Autun Purser Illustration – online gallery and shop
Welcome to the 'AP Illustration' webpage...
Here you can find updates on the various design projects I have completed or have underway. These include the 'Fantastic Travel Destinations' series of mock travel posters, advertising unusual locations from fiction. Prints from some of these projects can be purchased online via paypal or credit card.
18th March 2015 - Robotic science in extreme environments
For my 'real' work I drive deep sea robots, such as the one above, and investigate biological and environmental interactions. In this image I show the 'Wally 1' crawler investigating clams in the vicinity of a methane seep pockmark in the Pacific. Why not visit the ROBEX (ROBotic EXploration of deep sea environments) Facebook page HERE.
10th March 2015 - 3 months in the Pacific...(not me, colleagues!)
The German research ship, 'RV Sonne' is about to start one of several cruises to investigate the possible ecological aspects of deep sea manganese nodule mining. The vessel will visit the Clarion Clipperton Fracture Zone and the Discol historic experimental mining region over the next four months, with several hundred crew and scientists taking part in the visits. I did the logo, above. The starfish and holothurian (blue sea cucumber) are key species that will be investigated. Follow the cruise HERE.
11th Feb 2015 - ..not more J G Ballard, surely?
28th Jan 2015 - Picocon 32 special print
I will be selling exclusive prints of a 3D poster designed exclusively for 'Picocon 32'... There will only ever be 32 of these available - and they will be sold with free glasses! If you are superkeen, email me to reserve a print...otherwise they will be on a first come, first served sale basis at the convention.
12th Jan 2015 - New poster - 45. Aerodrome (Version 2)
After a busy few months at work I have finally got another travel destination poster finished. Stupidly perhaps, I have revisited one of the previously illustrated locations - Rex Warner's 'Aerodrome'... The new version can be seen in the shop HERE, and some details are below....
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.
At the recent 'Loncon 3' world science fiction convention I had the great pleasure of meeting both Malcolm Edwards, who amongst other achievements launched the 'Sci Fi Masterworks' range, and Robert Silverberg, author of 'The Book of Skulls'. They were both enthusiastic about the 'Fantastic Travel Destinations' project which I found most gratifying. Silverberg, however, pointed out that I hadn't actually done any designs from his books... and he has written a lot of books...
...A morbid fear of incurring the wrath (and possible legal actions) of authors and publishers has kept me clear of more recent books, and particularly those by still writing authors. I am most glad that after chatting to Malcolm Edwards and Robert Silverberg, I got the permission from Silverberg to do a design based on one of his books. When I told him I would like to do 'The Book of Skulls' he was pretty surprised, but said he wouldn't try and put any editorial control and I could just go ahead as I liked... Maybe he was right - some of his other books, such as 'Tower of Glass' or the various Majipoor novels, have some cracking locations in them... And the possibilities offered by his shorter stories, such as those in 'Capricorn Games', are also numerous.... arghhh, well, I have designed it now...
...and also with the whole 'Fantastic Travel Destinations' range I have tried to do wherever possible books with considerable meaning or associated memories for me. In Silverberg's case, 'The Book of Skulls' is the No 1 choice with this in mind.
Project - IKARIE XB 1
In collaboration with 'Second Run DVD' we have produced a set of exclusive, limited edition lino, woodcut and stencil prints that we are giving away with purchases of their excellent DVD, 'Ikarie XB 1' (Review HERE). If you would like to see the range, please visit the 'Ikarie XB 1' project page HERE.