Lepidopterist

Lepidopterist

Continuing to work on giclée print designs in between commercial assignments. At the moment focussing on monochromatic palettes, distressed paper surfaces and simple figure forms.

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The Opioid Crisis

Opioids

A new assignment from ASIS International with a cover and spread for Security Management magazine. This time the theme centred around the seriousness of opioid addiction in the workplace and the inherent dangers therein. Fatalities being a very real risk.

As usual the corporate cover style is to use black backgrounds with a dominant spot color.

Opioids

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Six Figures

Six Figures

Exploring figures and forms.

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Ghost Dance

Ghost Dance

Exploring colour combinations and figure forms.

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Murder Mystery at Bleak Lane Bridge, Balham

Murder Mystery at Bleak Lane Bridge, Balham.

Remains unsolved.

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Giclée Prints

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Experimenting with shape creation and drawing with a view to developing a new series of giclée prints. I take a more intuitive approach when making personal work. It's much more a question of finding or uncovering an image rather than the more conscious, ideas led, requirements of commercial work. I am often asked what giclée prints are. Well, it's a word derived from a French verb used to describe a fine art digital printing process, combining pigment based inks with high quality archival quality paper to achieve an inkjet print of superior archival quality, light fastness and stability.

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Data In Lockdown

Data In Lockdown

George from Think got in touch with a cover assignment for STEP Magazine, based on a piece about digital assets, security and the cloud. This was quite a straightforward job because in this instance the client already had a concept they liked - a cloud of data, being held down by a group of people, including a padlock to emphasise security. I worked on some pencil variations and then sent in the best one for approval.

Data In Lockdown

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How Low Can You Go?

How Low Can You Go?

Jennifer from Experience Life magazine called asking for an opener and some spot illustrations for a feature on controlling blood pressure. A very specific brief was provided for the opener but I was given a free hand on the others, essentially tips on how to keep your blood pressure low.

How Low Can You Go?

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Extended Reach

Extended Reach

I was asked to produce a cover image for Marquette which could also work, in amended form, as an opener for an article on how professors are finding success in obtaining funding from the Nation Institute of Health. We were looking to create a strong cover image that reflected both biological research and physical health. As the article was entitled 'Extended Reach' it seemed natural to pose a figure as 'reaching' and to then superimpose the various health and medical elements.

Extended Reach

Here is the initial pencil sketch and a colour swatch. As a rule I very rarely provide colour roughs because things can often change dramatically when working on the final artwork. I find that If you are already committed to a certain palette at the outset you can sometimes feel that you are passing on better choices when rendering the artwork. In this case I had such a strong initial vision of how the illustration would look that I had no such qualms.

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Green Day

Green Day

Another self-initiated piece which didn't make the Palette of 5 show described below.

Although I work professionally as an illustrator I cannot overstate how important it is to produce self-initiated work. The profession expects you to hone your craft and work in a recognisable 'style' and generally speaking you are then awarded assignments based on that look. That's all well and good but there is so much to explore within the overall visual landscape that I find it re-invigorating to try different techniques and approaches - it all feeds back into your working practice and keeps you fresh and excited about the next project

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