The Universal Fabric – editorial illustrations by Sam Chivers for BBC Focus Magazine.

Wilmington, United Kingdom based Illustrator Sam Chivers was commissioned to work on a set of editorial illustrations for a series of four features in BBC Focus magazine. “Each month Physicist Jeff Forshaw and Professor Brian Cox would tackle the big questions in Physics today such as what the nature of time? What is everything made of? What happened before the big bang? and How will the universe end?”

Some images of the first set “The Universal Fabric” can be found below. For more of Sam Chivers’s creative work, please have a look at his website or check out his portfolio on Behance.

Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity.
“As Einstein conceived his Special Theory of Relativity during the early years of the 20th century i wanted to reflect this in the imagery; analogue machinery giving birth to something cosmic. Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials Trilogy informed this, as did the work of Master Illustrator François Schuiten.”
The Twin Paradox
“The ‘Twin Paradox’ – Apparently Time does not tick at a steady rate throughout the universe. So someone speeding around in space ages slower than someone more earthbound, as seen in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ – It was good to crack out the old hourglass motif – a bit of a classic in the illustrators toolset.”
Journey to Andromeda
“A Journey to Andromeda our nearest neighboring star system, only a measly 2.5 million light years away. We need to learn how to bend space.”
Galileo's Principle of Relativity
This is about Galileo’s Principle of Relativity and the idea that experiments and observations made in a laboratory ‘at rest’ give exactly the same results as those made in a laboratory that’s moving.

All images © by Sam Chivers.