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Hot Rum Cow: A History of British Cider Agency: White Light Media Art Director: Eric Campbell Awarded Runner up. Creative Quarterly CFE 30. Profe… Read More
Hot Rum Cow: A History of British Cider Agency: White Light Media Art Director: Eric Campbell Awarded Runner up. Creative Quarterly CFE 30. Professional Illustration. "beautiful illustrations." - The Holborn. "beautifully designed and inspiring" - Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum, Magazine Specialist since 1969. "The playful yet tastefully worked layout and illustrations are fantastic." - Oldtimecider "Class illustration" - madewithink "It’s the illustration that especially makes Hot Rum Cow such a joy" - Neil Braidwood I was commissioned to illustrate the magazine cover and the feature article 'A History of British Cider'. The art director Eric Campbell was great to work with, giving me a lot of creative freedom to develop the artwork. I first looked at medieval tapestry design, particularly the stunning Bayeaux Taperstry (1070's) for inspiration. I wanted to reflect that flat and stylised imagery into my illustrations. For colour, I developed my palette from the magazine logo utilising greens, browns and oranges which captured the natural, earthiness of the story. I also illustrated the title font on the cover. The hand drawn typography was then carried over into the magazine article as highlighted text. Read Less
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Hot Rum Cow: A History of British Cider
Agency: White Light Media
Art Director: Eric Campbell
Awarded Runner up. Creative Quarterly CFE 30. Professional Illustration. 
This is a series of editorial illustrations commissioned by White Light Media, for the UK magazine Hot Rum Cow, Issue 2.
Hot Rum Cow is a quarterly magazine for people who are fascinated by great beers, wines & spirits - and the extraordinary stories behind them.
I was commissioned to illustrate the magazine cover and the feature article 'A History of British Cider'.
The art director Eric Campbell was great to work with, giving me a lot of creative freedom to develop the artwork. 
I first looked at medieval tapestry design, particularly the stunning Bayeaux Taperstry (1070's) for inspiration. I wanted to reflect that flat and stylised imagery into my illustrations. For colour, I developed my palette from the magazine logo utilising greens, browns and oranges which captured the natural, earthiness of the story. I also illustrated the title font on the cover. The hand drawn typography was then carried over into the magazine article as highlighted text.
 
'Wassailing' A rite which takes place every January on the Twelfth Night. Trees are sung to, music is played, pans are banged and cider is poured.
Welsh dragon tamer and patron saint of apple trees...Saint Teilo.
13th century and the flourishing of British cider-making.
In the 14th century, babies were reportedly even baptised with cider!
The Cider Process
"Well written articles accompanied by great photography and beautiful illustrations." 
- The Holborn.
"beautifully designed and inspiring"
- Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum, Magazine Specialist since 1969.
"The playful yet tastefully worked layout and illustrations are fantastic."
- Oldtimecider
"Class illustration"
- madewithink
"It’s the illustration that especially makes Hot Rum Cow such a joy"
- Neil Braidwood
 
Magazine layouts
 
The textures in my illustrations were also used as the background to the pages which brought the whole piece together nicely. The designers used a similar font to my hand drawn typography to highlight some areas of text, once again making everything very cohesive.