure, a sort of amalgam of current robo tech and the stolen eyes of V.I.N.C.E.N.T. from Disney's Black Hole movie. You can see the work on the site here with previous and related work for IB Mag.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Life After Man


Here are the latest illustrations for the current issue of BBC Focus for the cover and a spread on the theme of Life After Man. The brief was to depict scenes of London reclaimed by nature after some unspecified extinction event befalls humanity. Good news for deers at least. This issue came with two different cover designs to see if the readership fancied a design overhaul, I personally prefer the cleaner existing Focus layout but then I would as it shows off the illustration more. You can see all my work for BBC Focus on the site here.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Pathological

Here's an illustration I did quite a while ago now that's only recently been published. It's a cover for the UCLA Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Annual Report 2016. The brief was to focus on telepathology in particular, the practice of using telecommunication technology and data transfer for swifter diagnosis and research. See the illustration on the site here with related works.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Montreal 375

Get those liquid-containing vessels at the ready, it's time for the Anna Goodson Illustration Agency annual coaster promotion. Here's my illustration for this year's theme, a tribute to the great city of Montreal on the eve of the 375th anniversary of it's foundation. Always loved the inspired architecture and sci-fi weirdness of the '76 Olympic Stadium so it dominates my composition as it does the skyline. See previous coasters on the site here.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Found Wanting Video



Phew, 2017 at last! First post out of the gates is for a new animated video for the band First Congress' latest single Found Wanting. The style runs with the Egyptian themed single artwork and mashes it up with petrolhead biker imagery all in support of a sassy performance by UK dancer Yasmin Ogbu. The video was great fun to make in a short amount of time. Once the style and treatment had been decided, with the band's driving force Tom Van Can, and Yasmin's green screen performance footage was edited I'd create scenes in After Effects on the fly adding a real sense of spontaneity that was refreshing. You can see the video here or on youtube and follow the band through the First Congress website. See all the artwork created for First Congress here.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Axles To Grind


Here are two editorials for a spread on heavy truck safety in Car and Driver magazine in the U.S. The brief was to create an illustrated take on a recent horrifying incident in New York state involving an out-of-control truck, a jam of vehicles and a bunch of heroic individuals. It can be watched here if you wish, thankfully there were no fatalities. You can see the work on the site here with other Car And Driver commissions.

In The Future

Here's a new future-themed cityscape cover illustration for HGI Magazine showing the fast paced change of the industrial and investment landscape. Some cool driverless cars in there too! You can see it on the site here with related work to check out.