Travelling alone

colour, editorial, illustration

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.

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A British Subject

colour, editorial, illustration, process

I really enjoyed illustrating Frederic Raphael’s short story, A British Subject. Set in a gentleman’s club (not the sexual kind) it follows a few characters stories over a game of bridge and a whisky sour. Below are my rough ideas, and the final I went for.

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New work

colour, editorial, illustration, process

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.

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The Bone Clocks

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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!

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Asian fetishism

colour, editorial, illustration, process
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.

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England and other stories

colour, editorial, process
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.

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Noontide Toll

colour, editorial, process
Another illustration for The Financial Times out this weekend, for a book review of Romesh Gunesekera’s Noontide Toll – a series of short stories about a hired driver and his passengers. Set in Sri Lanka after the recent civil war, we explore the lives of these people as they pass through.
I really loved working on this piece and with such evocative imagery to respond to I was excited to explore a new colour palette away from my usual darker tones. Process below!

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Travelling Sprinkler

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New piece for the Financial Times Book review section. Illustrating Nicholson Baker’s new publication Travelling Sprinklers, it tells the story of a failing poet called Chowder. Disappointed by middle-aged life he invests his attention to a travelling sprinkler he has grown emotionally attachment to after a break up with his girlfriend.
The article emphasised the mundanity of Chowder’s life and Baker’s writing style reflecting that. I tried to use colours that echoed this feeling, a quieter and more subtle palette than my usual choice.

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