It is not a surprise to receive a request for a hand-drawn illustration from a magazine but it is a very big surprise to get one from a corporate client. A former colleague worked for the Rail Standards Safety Board where a capable in-house team were on-hand to produce slick corporate-looking design. He wanted a different feel for a book outlining RSSB’s remit to a more general audience: something a bit more approachable, not too processed.
Each illustration had to get over a number of ideas and include a number of elements. To add to the difficulty there was a strict heirarchy of emphasis. To complicate matters for me, I couldn’t draw any train: this one had to be a specific model running on particular bogeys. Two different antennae needed to be shown. All the visual information had to slot together on the page and then be broken up for use in the text pages of the book.