Last year I was commissioned by Nursing Standard Magazine to illustrate an article about Dignity Volunteers. It was a difficult subject to tackle and I was never very happy with my finished result. I posted on this blog an alternative version of the image of which I preferred. After recently updating my portfolio I came across the illustration that was printed and decide to re-jig slightly. The original colours I had used seemed too harsh so I've changed the colour pallet and added a different background, bottom image.
I still don't think the concept is great but it did go to print so i didn't want to backtrack with regards to how else I could have tackled the subject. Ive also re-jigged my 'preferred alternative version' of the image, top. I'm now happier with the final outcome and feel they make a difference over the original images printed.
Note to self, stop faffing around with old images and get on with something new!
The November/ December edition of Cricket Magazine has just been launched within which I was asked to illustrate one of the stories. Its a publication I've never come across before until I was asked to illustrate the story of 'The Wooden Apple'. The Magazine is aimed at kids aged 9-14 and includes stories, quizzes, poetry, recipes and more! It's fantastically illustrated from cover to cover and a breath of fresh air compared to many of the kids publication I've looked at on the shelves of my local newsagents. The publication is based in the USA with international subscription, it got me thinking is there anything like this in the UK? All I see in the kids section of WHSmiths is dumbed down Disney/Tv mags that rely on (dare i say it ) over digitised imagery which has a tendency to make all the publication look very similar. Maybe I'm missing the interesting stuff and need to look a little harder?
The story I was asked to illustrate 'The Wooden Apple' is written by Johanna Stein and based upon shared family memories of World War 2. It centers around events that unfold when two German Soldiers stay with a family in Netherlands during the occupation. As well as been my first international commission its also the first time I've created images for a younger audience and something I should aim to do more often. Images included are the two main illustrations in context plus stand alone images along with a couple of sketcher's and a spot illustration.
Within this image I revisited the area initially documented for my first solo exhibition in 2007, the Cornhill area of Ipswich. The image is a continuation of my personal work on the a theme of 'Mass Observation' The observation and documenting of people in their environment. Focusing in on individuals behavior and movements within a given space constrained by a set time frame. This image is a snapshot of the seating area within the Cornhill location. Movement can be seen in the branches of the tree and the old women talking in the right of the composition. The man on the left is highlighted as his focus is away from his immediate surroundings.
I'm pleased to announce that I've been selected by the AOI to be included in this years Images 36: The Best of British illustration annual. The illustration included is one I produced for J.M Coetzee novel 'Disgrace' published in 2011 by The Folio Society, above. I'm also one of the lucky few to be selected again for the exhibition in Somerset House in London and also the national touring exhibition. This will be the first time I've been selected to be part of all three, the book (p.75), the launch exhibition and the touring exhibition.
It's open to the public on the 3-28th of October at Somerset House, London and its FREE!!. So If your passing by please visit as all involved want to make it a huge success.
If you are wondering why their has been a lack of activity on my blog over the past few months fear not, I have been busy. I married Gemma on the 11th of August on one of the most beautiful days of the year. The venue was at Wingfield Barns in Suffolk and we truly enjoyed making it our own. I've attached some of the creative odds and sods produced over the past few months. The fortune telling fish that were used on the initial invite, the fish (guest) activity logo and a more serious logo used in the order of ceremony and the food menu's.
HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL INVOLVED AND ALL THAT ATTENDED, You know who you are. And a special thank you to my wife for making me a fab waistcoat and her own wedding dress only a few days before the wedding (you nutter) and to Dani & Shaun the food was…Simply Delicious!!!
Things have been a bit hectic over the last couple of months. A nice commission for Cricket Magazine in the US which is due to be publish in November so keep an eye out for further updates once published. Lots of preparation for my wedding including lino prints, mini wedding logos and other random creative things going on at AG HQ. I will post more stuff up as and when i get a chance. I've also got some news to announce about exhibiting work in London during October, again more to follow soon.
As a bit of light relief from all things wedding related I've been playing around on Photoshop again….the results of which are below.
Just stumbled upon imagery from the last two Scattercats gig posters. I believe they were produced midway through 2011 I just never posted them up. I thought i would leave some text on this time to help balance the image. Original photos supplied by Gary james.
When I updated my website a few months ago I decided to ditch some of my older work to make room for some new images. It seems a shame to make the old stuff redundant so I thought I would post some of it up here.
Now here's something a little different.... I recently rediscovered my old school biology book from 1995/6. Inside I found lots little diagrammatic illustrations which I fondly remember spending far too much time drawing in lessons. This inspired me to rediscover the art of the 'cross section'. Its been a while since I've produced an informative medical illustration (approximately 16 years) but I thought I would give it a go. I believe the above illustration is relatively accurate, although I'm not sure about words cut into our fat tissue.
I've recently been experimenting with alternatives ways of creating images. One of the more successful experiments involves integrating more photographic based images in my work as a way to tackling a brief, much like my previous promo posters for the Scattercats (March 2010 blog). Here are some of the results. Further images will be posted on my website in the coming weeks and I'm thinking about offered it to my clients as an alternative illustration style.
A few years ago I had a day trip to Flatford Mill, which is not far from where I live. It was a beautiful day and I decide to documented the trip with a good handful of drawings. They later became the starting point for a couple of images the best of which became 'Constable's Cow's . The trip was touched upon in the blog from May 2009, was it really that long ago?
The main visual interest of the day (apart from the cows) was the way in which people moved through the landscape. Trudging back and forth from the visitors center to Deham village. They all seemed totally oblivious to the landscape and the main reason why they had come to this beautiful site in the first place . I never really developed the drawings or concepts behind my interest. So this afternoon, after recently rediscovering the drawings I thought I would have a play and post the result.
To welcome in the start of the new year I thought a refresh was in order. So over the past month I've been rejigging & redesigning my new website. The revamp should make updating a whole lot easier. Along with my regular Illustration portfolio their is also an additional 'experimental' portfolio'. This is intended as a platform for me to experiment with alternative ways of creating images. I will be updating on a regular basis with paintings, prints, drawings & digital textures so watch this space. I've got a feeling 2012 is going to be a creative year.