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Ed Merlin Murray

Illustrator / AnimatorUnited Kingdom
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Ed Merlin Murray

Illustrator / AnimatorUnited Kingdom
About me
An English-sounding Scotsman most at home in the Orient, E Merlin Murray is currently nestled in the frozen north of England with some Japanese brush pens and a big bottle of ink. He has a largely drawing-based practice, does his own printmaking, and is proficient in both digital and traditional animation techniques. D&AD "Ones to Watch" 2020. He is a graduate of the Illustration BA at the University of Cumbria in Carlisle. He welcomes commissions for various types of illustration and animation project. See new work daily on Instagram: @e.merlinmurray Get in touch: ed@merlinmurray.com
Projects
  • Jillesque - OverthinkerAlbum artwork for Overthinker by Jillesque, released in 2020 on Condina records. Hand drawn in brush and ink.
  • Mysterium ConscientiaA book of drawings which discuss the mysteries of human consciousness via the worlds of neuroscience, metaphysics, esoteric mysticism, and a whole load of other arcane sciences. The book was funded via Kickstarter and self published in 2019. The follow up, Mysterium Psychedelica, is due in early 2021.
  • Patreon Intro VideoAn animated video for my Patreon page, showcasing a number of my own short looping animations and snippets of video.
  • Eighth Letter - The City BeautifulAn album cover for Orlando, Florida based musician 8L, The City Beautiful was released in June 2020.
  • Los Tres HermanosLabel design for the beer Los Tres Hermanos, brewed by La Brasserie de Barcelonette in the French Alps. Created in homage to the brothers Arnaud, who left the town of Barcelonette to take their fortunes in Mexico, the label features portraits of the head brewer and his two brothers.
  • PhenakistiscopeA phenakistiscopic animation, drawn by hand and filmed on an iPhone. Created for Instagram's @instagram page.
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Projects credited in
  • University of Cumbria, Institute of the Arts, BA (Hons) Graphic Design and BA (Hons) IllustrationIt’s personality, passion and the quality of the work in a portfolio that gets students a job in the creative industries, and that’s what the degree courses in Graphic Design and Illustration at the University of Cumbria develop in our graduates. The extensive feedback, support and guidance students receive throughout their studies means that they leave as flexible, fully prepared, highly motivated, professional designers and illustrators, ready to hit the ground running and with the confidence
Skills
  • Drawing
  • Hand Printmaking
  • Stop Motion
  • Aftereffects Animation
  • Illustration
  • Collage Art
  • Pen Illustration
  • Hand Lettering
  • Adobe Photoshop
Education
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    BA(Hons) Illustration and Graphic DesignCumbria Institute of the Arts
     - Carlisle, United Kingdom