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.
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.
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.