Raised on a staple diet of Marvel comics, cult TV shows & Kung Fu movies, Guy has long been obsessed by the visual medium. Having studied both graphic design & editorial illustration at University he set up Shogun Graphic Systems™ in 2001, providing a bespoke digital illustration service to a wide range of clients. Specialising in the music graphics, fashion & popular culture arenas, Shogun™consistently delivers outstanding reality based aesthetics for print & web. Guy currently lives & works in Southampton UK.
Band of Skulls
Bargate Monument Gallery
iBeat Records & A Space Arts
Major Leaque Basball
New YOrk Observer
Part Time Heroes
The New York Times
Wall Street Journal
Stage One –
Assembling the appropriate reference; this requires research into the subject matter & consideration of what effective content should look like. I often take photos of friends, family or myself in order to achieve the required pose & composition. This gives me total flexibility & control over my subject matter.
Stage Two –
I create a library of elements I think might work in the composition, & start to embellish them in a way which will achieve the desired look, feel & mood.
Stage Three –
I start to experiment with background imagery combined with my reference photography. This informs the nature & content of the composition & tells me which elements work together in a cohesive way.
Stage Four –
Refinement of the idea, solidifying the principal components, establishing appropriate hierarchy & examining the type treatment.
Stage 5 –
Making final decisions regarding background, colour scheme & border details. At this point I’m ready to start the illustration proper.
Stage 6 –
Layers are built up using digital illustration techniques, extra detail & depth of field are considered & all key ideas are crystallised.