BY SAM WILLIAMS
Born, quite simply from a lifelong love of science fiction illustration. In this case combined with more than a nod to the hours lost to the video games of my youth - where inspired placements of pixels combined with a healthy dose of imagination transported the player to far off galaxies and strange new worlds.
▪︎ Exclusive to Nine By Nine
▪︎ Only 50 limited edition prints per size
▪︎ High quality A2 or A3 archival Giclée print
▪︎ 210gsm Hahnemühle matt-coated paper
▪︎ Includes signed certificate of authenticity
Free UK delivery / Worldwide shipping available
▪︎ 3-5 working days for prints
▪︎ 5-8 working days for print + frame
Hand crafted frames
We've partnered with one of the UK's leading art framers to bring you custom made, beautifully crafted frames for your new print. All frames are custom made here in the UK using new technology and old school craftsmanship. These high quality, totally custom frames will last a lifetime.
Your frame comes with Clarity+ glazing. Although this material is more expensive than glass, it's used in your frame because it offers superior UV protection, is far safer and is beautifully clear.
Backing & Fixings
Your frame arrives ready to hang, with a backing board and hanging kit.
Our supplier is recognised by the Fine Art Trade Guild. All custom made frames have tightly pinned corners, contain crystal clear Clarity+ glazing and are made from precision cut real wood.
Made to order
Every product is individually produced in England, allow
3-5 days for delivery and a little longer for framed prints.
All of our prints are produced using an archival Giclée method on 210gsm Hahnemühle matt paper.
All artists receive a fair commission on every print sold which helps them to keep doing what they do best.
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We offer returns on any items that are damaged in transit. Just get in touch with us as soon as possible.
A trip to California in 1995 transformed me from an eyeliner wielding goth into a tie dye emblazoned hippy. In 4 short months. Nearly 25 years later I am neither.
It's pretty much been the only thing I've ever wanted to do so I studied it at university and after a short detour into gardening I teamed up with an old friend from University and Magictorch was born.
Music is a big one - I struggle to work in silence. Aside from that, concept designers like Syd Mead and sci-fi master John Harris are an endless source of inspiration.
At the moment I'm more often than not eased awake by the dulcet tones of a shouting toddler. Once her needs have been attended to I head to the studio. Cup of tea, quick scan through emails and then it's time to get started on the days commissions or personal work depending on what's most pressing. From there on I'll be pretty much glued to the computer until it's time to head home. Probably not the most exciting sounding day - but it works and I rather like it!
Walk away from it, get some space. Frequently, after hours of banging my head against something, the solution presents itself on the way home or in the shower or doing the washing up. Even though I'm not consciously thinking about it, somewhere in the background it's percolating away and a bit of distance can bring it into focus.
British Airways, BBC Focus, Metal Hammer.
Cinema 4D and Photoshop are the main offenders.
I frequently start a project with a wander around Pinterest - it's such a great resource and place to stumble upon unexpected gems.
A friend of mine once said to me "failure cannot live with persistence' - at the end of the day you're in charge and you're doing what you love - it's not going to come without a fight! Too much work! - not enough! - feast or famine - prepare to be stressed - a lot. But while that sounds pessimistic, stick at it - it's daunting striking out on your own - but the rewards FAR outweigh the stress.
Good art direction can be the difference between a dream project and a nightmare. That, coupled with anything that inspires and challenges - and it really can be anything - and I'm a happy illustrator!
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