Last year during the height of the Junior Doctors contract dispute with NHS employers and Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, I was approached by Asantha Jayaweera (@AJtheSandman), a junior doctor to help bring a bit of humour to a serious stand-off between the government and the NHS. Given my connections with the Care Quality Commission, I wasn't able to draw any overtly political messages supporting the actions of the Junior Doctors and instead, Asantha and myself focused on two of the key moments in the dispute. Asantha posted these on various social media forums and we got quite a lot of hits and positive feedback.
The first cartoon highlights the monumental task that was facing Dr Johann Malawana (@johannmalawana), the then chair of the Junior Doctors Committee (JDC) in convincing junior doctors to vote for and accept the renegotiated contract. They didn't and Dr Malawana stepped down as the JDC Chair shortly afterwards.
The second cartoon focused on the Justice for Health team (@Justice4Health_) on the eve of their court date to challenge the imposition of the contract on doctors - the contract included the shift in terms and conditions to accommodate a 'seven day' NHS. Justice for Health lost the case although aspects of the judgement led to a moral victory of sorts.
I was commissioned to create fifty illustrations for a research app funded by Arts Council North. The app has been developed as an engagement tool to conduct a mental health study on behalf of the Psychosis Research Unit, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust. The app takes an innovative narrative driven approach to gathering the experiences of people who may suffer from mental illness and is part of a wider arts project encapsulating a muscial: HOAX My Lonely Heart and a graphic novel: Psychosis Blues.
I was asked to be involved in this commission after Ravi Thornton, the driver behind the HOAX project, approached me and shared her experiences about her brother who endured mental illness during his life, and went on to discuss her vision for the project. Having some insight and experience of mental health within my own family, I was glad to be able to contribute to this innovative project.
I would urge anyone in the North of England to go and see the musical and check out details of the tour in April and May 2017, and how to participate in the study at www.hoaxorth.com. Attendees also get a free copy of the graphic novel which includes illustrators of the calibre of Bryan Talbot and Ryan Hughes.
Below are some of the illustrations I produced for the app.
Magazine: Enhancing your MIND, BODY, SPIRIT
Commissioner: Summertime Publishing Ltd
Website: De Agostini UK
This is a bit of a blast from my past when I went through a phase of creating photomotage illustrations. De Agostini have repackaged and started republishing 'Enhancing your MIND, BODY, SPIRIT' partworks. The first four issues were launched last month in January along with a TV and social media campaign which is the traditional time of year when partwork publications are launched. They try to hook you in over the counter through newsagents and supermarkets with a big publicity launch and hope that you will then subscribe to the rest of the series over the next 2-3 years to complete your collection. As a business model, I guess it works.
I probably completed around thirty plus illustrations throughout the entire run of the partworks. The great by-product of the commissions was that it forced me to learn how to use Adobe Photoshop proficiently! Although these days, Clip Studio Paint (formerly Manga Studio) is my main creative software of choice, I always bring the final illustration across into Photoshop for any finishing touches.
Here are a few of my favourite photomontage illustrations that I produced for the magazine series:
Concept: Great Fire of London fire drawing
Commissioner: Walk the Plank (Manchester)
Event: The Great Fire of London Firework display
I produced this concept illustration ahead of Walk the Plank's fireworks display at Victoria Park in London for Tower Hamlets Council. I was asked to visualise a fire drawing representing the Great Fire of London in front of an onlooking crowd at the event venue. The display was part of a series of events across London to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the great fire.
Below is the completed illustration alongside a photo of the actual fire display which took place on 6th November 2016. Photo courtesy of Nathan Jackson, Head of Production - Walk the Plank.
I really enjoyed the film adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book last year but it also brought to mind how much I enjoyed the Disney animated version which was made fifty years ago in 1967! Here's my attempt at bringing the spirit of both the live action and animated movies together.
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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