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The client: Lucky Cloud Botanical Skincare

The brief: To produce a short series of detailed botanical illustrations which both complimented the client's existing branding, and belied a selection of the plants used to create the products.

The outcome: Together, the client and I decided that a detailed style of illustration would provide both a nice contrast to the existing punchy branding, and compliment it suitably. We selected a small number of botanicals used in the Lucky Cloud products, and these were produced as stand-alone illustrations that could either be used alone, or collaged together for impact.


Jewellery Tools for a Jewellery School

The clientVanilla Ink

The brief: Create illustrations of specific jewellery tools to represent The Smiddy: A Centre for Excellence for Jewellery and Silversmithing in Banff. The client selected four jewellery tools and requested them illustrated in a traditional media, plus an alternative vector illustration. These brand elements were then used to create a logo, and several marketing materials.

The outcome: The client’s chosen tools were drawn in graphite, and the resulting illustrations were also turned into simplified vectors. The tools were used to create a pattern that can be applied to a succession of marketing materials, and a series of brand guidelines were produced.


Intestinal Organoids for Modelling Intestinal Development and Disease

The client: Dr Nicholas Hannan 

The brief: To produce a series of three figures to accompany a review of intestinal organoids, published in the Royal Society's journal Philosophical Transactions B. The figures demonstrated the different tissues present in both the small and large intestine; detailed the factors introduced to an intestinal stem cell to maintain it's multipotency or stemness and how this is measured; and the methods which could be used to harvest stem cells and grow intestinal organoids. 

Figure 1: the structure and cellular composition of the small and large intestine.

Detail: sections of the small and large intestine showing cellular makeup.

The growth factors and molecules introduced, and naturally present, to an intestinal stem cell in order to maintain 'stemness'.

Figure 3: Creating intestinal organoids from a direct intestinal biopsy vs. from induced Pluripotent Stem Cells.

Gross anatomy of human intestines, ink and digital.

Figure 2: detailing the molecules present in an intestinal stem cell (and their concentration) in order to maintain multipotency.

The outcome: Each figure was carefully researched, sketched, and finally hand drawn using ink. The individual elements were scanned, coloured and composited digitally, so that a vibrant colour palette could be used to easily identify the individual cell types. 




Animating Jewellery Making 

The client: CARVE

The brief: To create animated illustrations that detail the process of lost wax casting (utilised by the pop-up jewellery workshops to create silver rings from the wax rings made by participants during a CARVE class) for explaining to CARVE's audiences. 


Final CARVE film. Animation/illustration by me - everything else by Colin Tennant.

The outcome: CARVE worked with filmographer Colin Tennant to create a short film of CARVE participants making their wax rings, and the CARVE team cleaning up the cast silver rings. Once this was produced, I utilised stills from the live action elements and a mixture of fineliner ink pens and digital to create black and white illustrations to tie in with the CARVE brand. These were then animated and annotated in Adobe After Effects.  

induced Pluripotent Stem Cell sketch
induced Pluripotent Stem Cell development sketch
Storyboard image (heptatic cells)
3D Render of iSPC model
Still from final animation

Archaeological Reconstruction for Guard Archaeology

The client: Guard Archaeology

The brief: To reconstruct both a neolithic and medieval landscape, showing recently unearthed details such as oak posts (in the neolithic landscape) and a medieval cross (in the medieval landscape) as they were likely to have appeared in the time period. The neolithic landscape is in what is now Ladywell, Girvan and now features a large, industrially furbished farm. The medieval landscape is situated at the side of what is currently the M74, just outside Netherton. 

The plateau at Ladywell in Girvan, showing Ailsa Craig and the position of the neolithic oak posts. 

The initial rough sketch of the site at Ladywell in Girvan. 

The initial rough sketch of the site at Ladywell in Girvan. 

The plateau at Ladywell in Girvan, from an alternative angle, with Ailsa Craig and the position of the neolithic oak posts. 

The Netherton Cross today, now situated outside Hamilton Old Parish Church. 

The Netherton Cross today, now situated outside Hamilton Old Parish Church. 

The final reconstruction of the original site of the Netherton Cross. 

The original site of the Netherton Cross, present day. 

The original site of the Netherton Cross, present day. 

The outcome: For both reconstructions, the client favoured a slightly more abstract, watercolour effect for the landscape. The Netherton reconstruction was used by Transport Scotland to demonstrate the medieval site in an article on the BBC news


A woodland-themed wedding invitation

The client: Jenny and Tim

The brief: To produce an illustrated wedding invite and RSVP card that represented the woodland-theme of the wedding, and encompassed the couples love for foxes. 

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The outcome: Working closely with the couple, a fox 'character' was created to represent each, along with some additional elements that symbolised the individual. The RSVP card featured laburnum flowers which belied the tree and namesake of the bride's family home, and the tree on the reverse of the invite had tendrils symbolic of viking carving; the groom's field of study. Following some discussion, animals were drawn to represent the table names during the ceremony, too, tying everything together. 


Wedding invites with some miles on them

The client: Susan and Ryan

The brief: To create an illustrated 'map' that showed the places the couple had visited, lived, and were important to their relationship, all the way to their wedding day. 


The outcome: Working together, we identified the key places from the couple's journey and the elements they wanted to use to symbolise them. I created a false map that utilised the land masses from each of the places they considered important, and drew the individual elements to symbolise the individual locations, such as Edinburgh castle and Dublin's Poolbeg stacks. These were composited and coloured digitally. 


Oyne Map & Postcard Design for Touched by Scotland Gallery

The client: Touched by Scotland gallery

The brief: To design and produce a postcard detailing the events happening at Touched by Scotland as part of Craft Scotland's Meet Your Maker weekend in 2013. A bespoke map was drawn to help visitors find the rural gallery. 


The outcome: A detailed map was drawn at a large scale in biro, then digitised so it could be coloured and scaled. A drawing of the venue, highlighting it's bespoke wooden signage and distinctive blue roof, was also produced, to allow visitors to find the venue easily. A postcard was designed around this, which contained information about the Gallery's resident artists for that weekend.