Brain Magazine in Japan invited me to design a special cover to celebrate Tokyo being selected as the host city to the 2020 Olympics.
It was a lot of fun to make! I wanted the cover to have energy and really pop off the stands.
Here's the interview that went along with it.
Q1. What is the idea for this cover? There are so many themes surrounding the Olympics, which I love. For instance seeing how far the human body can be pushed, the idea that people from all over the world can be watching a single moment, as well as the desire for personal achievement. The cover is inspired by all those themes.
In terms of aesthetics, I wanted the cover to be vibrant and dynamic, something that would leap off the magazine stands.
Q2. How did you make it? I wanted to experiment with making something that straddles between an illustration and something closer to graphic design. It was created using a mix of traditional and digital methods and the composition is inspired by Swiss design and old war posters.
Q3. What do you think of Japanese design and advertising? Some of my favourite digital campaigns are from Japan. It is very different than the rest of the world and I am constantly surprised by it.
I think of it in two personalities, one is calm and the other is crazy.
One keeps the rest of the world grounded and reminds us of all the wonderful things in life that are often overlooked. It appreciates good craftsmanship, and the simple things in life.
The other is quirky, and has no inhibitions. It likes to dress up, play with cute animals and express itself in unorthodox ways that are completely infectious.
So Japanese design and advertising can be quiet or it can be loud, but it's always interesting and playful.
I read once that for psychics who have the power to see someone's aura, a person with a magenta aura is usually described as being artistic or creative. It is usually associated with people who are artists, actors, authors, and designers. I wanted to capture what that might look like.
Playing with colours and trying out a looser drawing style.
Y: The Last Man
Yorick from Y: The Last Man. Mucking around with the way he looks and experimenting with a much cleaner style. A few things bug me about this illustration but I spent way too much time on it, now onto the next one!
PS. the graffiti on the wall says 'GOOD RIDDANCE' a nerdy reference to the book :)
This is a poster for a project that I may or may not be working on in the future and was created using Zbrush and Photoshop. This project had so many of the ingredients that I love, and was inspired by things such as Mass Effect, Katsuhiro Otomo, and the Knights Templar.
Creating the poster was a very fluid process and the approach changed several times. The final artwork unintentionally ended up being stylistically a mix of a CG style (Mass Effect) and elements of manga (Otomo). I want to see his guy animated, I can imagine some very epic action sequences, Final Fantasy style!
Sketch of Pharrell with his big hat.
Illustrations of scenes in nature.
What it would look like if these colourful YouTube characters were collectables.