Who doesn’t love Red Bull sports? As a keen mountain bike trail rider I really enjoy all the media they put out and none more so than the Red Bull Hardline mountain bike event.
For those who haven’t seen the event I suggest you check it out. Think Welsh mist drifting across a huge downhill run, jumps the size of double-decker buses, drops across roads and rock gardens, all to the sound track of chainsaws! The event was held in Wales this year and the course was designed and built by Dan Atherton and his team. There were some brutal jumps and drops and the north Wales weather kept everyone on their toes. The size of the jumps were insane only matched by the skills of the riders.
Craig Evans won the event with a ridiculously quick run. Followed closely by Bernard Kerr and course designer Dan Atherton in third place. All the riders deserve props but there can only be one winner, so it’s Craig that I’ve illustrated on his Santa Cruz v10. Craig rides in black and green but for this I wanted to reflect Red Bull’s event as well so I went with their infamous blue, yellow and red.
The Type for this had to be BIG and BOLD it’s shouting out over the din of the chainsaws and it’s coming straight for you!
I wanted to illustrate the speed that these guys are travelling at but at the same time didn’t want to blur anything out so I’ve gone for a super sharp stop frame. Adding the dust, grit and gravel kicking up and drifting off the rider really helps with the effect of it being a single instance captured in the moment.
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Another Editorial piece this time for finance and economics magazine RISK. Briefed quite strictly to mirror a classic Soviet feel-good propaganda poster but with Quants in place of the farmers, looking to the future with purpose and fortitude. Representing the movement of quants from the back rooms and basements into the front offices and client facing positions.
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Here's an illustration for business magazine Euromoney. It was briefed as a celebration that no one turned up to, showing a depressed Takehiko Nakao, President of the Asian Development Bank. I went with a pared down colour scheme highlighting the key features. The story was originally planned as a cover, which is why I've left spaces for the masthead and secondary headlines, but at the last minute the Euromoney went with a different cover story, which was a bit disappointing, but that's the way with current affairs ediorials, there's always next issue!
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Here's my illustrated portrait for the cover of POLITICO. It depicts Pierre Sellal, France's veteran ambassador to the European Union. The piece is a dedicated appraisal of Sellal – a top diplomat that France has relied on to keep everything operating smoothly within the EU. He is the man in the know and has for many years been the go to guy for french politicians who needed help with a European issue. He is however approaching retirement and the question is when he does stand down, what kind of ambassador will France put in his place? It would be hard to replace a like for like diplomat, or would a more modern representative than Sellal be better for a European Union that finds itself trying it's best to hold together, whilst so many would tear it apart.
I suggested that we depict Sellal in a very strong light wrapped in the Tricolor and what better way to show reverence to the great protector of France than in a statuesque pose set within a stained glass window? Inspired by many visits to Carcassonne in the past I felt that would be a great way to pay homage to the career of a man dedicated to his protection of France.
The use of stained glass also gave me the opportunity to seamlessly put in the french references that tie it all together.
Here’s my illustration for the cover of POLITICO. The article was an editorial questioning the way Hungarian politicians in Brussels are viewed by their compatriots in the European Commission, and the effect of their outspoken Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s hardline views on the EU’s open border policies.
I wanted to put across the feeling of discord and isolation as not everything in the Union is in unison. There is an unease amongst the representatives in the European Parliament. Is it getting harder to ignore the different ways in which each country wants the Union to work and whether certain countries are being ostracised for what the politicians back home are saying and doing?
It will be interesting to see how the article is received in Budapest and Brussels and if this editorial has a prophetic narrative for the future of the European Union.
As you know, I love to draw animals! So I was really happy when BBC's Wildlife Magazine got in touch at the end of last year and asked me to do some illustrations to accompany a feature on conservation.
The essay was about how it's not always best to cordon of huge tracts of land and call them reserves or parks, as often this has seen an increase in poaching and deforestation, due to the lack of funding for the protection needed. Also what of the indigenous people that are forced off of their own land – some statistics show that often these very people are the best at protecting the land that they hold dear.
Obviously it is a really hard topic to discuss and there is no hard and fast answer for all instances, and I didn't want to take anything away from the park rangers who do an amazing job to protect wildlife. For the first illustration, a full plate I decided to do an amazon habitat with a Kayapo tribesman acting as guardian of his piece of jungle, surrounded by relevant wildlife – at the bottom an arapaima which has faced real problems from over fishing, a threat that is still being dealt with through education of the local inhabitants. Next is the quintessential icon of the amazon, the jaguar, and at the top a real success story, the Red Siskin, after a new colony was found after being feared to be on the brink of extinction.
For the second illustration I wanted to show the rangers of the African National Parks, who put their lives on the line every day in defence of wildlife. Although they are doing all they can, they cannot be everywhere at once, and often this can mean that whilst one thing is being protected, others are not, which is why it's so hard to get a definitive solution. I wanted to show this with poachers fires behind the rangers back.
Finally I wanted a bit of lightness so I drew a cute asian elephant, based on some pictures I took in Borneo, although I had to edit it a bit so that it wasn't a pygmy elephant! It featured in the January 2016 issue of Wildlife Magazine.
Here are all the illustrations and some detail shots:
I've just been in the Los Angeles retro game gallery iam8bit's 10th Anniversary show. Jon asked me to create a new artwork for the show which being the gallery's 10th anniversary was going to be based on the classic subject of retro games. After much deliberation and discussion, I decided on making a piece inspired by Nintendo's Metroid. This is how I always imagined Samus's helmet should fit on (in a crazy robotic dressing machine style!) lots of swooshing, clicking and electro fusing! It made my brain hurt a little bit to work out how it could come apart but around Samus, but I think it would fit together (pretty much)!
Anyway the gallery opening looked like a lot of fun, and it's now available to buy from the webstore – 18 x 24 inch Giclée limited edition of 30 prints, so get them while they're hot.
Here are some close ups:
A couple of weeks ago I managed to meet one of my all time heros – Sir David Attenborough. I saw went to see him speak at the Environment Trust's annual talk and it was an amazing treat to see and hear him in real life.
It just so happened that it had been his birthday a couple of days before and as I had recently been working on a new illustration for a future mailout which featured him I decided to get a couple of giclée prints made up as a present (printed by the extremely helpful and skillful David at DOTtoDOT printing.)
He was really nice and appreciative of the gift (he even managed to hide any outward sign of being freaked out at receiving a portrait of himself by from an enthusiastic fan!) Being a little star-struck I forgot to ask him to sign my copy, but luckily I managed to get in the queue and have a slightly calmer chat about my illustration and get a special addition on my print!
What a legend!
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I saw an article on 8 of the UK's most endangered invertebrates, and this image immediately came to mind – we always hear about all the large scale ecological disasters around the world that such small things as these can often go unnoticed and unappreciated. The threatened species are from top to bottom(excluding the crushed bits!) – Small Tortoiseshell butterfly, New Forest Cicada, Bog Hoverfly, Shrill Carder Bee, Hornet Robber Fly, Tansy Beetle, Rossers Sac Spider and the Ladybird Spider.
Here are some close ups: