The beginning of a new year is often the perfect time to show off new approaches, styles and ideas that you've been working on in your own time - putting them in front of potential clients on the lookout for something fresh.

In that spirit, illustrator James Gilleard has shared a selection of rather lovely new works with us that are a lot dirtier than the work he's been commissioned for in the past. There's a simplicity and balance to the compositions, but that's contrasted with an overload of texture and geometry that distort the underlying forms in interesting ways - forms comprising retro robots, historical architecture and the easeful natural world.

"I wanted to try something a bit more impressionistic and loose," says James, "combining elements of old photographs, flat vector artwork and pattern and a desire to make it seem digital."

Image: Beach House

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