Covers

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Archaeology, Anthropology and Interstellar Communication Cover

A cover that I produced for Archaeology, Anthropology and Interstellar Communication, a book edited by scientist Douglas A. Vakoch and published by NASA.

About the art, from the dust jacket of the book:

“Created by Paul Duffield, the cover art for this book uses design to link the contemporary Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) with insights from the disciplines of anthropology and archaeology. Sensitive telescopes may someday detect signals from extraterrestrials, encrypted in a simple binary code of ones and zeros. This digitization of knowledge epitomizes the technological nature of interstellar exchange. In Duffield’s illustration, streams of data connect urban centers in Earth’s Southern Hemisphere with the civilizations of other worlds.

But could we understand the content of such messages? The Egyptian hieroglyphics traced on the planet’s surface conjure images of an interstellar Rosetta Stone that would enable independently evolved civilizations to communicate across the vast spaces between the stars. The Rongorongo script encircling the Northern Hemisphere reminds us that even on Earth, where numerous indecipherable records have been left by our own species, we still struggle to comprehend the meaning of lost languages. This hovering script also portends the profound impact that the discovery of extraterrestrial intelligence would have on all human cultures.

Centering the image of Earth on Africa recalls the anthropological fieldwork done there on the origins of humankind, while the strong classical letterforms of the font chosen for the title evoke the monuments of bygone societies. The interstellar signaling from “below” the planet catches us off guard, seeming to levitate Earth and reminding us that such fundamental notions as up and down—along with many other human concepts—may lose their moorings in a broader cosmic context.”

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Civilisations Beyond Earth Cover Illustration

A cover illustration produced for Douglas Vakoch’s Civilisations Beyond Earth.

About the book:
Archaeologists and astronomers explore the likelihood that extraterrestrial intelligence exists, using scientific insights to estimate such elusive factors as the longevity of technological societies. Sociologists present the latest findings of novel surveys, tapping into the public’s attitudes about life beyond Earth to show how religion and education influence beliefs about extraterrestrials. Scholars from such diverse disciplines as mathematics, chemistry, journalism, and religious studies offer innovative solutions for bridging the cultural gap between human and extraterrestrial civilisations, while recognising the tremendous challenges of communicating at interstellar distances. At a time when new planets are being discovered around other stars at an unprecedented rate, this collection provides a much-needed guide to the human impact of discovering we are not alone in the universe.

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Happy Kitty Cover Design 1

One of my cover designs for Happy Kitty, a one-shot origin story for the character of the same name, from Christos Gage’s Absolution, published by Avatar Press. Colours by Nathan Ashworth.

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The Nightmare Card

An illustration produced for the cover of a book called The Nightmare Card, written by Catherine Johnson and published by Barrington Stoke. The brief was to take the tarot card, the Nine of Swords, and adapt the imagery to the cover of a horror novel for teens.

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The Woods Variant Cover

An illustration that I produced for the variant cover of issue 1 of the BOOM! series The Woods, written by James Tynion IV, with art by Michael Dialynas.

Animation

An animated trailer that I created to promote the initial Indie GoGo campaign to support the writing and development of The Firelight Isle.

A 3 minute animation, based on a scene from a story by Kate Brown. Created for the final project of my animation degree from Kingston University. Winner of the 2006 International Anime and Manga competition. Sound Design by Ewan Parry.

An animated short about the disappearance of Prince Edward and Prince Richard (the "Princes in the Tower") from their confinement in the Tower of London, sometime after the summer of 1483. This animation was commissioned by the Historic Royal Palaces in 2014, and can be seen projected on the wall of a room in the Bloody Tower, in the Tower of London. Storyboarding & 2D animation by Kate Brown. 2D, 3D animation & compositing by Paul Duffield. Sound Design by Ewan Parry.

Illustration

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Skeptic Magazine – Martin Gardner

Illustration done for Skeptic Magazine, to accompany an article about the life of Martin Gardner, a critical thinker, science writer and advocate of the scientific method. The glasses are the focus due to his characteristic thick lenses that magnified his eyes and dominated his face when they were on.

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Skeptic Magazine – Antony Flew

This is an image of Antony Flew, done for Skeptic Magazine, for an article about his life. As a brief overview, Flew was a British Philosopher and outspoken Atheist… he was famous for books and debates on the subject of God. Just before his death however, Flew co-authored a book called “There is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind” with Roy Abraham Varghese. The article is a fascinating exploration of his life, and the circumstances surrounding the writing of the book.

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Meeting Place – Wedding Commission

A commission for a wedding, presented to the couple who are pictured – a diver and a mountaineer, who wanted to be shown meeting in the place between the activities they both love. This was a beautiful piece to work on!

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Die Database – Private Concert

The second part of a duo of commissions, and a companion image to this public concert scene. The character who appears as a projection in the concert scene is here in her bedroom, watching the concert itself via a V.R. uplink. Her friend from the concert, and the lead singer are being holographicly projected into her room. These pieces were commissioned to be part of the Runaway Girl Army universe.

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Die Database – Public Concert

The first part of a duo of commissions, and a companion image to this private concert scene. I was asked to create this concert scene, which focuses on the band, and two other main characters who are in the crowd. The setting is slightly in the future, hence the holographic effects going on. Most of it was done without specific visual reference, but a lot of text description. A number of crowd members are cosplaying Shiina Ringo outfits, and the band is also covering a Shiina Ringo song. These pieces were commissioned to be part of the Runaway Girl Army universe.

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Secrets of the Universe – Star Birth

One of a series of illustrations produced for a series called Danica Starborn’s Secrets of the Universe which I wrote for The Phoenix Comic. The series follows the protagonist from my earlier story, Starborn, as she teaches young astronauts about the universe. This one focusses on the birth of a new star. Starborn is available in the shop as part of my all-ages book, Small Tales and Fairy Fails, and you can buy this image as a print!

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Secrets of the Universe – VLA

One of a series of illustrations produced for a series called Danica Starborn’s Secrets of the Universe which I wrote for The Phoenix Comic. The series follows the protagonist from my earlier story, Starborn, as she teaches young astronauts about the universe. This one focusses on the VLA (Very Large Array), an incredible telescope in New Mexico. Starborn is available in the shop as part of my all-ages book, Small Tales and Fairy Fails, and you can buy this image as a print!

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Secrets of the Universe – Alien Planet

One of a series of illustrations produced for a series called Danica Starborn’s Secrets of the Universe which I wrote for The Phoenix Comic. The series follows the protagonist from my earlier story, Starborn, as she teaches young astronauts about the universe. This one focusses on a hypothetical Alien Planet that humans might make contact with. Starborn is available in the shop as part of my all-ages book, Small Tales and Fairy Fails.

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Secrets of the Universe – The Universe

One of a series of illustrations produced for a series called Danica Starborn’s Secrets of the Universe which I wrote for The Phoenix Comic. The series follows the protagonist from my earlier story, Starborn, as she teaches young astronauts about the universe. This one takes the reader on a tour through the history of the universe – from the big bang to earth. Starborn is available in the shop as part of my all-ages book, Small Tales and Fairy Fails.

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Secrets of the Universe – ISS

One of a series of illustrations produced for a series called Danica Starborn’s Secrets of the Universe which I wrote for The Phoenix Comic. The series follows the protagonist from my earlier story, Starborn, as she teaches young astronauts about the universe. This one focusses on the ISS (International Space Station). Starborn is available in the shop as part of my all-ages book, Small Tales and Fairy Fails, and you can buy this image as a print!

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Big Picture Science

An illustration and logo design produced for the team of the podcast Big Picture Science (previously Are We Alone?). This is all the crew re-imagined as classic science fiction heroes.

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Freakangels Illustration – Arkady and KK

An illustration produced for a skip-week during the production of Freakangels, featuring Arkady and KK, as they were before the event which drowned London.

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The Firelight Isle – Concept Illustration

A conceptual illustration for The Firelight Isle produced from one of a series of daily sketches that I produced for a while, in order to experiment with a lineless look. You can buy this image in my shop as a print.

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Carl Sagan Day 2012

An illustration that I made to celebrate Carl Sagan Day 2012 – this one features two other astronomers and science popularises whose work I admire, Phil Plait and Pamela Gay.

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Carl Sagan Day 2010

An illustration that I made to celebrate Carl Sagan Day 2010, featuring one of my favourite quotes from his work: “The sky calls to us. If we do not destroy ourselves, we will one day venture to the stars”. You can buy this image in my shop as a print.

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Adol the Red – Ys Fan Art

Some fan art of Adol the Red, from the Ys video games that started out as a warm-down sketch and ended up as a bit more! It’s dawn to look like the style of art from Ys seven, as a technical challenge.

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The Mountain’s Blood – Interior Illustration 3

One of a series of black and white illustrations I was commissioned to do for a book called The Mountain’s Blood by Lari Don, published by Barrington Stoke. The story is based on a Mesopotamian legend about Inanna, goddess of both war and love.

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The Mountain’s Blood – Interior Illustration 2

One of a series of black and white illustrations I was commissioned to do for a book called The Mountain’s Blood by Lari Don, published by Barrington Stoke. The story is based on a Mesopotamian legend about Inanna, goddess of both war and love.

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The Mountain’s Blood – Interior Illustration 1

One of a series of black and white illustrations I was commissioned to do for a book called The Mountain’s Blood by Lari Don, published by Barrington Stoke. The story is based on a Mesopotamian legend about Inanna, goddess of both war and love.

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SETI Convention Poster 2

One of two illustrations produced for the first convention held by The SETI Institute, which I had the pleasure of attending! This image is available from the shop as a print, and the original drawing is also available to buy.

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Sojourn Concept Art

Some concept art produced for an early wordless comic of mine called Sojourn. Travel, longing, and idealised fantasies are all concepts from the story. You can buy this image in my shop as a print.