Surreal digital illustrations take influence from prog rock album covers and dreams

When Gordon Reid was invited to give a talk at OFFF festival in
Barcelona, he was also asked to create a piece of artwork for a
book to coincide. The brief was open to interpretation, centred
on illustrating dreams. And as Gordon already often dreams up
his work in some way, he knew just where to start.

He explains: “I’ve been working with a very talented 3D
designer called Tamas
Arpadi
for a while now and knew he’d be perfect for the
project. The brief was really open to interpretation, basically
to illustrate your dreams. So with that, because I very often
end up dreaming about my work in some way or another, I wanted
to create a literal doorway and build the piece up with
segments from my work around it and bring them to life with
beautiful 3D rendering.

“For this piece, I was inspired by all sorts of surreal
pictures, anything from prog rock album covers to
illustrations. Tamas’ work inspired me greatly too and I wanted
to make sure I gave him freedom to play and add in some of his
signature pieces too, so it was a mixed bag of influences.”

In terms of his creative process, he adds: “When I’m not
blagging it, I sketch everything out first, get it all right in
my head using either isometric or graph paper, I then digitise
the pieces once I’ve got it all worked out. For this piece I
gave Tamas a couple of drawn guides so he knew what was coming,
then got everything coloured and gave him a big suite of vector
illustrations to work with. We then chose a solid colour
palette and went 3D!”

The Art Director has recently launched a new website featuring
his portfolio and some nifty merchandise. You can check it out
here middleboop.com.

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