Tuesday, 18 December 2012

New York Times

I spent last week working on a nice job for the New York Times Sunday Review. The job was to illustrate 6 poems  based on the mayan calendars prediction for the end of the world ( This friday).
I had to cover all the poems but try to make them work as a whole. There was a print and web format to consider too. Below is the final spread for the paper and click here to see the online version.

The first two roughs were wrong- I thought the image would be a whole page without the type. I tried  to show six moments that would feel as though they were from the same story

.....and in this one I tried to combine all six poems into one illustration

Here are two more roughs once i found out that the image had to include the type.

I also tried a version that  worked more with the language of mayan pattern- using a diamond shape that represents the universe- as the central point for the image to grow out from.

1 comment:

Rob Kidney said...

Hey Luke,

Stunning work!...You just keep getting better.
long time no see/speak.
Rob Bremner/Rob Kidney here.

I was the year below you on the Brighton illustration course.
I've been living in Tokyo for 10 years now!
Scraping together a living as well as I could.

I have finally got things together and have opened a small gallery/shop/studio in Tokyo.

It's called "WISH LESS"


this is our concept.......

Good things come in small packages…

WISH LESS is one of those packages. Opened and run by a Japanese graphic designer and a British illustrator.
A space and studio in Tokyo where art, products, fashion and music live happily together.

Everything is exclusive.
It’s a place where ideas are born and raised.

Once upon a time many years ago, on the streets of London, NYC, Paris and Tokyo there were many places like this.
They vibrated with energy and passion.

Spaces to communicate and connect with like-minded individuals.
They radiated positivity and excitement.
Your heartbeat increased when you entered the building.

We missed that feeling.

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Come by and say hello!

We opened last month.Our first show was by British Spray paint impressionist REQ.

As well as art,we sell our own products(made in Japan),records and CD's,books,zines,clothes and British antiques.

I have always been a massive fan of your work.
I showed my partner Yoko your work and she was in total agreement,that if you are interested we would love you to do a show/sell your work in our space.

As I said our space isn't big.....But it has a charm/energy that is lacking in Tokyo.
We really want to show the best of UK creative talent.
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Hope you are well!
Peace and love from