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Blockchain

Working on designs for prints in 2018. Focussing on patterns, colours, shapes and a more organic feel/process rather than anything too illustrative or commercial. A continuation of personal work begun in 2015.

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Marquette Nurse

Marquette Nurse

I was approached by Marquette University to create a cover image for their Marquette Nurse magazine. They wanted a forward-looking, modern, optimistic image that represented taking a path into nursing. The initial sketch, below left, was liked subject to a couple of amendments, elimination of the pills (sensitivities to news headlines concerning opiods) and addition of another nurse. There were no colour requirements so I was free to use my own scheme. I like to use colour in a graphic way and not to be overly concerned with realism. Also, wherever possible I try to avoid skin colours, facial features and any kind of personal iconography as I prefer my figures to be perceived as an 'everyman' unless there is a specific reason to do otherwise. The finished artwork was very well-received and published Jan 2018.
Marquette Nurse

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Blockchain

Blockchain

The YGS Group got in touch to ask for a concept cover illustration for The NAFCU Journal, the theme being 'blockchain'. A blockchain is a decentralized and distributed digital ledger that is used to record transactions across many computers, i.e. a network. Essentially I was looking for a way to contrast the old with the new. A phrase used in the copy 'stepping into the future' inspired the idea that the client was to approve.

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A New Social World

A New Social World

This illustration was created for ASIS International to accompany an article about how inappropriate personal relationships are being formed, within the workplace, via social media. The initial sketch, referencing 'The Kiss' by Rodin was considered a touch risqué for the piece so a more romantic interpretation of the figures was requested.

A New Social World

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A Face from the Past

A Face from the Past

How our memory for faces becomes less distinct with the passage of time.

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Cellular Research

Cellular Research

This illustration was created for the University of Dayton alumni magazine. It was to accompany an article about a researcher who was looking to create a new type of laboratory test system.
"A system that better predicts how our bodies and our cells react to potentially toxic compounds or potentially helpful ones."

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Infographics

Infographics

Occasionally I am asked to produce images that could loosely be described as infographics. That is to say illustrations that primarily convey information of a technical nature. These two covers were done for Deloitte Services. The top one is about blockchain and government and the second about radar and defense strategy.

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Transfer

Transfer

While walking through the park recently a particular train of thought somehow lead me to the idea of an owner and pet exchanging heads. It conjured up an interesting image, especially given a Victorian slant - the feel of an old Victorian photo or a scene captured at a seance - ectoplasm!

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Red Line Drawings

Red line drawings

Loose, unconscious, pen and brushpen drawings.

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Peter Hammill: From The Trees

Peter Hammill: From The Trees

This is an album review illustration for Prog magazine. A 'subtly hued and autumnal' new album by Peter Hammill, once of Van der Graff Generator.

From The Trees is a finely crafted collection of songs that grapples with the varied psychological aspects of approaching old age. The title, lyrics and album review were all quite evocative; full of references to nature, Autumn, leaves and the passage of time, so there was plenty of imagery to draw inspiration from.

On receiving my initial line drawing there were some concerns that a 'mask' treatment might be straying into Peter Gabriel territory so I needed to re-assure that the eventual image would be naturalistic and not convey character acting.

The illustration was well received and once the magazine was published Peter Hammill requested that he could use the image to promote his upcoming Japanese Tour.

Peter Hammill: From The Trees

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