Soldiering on!

As stated in the last post, I was lucky enough to get another commission from New Scientist. The development was completed before Christmas, but wasn’t published until the last week leading up to Christmas. This is the spread in the magazine, which has been rotated to fit into the flow of the text.

The design was formed around the idea set in the article that ants are very brave creatures, and are able to help their fellow ants who maybe in distress. The art piece followed the notion that, also due to their names, soldier ants are fierce and gallant warriors. The art director at New Scientist, Craig Mackie, suggested in the briefing that the figure be set up in a suit of armour. Wanting to maintain a little evidence of the exoskeleton that the ants have, I designed the piece to have half armour, in order to reveal the limb structure. Which also was anthropomorphised, to make more readable as a warrior figure.

After some play, the piece was set as such. You can see the full rendering and process over at the Behance site, where the project is laid out. Follow this link to the piece.

copyright © Rob Snow | creative 2013

INGREDIENTS

1 creative person, slightly matured
2 tablespoons aptitude
1 piece of aesthetic flavouring
6lbs hard work and sweat
4 ideas more than most
salt of the earth to taste

Take a creative person and stir in some aptitude, thoroughly from the start. In time, mix in the aesthetic flavouring with the most appropriate tool at hand, and then, fold into the mix as much of the hard work and sweat that the mix can take. Sprinkle in the ideas; the more the better. And finally, as all is cooking, a pinch of ‘salt of the earth’ to give it the necessary character. Leave to cook over time and serve when required. Tasty treat in a tasteless world.