Submission for Playing Arts Contest
My interpretation of the King of Spades portrays him charging into peril, accompanied by a hawk. The bird can be taken as a literal companion, harking back to the medieval tradition of falconry. Equally, it can be interpreted as a symbol of vision, attention and focus. In mythology the hawk is often used as a representation of the soul : Valkyries transformed into hawks and carried the souls of fallen warriors from Norse battlefields to Valhalla. Meanwhile in Ancient Egypt and Rome, the hawk was released at the death of important figures to represent the soul transitioning from the mundane into the afterlife. In sum, you can view the hawk here as a spirit animal, a companion and/or a reminder of the fragility of life.
The illustration was done in black and white and combined traditional with digital, linear drawing. To view other submissions please visit Playing Arts website.
a series illustrating prenatal development
This series of illustrations was commissioned by an software developer for an app he was developing called ‘Gravid’ (Norwegian for ‘Pregnant). The app is intended to be used by expectant parents to help them monitor progress during pregnancy, get expert advice and educate themselves about the day-to-day development of their child in the womb.
The brief consisted of designing a ‘Mother’ character and then producing 41 consecutive weeks of vectorised illustrations of the baby growing from a bundle of cells into a newborn.
The Bear, The Lion and The Wolf.
An illustration design embellishing an ’Alpha’ concept logo, commissioned via Crew website. The illustration’s composition is inspired by the ‘Allegory of Prudence’ by Titian and its content combines a three-headed entity (one Bear, one Lion and one Wolf) within the typographic ‘Alpha’ logo. Each animal is intended to signify a particular virtue the brand wanted to evoke (Lion = Courage ; Bear = Strength ; Wolf = Loyalty). The logo was created for branding purposes and labels, with the illustration having to be capable of being printed on black and white apparel.
Examples of personalised illustrations created for use in letter-pressed wedding invites. I have worked on a number of such commissions, which have been offered to me via the Crew website. On the invitation with a map, I only created the illustrated icons and topographic elements such as mountains and forests.
I very much enjoyed being a small part of people’s « Big Day ». If you’re looking for help with a wedding invite please don’t hesitate to drop me an email.
Early sketches and drawings for Autumn Winter Collection 2015.
Here is a selection of sketches and early drawing visualisations from my work on Kidswear Autumn/Winter Collection 2015. I really like this stage of the design process as it enables me to brainstorm and explore different ways to communicate ideas and themes for the upcoming collection.
It’s also really interesting to see what rough drawings do and don’t get taken on to the next stage to develop into the final product. It’s also a great mental exercise, having to come up with new ways to work in seasonal themes (e.g. weather, holidays, festivals, seasonal clothing and events) and thinking of new activities for the iconic characters to get involved in.