20 Years Ago Today



It was 20 years ago today...In 1997 I was storing physical artwork in boxes, drawers and cupboards. Twenty years later the whole lot (and more) fits on a tiny memory stick. Although we have been able to do this for years now so not exactly news it still feels like sci-fi. Nevertheless something gained and something lost I feel.

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Disrupted

Disrupted


I was contacted by Twin Cities Business magazine to produce a cover image based on their lead article about the rise of mobile apps which enable the reselling of tickets for major sporting, music or other large popular events. I took the essential elements from the story and then re-arranged them compositionally to create a, hopefully, thought-provoking image.

Disrupted

Unfortunately at the last minute the cover was changed to accommodate an important news story which had just broken so my illustration was used on an interior spread instead.

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Bank Account Empty!

Bank Account Empty!


I was asked by Common Ground magazine to produce a half page image illustrating a scene from a cautionary tale about a banking glitch or possible computer hack which had left a small business with an empty bank account. The brief was relatively prescriptive so this was not a concept piece as such. The initial sketch (top) was not accepted as it said 'theft' too strongly - more ambiguity was wanted, hence the second drawing.

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Digital DNA

I got a call from Emily at Deloitte University Press. Deloitte were looking for a cover illustration to sum up a major report in their upcoming issue.

 

Digital Transformation


I was given a summary of the piece and, as is so often the case, the sub-heading provided the spark for the image. 'Digital transformation in financial services: The need to rewire organizational DNA'
Straight away I knew it was all electrical cables/DNA strands, plugs, engineers etc.

Digital Transformation

The first sketch on the left was liked but feedback requested more sense of a collaboration, men and women in business attire rather than engineers, code emanating from the wires and a cityscape backdrop. With that amend approved it was onto the artwork.

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Data Thief

Common Ground Magazine got in touch asking for a cover and interior illustration on the theme of network security - an increasingly popular topic!. They wanted the cover to focus on the idea of being vulnerable to a cyber-attack.

 

Code Theft


I had a few ideas centering around the idea of theft - perhaps hands, underground, pulling code from a building. A burglar was irresistible, so I drew one coming up into the building at night and hoovering up all the code.

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