Self-initiated editorial piece, about how bees during a solar eclipse go completely quiet.
Google Doodle for St. David's Day 2018
AD: Sophie Diao
Hårgadansen (“The Hårga dance”) is the story of when the devil came to the village of Hårga in Hälsingland, Sweden. Playing tunes on the violin they had never heard before, all the youth followed him up a mountain where they danced and danced until all that was left was their skeletons.
It’s said that you can still see the marks of the dancers and if you’re brave enough to traverse the mountain during a full moon, you can hear the devil playing his music.
A story from Swedish folklore. Nowadays, the moment is immortalised in several folk tunes and music scores.
Set of illustrations created for DropMix, a music mixing game developed by Harmonix and published by Hasbro in Autumn 2017.
Set of 12 zodiac illustrations, commissioned by Society6 for their December 2017 horoscope blog post.
Self-initiated piece for my wife, of her and our cats.
Self-initiated project to draw a Victorian-inspired mansion and it’s associated rooms. A fun personal idea of using a limited palette to convey room designs and aesthetics throughout the entire house.
A portrait of my wife Chervelle Fryer, of her biggest love - our cat Poppy.
I was invited by the Drawn Chorus Collective to participate in their latest show There and Back Again. For this, I based my works on Percy Fawcett - a British explorer who got lost in the jungles of Brazil in 1925 whilst searching for the Lost City of Z, a name he gave to a city he believed existed deep in the Brazilian region of Mato Grosso.
Original artwork featured in The Adventure Zine vol 1, a charity fan art book based on the comedy podcast The Adventure Zone.
Commission for Society6, of illustration to be used in a timelapse. Subject matter was up to me, and I opted for a medieval inspired piece with lots of floral details in order for the video to be more interesting as I finish all the little details in it.
You can watch the video and read an interview with me here, on Society6’s blog.
“A great crack of thunder tore through the sky, unleashing a torrent of hot rain. Of course we smelled it before it arrived. The air became cooler, and the wind picked up the fragrance of the pavement and the rows of corn beyond the chain-link fence. Even as children we knew, as if we were animals, the shifts and sensations that signaled an approaching summer storm. The cool air always comes first, then the unmistakable scent of petrichor mixed with something more earthy and green. What begins as a dark mass at a distance quickly reveals itself as an ominous gathering of distinct clouds made purple and turgid from the thick moisture of the gluttonous summer heat.”
Private commission based on the above text by Roxanne Gentry, used with permission.
Self-initiated editorial piece, based on the idea that giant pandas function as what’s known as “umbrella species” - a charismatic species that through the efforts to protect them, contributes to the conservation of other species (for example, through the protection of vulnerable habitats).
Personal work/self-iniated mock editorial piece based around an article from 2010 that claimed that "in Texas alone, a hotspot in the robust market for the animals, there are more tigers in captivity than in the wild globally"
Self-initiated piece, celebrating good coffee and the arrival of summer with an illustration of a relaxing summer date.
A sudden encounter. A self-initiated piece inspired by a trip to my local castle, with its decorated doors, patterned walls, and seemingly endless spiral staircases.
Self-initiated piece about the origin of coffee; Ethiopian legend has it that a goatherder called Kaldi discovered it when he saw his goats dancing and jumping around after eating coffee plants.
The final illustration I did in 2017 - with a hope of a better year for all
A guest art commission for Sarah Webb, featuring characters from her comic Kochab.
My contribution to Light Grey Art Lab's BOTANICA show.
Silphium was a plant used in classical antiquity, nowadays considered extinct, for both medicinal and culinary use. It’s most famed (and debated) use is as both an aphrodisiac and abortifacient. Additionally, it is thought that the common symbol for a heart was inspired by the shape of the plant’s seed pod – depicted on coins of the time –, strengthening the idea of it as a plant of love and sexuality.
Self-initiated editorial piece based on an article about how prehistoric tombs may have been used as star-gazing observatories.
My last work of 2016 - a celebration of the coming year and hope that it will be a good one
Personal piece about struggling with anxiety and conflicting inner turmoil, represented by two fighting foxes connected through each other in an infinity symbol shape.
Two in a series of illustrations relating to animal familiars and magical tools created during the month of October in celebration of Halloween.