Behind the Scenes –
Andrew Holmes design and Illustration background
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.
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.
Examples of Andrew’s more current Illustration Style.
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.
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.
Many projects are still is use today and are ongoing.
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.
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.
The Artists and Illustrators Magazine published this article covering the creative input behind the Campaign in August 1994.
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.
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.
Examples of Andrew’s naive style for editorial and publishing illustration during the 1980’s and 90’s.
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.
Two images of generic designs used as dressing in shops and department stores for films.
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.
Archive images – 2010 to date
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