Imagined Sculptures: January Blues

January Blues

Latest in a series of Imagined Sculptures. Developing drawings to see how they could work as small ceramic pieces. Combining pencil and ink drawings, photography, scanned textures and AI variations.

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Winning Against Cancer

Winning Against Cancer

I was asked by Karen at Readers Digest to produce three half page illustrations and a spread for their December 2022/January 2023 issue. They were needed for a big feature in their Health section on how recent treatment breakthroughs are helping to win the war on cancer. Main themes revolved revolved around prevention of the disease through to the various treatments available.

Winning Against Cancer

I was asked to create illustrations for each section which were to be general in the imagery used rather than anything too specific. Also as this was an optimistic piece it was preferred if this was reflected in the chosen colour palette. The finished illustrations were very well received.

Winning Against Cancer

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Disguise

Disguise

This is a new 'imagined sculpture'. Developing ideas for small ceramic pieces. Created using a combination of drawing, collage and AI. This and others to be finally realised (hopefully) this year via 3d printing

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Tissue Regeneration

tissue regeneration

Sue from John Hopkins Medicine magazine dropped me an email asking if I could produce an illustration focusing on tissue regeneration in various areas of the human anatomy. The resulting image was composed so the various elements could be separated out and used individually as section headers within the article.









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The Devil Is In The Detail

The Devil Is In The Detail

A collage made from torn book pages and newspaper cuttings - selecting phrases which were timely and/or had some resonance, for whatever reason.

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On The Fly

Fruit Fly

Kathryn at John Hopkins University Arts & Sciences magazine asked me to create a cover and interior illustrations for a major story on humanity's debt to the lowly fruit fly. The article explores how scientists use fruit flies in their research which could potentially help cure human disease.

It was requested that the cover image and interior spread should be related in both look and feel so I maintained the same scientific elements and took different views of the human character. One of the influences coming into play for the main image was Da Vinci's Vetruvian Man although it was scaled back so as not to be too obvious.

Fruit Fly

Fruit Fly


The colour palette evolved via experimentation during the working process. Once I had the combination of turquoise and olive green then everything else fell into place.
The finished illustrations were very well received and the magazine published on November 15th.

Fruit Fly sketch

These are the initial two approved sketches.

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Pen & Ink Figures

Pen and Ink Figures

Experimenting with pen and ink drawings of invented figure-types.

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It Takes A Team

Fruit Fly

I was contacted by Case Western Reserve University to illustrate a story about how a scientific team had made the discovery of a gene that could stop the growth of tumours in the colon. Going further, could the enzyme this gene produced not only stop cancer but also prevent the disease?

I was given a free hand in how I might interpret the story although was asked to focus on the partnership of the people who brought the ideas to fruition while maintaining the investigative and medical aspects of the article. In terms of colour I was looking for something different rather than the blues and reds often seen in medical illustration.

Fruit Fly

Fruit Fly

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Extreme Stress

Employee Stress

New illustrations for a major story in the latest issue of Security Management magazine. In response to employee feelings of stress and burn-out, employers are looking at ways to offer more pro-active support.

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GIST Tumors

GIST tumor

New illustration for John at Forward magazine for Fox Chase Cancer Center. To accompany an article about a new targetted treatment for GIST tumors.

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