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.
On 20th August 1890 HP Lovecraft was born. His influence on unusual fiction is still strongly felt, and his best stories have rammed their tentacles into the deep crevices of our society. It is not his unspeakable monsters I carry warmly in my heart, but the sense of the unimportance and impotence of mankind he conveys that I most dearly cherish...
16th August 2018 - Cold-Water Coral
I am just back from yet another cruise. This time I placed timelapse cameras around a cold-water coral reef, to monitor coral and fauna behaviour over time. I took 20,000 images with Raspberry Pi based camera systems which now need analysing.... Also, I took some source material for tentacle-y illustrations. Thanks a lot to the crew and scientific party of Poseidon POS526.
June - August 2018 - New 'Fantastic Travel Destinations'
I am awash with work at the moment, but still keen to work on 'Fantastic Travel Destinations'. Early this summer I completed a pair based on the unusual book 'Ice' by Anna Kavan. This REALLY is the sort of book I am keen to promote with this range of illustrations. Anyone who knows the work will know that it focuses on an incroaching man-made ice age crushing all before it, and the haphazard pursuit of a woman by a less than pleasant partner. I produced two posters for this book, varying a particular scene to show each of these protagonists. The woman was based on a colleague of mine, Seinab Malina, who I had photographed several years ago specifically for this project. In the end I did not use the initial photograph but badgered her incessantly for various other alternate poses until I got one I was happy with... apologies Seinab!
For the second poster I used an image of a WWII soldier for the base of the illustration. The two full versions are below:
May 2018 - Area X
The forthcoming movie adaptation of 'Annihilation' by Jeff Vandermeer spurned me on to complete a poster based on that fine book; here it is! This one is not for sale as yet, as I haven't discussed it with the author / publisher... but please, enjoy this low res version if you can!
11-13th May 2018 - SFERAKON 2018
I will be joining 'SFERAKON 2018' in Zagreb, Croatia this weekend. I will be taking part in some panel discussions as well as giving a talk on 'Aliens of Extreme Marine Environments'... Here attendees will get the chance to see some of the new footage we have collected from the Deep Sea Seafloor during recent cruises... as well as be introduced to some of the truly sci-fi way some marine beasts go about their daily business.
As with other recent conventions I have taken part in, I have designed a special limited edition print for the occasion - limited in print run to the number of years a convention has been running... so, for this event the pritn run will be 40.
I have taken an old 1920s cover of 'Svijet' magazine, by the Italian born but Zagreb based illustrator Otto Antonini as my inspiration for this conventions design. I have updated it by including a bit of current Zagreb architecture, and of course replaced Antonini's fine figures with my own aliens, stranded spacemen and dressing-gown clad robots.
I will have a booth at the event, so please come find me... If you want a copy of this particular print, they will be given to the first 40 people spending more than 20 euro or 150 Kn on my other posters and postcards!