Illustration

Behind the Scenes –

Andrew Holmes design and Illustration background

Shaftsbury IT
Shaftsbury IT
Tott boys
Tott boys

Better known as Andy Holmes in the industry, Andrew has worked as an Illustrator since the 1980’s, contributing to many advertising and publishing campaigns.

 

In no particular order, this is a short selection of the images highlighting the wide variety of the projects Andrew has produced over these years.

BlueDavid
Blue David
Cona
Cona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Created from 1998 to 2008 these pieces were inspired by the digital imaging and information transfer technologies which were developing at an accelerated pace during the 1990’s.

Using deconstructed images, the pixel is replaced with simple geometric shapes, and the overlaying of these, echoing the techniques employed in painting.

Although the original works were only intended as experimental and never publicly circulated, they did, however, result in commissions for film commercials.


In 1998 the Action on Addiction charity commissioned an artwork using the portrait painting, ‘Myra’, by Marcus Harvey, as a style reference for the image of a syringe made up from life sized children’s hand-prints.

Syringe - Action against addiction
Syringe –
Action on addiction

 

Examples of Andrew’s more current Illustration Style.

BauerBreakfast
Bauer breakfast
chair_10
Chair 10

 

 

 

 

Richter
Richter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hospital
Hospital

 

Save water
Save water

As part of the We Are What We Do project, the charity, Community Links, published the book, Change the world for a fiver.

With 50 actions described by different photographers and illustrators, Andrew was given a brief to illustrate how water can be saved by sharing a “fun bath-time” with a partner.

Originally printed in 2004, a number of international editions followed.


With the planned regeneration of Doha centre, in 2006, the consortium managing the scheme commissioned a series of paintings to illustrate the city as both a site of culture and heritage, and as a concept of the future development.

Doha causeway
Doha causeway
SiteView
Doha Site view
Doha Fishing Wharf
Doha Fishing Wharf

Andrew spent a week or so in Qatar researching the area and gathering information for these images which were then digitally generated from location photographs with additional sketches and plans produced by the architects.

He has subsequently reproduced additional views of his own in oils from some of his earlier sketches.

dhow-Doha-harbour
dhow – Doha Harbour – Oil on canvas – 40 x 40cm
desert-road-Doha
Desert Road, Doha

Many projects are still is use today and are ongoing.

Boris Bikes
Boris Bikes

Sponsored by Barclays Bank, Transport for London introduced the bicycle hire scheme – affectionately known as ‘Boris bikes’ – in 2010. The launch was supported by a London-wide campaign and web activity using light-humoured illustrations to promote awareness and educate Londoners about the scheme.


Calippo
Walls Calippo – 1993

A series of 4 paintings were commissioned for Wall’s ice cream and used in the summer poster campaign of 1993. Each piece was influenced by the style of a different artist, but these new compositions used a clean and fresh palette.

 

 

 

Walls Viennetta
Walls Viennetta -1993

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Artists and Illustrators Magazine published this article covering the creative input behind the Campaign in August 1994.

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Five well known paintings were selected,  each with a difference. In 1992, Barclays Bank wanted to communicate awareness of financial pitfalls to the customer. They selected works by Constable, Monet, Dali, Cezanne and Van Gogh which were then recreated in acrylic on canvas, but with focal elements replaced with objects that supported the new message.

accountant
Accountant
2CV
2CV – (Insurance)
money
Savings

In 1998, Adidas’s agency, Legas Delaney, commissioned illustrations for a poster campaign featuring 4 sports personalities: Kobe Bryant, Paul Ince, Prince Naseem and Anna Kournikova. The portraits consisted of individual footwear images, relevant to each sport, which constructed the final holistic image.

Bryant
Kobe Bryant – Adidas Campaign 1998
Ince
Paul Ince – Adidas Campaign 1998

 

Book Cover
Commissioned Book Cover

Examples of Andrew’s naive style for editorial and publishing illustration during the 1980’s and 90’s.

Banks Beer
Banks Beer

beachRiver

 

 

 

 

 

plantpot

 

 

 

 

 

 

river

 

 

fruit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Over the years Andrew has frequently been asked to supply original Artwork for dressing into Film Sets, this would cover anything from a selection of posters, signs, sketches and finished paintings to designing generic packaging and labels.

 

lingerieII
lingerie Artwork

 

size13
Size 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two images of generic designs used as dressing in shops and department stores for films.


 

Matisse
Matisse
Hockney
Hockney

 

Freud
Freud

 

 

Rothko
Rothko
Still
Still

From a series of Twelve Artists portraits in Andrew Holmes illustrative style.


Three more recent isometric designs and Artworks commissioned by Transport for London. These follow a successful campaign Andrew developed with the Agency celebrating the  Olympic backdrop of London in 2012.

Transport for London
Transport for London NW 2014
Transport for London SW
Transport for London SW 2014
Roundle roundabout
Roundle roundabout 2014

 

Archive images – 2010 to date

 

RedLlama
Red Llama
chair_11
chair 11
chair 02
chair 02

 

 

 

 

Walk
Walk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camouflage
Camoflage
Mediamond
Mediamond

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Night blossom
Night blossom

 

For further information, please see: http://www.andrewholmes.co.uk/AB_Holmes/home.html

 contact Andrew at: info@andrewholmes.co.uk

© AB Holmes 2014, All rights reserved. 

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