I've been working on and off in 2015 for an award winning agency in Manchester who have a global reach. They were named Consultancy of the Year at a recent industry awards, and the product I've been working on was also an award winner. Due to non-disclosure agreements, I can't say much more about the project except that the client is a large multinational, and I got to work in a manga style on various character designs and assets for a gamification tablet app for their Japanese market.
This is a tattoo design I illustrated which was intended to wraparound the length of a client's arm from the shoulder down to the wrist. The client was big Marvel and DC Comics fan. His original concept was to try and have a comic strip running in a sequence but it proved too difficult from a storytelling point of view to try and shoehorn as many characters in as he wanted, so we agreed on a montage of his favourite comic book superheroes and villains instead.
Jazz Mino is an emerging singer and songwriter based in Shoreditch, London. She won the Kiss FM Music Cube award in 2014 and is quickly establishing herself on the music scene in London. Check out her work on her website, facebook page or follow her on twitter.
I was commissioned to provide the CD artwork for her latest single 'Blue Eyes'. Jazz provided the concept and storyline which was to complement the song and video release. Jazz had a clear vision of what she wanted and I was able to help break down her ideas into a comic strip for the CD cover and interior sleeve. Here are the resulting illustrations:
I was commissioned to produce concept visuals by two contemporary theatre companies working in collaboration on an Arts Council bid to produce one of the showpiece outdoor performances to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Wales Millennium Centre.
Walk the Plank, based in Manchester, are a leading outdoor cultural arts events company with a national and international reputation - having worked on the closing ceremony of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and the opening of Turku 2011 European Capital of Culture in Finland. Citrus Arts are a Welsh based company that specialises in circus, street theatre, drama and dance. Together they came up with the concept of 'Inferno', a crane-hung show tracking the development of raw industry as electricity and science change processes and possibilities, resulting in the creation of a new Super-Human. They asked me to take some visual cues from Fritz Lang's 'Metropolis' which heavily influenced the concept for the final scene.
As with much of my work these days, it was mostly done digitally sketching directly into a drawing program called Manga Studio 5 using a stylus and tablet PC (Microsoft Surface Pro 3). Using such a portable set up is very handy as I don't have to be studio based and I was able to work on this commission whilst travelling regularly up and down to London on the train.
Andrew Chiu is a UK based illustrator working in comics and children's books, concept art, editorial, as a storyboard artist and visualiser, and any other area of illustration that will have him. All images on this blog are copyright of the publishers unless otherwise stated.
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