Recently I took a call asking if I’d be interested in doing some illustrations for Game of Thrones, as part of the publicity for season four.
When I finally regained consciousness some hours later and confirmed it wasn’t a prank call, I received the brief: illustrate the major (and some minor) deaths from the series. Though it has plenty of stand out moments, the inventive ways in which the characters meet their maker tend to be the most memorable.
To encourage fans to submit their own art, use of the characters themselves and their likenesses was to be kept to a minimum, which has made creating the pictures an interesting challenge. They rely heavily on the ‘icons’ of each scene, being designed to jog the memory of each.
Working with the lovely guys at 360i in the US, for the past fortnight I’ve been drawing stabbings, garottings, beheadings, lancings, hangings, matricides, fratricides, genocides and suicides. Which is one way of making a living.
It’s amazing to be involved – in some small way – in one of the most relentlessly entertaining TV shows on the box. There will be a daily update over at the Beautiful Death website. In the meantime, here’s the first image, and some of the work it took to get there.
A cover I did recently for FM World (facilities management). The article is about shared work spaces, so I tried to show some different ‘types’ (accountants, hipsters, fashionistas). What made this pretty challenging was a kind of isometric overhead perspective, something I’d never tried before and was trying for the first time on a cover (no pressure). As usual there’s a bit I really like, and that bit is the guy in the fetching green jumper.
Who knows where the best jobs are going to come from? This is a magazine cover for the Royal College of Language and Speech Therapists. I was sent the accompanying article, which boiled down to the theme of global communication. Atlas table cloth, vase of flowers, stick in a dog and Bob’s your uncle, one of my favourite recent jobs.
An illustration for the Financial Times book review section, possibly my favourite jobs to do. This one is for ‘Dissident Gardens’ – a new novel about jewish communists in New York. The dominant characters are Rose, and her daughter Miriam who is part of the folk/hippy scene.
I get the book review to read, send a rough, do the illustration over a couple of days and see it in the paper at the weekend. Magic. Initial rough below.