Confessions of a Tabletop Canoeist

Confessions of a Tabletop Canoeist

I'm not entirely sure how this image originated except to say it came to mind during an idle moment, unconsciously - my favourite way:) It was then a case of quickly realising it on paper (or screen in this case) before it evaporated. The look was attempting to combine surrealism with the the feel of the past.

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Security Management: Drug Diversion

Security Management: Drug Diversion

Security Management magazine got in contact to ask if I could produce an illustration for their cover based on an article about medical professionals who are stealing drugs from the workplace.

I started by considering the ways that liquids could be stolen and this lead me to thinking of petrol siphoning. I then knew that the concept could be effectively realised by depicting a combination of medical equipment and the act of siphoning. The sketch was approved and I worked up the illustration.

Security Management position their cover images against black backgrounds and this helped to give the illustration just the right touch of a surreptitious night-time activity.

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Backbone of the Economy

American Gas: Backbone of the Economy

I was asked by American Gas magazine to create a cover image highlighting the importance of small/midsized businesses to the US economy.

Initial thoughts revolved around contrasting the physical sizes of buildings - a small lego style building set against the backdrop of huge corporate world structures. Additionally, the copy included the phrase 'backbone of the economy' which sparked another idea and this was the one that ended up being carried through to finished art.

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Every Valley

Public Service Broadcasting: Every Valley

This is an album review illustration for Prog magazine. A new record by Public Service Broadcasting, Every Valley is a thematic piece about the collapse of the mining industry.

Prog affords the illustrator a lot of freedom but their one requirement is that the band being reviewed are featured in some way within the image. It's not always immediately obvious how best to do that but here was one of those lucky incidences where an idea just flashed into mind without having to think or sit to work out ideas. I also knew straightaway that it required a gritty, monochromatic treatment in order to have the most impact.

From then on it was really just a case of working on the image until it felt 'right'.

Public Service Broadcasting: Every Valley

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Hidden Figures

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Hidden Figures: 004 Location: 51.430499, -0.138362 Size: 76mm x 152mm

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Vegas Seven: Nip & Tuck

Nip & Tuck

Ben from Vegas Seven got in touch and asked if I would be interested in doing a cover for them on the subject of plastics and electives ((plastic surgery and aesthetics to you and me). They were not looking for a typical plastic surgery cover but were thinking more along the lines of a vintage Sci-Fi like take.

From the off the description and subject matter gave this the feel of a dream job. Having said that it is a sensitive subject and so I wanted to avoid anything too repellent but at the same time was looking for something thought-provoking. I came up with this image which felt about right. The sketch was well-received and after a tonal version was worked out it was then a case of choosing a nice colour palette and producing the final (click sketches below to view).

Nip & Tuck

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Hidden Figures: Mansard

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Hidden Figures: 002 Location: 51.423829, -0.154445 Size: 67mm x 88mm

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Rapp|Art 2017

Rapp|Art 2017

My agent Rapp|Art produce and mail out a rather beautiful annual catalogue. This is my spread for 2017.

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Mentor & Me

Mentoring

This image was commissioned for ASIS International and their magazine Securities Management. A feature article about mentoring and the duality of the learning experience for both apprentice and expert.

I started with the idea of a couple somehow exchanging information, as in the sketch above, but then realised it would be more interesting to integrate them further and to illustrate them both within a single figure shape. The background and other elements were then added to reflect the securities business in which they work.

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Hidden Figures

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Hidden Figures: 001 Location: 51.422006, -0.150214 Size: 85mm x 112mm

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