Pentagram recently commissioned me to illustrate an article for the last issue of Howard Hughes Medical Bulletin. It was great fun researching stickleback fish in their beautiful habitats in Vancouver Island, below is a researcher about to get into action.
Illustrations for Freemen’s World Magazine – a German outdoor magazine. Accompanying an essay about a reporter exhausted from a reportage on human trafficking in North Africa, decides to take a flight to the Outer Hebrides to spend some time travelling alone, and immersing in nature.
Thanks to AD Frank Dietz for this piece.
New work for Prospect Magazine and The FT. Illustrations of the narrative sort, below are my responses and sketch ideas for a review of Chris Killen’s new fiction ‘In Real Life’ – exploring the way we connect with people online, and one for Kirsty Gunn’s short stories ‘Foxes’ featured in Prospect. Thanks to John Bradley and David Killen.
Illustration for The Financial Times review of David Mitchell’s new fiction The Bone Clocks. It follows protagonist Holly from teenage years to elderly lady. Her story is narrated by different men in various periods of her life, starting off in a small English town it ends in rural Ireland amongst semi-immortals battling it out…she also hears voices in her head and witnesses strange characters no one else can. Here’s my take on it!
So excited when I got an email from Kristin at Bitch magazine to illustrate an article on Asian fetishism. Having dealt with some yellow fever interest in the past, I went to town when coming up with ideas for this piece. I was also reading The Asian Mystique by Sheridan Prasso which explores this subject matter in depth, and that helped inform my brainstorming process.
The article touches on several different issues that examine the history behind Asian fetishism and the different images Asian women have had projected onto them over the centuries, from the demure and submissive China doll, to the sexual predatory dragon lady aka Anna Mae Wong. Below are the many options I presented, and the final artworks we went ahead with using duotone black and red for the August issue of Bitch.
Piece for The Financial Times illustrating the book review of Graham Swift’s new short stories set in England.
I focused on a story about a disillusioned immigrant whilst trying to get a sense of the quiet everyday drama that pervades his stories. A loyal supporter of the British Empire fighting in the war service he finds himself working as a hospital porter in London. It reminds me of a poem I read on the London Underground, Bam Chi Chi La La by Lorna Goodison, about a Jamaican working as a teacher in Jamaica, and a cleaner in London’s West End. Both explore the kind of roles we can play under different circumstances, and growing up hearing my parent’s stories about the turmoil they endured during the Cultural Revolution, being tossed into roles beyond their control and eventually making a new life in London, I really enjoyed responding to this article and trying to capture the kind of characters that make England what it is today.
A link to the article found here and some of the other ideas I came up with below.