PortPHolio: Meteorological Marvels

Phew! What a scorcher!

Our portpholio pheatured topic is the weather. (Now, what on earth gave us that idea?) As we return to some semblance of normality and realise other types of weather are available, we can get back to talking about more than sunshine.

Weather affects us every day – indoors and out: what you do, how you feel, what you wear… Its increasing unpredictability and extremes make photographing it more of a gamble than ever. Even after retouching, a photograph can never convey any emotions involved in the ways an illustration can.

Here are some weather-related pieces by a few of our artists.

Artist: Pastiche

Project: Milk Tray

A few years ago, Cadburys decided to revive the 1960s “Milk Tray Man” campaign, with its 007-inspired main character delivering chocolates through all weathers “All because the lady loves Milk Tray”. They commissioned Pastiche to illustrate various daring scenarios in the style of glamorous sixties film posters.

See what else our Pastiche artists can do, in their portfolio

Artist: Lee Ford

Project: Pier

Oh how this makes us want to be beside the seaside, beside the sea! Lee’s illustration uses his unique combination of graphic processes to evoke Britain’s endangered piers. You can hear the seagulls, smell the chips – and the fear of a seagull trying to steal one.

Find more from Lee in his portfolio

Artist: Christopher Neilsen

Project: Bug

One of Britain’s greatest ever illustrators, Sir John Tenniel famously objected to Lewis Carroll wanting him to draw a wasp wearing a wig. “A wasp in a wig is altogether beyond the appliances of art”, he said, resulting in a chapter being dropped from Through the Looking Glass. No such refusal from Christopher when he asked himself for “An insect carrying an umbrella”.

More of Christopher’s work can be found in his portfolio

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