Monday, December 13, 2010
Made popular by RSA Animate (check them on You tube) white board animating relies on the illustrator to draw without prep sketches or tracing.
This commission for First Data came through Ben Goss of PP and the yello agency in Sydney on very short notice. I felt up to the task based on my own experimentation in filming illustration (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NzrbblRIWw) and gave it a whirl.
The shoot took a day; the camera was on an overhead jib and the whiteboard was laid out flat underneath it. Weird drawing position combined with an audience of the DoP; 3 creatives; a grip; the clients rep; the studio owner and also a junior who just wanted a look, it was, at times, intense!
This is a slightly shortened version. The unedited film was used at a major First Data sales conference and turned dry statistics into something entertaining.
I don't know what is more exciting. Having a piece selected for publication in the Society Of Illustrators ILLUSTRATORS 52 or deciding to go to New York to see it hanging in the Museum Of Illustration on East 63rd St in January.
It's titled 'The Bridge'.
It's an uncommissioned piece I'm using in another animatic-style short film slated for production in 2011.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The latest collection in the Affirm Press series is Gretchen Shirm's Having Cried Wolf. The stories revolve around childhood friends from the fictional coastal town of Kinsale, who have grown into women with vastly divergent lives, and their partners, families and friends. Dean's cover design aims to show how their stories create a rich tapestry of interconnected lives and shared experience.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
As with A New Day In Old Japan (see a previous post) my starting point for the narrative was an existing illustration with an unexplained scenario.
Click on the image to go to You Tube for full screen.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Two commissions recently needed illustrations for 'Team building' stories. These bees were used on the cover of Associations Now magazine based in Washington and the image below was for SooJin Buzeli at Plan Advisor magazine in New York. The story was about putting together the ideal team; these guys have a particular advantage.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Bens' illustration adorns the cover of the August Issue of Desktop Magazine, and inside is a nice little story about his career, and some general good hearted banter. You can read the first couple of paragraphs on the Desktop website, or you can enjoy the experience of having a real magazine in your hands and read the whole interview, by popping into your local newsagent.
Friday, July 2, 2010
The excellent art Director SooJin Buzelli asked me to illustrate an article in Plansponsor magazine about executive's pay packets being scrutinized more closely. It was thought the zebra in the original sketch may be checking out more than the flip-top lion's pay packet!
Monday, June 21, 2010
Normally when an AD says this I don't get my hopes up too high and never hear about the rough again. To SooJin's credit she came back a couple of weeks later and said she had an article on Equity which would be a perfect fit for the concept but there was one hitch...The format was different and I had to reshape the layout. I said no probs. I've always found coming up with concepts to be the hard bit of the job. Resizing an existing concept was a breeze.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Happy to announce that the latest book for Cassandra Golds, for which I have done the cover, has just been released by Penguin Australia (I also illustrated the covers of her previous novels "Clair de Lune" and "The Museum of Mary Child".
"Persimmon lives a solitary life, pouring her passion into the florist shop she owns in the underground railway station. Her only companion is Rose, a talking cabbage. Intriguing young men come and go but Persimmon has yet to find the love of her life.
Several levels beneath Persimmon's shop lives a mouse called Epiphany. Epiphany has a questing mind. She wants to know what lies beyond the dark tunnels of her home. As in all good fables, Persimmon and Epiphany are destined to meet. And when they do, life will never be the same again."
Sunday, May 23, 2010
The Australian Publisher's Awards just recently passed and I was happy to be awarded winner with Mel Feddersen , designer of "Best designed Fiction Book ", as well as coming second for "Best designed cover". The title of the book is "A True History of the Hula Hoop- a novel ". The designer gave me the freedom of hand illustrating the cover type in tandem with the illustration which was a rare treat for me. The rest is just a alcohol induced enjoyable blur. Also , good onya Sonia Kretschmar for the great illo on Tensy Farlow's book, congrats!
This is the cover art for the latest doggy detective thriller novel by American writer Spencer Quinn I have done, following 2009's Dog On It. Having made a character for the main protagonist Chet the dog detective, the ideas were much easier to formulate, bit noir, it could be turned into a strip I think!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The wonderful people at Screen Australia have been keeping Nigel busy during the run up to the Cannes film festival. There have been booklets, posters, banners, magazine ads, invitations galore for all sorts of different events. The brief called for a completely new approach to the marketing push, which is usually dominated by stills from one or more of the competition films. The images had to stand out from the marketing frenzy.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
These bar coasters are part of the "Thinking About Drinking?" campaign for MAC South Australia, developed by the fine people of Clemenger BBDO (Art Direction by Jane Keen / Illustration & Design by Ben Sanders). At the recent 33rd (AADC) Adelaide Advertising & Design Club Awards the illustrations were Finalist in 4 categories including Best Poster, Art Direction & Press, and ultimately captured the gong in the "Other Print" category... So next time don't take the car!
Monday, March 29, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Five illustrations from a series of ten.
A really enjoyable print project with an unusual, wide format.
The illustrations ranged across a double page spread in an A4 booklet and were visual metaphors for the 10 strategies.