I’ve been waiting for my big chance to show you what I’ve been working on recently, and now I get the opportunity to do just that!
I’ve been working on a few illustrations for ‘The Clerkenwell Post‘ in the last few weeks, and have had the great opportunity to produce the magazine cover illustration and an internal magazine illustration within this issue.
Following on from my previous illustration for this magazine, it’s an honour to work with them again.
You can see a few photos of the magazine cover below, with a brief synopsis of the idea;
The magazine issue was based on the past and present politics in and around Clerkenwell, looking at the local consistency, past political figures like John Wilkes (who was branded as a freedom fighter, with his slogan ‘Liberty’), and also incorporating the local consistency map (shown with the different colour combinations of red and orange).
With these themes in mind, I came up with the idea of showcasing the profile of John Wilkes within the consistency map, (which is shown below). As John Wilkes had hair like a scroll, and as he brought together the ‘Bill Of Rights’, I thought this would be a good idea to marry these two ideas together.
This idea is subtly shown within the illustration, and working with the Art Director, we thought it would be better if it was subtle and not too obvious on the eye.
Bringing elements such as pigeons, a ballot box and the John Wilkes statue, I’m really happy with the end result, which was painted with gouache, watercolour, and edited in Photoshop.
The piece comes together with the great type work, and works excellently with my style of illustration.
From here, I sent my sketches off to the Art Director, and with great feedback, I came up with the final illustration below.
Like I was saying previously, I also played a small part inside the magazine, having created an illustration to go in between text.
I incorporated my painted figures from the magazine cover with a digital background of the consistency map, using the same warm colours like the cover, which I think works well together.
This was a really enjoyable part of the project, with some more photographs below.
I’m really happy with how this project turned out, and it was a really fun project to work on, which I hope you enjoy.
Many thanks to Cai Taylor for his great feedback throughout the project, which resulted in an even better illustration at the end!
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