Steve Simpson has illustrated this editorial front cover aptly named, ‘the Family Business’ for the STEP Journal. The piece was about nurturing a family business and helping it to grow. The concept behind the tree was to represent various family member roles from youngest to eldest with in the branched business structure. Steve starts all his work with pencil sketches and re-draws until he is completely happy with the finish. Once the client approves the pencil sketch he uses PhotoShop to colour and to add texture, which sometimes involves 100s of layers. Most of Steve’s work has a retro feel as he is inspired by the pre-digi illustrations and print processes of the 50s and 60s, from his character styling to the colour palette he uses.
STEP Journal November Front Cover by Steve Simpson
Tue 05 Nov 2013