Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Catching up on the projects I missed because I was ill. I think I have most things under control now but I'm still running around a bit! Finished this editorial with gouache. Also bought a snazzy new sketch book and MORE gouache today. I really wanted to buy cyan, but 14ml was £8.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

It's my sister's birthday on the 13th so I brushed up on my type skills in her card. Partially because I can never write anything meaningful, and the card was super cute from Paperchase so it deserved it.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

This is one of my character designs that I realise I have never uploaded. Shame, because it's one of my favourites. I get really engrossed with Shaun Tan's work, and I love that he is a successful illustrator that just uses simple, accessible drawing methods. Well, one things I've always loved is observational drawing and realism. So, I made this whale helicopter. Rather large pencil drawing on A3.

A better picture of myself flying around my kitchen (still taken with my phone while I have no memory card for my camera). I love the legs. All of my characters for the Social Gathering piece are all individual, so I can re-arrange them if I don't like where it's going on judgment day.

Sorry for the lack of posts. I have been ill all week! I have (semi) recuperated (but to think I settled in with my scented candles in the studio!) and have started working on my Social Gathering project. My idea is to turn all of my characters into toys and have me jumping out of the box. Something cute, fun. I have a feeling that if I focused more on making a scene, I would be too overwhelmed with mixed media. I'm trying to town my colour palette down so it's more subtle. Purchasing gouache was a brilliant idea (do it everybody) but I need to buy some more tomorrow! Anyway, I really like the central figure. Hope it'll all come together well.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Still in the process of painting this. Inspired by the art of Craig Mccracken.

Some commissions are keeping me afloat this summer. I have been painting on shoes for a while, and people seem to like them. I was asked to draw my client's (that feels weird to say) favourite Pokemon. He's a lovely guy from Canada and was a pleasure to work with! This has really improved my painting skills. I made a lot of these during the summer, but I'm going to turn my blog into art that comes directly from my brain bubbles.

Some things look great in my sketch book, and somewhere in the process I struggle to retain the spontaneous qualities.

Another character design finished. This was inspired by Meg Hunt, who is a wonderful illustrator. One of my favourites. I hope I can master dry brush one day, but for now the main experiment is gouache. First time using gouache. I think I have my head around it now.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Can I be one of my character designs? Because it's totally happening. I'll need an A3 scanner for this one, so I guess I'm going to the library.

I think I have finished my mermaid! It's a shame that the goggles are so unaligned with the head, but I only realised that when I stood up. I think I need an easel after this! The tail is my favourite part.
Never used Photoshop before. This may be one of my character designs. It depends whether I progress or not! 

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

I paint shoes during the summer to earn some pennies. I suppose it keeps my painting skills sharp.

Pages from my children's book! I'm sorry it's blurry. I couldn't quite hold still without the flash off of my camera. I really enjoyed this project.

(So far) naked mermaid swimmer, and some tasty nightly cereal. Am I getting better at painting? I don't even know. Hoping to add some collage to this.

I was feeling a tad uninspired today, so I drew this self portrait that hasn't really gone anywhere. I am painting a lot of shoe commissions, so that's taking up a lot of my time. But finally, I am heading to paint a new character design.

My friend had a birthday. True story.

Monday, 16 July 2012

And of course, here's a lion chilling out.

Guys, I think I have already decided that this is one of the most confusing websites that I have ever had the displeasure to figure out (with a rather uninspiring list of fonts)! However, I have been looking at other illustrators over summer, so here are some sketches that were inspired by the beautiful art of Meg Hunt. I hope to use some dry brush, but all of my attempts have succeeded to look like my poster paintings I made when I was five. I always thought my sketches had a bit more personality than my finished pieces. Shame!