I was recently asked by Bryan Gray to make an illustration of John Newton for Liberty magazine.
Once a captain of a slave ship, John Newton underwent a religious conversion and became a leading voice for abolition and religious tolerance, notably during the Gordon Riots of 1780. He went on to compose music, including the famous hymn "Amazing Grace". With very little reference of Newton to go on, I found myself contemplating a very traditional solution until I decided to incorporate an allusion towards the London riots by burning the edges of the painting. I'm really not sure if this painting is any good (to be honest, I never am) , but it definitely got better once I set it on fire.
I was recently interviewed by Alex Santoso of Neatorama for an article on the origins of movie studio logos, regarding my illustrations for the Dreamworks studio. There is some interesting information there about the history of logos of several studios, including MGM, Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount, Warner Brothers and Michael Deas' Miss Columbia logo . Someday I am going to do an extensive post here on the making of the Dreamworks logo, but for now, check it out here.