I have been working on two religious themed illustrations for my portfolio this week. I found some great reference material online, in the form of 14th - 15th century medieval paintings and bible illuminations, which are the kind of thing which I love to reference in my work. I find old paintings to be a great source of inspiration for costume and character.
Friday, 27 March 2015
Thursday, 5 March 2015
Here are some characters which I have just finished for the Canal and River Trust. They are being used on some children's activity sheets. I have tried to use a stronger line in these than I normally would, so that they have more of an impact on the page. I am very pleased with the fisherman's moustache. No one knows yet, but the girl has the best packed lunch in her cool box.
Tuesday, 10 February 2015
I have been keeping up a 'Doodle a Day' sketchbook this year after seeing friends do it and thinking it looked like fun. It's actually really hard to remember to do it each day and I have been struggling a bit, but I am determined to keep at it - it's only February! I am finding it a nice way to get characters down quickly and work on things like character interaction, background scenery etc. I drew this pair a few weeks ago, and thought they had potential to be worked into a finished illustration, so I gave them a cat, a couple of armchairs and a rather garishly decorated living room. I hope they will be very happy together for many more years.
Friday, 30 January 2015
I've recently started a job designing graphics for websites. The sites are for Primary Schools who want something illustrative to add a bit of fun to their websites. My first site has been a challenge as I am finding my feet, and has taken much longer than anticipated, but I'm hoping to get quicker as I get more used to the way they have to be put together. Here are a couple of details from my illustrations. I will post the link to the finished website once it is live.
Monday, 19 January 2015
I finally finished my pirate themed illustration for my portfolio. Here it is in all it's shiny glory. The hermit crab is based on a crab i recently met in Thailand. I think he was called Gerald.
Thursday, 15 January 2015
These are some character sketches for a Pirate themed illustration which I am currently working on for my portfolio. I had lots of fun putting together a Pinterest board for this project. I find it a really useful tool for gathering reference and inspiration, although it's so easy to get lost in a world of lovely pictures! I tried to choose bright, exciting colours for this illustration as I am aiming it at young children. I was attempting to create a limited pallet, however I have pretty much used every colour in the rainbow so wasn't quite successful there. I just really like all the colours!
Thursday, 11 December 2014
Who knew it would be so fun drawing bats! Here are three flappy guys, which I hope to finish off very soon. In the mean time I thought I'd bring them out of the dark cave of my hard drive and let them flap about for a while. If you want to find out more about these fascinating creatures head to the Bat Conservation website.