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.

Employee Stress

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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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Collector Car Market

Classic Car

I received a request from Matt asking if I was interested in producing an image for the Insider column of Radius magazine about the collector car market. It was a refreshing change - a whole different array of shapes and textures. The story itself was about the best strategies to employ in order to build a diverse and rewarding collection of vintage cars. As there was nothing too editorially specific to illustrate it felt like something more collage-like or abstract could work well. Here is the completed image, published spread, and below the submitted pencil sketch which was submitted for approval before artwork was commenced.

Classic Cary

Classic Car

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Firefighter's App

firefighter

This is an online illustration for Middlebury. A story about firefighter who has created an app for use with large-scale wildfires. A way to keep track real-time of resources during fighting fires for both personnel and supplies.

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Therapy Time

Therapists

Catherine at The New York Times mailed me with an illustration request for a piece in the Paula Span column. The subject matter concerned a new Medicare regulation that effectively shortens the amount of time that physical therapists have to assist their patients.

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Deloitte Insights

Electronic Eye

I was asked by Mark at Deloitte Services to produce a number of illustrations for their Technology, Media and Telecommunications brochure, Deloitte Insights, Predictions 2020. Subjects ranged from smart-phones, wi-fi and robots through to audio-books, microchips and cycling.

TV and Robots

Image content had already been agreed on the clients side so this was a case of realising the images rather than conceptualising. Twelve illustrations were wanted in total with plenty of background area to facilitate any additional uses.

Audio Books

AVOD and Content Delivery

Predictions



AI chips and Broadband

Smartphones

Cycling Technology and wi-fi

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Wine and Spirits Distribution

Wine and Spirit Distribution

Art Director Todd from Market Watch got in touch wanting an image that represented wine distribution from the wholesaler to the retailer/consumer in the era of e-commerce. Indications of a network hub, transportation and storage were requested elements.

I'm a big fan of negative shapes and I quickly saw how one could work well in this instance. Once I had that working as the point of focus it was then a case of working out a design to incorporate the various items and deciding on a colour palette.

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