Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Radio Times Christmas Edition: Barber of Seville

A lovely job came through for the Radio Times last week. Stimulating subject matter in the name of the opera The Barber of Seville. I concentrated on the theme of the barber (Figaro) guiding Rosini and The Count to eventual happiness, having fun playing with the glasses and scissors to represent the barbers profession and the divide between the two leads. As the deadline was quite tight, for speed and efficiency the image was almost entirely created in Adobe Illustrator, with final tweaking completed in Photoshop. This seems to be my increasingly employed working practice where APS simply becomes a finishing tool and AI is used to build the skeleton of the image. A really enjoyable project from start to finish.
"Tony Award-Winning Broadway Director Bartlett Sher scored a hit with his first opera-this Met production of Rossini's Barber of Seville. His Looney Tunes-inspired staging was to prove as sharp as barber Figaro's razor. Russian baritone Rodion Pogossov is the wily Mr Fix-it here and the hilarious pre-marital upheavals of Count Almaviva and his bride to be Rossina are explored with vocal freshness by tenor Alek Shrader and contralto Isabel Leonard."

Monday, 10 December 2012

"Images 36: The Best of British Illustration 2012"

The latest copy of Images 36 has been sat on my drawing board for a few weeks now and I've just not got around to posting a photo of the image in this years annual. This illustration completed for the Radio Times was selected to go to print out of three other pieces and here it is on the page. The full write up and a little background info on the commission can be seen here in an older post.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Finishing Report Cover

Here's an interesting job I did a couple of months ago and have been meaning post on here and I've only just got around to it. A commission for a printing magazine where they wanted to show the key different finishing processes used in print binding. As a theme the client requested the following anthropomorphic figures: Stitch, Glue, Cut and Fold Figures to be depicted simply, but ascending a staircase. A really interesting challenge in having to design the figures and how they fit in with each on the staircase. A couple of different colourways and the printed image shown. 
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