Embryonic

Embryonic

Graphic composition using organic shapes.

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Survivors

Survivors

I got a request from Regine at Harborside Press wanting a cover illustration for The Journal of Oncology Practice, depicting cancer patients who had received organ donations.

The lengthy rectangular format of the image area leant itself to a row of people and I produced the pencil sketch below. On submission of the pencil sketch, below, I was asked shift the emphasis of the drawing to the patients rather than that of the donor as this was more in keeping with the focus of the accompanying article. It was an easy fix, the donor figure was shifted to the background and the recipients, lighter, and up front. Below the pencil sketch is an alternative colourway which was tried but discarded before the finished artwork was submitted.

Survivors

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Construction Site Scavengers 2

Construction Site Scavengers 2

In addition to the cover below Security Management also wanted a full page image to accompany the article.

Continuing the mapie theme by merging them with the rear view of a thief in cuffs. It was felt that the result was too reminiscent of an angel so instead surrounded the captured criminal with the birds.

Construction Site Scavengers 2

I was more than happy with the resultant spread by Tyler whose imaginative typography really made the image work to its best advantage.

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Construction Site Scavengers

Construction Site Scavengers

I was asked by Tyler at Security Management magazine to create a cover illustration based on the theme of construction site thieves and the security required these days to stop them. Copper in particular is most sought after.

Birds are always visually appealing and magpies are known for their thieving characteristics so felt an ideal choice for this piece - stealing pieces of copper tubing. I enclosed the construction site within a dome to convey the security aspect.

Security Management uses black or a very dark background with a dominant colour. Here a coppery orange/brown was thought most suitable.

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Girl In Mask

Girl In Mask

As a rule everything starts with a pencil sketch and develops from there but it's easy to find yourself repeating familiar patterns. As an exercise in breaking new ground, this image started by composing simple shapes, working in greyscale to establish tonal values. Once I had a composition I was happy with I then added colours and texture. Trying out different hues and saturation values until the whole felt balanced.

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Deloitte Services

Kevin at Deloitte Services LP got in touch with a request for a cover image depicting a kind of digital spiderweb. Reflecting a story about how manufacturing companies are looking to utilise digital supply networks.

As there was a concept of sorts already in place it was then a question of how best to realise the image. The sketch (below) was approved but there was a subsequent request for a tighter draft and indication of colour before final approval. Usually colour evolves during the process of working up an illustration and often is not resolved until the very end. For that reason I rarely commit to colour roughs. In this case though, for what is a very graphic image, I knew upfront how the colours would pan out so I was able to provide a very accurate impression.

Deloitte Services

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Bird and Scorpion

Stuart Briers: Bird and Scorpion

Working up a new sketchbook drawing.

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Girl and Ribbon

Stuart Briers: Girl and Ribbon

Continuing a series of line and colour images.

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Kidney

Stuart Briers: Near Death Experiences

Dallas Magazine got in touch requesting an image for an article about doubling the cancer survival rates for diseased kidneys. The copy discusses various methods of targeting the affected organ.

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Near Death Experiences

Stuart Briers: Near Death Experiences

I had a request from Kathi at Guideposts to illustrate a spread about the recollections of folk who have had near death experiences. While each account is unique, those who cross over go through similar stages - even across cultures and faiths.

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