Another sketchbook piece based on a photo I take off the TV during breakfast. This time it’s Ben Wallace, minister of defence in the UK.
“I still don’t know if my wife is even alive.”
Lately I’ve been photographing people on the TV—mostly in the morning with my coffee—and then later drawing them in my book. This guy was fleeing the war in Ukraine.
I’ve seen the future, brother
Illustration in The New Statesman
Illustration: ‘Watching them stops them landing’ in this week’s The New Statesman. Thanks to Tim @ikon.images
Alexander Lukashenko continues to block the path to progress for Belarus.
How food came home
Illustration for The Grocer’s Top Products Survey 2020—with big thanks to Stuart Milligan.
‘Old hat’… an illustration for Res Publica (many thanks to Zeyd Anwar). This one was made in ink and gouache, and the colour and text added in Photoshop. Here are the before and after versions.
Cover illustration for Marietta Magazine: Fall 2019.
Big thanks to GI Smith.
Schiavi uniti d’America
Cover illustration for this week’s Internazionale. Big thanks to Maysa Moroni.
Today I was a guest lecturer at Stenden University—talking about illustration and Photoshop.
This is what I covered:
1. Introduction to techniques — one subject (Donald Trump) illustrated in different ways (traditional vs digital ways of working).
2. Portfolio highlights — a look at some examples of editorial cover art and how they were made.
3. A typical illustration job — stage by stage walk-through of a commission, from first contact, first roughs, pre-final versions, through to final artwork.
4. Photoshop demonstration — deconstructing a finished image, pulling apart the image layers to see how it was made.
5. The negative side of the work — the difference between an ‘artist’ and an ‘illustrator’. Getting stuck in one style of working. Moral questions in editorial work.
6. Back to basics — The importance of drawing and experimenting as ways of keeping it fresh.
My thanks to the students at Stenden (especially Froukje):
‘We remember the guest lecture by Derek Bacon as epic! Full of humour and information about Photoshop we didn’t even know was possible. All your surroundings can be used for something completely different. It is all possible with your imagination and surroundings. We hope you had just as much fun as we did!‘