by jimmy turrell on Monday, 8 September 2014
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.
by jimmy turrell on Monday, 1 September 2014
I purposely try to stay away from the featured artist's existing album artwork in order to put my own stamp on each portrait. An album or song title can also help spark an idea or concept for each piece. For instance I jokily referenced one of David Ickes main conspiracy theories for the self titled album from Royal Blood - i.e. that the British Royal family are reptilian humanoids controlling humanity. Or by using the simple dove image for Morrissey's "World Peace is None Of Your Business"
Also included here are illustrations of La Roux, Metronomy, Jungle, Ratking, Merchandise, Wild Beasts and Warpaint.
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To see the full list including Paul McCartney and Damon Albarn - check out my website here: www.jimmyturrell.com
by jimmy turrell on Tuesday, 6 May 2014
by jimmy turrell on Friday, 21 February 2014
Its for an article on Beck's new album Morning Phrase and the key words in the brief were Ethereal, Woozy, Organic, Sunlight and Tripped Out. I wanted to go for a psychedelic feel (with a hint of darkness) while still keeping a modern sensibility and above all not allowing the portrait of Beck to get too lost in the elements that surround him.
The backgrounds on these first attempts hinted at things like lava lamps and planets but we soon agreed that the colours needed to be more organic and sun kissed rather than bright purples and blues.
by jimmy turrell on Thursday, 20 February 2014
Heres a sneak peak of this Saturday's Guardian Guide cover that I created. Pop back tomorrow for a step by step process of how the final was reached.
by jimmy turrell on Tuesday, 17 December 2013
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by jimmy turrell on Friday, 13 December 2013
Heres a preview of some of artwork which will be ready to buy when my shop launches on Monday. A BETA version of the site is up now at http://jimmyturrell.bigcartel.com