Autun Purser Illustration – online gallery and shop

This is the online gallery, portfolio and shop for me, Autun Purser. I am a part-time illustrator and full-time deep sea ecologist. I am a lifelong science fiction fan and I have enjoyed some success with my series of travel posters, advertising travel to destinations from unusual fiction - the 'Fantastic Travel Destinations'.  The majority of these are available for print purchase direct from here, or from various bookshops and conventions.

January 13th 2016 - New project: Themes and Tropes

'Bottled Babies' - Test tube and lab babies are typical 'Themes and Tropes' of science fiction and fantasy...

Happy New Year everyone. In the vague attempt to do something different, I am painting acrylic paintings on board to represent various science fiction and fantasy 'Tropes and Themes'. These are all one-offs, not digital, and will be sold to whoever emails for them first, for 100 euros each, including nice shipping. I have a list of 30 or 40 themes, but I am very happy for you to email suggestions! Keep an eye on the page as I will produce more when I get the chance...

December 4th 2015 - Heinlein juvenile 'Fantastic Travel Destination' - Westville, from 'The Star Beast'

..If you email a book idea I may actually illustrate a poster for it.... may. Here is one I actually did on request.

I have got a few more 'Fantastic Travel Destinations' posters underway... here is quite a colourful one for one of the less serious books by Heinlein.

November 29th - Bookshop 'Bivar' - Lisbon, Portugal

Leena with an unusual, and garish 'Foundation'

I have just returned from several weeks in Portugal, where I have been for a series of work meetings and presenting some of the great science data we collected this year with the new research ship 'RV Sonne'.

 

Taking a Saturday afternoon off from the workshops I visited a nice little bookshop in central Lisbon (the whole city is easily explorable on the metro).

Bookshop Bivar is a great little place to get something unusual if you have run out of travel books, and if you are a resident of that bit of Portugal you should keep an eye on their website / facebook as Leena, the proprietor, makes flash announcements of some of the more exciting books she gets in... Also, you can buy my postcards there too... Click HERE to see some images and comments on the sci-fi stock...

October 16th - New book cover - 'Something Wicked This Way Comes'

The new Gollancz Fantasy Masterworks edition of 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' by Ray Bradbury!

This new edition of 'Something Wicked This Way comes' was published by Gollancz last week, as part of their fine 'Fantasy Masterworks' series. I am very pleased to have a cover in the range, the latest iteration of the series has been graced with very elegant signs...Mine is rather brash in comparison.. still, I am very happy they have used the image. I drew the image (and put together the associated 'Fantastic Travel Destinations' poster), the week Bradbury died. A great writer of unusual fiction, and it is nice to see this particular story remaining popular alongside 'The Illustrated Man' and 'The Martian Chronicles'.

October 7th - Back on land, back in Bremen!

Here is a quick sketch I made as our ship, the new research vessel 'RV Sonne' steamed out of Guayaquil port, Equador, for 5 weeks of intense seafllor science!

I am back from a great 5 weeks in the Pacific. Thanks to the crew and scientific party of SO242-2.

August 23rd - Journey Planet - The Hugo award!

Congratulations to 'Journey Planet' for getting the Hugo award for best fanzine. Great!

 

I have done the cover and some of the interior art of the most recent issue (No 24.) which can be downloaded HERE.

Journey Planet issue 24.

May 20th - Clarion West summer reading series

Clarion West summer reading poster

A few months ago I was asked if I would like to design this years 'Clarion West Summer Reading Series' poster. I was thrilled to be asked and glad to do it. Clarion West and their doings are well known to Speculative Fiction fans, as are their alumni. Each summer they run a six week writing course, with the instructors (a diverse bunch of unusual fiction writers) giving a series of readings for the public. The poster below is right now scattered across Seattle, USA advertising these readings. I decided to make a poster somehow showing the diversity of speculative fiction topics (to some vague extent!). Thanks for inviting me to produce this, Clarion West!

The astronaut's left arm has a (topical) Mad Max-style chase, a crashed spaceship and survivors farm, and a steampunk Paris on it. The rest of the design makes as little sense.
..Lynchian 'Dune' worms...

8th April 2015 - Dysprosium survived...!

I spent last weekend at my first 'Eastercon' science fiction convention, at a hotel near Heathrow, London. It was great. I shared a dealers room with Roger Robinson of Beccon Publications and Andy England, collector of wonderful pulps and less wonderful DAW paperbacks. Erik Arthur, due to share the room with us was unfortunately mostly absent, taking care of the affairs of the recently departed Ted Ball. A real loss to fans of printed science fiction... Along with Erik, and before my time, Dave Gibson, he ran the 'Fantasy Centre' bookshop in London. They sold me throughout my latter teenage years up until the shops closure last decade, many of the books from my 'Fantastic Travel Destinations' range.

...For those who remember the 'Fantasy Centre', and those who do not but would like to somehow understand the mindset of the many people that became tied to the shop, occasionally tightly, I would reccommend the wonderful article by James bacon HERE. For those with an interest in getting details on Ted Ball's wake, refer to Ansible 333, HERE.

My posters in A3 format, a new icon design from my 'Tropes and Themes' series, and books from Beccon Publications.
Andy England was showing a range of pulp sci-fi magazines from the whole history of the genre. Much fun was had with 'Spicy Zeppelin Stories'...
We showed the Second Run DVD 'Ikarie XB-1' in our dealers room on Saturday evening. The screening was full, and free vodka was provided. The 'space dance' scene was greatly appreciated. Especially with the vodka.

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