I was lucky enough to be given another New Scientist cover. I absolutely love the magazine so it’s always an honour to be asked. And I always find myself learning lots from the article I’m illustrating and the extra background reading I can’t resist doing.
This story is about new findings that, far from the conventionally-held believe that evolution is a very slow process that takes place over millennia, evolution can happen within a couple of decades. It seems animals adapt to their immediate environments in small steps of evolution that are often reversed as the environments revert back to their original state, and therefore are hard to find in the fossil record.
Trust me: buy the New Scientist and read the article. It’s fascinating.
We decided to go for an image of an animal evolving from an amoeba to a human as it climbs out of the water.
Once again, great art direction from Craig Mackie and Ryan Wills.
There are 2 more illustrations inside so click the link below and have a look.