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.

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!


5th April 2018 - BACK FROM THE SEA!!

I have just got back to cold Europe after a great research cruise to the Atacama Trench, SE Pacific, with RV SONNE. Thanks very much to all my colleagues on board for making the cruise and work so enjoyable...Also for posing for my series of illustrations of scientists at work, such as these below:


..I will upload a section on these images 'soon'...

1st March - 5th April 2018 - AT SEA!!

I am about to get on the RV SONNE research ship, and will spend the next 5 weeks at sea with virtually no internet. Please NO POSTER ORDERS UNTIL APRIL! Apologies!


...Any orders already send have been processed.


Email for that period:


Feel free to follow the cruise online and email any questions you have!


21st Feb 2018 - New guest illustrated 'Fantastic Travel Destination'

In the lastest edition to the 'Fantastic Travel Destinations' range of posters, Leto Williams, guest illustrator, shows the final hours of Jupiter, as it is consumed by the Von Neumann machines deployed by the (rather annoying when you think about it) aliens from the '2001' cycle of books by Arthur C. Clarke.


...Personally I liked the movie too...

7th Feb 2018 - SO261 Cruise logo

Next month I will be at sea again, this time on the German ship 'Sonne'. We will be exploring the Atacama trench, which runs the length of South America, with a host of camera, lander and biogeochemical systems. I had the opportunity to design the logo for this mission, above. I placed some fish in the image, which probably will not be swimming around the device pictured, as it will investigate the seafloor several 1000's of meters deeper than any fish have yet been filmed... still, fingers crossed for some new, exciting, results....

6th Feb 2018 - Marseille web 'game'

I have been working on an interactive web 'game', based around a strange version of Marseille...basically, players can explore by clicking on the screen and hopefully find some fun illustrations and story components...COMING 'SOON'!

26th Jan 2018 - Unknown waitress

Hi all. Apologies for the the delay - I have been hugely busy at work, but also with a fair few illustration projects... examples of some of which will be put online in the next few days. I spent several days in Italy over New Years, and did a number of sketches of views etc. Whilst drawing one, a waitress asked if I could also do people... well, she had interesting hair so I asked her if she wanted drawing... the result is here above. The flowers are based on real ones from the 'Lago Maggiore'...


25th Jan 2018 - Gardner Farm (Arkham Hills)

Fantastic Travel Destination 53: Gardner Farm

Another H.P.Lovecraft inspired destination - this time the doomed well from 'The Color Out Of Space', rather than the much requested 'Innsmouth'. I am pretty hopeless on delivering what you people actually WANT on your walls, huh? Sorry about that. Possibly this year I get 'Innsmouth' finished...

9th October 2017 - Twin Peaks Return

I know I am a bit late with this, but I have just completed a total 'Twin Peaks' rewatch, followed by a binge of the new series. Wow. That was some series! What a wonder of TV that was.


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