Radio Times – Elvis Dream Concert
Posted 6 years ago and submitted by Graeme Neil Reid | Share link:

I hadn’t worked on an illustration for the Radio Times for a few years so I was extremely pleased to be contacted for a new radio section piece to appear in the first issue listings of the new year. The brief was to create something to promote an Elvis Dream Concert. An imaginary UK concert (the King having sadly never performed in Great Britain) from a vast selection of live recordings. So I needed to create an illustration that successfully conveyed Elvis throughout his career, live on stage and the UK connection.

I could have easily picked the era of Elvis of loud jump suits and capes but I wanted to pick that moment between American kid next door with the hips that rocked and the first loud golden suit that marked a showman on stage. This is the first Radio Times piece I’ve painted, the others being created in ink and then computer coloured. I painted nearly every element in watercolour, but knew I’d be happier adding the the Union Jack graphic at the top in Photoshop and adjusting the Elvis name in lights and general vibrance of the piece by computer.

I think it works well and I hope I get a return visit to the magazine soon.

Graeme Neil Reid
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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Graeme Neil Reid is a Scottish artist living and working in Fife, Scotland. With a strong sense for traditional skills, Graeme is as easily at home creating unique illustrations on… Show more.

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I employed Graeme as the sole illustrator and designer on The Dangerous Book of Heroes. The quality of his work was excellent and he was great at understanding what we at HarperCollins needed, and at doing it quickly too. It was a complicated project, and the drawings needed to be historically accurate as well as engaging for the reader and Graeme was particularly good at paying attention to the details which were important to us and the author. The project was on a tight timescale and he rose to the challenge, producing everything in time and to budget, with great creativity, speed and care.
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