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.
August 26th - October 2nd - At sea - No orders please!
I will be in the equatorial Pacific doing science (my real job) for the whole of September... I will next be shipping orders in the first week of October... Barring maritime disaster...!
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.
August 19th - The Doctors
I have been asked to draw several of the Doctors from 'Dr Who' in the past, and I have finally decided to get down to illustrating them all. I will be selling these as limited edition A3 giclee prints with an edition size of 25. Please go HERE to see the images in larger format or to make an order.
July 16th - Congratulations 'New Horizons'
FREE POSTER .PDF DOWNLOAD!!
PLUTO - Fantastic Travel Destinations special - 2D
I am glued to the TV watching updates from the 'New Horizons' probe as it sends images from Pluto. I have drawn an illustration based on the encounter, above, and also rendered one into anaglyptic 3D - so if you have RED and BLUE 3D glasses, have a look at the image below!
PLUTO - Fantastic Travel Destinations special - 3D!
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You will need to buy some blue and red glasses to use this 3D poster...! Actually, they usually look a bit better on monitors - they are great on Kindles...
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Professionally printed archival A3 'Pluto' print (2 or 3D)
If you want this flyby illustration in A3 size, in pigment ink, for your wall, you can order a copy from me here below. Please let me know if you want it 3D or not. If you want it 3D, I will send you a pair of glasses with the order at no extra cost.
July 11th - Logo for letter stamping
I will soon be part of the JPIO scientific cruise SO242-2 to the equatorial Pacific, to carry out some work investigating ecological aspects of deep-sea mining (Cruise info HERE). On long cruises large research vessels often make special rubber stamps to frank the mail. For this particular cruise, I designed the stamp, based on the full cruise logo below. Thanks to Felix Janssen, Jens Greinert and other members of the scientific party for design input.
June 27th - Summer field season
As a European marine scientist, I spend a lot of each summer at sea or working near the sea. I just spent two weeks on Vulcano, Italy, and around the various Italian marine volcanoes doing robot research. Here in this illustration we see one of the scientists struggling to keep the damn cable of a robot under testing from getting tangled up....
May 20th - Clarion West summer reading series
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!
May 18th - Gothenburg - Club Cosmos
Last week I was in Gothenburg for a scientific project meeting, and on Tuesday evening took the chance to visit 'Club Cosmos', which is a a set of sci-fi fans which meet in a pub monthly. I had met one of their alumni in Loncon 3 and she had invited me to stop by when next passing by (thanks, Helena!). They are a pleasant bunch continuing a Gothenburg meeting tradition since 1954. I swapped a set of my postcards for annual membership.
They meet on the second Tuesday of each month, and are happy to chat. I interrupted their pub dinners, for which I apologise.
Also in Gothenburg, my postcards can now be purchased from 'Science Fiction Bokhandeln' - A busy, 'Forbidden Planet' kind of a store fairly near the main station.
April 16th - Vienna - Villa Fantastica
I am currently in Vienna for the European Geophysical Conference... 14000 mostly geologists with a smattering of oceanographers... giving talks to each other in (in my case at least) very small rooms.
Anyway, I took Tuesday off and visited an unusual Science Fiction and Fantasy library 'Villa Fantastica', at the western extremity of the central city. Over several floors great treasures of unusual fiction have been collected and are available to rent out, like in a normal library, to residents of Vienna. The staff are great and helped me explore their stock of German, English, Russian and other stocks of books. Here photographed a nice copy of Stapledon's 'The Flames'. Some real treats in there, both from aesthetic and sci-fi history viewpoints. Here below are some more photos. I will add more when back in Germany next week.
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.
30th Oct 2014 - 'Advanced Photoshop' tutorial published - Learn how to make my travel posters!
I have written a guide outlining how I produce the 'Fantastic Travel Destinations' posters, for the November issue of 'Advanced Photoshop' magazine (issue 128). Also provided are the files needed to build a special poster based on 'After London' by Richard Jefferies. Check it out online or in your newsagents.
14th Sept 2014 - 'The Temple of Skulls' - Completed!
The Gollancz 'Sci Fi Masterworks' range of books is a treasure of science fiction. In almost all cases the books are enjoyable both to solid genre fans and also the more general reader. Some, such as 'The Book of Skulls' by Robert Silverberg, are only vaguely science fiction. This coming of age / philosophical tale was one of my favorites as a teenager, and was the basis of my latest design.
The print can be ordered from my shop HERE.