Published late Spring 2011 – I’m very excited to have contributed to Puffin’s Classics series with a cover illustration.
It’s different having to illustrate a scene (namely the opening graveyard scene in which the convict Magwitch confronts the terrified Pip) which is so well known in people’s minds. But the trick, I soon found, is to forget all that and just draw what they ask, as usual.
Sorting through my portfolio I've just rediscovered these: a couple of book covers I made a few years ago. Firstly, 'The Collector', which has to be one of the eeriest books ever written. For anyone who is familiar with John Fowles' more famous title, 'The French Lietenuant's Woman', this is in my opinion equally impressive (however it's likely to haunt your dreams for a while so consider yourselves warned). This cover is less hand crafted than usual for me and was pretty fun to make. Fun, when I was able to separate myself from the creepiness of the story anyway.
As well as illustrating Children's books I publish satirical boardgames, and I'm excited to say we've just launched War on Terror Edition 2. Edition 1 of War on Terror the boardgame was launched in Nov 2006 and we've added lots of new cards, new rules and an awful lot of illustrations, there are probably 100% more drawings on the box cover alone, and it was pretty crammed before!
Amnesty International, Berlin Academy of Arts, El Mundo, Frances McKay Illustration, Greenpeace, ICA, Illustrator Tom Morgan-Jones, Imperial War Museum, John Pilger, Nobel Peace Centre, Saatchi, Serpentine, TerrorBull Games, The IT Crowd, The Political Cartoon Gallery, Tomi Ungerer, V&A museum of Childhood
I have been unable to do a post for a while now because everything I have been working on is not for public consumption, yet. Very frustrating.
So, instead, here is something from the archives.
A few years ago I did some concept work on a movie that was never made (this is pretty much the definition of almost every movie). It was a sort of ‘Matrix/psychological thriller’ type thing and I probably still can't tell you anything about it, including the title, since the producer/writer may still be touting it around Hollywood for all I know.
Strangely enough, it is actually easier to see the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis from the northern parts of Norway, than it is to see it from the North Pole. This is because the polar lights fall roughly in a circle around the planet’s poles. So when I was in the arctic, the northern lights that I actually saw were far south of me. But it did not make them any less spectacular. These are 3 sketchbook drawings that I did of the Aurora Borealis during my time on the boat in the arctic. What they miss out most of all is just how bright the stars were - incomparable, and shining all the way across the sky until constellations meet the horizon, and drop off the edge of the world. I hope to get the chance in the following months to look through my photographs and video footage to make new drawings and films.