Off Skipness Point is an illustrated story based on one of my Grandpa’s many tales of life at sea when he was a 14 year old boy. The story I chose to illustrate is based on a tale he frequently told us, about one particularly stormy night in 1928 when he was working on a local herring steamer called The Carnation just off the west coast of Scotland.
To present the story, I’ve used a feature on Twitter called Collections. This feature doesn’t seem to have been used much for storytelling but I thought it would be a great way to construct a short story online. The three characters in the story - my grandpa, my great-grandpa and their shipmate Old Doddy - each have their own individual Twitter profiles, making it easy for me to add their voices to the story. You can see the story on Twitter HERE and I’ve also embedded it below. I hope you like it! (If you’d like to embed it on your blog, you can do so here)
Earlier this summer I worked with the guys at the new King’s Cross developments to create this map illustration for a walking guide. The printed walking guide features lots of the new buildings that are popping up all over the King’s Cross area as well as older landmarks and lots of food and drink outlets. As the development will be constantly growing I’ll be updating the guide to feature all the new development that’ll be appearing in the coming months.
You can pick up a free copy of the guide at the tourist information point at Granary Square.
Last summer I worked with Cactus Creative to create some map illustrations of the canal network in Glasgow. Those illustrations were then used in a walking guide booklet (that you can download here) and on an app for Scottish waterways.
More recently I worked with D8 design to create some fitness trail maps for the same canal network. Along with the walking guides The Scottish Waterways also wanted to add exercise equipment along the route. I illustrated some more equipment and people to add to the existing maps. My maps and characters were then printed large scale and used along the route of the canal on information panels and signs.
A few weeks ago I was commissioned by the Wall Street Journal to create some illustrations and gifs for them.
The article was about housing developers and home owners trying to reduce the noise in their homes. So I created a few little repeating gifs of noisy things to be used on their website and illustrations for the printed edition.
I was asked by Think Publishing to do some fashion illustrations the other month. The article was about what dress codes and what to avoid wearing for Accounting Technician Magazine. It was pretty daunting as I’d not actually done any fashion illustrations before! but was pretty happy with how they turned out. I also created a new typeface to accompany the illustrations.