Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Love Fish

I was clearing out some old folders and came across this drawing I did for a friend a while ago. As valentines day is approaching and I was feeling soppy, I turned it into a card design on illustrator. 

Posh Poultry and Pork

Some rather haughty looking animals

Thursday, 7 November 2013

The Magic Door

Where does the time go?

Wow, it has been a long time since I have updated this blog! I have been learning (with the kind help of my good friend Olivia) some basic Illustrator skills. It is a whole new world of vector fun, and I am looking forward to mastering the program (with lots more practice!) 

Below are some of the pieces I have been working on. I started with a poster depicting the phases of the moon. I experimented with texture overlays, and started playing around with colour and typography. 

I then moved on to experimenting with the pen and shape tools to create some character designs for an animation project. I enjoyed recreating some old characters in illustrator, and using colour rather than line to define shapes. The colours are a bit crazy, but I like the way these guys look in vector form! 

I decided to have a play around with some ice-cream themed typography. I brought in some little ice creams from photoshop to see how the vector and pixels work together. This was a fun exercise, I tried to create a different style for each word. I am going to explore this further!

Below are some basic patterns put together in a grid, I used the pen tool to create some free flowing shapes, and the pen tool for the more controlled ones. 

I combined my typography experiments, with some shape and pattern tools to add the background for these girls, which I coloured in photoshop. It was interesting to use illustrator and photoshop together to see what effects I could create. 

Mmmm....I think I may go and have an ice cream...

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Leah's Woodland Painting

This is a name painting I produced for a little girl named Leah. It was her first birthday so I was commissioned to paint a woodland themed painting including her name. Here is the final painting and my sketches and character designs.

I hope to do more work like this, it is so enjoyable to get the acrylics out and spend time over a painting. I usually work digitally for illustration commissions as it is fast and can be easily amended if the client needs things changed. I love being able to paint at my own speed. The hours just disappear, I look up and find I have been painting squirrels for 4 hours! Not a bad way to spend an afternoon!

If you want to commission me, or know someone who might, please don't hesitate to email me to discuss themes etc.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012


I absolutely love the ancient greek heroes and mythical monsters, so decided to use the characters in a little project to help me develop some black and white work for my portfolio. This is the first character Perseus in his helm of darkness and winged sandals.