Illustration | Professor Alan Male

Illustration

Myth and Lore

Left: A Legend of English Folklore: ‘Hern the Hunter’

“Hoof and horn, hoof and horn
All who die will be reborn
Corn and grain, corn and grain
All that falls will rise again”

Right: ‘Balor’, Demon Cyclops and God of the Dead in Celtic Mythology. Can kill a person just by staring at them

Terra fauna evolution

This illustration conveys the notion that all life began in ancient primordial seas about 3.8 to 4.1 billion years ago as a chance natural process that synthesized various chemicals into self-replicating molecules. The upshot being that all living organisms share the same genetic source: humans, scorpions, frogs, dragonflies, centipedes and snakes may share the same biological ancestry

A Stained Glass Window for the Church of White Supremacy

The rise of Neo Nazism and the hypocrisy of the Christian right wing: White Anglo-Saxon Protestant. The blue eyed Caucasian baby represents the Neo Nazi ideal for the Aryan race and their commitment to breed ‘pure’ Nordic offspring. The boy depicts Neo Nazi ‘macho’ swagger and his ‘excited’ state conveys virility and the potential to procreate accordingly. The pattern on the wasp’s wings symbolises the bodies of concentration camp victims; Neo Nazis are notorious for their Holocaust denial. The wasp’s body is imbued with various symbols including the white cross and blood drop of the KKK on its face.

Fauna Amazonia

A concept depicting ecology and interaction within the South American rain-forest: Visually, all animals are to scale: Recipient of the Gold Award (Book Category) from Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, ‘Illustration West 41’, 2002

Herpetology

A selection of reptiles and amphibians from around the world: The Longman (UK), MacMillan (USA) ‘Illustrated Animal Encyclopaedia’ (1982)

Advertising

Top: Superbug

A chimeric arthropod conceived to represent a range of harmful, crop destroying insects: International advertising campaign for ICI Crop Protection; the agency was Ogilvy and Mather

Lower: Hand drill

An advertising illustration for Swedish client Atlas Copco-Ergoline: an ergonomically designed hand drill

Octopuses: A Ladybird Expert Book

No. 32 Penguin (UK) 2019: the original artwork is contained in the historic Ladybird Book National Archive. The supplementary image shows visual development and conceptualization.

“The artwork is gloriously retro, echoing the original Ladybird house style but containing completely up-to-date information”

Shiny New Books

Cthulhu

A brand new visual interpretation of H.P. Lovecraft’s sea-dwelling monster Cthulhu: from Octopuses: A Ladybird Expert Book

Octopus variety

An image inspired by the attention to detail and symmetry of design given to 19th century natural science illustration: this image is homage to the great natural philosopher, polymath and illustrator Ernst Haeckel: from Octopuses: A Ladybird Expert Book

Kraken

Many myths and legends have been inspired by octopuses and their relatives the squids: none more so than The Kraken, which lurked in icy seas surrounding the coast of Scandinavia: from Octopuses: A Ladybird Expert Book

Octopus intelligence

Octopuses have evolved to solve problems, to navigate and to communicate: This illustration is a humorous referral to octopuses’ perceived high level of intelligence: from Octopuses: A Ladybird Expert Book

Arachnophobia

Extreme or irrational fear of spiders: the imagery is a combination of editorial photography and children’s non-fiction illustration

The Geology of Staffa

An abstract, sensory interpretation

Paradigms in Anthropology

Top: Whilst Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons (earliest humans to inhabit Europe) co-existed, and possibly interbred, there were inherent physiological differences.

Lower: A timeline for humankind, from the first primates to develop anthropoid characteristics, 8 million years ago, to a dystopian future of biological human extinction and super intelligent cyborgs.

Early Morning on the South Downs, Sussex, England

Top: Sunrise over the English Channel at Beachy Head; tranquil and reposeful, gentle swirling mists casting shadows over the sea
Lower: A winter’s atmosphere of silence and chilled air, the lone tree is motionless, yet a living and giving ecosystem immersed in the fog

The Built Environment

Architecture and the built environment are subjects that have engaged visual artists, designers and illustrators for centuries. One of the two examples shown comprises a composite study of contrasting architectural forms; a contemporary design indulgence, twentieth century dilapidation and a medieval townscape, all from the northern Portuguese city of Braga: the other example depicts various aspects of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, England

Blue House

A house in the Portuguese coastal town of Aveiro: Published in Illustration: A Theoretical and Contextual Perspective: Revised & Second Edition (Bloomsbury), as part of the chapter dealing with visual language, the image sets out to confirm that the method of production for hyper-realism is immaterial to the successful remit of any given brief. The illustration could be rendered exactly as shown by using a variety of techniques and media such as opaque painting like oil and acrylic or by digital media. Instead the image happened to be captured on camera: Also published by Bloomsbury on the cover of their visual arts catalogue.

Architectural Variations within a Specific Urban Environment

A visual arts interpretative exposé of the built environment and utilitarian constructions in the coastal city of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia; part of a published series