by jimmy turrell on Friday, 10 April 2015

Heres a selection of illustrations (Part 1 of 3)  I've worked on for the NME over the last few weeks. Everyone from Kurt Cobain (for the new documentary Montage Of Heck) to Kendrick Lamar, Panda Bear, Drenge, Blur, Laura Marling, The Cribs The Wu Tang and The Prodigy. Click on the images to enlarge...

More to come over the next few weeks including Noel Gallagher, Lorde, Peace and many more.....


by jimmy turrell on Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Heres some new illustrations (and work in progress) that I've worked on for the French movie magazine Premiere. 

The first three are for a series of articles about the making of Star Wars - right from the beginning in 1977 up to the making of the new trilogy which is to be launched over the next decade. They basically document the huge difficulties in getting Star Wars made in the first place, Lucas’s constant clashes with his studio and the eventual collapse of his marriage to editor Marcia Lucas.

Click here for the teaser trailer for the new Star Wars movie.

The next two are for a cover featuring the film Kingsman: Secret Service starring Colin Firth and Michael Caine. Its based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew VaughnIts the story of a spy organisation that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into a training program just as a global threat emerges.

Click here for the trailer. 


by jimmy turrell on Tuesday, 28 October 2014

New illustrations I've worked on for the NME's Album Of The week column. From the top........Foo Fighters, Johnny Marr, Aphex Twin, Kasabian, Jamie T, Hookworms, Superfood, Julian Casablancas & The Voids, Shabazz Palaces, Alt J and Merchandise.

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by jimmy turrell on Wednesday, 1 October 2014

I was asked by Thomas Lahdesmaki from Forage Press a while back to answer this simple brief: 

"Pick any musical subject matter as inspiration (genre, band, song, album, scene, era etc.) then produce an original series of images which interprets and/or tells the story of that subject in some way, abstract or literal"

The piece of music that I chose is Arthur Russell's "You and Me Both" - specifically this Youtube version which its accompanied by a video of people dancing in Brooklyn in the early 90s.
The video edit is obviously made up of clips chosen from a different era (it’s more likely there dancing to something like Junior Vasquez) but somehow these two pieces come together in a beautiful, dreamlike way. The pumped up poseurs and Guido's on jet skis seem to create a direct juxtaposition between the innocence and intricacy of Russell's music.

With the imagery I wanted to play with the notion of two separate themes coming together to create an abstract, ambiguous third meaning.
Click here to see other artists interpretations of their favourite records. And look out for the book version of this project coming soon....


by jimmy turrell on Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Heres a few illustrations I've recently completed for The Atlantic, The New Statesman and New Scientist magazines.

The first is for The Atlantic Magazine in New York. The article is basically about the dichotomy of humour and sadness in Robin Williams.

It was a strange one this - its the first commission in a while that's really effected me. Looking through old images and video of him made me realise just what an incredible talent he was and how many great movies he actually made. The article concentrates a lot on his performance in Mrs Doubtfire but for me The Fisher King and Good Will Hunting will always be his stand out performances. Such a sad loss. Click here for an amazing tribute by David Letterman.

The second is for a poem called "Poundland" by Simon Armitage. Click here to read it. The fact that these places even exist, the impending doom of loan sharking and people generally struggling to make ends meet are all points covered in the poem.  I did three sketches for this one. The first one the art director thought was a bit too poppy and colourful. He had a point I think. So I went for a more more sinister feel for the next two.  They eventually went with the red version at the bottom.

The last illustration is for a New Scientist feature about new techniques of fighting cancer. One is called called the "Tumor Trap" and basically helps the good blood cells in our cardiovascular system round up the bad cancerous cells.


by jimmy turrell on Monday, 22 September 2014

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I was asked a few weeks ago to illustrate an article for The Guardian on Margaret Thatcher’s privatisation policies in the late 70s and 80s. As someone who’s grew up in Newcastle Upon Tyne and who’s dad worked in Swan Hunters shipyards as a teenager and then went on to become a fireman and staunch union member this particular article connected in more ways than one.

The article basically describes how Thatcher sold off public monopolies, using the proceeds to cut taxes, and then put the privatized firms on a strict profit-making basis. 

I basically wanted to portray Thatcher as the “grand auctioneer” - at her reach are the public companies (its actually quite nostalgic to see a lot of these logos now) dropped into price tags ready for the big sale.

Click here to read the article.


by jimmy turrell on Monday, 8 September 2014

I've always loved Sight and Sound magazine - published by the BFI and along with Little White Lies definitely the best movie magazine out there.  Its been a pleasure to work for them illustrating the articles below.

The first one is of Polish film director Walerian Borowczyk described by film critics as a 'genius who also happened to be a pornographer'. 

Borowczyk’s films, which often look like a carefully animated paintings are invariably about sex, love and death. He was a surrealist and a provocateur and I wanted to communicate this within the illustration.

The next two are options that I did for the magazines cover of the new movie Boyhood.  Its basically a coming-of-age drama directed by Richard Linklater which incredibly was shot intermittently over an eleven-year period from May 2002 to October 2013 as the main actor, Ellar Coltrane grew from childhood to adulthood. I wanted to communicate the complexities that this journey can often lead to so kept the the tones and textures quite dark while adding playful silhouettes of childhood to add balance. I also two images of Coltrane at the beginning and end of the process. The chosen cover was the simper version at the bottom.

Click here to watch the films trailer

Big up to art director Chris Brawn for the commissions