Gray Matters

Cover and full page image for John Hopkins University Arts & Sciences magazine.

Gray Matters

 

I was asked to come up with two related images that would fit the sub-heading of the article: 'Equipping students with the analytical tools they need to navigate through the ethical dilemmas of today—and tomorrow.'


Gray Matters


Just the inclusion of the word 'navigation' was enough to generate an idea for the interior illustration which in turn provided the solution for the cover. By using relevant icons to represent the various dilemmas I was able to link the two images together.

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Managing Age Diversity

Managing Age Diversity

 

This piece was for the Spring edition of Security Management magazine and was concerned with how to manage communication between generations in the workplace, older employees prefer face-to-face conversations, while younger ones prefer text messaging, iChat etc..


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Oncology

This illustration was to be the cover for an oncology magazine but alas went used as another story took precedence at the last minute.

 

Oncology

 

Not the easiest format to work with, the right-hand needing to remain clear for the typography. This job was unusual for me because I went straight into working on a colour sketch, something I almost never do. I was also working towards a rougher, more textured feel. Above is the version I sent for client approval.

 

Although the approach was liked I was asked to remove the figure and to replace it with a male and female doctor in discussion with a U.S. map in the background. This is the finished piece.

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Forward Magazine

Forward Magazine

 

This was an illustration for the Spring edition of forward, the magazine of Iowa State University Foundation.

This cover image was initially to be based on the attempts to control the outbreak of avian flu (as in first sketch above) but later became more focussed on protecting the animal food supply from the effects of the flu. To this end the editors had an image in mind they wanted to use - an ethnically varied team of scientific specialists

I supplied the second sketch above for approval before moving onto the artwork. I wanted it to look quite hard and scientific avoiding anything too soft or cartoon-like. With such a detailed image I elected to use a limited colour palette to create a unified feel.

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College of William & Mary

College of William & Mary

 

This was a spread piece for the Spring edition of William & Mary alumnus magazine. Essentially it was intended to represent the college and it's research infrastructure.

I wanted to steer away from a literal rendition of the building so instead opted for a kind of interconnected structure of symbols and architectural elements specific to the college.


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Shell Centre Illustrations, London Southbank

Last December I was contacted by Sectorlight to help them create a series of six illustrated hoardings for Braeburn Estates Limited Partnership, the company overseeing the branding of the Shell Centre redevelopment on London's Southbank. Themes for the illustrations were to be based on the attractiveness on the finished redevelopment and the environmentally conscious approach to the process as a whole. Inspiration for the illustrations was drawn from the works of Magritte, Dali and Warhol.

The resulting concepts for the images had already been approved so my job was to effectively realise them and technically produce artworks that could be enlarged to approximately 3 metres (9.8 ft) high by 4.5 metres (14 ft) wide. The illustrations are to be in place for around three years.

The hoardings have all now been installed and you can see them as soon as you leave Waterloo Station running along the length of York Road. A couple have been repeated on Belvedere Road and Chicheley Street. The iconic London Eye provides a picturesque backdrop.

Here's a little background info on the production of the illustrations.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSTRUCTION

 

Shell Centre illustrations, London Southbank.

Shell Centre illustrations, London Southbank.

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Tech Grads

For the Financial Times. A piece about certain types of MBA graduates who go straight to work for as consultants for tech companies.

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Dream Theatre: The Astonishing

A new piece for Prog magazine. Accompanying the lead review for a new album by Dream Theater, 'The Astonishing'.

The imagery was to be based on the main concept of the album:
'After a great calamity precipitated a gradual societal collapse, medieval-like feudalism has re-emerged. In the midst of this dystopia a lone voice heralds the arrival of a reawakening in human consciousness - to stir the hearts of the people and shake the very foundations of power.'

As usual, the band are required to be featured, so here they are in the swirls emanating from the guitar head.

Dream Theater: The Astonishing

 

Below you can see the progression of the image from the initial thought through to a more accurate pencil drawing. As usual colours are then developed while working at artwork stage.

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Capturing The Graduates

For The Financial Times. Consultancies are moving faster than large brands like Google and Amazon in snapping up the cream of new college graduates.

Capturing Graduates

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Rare Birds

A design based on the idea of imagined bird species. Combination of simple shapes and colours.

 

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