Thursday, 7 April 2011

New Men's Health Illustrations!

Again been slow in putting up new stuff; busy, busy at the mo, to make amends here's a batch of illos that have graced the pages of Men's Health over the last couple of months.

To kick things off I thought we'd start with the latest 'Snack Off' spot illustration, now I'd posted earlier that I thought this series had been cancelled, so imagine my surprise to get an email from MH Art Editor Extraordinaire Rob Milton, asking me to come up with an image for Broccoli vs Spinach, not only that but Rob gave me a bit of free reign to come up with possible ideas.

After some thought, the idea that Broccoli would probably work best as someone with a 'fro played a major part in choosing the concept for this; with this in mind my best ideas were 80's footballers, so Broccoli would have either been a German player of that period or perhaps our very own Kevin Keegan, which I think Rob was already to go for, until I suggested Tom Baker's Dr Who and a Dalek Spinach... which happily got the thumbs up, I drew it in between other jobs and luckily it all went smoothly.

I'm hoping that there's still more of these 'Snack Offs' to do for the magazine as they're great fun... we've covered most meats by now, but we still haven't done anything with Turkey.. and i'll not feel we've completed the series until we tackle Turkey!

Above is a great little image I was able to come up with for Deputy AD Kerem Shefik at the magazine, he wanted a spot illustration for a feature titled 'Rise of the Machines' in which he wanted Arnie's Terminator using a bit of gym equipment called the Roman Chair, this is another one that was quick and fun to do, in fact I offered two different versions of the scene, and he chose the one above (the better of the two!)

What I liked about this image was that it was printed absolutely tiny, maybe the size of a 50 pence piece in the magazine; I thought it looked kind of cool being such a dinky size, alas I was hoping this would become a series; either with different Terminators doing different exercises or maybe other 80's Movie characters using gym equipment; Robocop lifting weights, Rambo doing press ups, Gremlins doing squat thrusts?! Maybe that's a series I should do in my own time!

This is an advertorial image that ran in last issues Men's Health for Gillette, David Godfrey the promotions AD at MH got in touch to ask me if I fancied producing a spoof of the 'Your Country Needs You' poster artwork, the brief was simple; we want a drawn copy of the image, but want you to remove the 'tache. Easy! I thought... "You've got two hours to get it to us" said David... er...

I got my backside in gear and came up with the above, I actually provided a few versions and the above got selected. I never saw this in print, but it ran full page and I imagine running with the right text would have come out well in print.

This is yet another advertorial (I've had a lot of these of recent!) this was again commissioned by Promotions AD at MH David Godfrey, a very simple scene to draw for the hair restoration product Regaine, I came up with a series of roughs and the above one got chosen, I was expecting for David to get back to me with regards to producing a final, but they liked the rough above so much they actually ran it.

Okay, so that's a little catch up, what I can say is that some big illos are on the way soon, one is proving particularly epic, but more on that next time.


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