Introduction

I'm a freelance illustrator/designer/art director and if you think I can help with your project, want to offer words of encouragement or simply say hi, feel free to get in touch.

I'm also on Twitter and Facebook. Follow me to find out every time I haul bits of imagination kicking and screaming into reality.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Final Frontier :-(


Spock. The most iconic character in one of the most iconic TV shows in history. Star Treks themes of exploration and adventure have not only inspired generations of science fiction but also many of the scientists that currently advance our understanding of the universe.

Whilst I can't claim to be a trekker myself, Star Trek has been on my radar for as long as I can remember with the original series being one  of the first TV shows I remember watching and the Undiscovered Country being the fist film I saw at the cinema without my parents.

And as much as I enjoy it, Leonard Nimoy's appearance as Mr. Spock lent a few moments of class the rebooted series, that will sadly never be repeated.

It's got to be said... 


'Live long, and prosper.'

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Return to the Planet of the Apes


For as long as I can remember I've been a fan of the Planet of the Apes films (and TV series. Deal with it) and while not every entry into the franchise has been flawless the two recent films have really shown the strengths of the story.

I really hope that this incarnation of the franchise continues long enough to see America conquered by the apes, with the east coast replacing what was once the wild west and then finally the apes setting off in re-purposed ships for the 'new world'.

This would open the doors to the mirroring of one of the darkest periods in human history as the Apes engage in the mass trade of slaves. That and Viking raids, piracy and just imagine naval warfare with angry, rum drunk chimps swinging from the masts and shivering their timbers all over the place. 

Epic.


Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Dead or Alive

So a short while ago* I duped a group of friends and family into throwing a few hours of their valuable time into my latest vanity project.

The following short film was a project that would allow me to learn more about the processes behind film making, and I definitely learned some valuable lessons.

WARNING: This is in no way suitable for children. Not even a little bit.



The music 'Music to run away from - Zombies' was generously permitted for use by its creator Z Catcher. Many, many thanks to him and everyone else involved.


*It really wasn't.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Happy New Year!

Well so far this winter there's been nothing but grey clouds and wet rain, with only a few nights of frost. Nothing like the crisp crunchy snowfall I'm hoping for. Still a few months left yet but its not looking hopeful.


I didn't get to my study anywhere near enough over the holiday period, but I'm determined to lock myself away and get my head down more often over the coming months.


Regardless, happy new year!

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Worlds at War

I've recently seen some samples of some really nice black and white art and wanted to have a stab at doing something that was different to my usual, over saturated style.

Having recently been re-acquainted with Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds, and having been a lifelong fan of the source material I thought it would be fun to tackle a B-movie version of the story that lent its self nicely to the now infamous production by Orson Wells.

The following images are intended to be viewed as a sequence.













OOOlaaaaa!

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Time to die

I was fortunate enough to catch Blade Runner at the cinema for the first time tonight. Despite being one of my favourite movies its surprising how much more details in both sound and picture come to light on the big screen.

This doodle was initially going to be a black and white sketch but I was playing with the colours and seemed to catch something that was very reminiscent of the films neon hues.


I think I'm one of the few people left who is looking forward to the sequel, with or without Scott, and I'm hoping he brings this world and that of the Alien films together with a few sneaky references.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Red Wood

While I'm much prefer summer I cant deny that the hues that autumn throws up can be amazing. The reds and oranges are can often be enhanced by the arrival of the low lying winter sun. that makes everything glow as the light passes through it.

After taking a walk on a sunny autumn day I took some pictures which got me thinking about producing something using these colours.


I've also included a couple of photo's I took that served as inspiration for this thought process.



Only 8 months until summer :-(

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Rosetta: Two little robots

Today, two little robots completed one of the most complex and ambitious missions ever undertaken by mankind, the prime objective of which is to understand the origins of our solar system.

No pressure then.

Travelling over 6.5 billion kilometres they caught up with the comet travelling at at almost 135,000 mph and landed today at 16:02. With such astronomical speeds and distances this is a phenomenal achievement. Congratulations to all involved.


I understand that once the mission is complete they will land the orbiter onto the comet and shut it down so that the two robots can orbit the sun together, forever.

Your move Wall E.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Godspeed

Michael Tyner Alsbury was killed on Friday, serving as a test pilot on Virgin Galactic's Space Ship Two.

For as long as I can remember I've had a fascination with space and I've watched with great interest as the Shuttle programme came to an end and the next chapter in space travel begun.

Whatever you think about the current drive towards space travel, be it rich man's folly or an unquestionable necessity, it would be foolishly short sighted to declare that 'we're done exploring'.

The benefits from other audacious and ongoing experiments are too numerous to mention and there are thousands of people dying every day for far less worthy causes. Putting your life on the line in the name of science is a cause infinitely more noble than most.

So for those who fall helping us climb, Godspeed.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Trick or Treat

No breeze in the branches, no creaks, no distant groans,
just quiet cracking in answer to hobnail boots on infant bones.
Happy Halloween :-)

The result of a 1hr speed paint. I think I need to do more of these.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Morning Star and I of the Storm

So here's a couple of more planet illustrations following on from last years Mars picture. Although never intentional the opposing temperaments of the images worked out quite well with Venus being so calm and serene and Jupiter being a far more aggressive piece.

I wanted to convey Jupiter's vast scale in comparison to our other local worlds so rather than featuring the planet as a whole I opted to treat the infamous 'red eye' as the focus of the picture, and just to put it in perspective, you could fit earth into that cyclone. Twice. Deal with it.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Space. In colour.

The final frontier... to what exactly?

I've been playing the Elite beta. I loved Elite as a kid and this latest incarnation has not let me down. Same game play (more or less) but with the most breathtaking visuals you can imagine. The imagery inspired me to produce these pictures.




So we have the view of a sun from within an asteroid field, a gas giant with moons, so many moons, and the tail of a comet hurtling through space.

I have a few more ideas for further entries into this series as I was really pleased with how they turned out but thought I'd just post these for now.

Now, I need to go find me some Thargoid Invaders!