ART + DESIGN

Space craft design: musings from the edge

Reading Time: 11 minutes Even in the future when, if, it becomes a normality, the craft we will use to traverse the void will look nothing like the myriad of designs we have become so used to seeing on screen.

Galactic Alarm by Chris Foss

Reading Time: 3 minutes If you like, study, or practice art in some way or form, then undoubtedly there will be a piece of art that you will keep coming back to.

Inspiration: John Harris

GErard Thomas Illustration - Inspiration: John Harris

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you like thinking about things far beyond our own mortal concerns, and you like science fiction art, this is a short film well worth your watching.

Remembering Peter Elson

Reading Time: 3 minutes There is no doubt, other than Foss, Peter Elson was a powerhouse of the heyday of science fiction illustration and books with his covers always got my attention.

An Infographic Tour de Force

Gerard Thomas Illustration - World War II Infographics review

Reading Time: 3 minutes Unlike most books on the subject, which are either pictorial or voluminous in nature, World War II Infographics takes the interesting approach of interpreting the mountains of statistical data compiled after the war

Masamune Shirow aka Masanori Ota

Reading Time: 8 minutes I was hooked instantly – hard not to be, as what it held in its pages was so far beyond what I had seen elsewhere; partly because Manga was a fully matured and accepted form of publishing in Japan.

Terran Trade Authority

Reading Time: 6 minutes But what’s best about these books? What would make me track them down, and pay a premium, so many years later?

Kow Yokoyama: Ma.K. Sketchbook

Reading Time: 4 minutes Up to three decades old in places, Yokoyama’s sketchbook reflects a distinctive style and stance that is so difficult to find these days.

Shaun Tan – a brief thought

Reading Time: 4 minutes I don’t find it easy to describe just what it is about Shaun Tan’s work, both literary and illustrative, that I find so enchanting.

A retro future: A bit of an essay

A Retro Future - A bit of an essay

Reading Time: 7 minutes Shapes, forms, colours were diverse, often soft, organic, and the visions of the future, in paint and ink, were as varied as they were interesting.

Roy Huxley Rediscovered

Gerard Thomas Illustration - Roy Huxley

Reading Time: 3 minutes I instantly recognised why his work at the time was so magnetic – it has that ageless ’something’. While I can’t put my finger on just what this something is, Huxley’s Matchbox art has it in spades.

Akira, an incomplete review

Reading Time: 4 minutes Themes of youth alienation and anti-establishment, military power and government corruption are handled cleanly and powerfully, balanced with the core theme of the super natural powers that drive the pivotal characters.

Box Art

Reading Time: 8 minutes Like the Matchbox art of Roy Huxley, which for me proceeded gaming, I was always captivated by the artwork adorning boxes of many games.

Chris Foss and Me

Reading Time: 5 minutes Foss’ visions are those of an industrial space and scale, where the craft are purposeful, work is hard, mechanical, and space unfriendly for people.

Welcome back analogue, I’ve missed you

Reading Time: 3 minutes It was one of those strange waterfall of events, one of those where one decision leads to another and another and before you know it, you are somewhere else entirely.

Design in Star Wars

Reading Time: 6 minutes I want to believe but I fear I might need to step out over a bottomless shaft to find the control that lets me…