Friday, 21 December 2012

Merry Christmas!

Thought I ought to do a little snowy illustration as it's nearly christmas! I decided to try out outlining in pencil rather than dip pen this time, because sometimes I like things more when they look sketchy. Despite my best efforts I still can't get my scanner to get the colours right, but I'll forgive the blue tint this time because maybe it makes the whole thing look a bit more chilly.

I've been reading a lot of fairy tales recently, and a lot about their importance (mostly for my dissertation) and I think it's starting to influence the kinds of things I want to draw.

I also really enjoyed this story about Albert Einstein from the opening of 'Breaking The Magic Spell' by Jack Zipes, so I thought I'd share it  -

 Once upon a time the famous physicist Albert Einstein was confronted by an overly concerned woman who sought advice on how to raise her small son to become a successful scientist. In particular she wanted to know what kinds of books she should read to her son.
  'Fairy Tales,' Einstein responded without hesitation.
  'Fine, but what else should I read to him after that?' the mother asked.
  'More fairy tales,' Einstein stated.
  'And after that?'
  'Even more fairy tales,' replied the great scientist, and he waved his pipe like a wizard pronouncing a happy end to a long adventure.

In summary fairy tales are awesome, and that's all I have to say about that!

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Character Project - Social Gathering

Alright, I've finally finished this thing. I have mixed feelings about it, sometimes I look at it and think 'yeah, this is okay' and other times I think 'what IS this?'. I like a lot of the individual drawings but altogether I'm worried that it looks a bit confusing. I'm definitely going to stay away from mixed media for a while, and go back to my inks where I belong.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

More Evil Woman Picture Book!

I made a few little changes to my single picture book pages, mostly changes to the text and a few things here and there.


I've also been worked on a dps to go with the other pages, but I'm a little stuck on what colour to have the sky. I like the orange but I think maybe the darker one fits the mood of the other pages better. The text is a bit hard to read on screen, but printed it reads just fine.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Evil Woman Picture Book Progress

I finally around to working on final artwork for this story about a woman who wants to eat a child. I couldn't decide on what media to use for it so I've gone for a combination of ink, pastel, colouring pencil, digital, collage AND brush pen. Possibly a little overboard and I'm not sure if it looks right altogether, but experimenting is always good, right?
They still need a little work but here's where I'm at!

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Evil Woman Picture Book Development!

I've spent a lot of time redrawing my roughs for the first two single pages for this project. I think I'm happy with them now, although I want to do something a little more interesting with the text on the first page. I'm also planning on doing a dps too, if I have time.

Monday, 5 November 2012

How To Write A Book In 30 Days

This is the last editorial we have to do (which personally makes me want to have a mini party). I felt unsure about this one all the way through doing it, but I like the monkeys at least. I might try jumbling up the composition if I have time. Also, I couldn't help but notice that on a couple of the monkeys' faces it has the word 'Quilp', and now I want to read The Old Curiosity Shop to find out who or what 'Quilp' is.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Pocky Advertisement

Okay, I think it's done? I'm not sure anymore because I've been staring at it for so long, but I think it looks finished. I'm tempted to try out a few backgrounds but I'm worried it'll start to look a bit too busy and I kind of like it simple. Either way I really need to look away from my screen for a while!

Friday, 26 October 2012

The Madness Of Crowds - Editorial

This editorial is about how Las Vegas is increasingly visited by two very different groups, the usual adults there to gamble etc and families on holiday.
I decided to focus on a particular quote from the article - 'Hit hard by recession, no longer do gamblers flow though the flashing mandibles of the gaming rooms like so many krill being sifted by an avaricious leviathan; and so the monsters of the deep have gone looking for smaller fish to fry'.
 Again, I'm not too sure about the finished result, honestly I think maybe it's a little bit weird for a newspaper, but I might make a few changes over the weekend.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Work In Progress!

Some work in progress for an advertising brief promoting Pocky. I'm pretty much there with the characters, just need to work on a few small details and then I'll have to get to work on the text - which I am at the moment avoiding. There's something about drawing letters that just seems a bit dull!

Monday, 22 October 2012

Sun, Sea, Sand... And Sniffles

This week's editorial was about how people often get ill on the first day of their holidays and reasons for this. I plan to revisit this one later as there are a lot of things I don't like about it and generally think need to be done better (and the passport needs to look more like a passport).

Forget that for now though, there are crazy scientists and werewolves to be drawn!

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Small Victories

More editorial work! This time the article is about how it's sometimes better to focus on the little things instead of the bigger things. I'm not totally happy with this, I'm not sure whether it's because it's too simple or it's the composition... or the whole idea.

Gustav The Mouse Competition

Here are a few illustrations I did last week for a competition about Gustav the Swedish mouse. I found out yesterday that I was unsuccessful, but I'm just happy to have done something that I can hopefully add to my portfolio (also the mouse was very fun to draw) :)

Monday, 8 October 2012

Editorial Work

An illustration for article comparing interior design and self decoration. I wasn't sure about this piece at all whilst working on it, I was a little worried that maybe it seemed to be saying something about community or diversity - but I think it works okay in the context of the article.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

New Project - Social Gathering

For our first project back at uni we have to put all our characters into one illustration. Here's what I came up with (I'm sorry for the poor quality photo, it's too big for my scanner!).

I've decided to use photoshop to create the final version, something that I'm completely useless at but am actually having fun experimenting it. So far I've got the basic shapes of the house done and added in one of the characters to get an idea of what the finished thing will look like. Overall, I don't know how I feel about how it's looking at the moment as it's quite a different way of working for me (I'm really quite tempted to start again and paint the whole thing, but I'll persevere with photoshop for now!).


Monday, 3 September 2012

More Character Project!

So, I have finally finished the character project we were given to do over summer. This project has got me trying techniques I've never used before, but ones I'd quite like to use again. As I found out today, I actually quite enjoy doing collage, something I don't think I've done since primary school. I think I might have to start collecting magazines and patterned paper now...

For my fourth character I chose Tove Jansson and came up with this after looking at a lot of Moomins comic strips!

This one was inspired by the work of Carson Ellis, who is best known for creating album art for The Decemberists and illustrating 'Wildwood'.

I think I struggled with this one the most, done looking at the work of Kathleen Hale. I have gained new respect for anyone who draws realistic animals wearing clothes!

And here is my final character design, inspired by Kate Slater (and also my trip to Edinburgh zoo to see pandas).

Friday, 17 August 2012

Character Project

Here are my first three character designs for a university project we've been set over summer. The project is to choose seven different artists and create a character in each of their styles.

This is the first one I did, in the style of Edward Gorey. 

The second I chose to do in the style of Mary Blair.

This is one I did today, taking inspiration from Jon Klassen.

I was expecting to not enjoy this project, but I'm actually having fun trying out different methods of doing things. Four more to go!

Friday, 27 July 2012

Work in progress - More Raccoons!

Just posting a little update on what I've been working on since I haven't posted in a while. I decided to change my idea for my Nursery of Raccoons illustration as I liked the idea of having the characters marching over the hill in reference to 'The Grand Old Duke Of York'.
From left to right the characters are Bo Peep, Little Miss Muffet, The Grand Old Duke Of York and Humpty Dumpty. (The one at the bottom was just inspired by the nursery rhyme 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat).
I still need to work on the background, which I'll probably get done next week.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Raccoons, raccoons, raccoons.

Thought I'd post a little bit of development on the illustration I'm working on at the moment. It's based on the collective noun for raccoons, which apparently is a nursery. I've therefore decided to draw all the raccoons as nursery rhyme characters, because I couldn't think of anything cuter. Still need to sort out a few things (I'm looking at you, tree) and decide how I'm going to colour it... but here's where I'm at!

Friday, 11 May 2012

28 Pet Problems

So, I've finally finished the latest project - 28 Pet Problems. I actually quite enjoyed doing this, I just wish I had more time to spend on it! I'm planning on making all of these into a little book tomorrow and then it's all done (thank goodness).