Last week I had the great opportunity to meet one of my favourite illustrators- Catherine Rayner, at Edinburgh's 'Come draw with me!' event. Held at the National Museum of Scotland (perhaps the best museum Ive ever been in)in the animal world section. A few other artists were also at the event, so its a shame that all the workshops were held at the same time.
The Catherine Rayner workshop meant that I got to draw some of the taxidermy and then turn them into characters. Catherine was lovely, and very easy to talk to- and it was brilliant to be able to see a sneak-peek of her upcoming book about a giraffe! Catherine was kind enough to bring along a few of her sketchbooks to see her work in progress (I loved how most of the work was on separate pieces of paper, then slotted in the book- which is exactly what I do!)and examples of her other work.
I wish that the event had been longer- being able to sit in the museum after closing-hours when its near empty is brilliant. I could have drawn the animals all day! The event was finished off with wine and a chance to wander round and see everyone elses drawings. The atmosphere of the event was so casual and friendly, I'd certainly travel to go to another event.
Check out catherine's website if you havent seen it before: [Link]
Heres some of my sketches from the event:
Sunday, 25 November 2012
Thursday, 15 November 2012
Sunday, 11 November 2012
Sunday, 4 November 2012
Thursday, 1 November 2012
Sunday, 28 October 2012
Saturday, 27 October 2012
Thursday, 25 October 2012
Pocky advert final client visual and WIP on the line-art. It's taken me a long time and many compositions to come to this conclusion, which is now ready to develop further. I intend for the whole advert to be created digitally- once again switching software for each step.
Sunday, 21 October 2012
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
Saturday, 13 October 2012
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Editorial Illustration for an article for The Guardian 'How to Decorate'. I decided to continue with the image of a hand holding colour swatches, with each colour swatch having an icon of something we decorate. After many different versions, the logos which had the most impact were; a house (for decorating inside), a coat hanger (representing clothes, and decorating ourselves) and a teapot (for decorating the most mundane of things). I think the simple colour scheme was more effective, and made the image look more complete than when it had different colours. The overall effect feels right; but think the icons still need more work, as something feels out of place.
(Work in Progress)
The decision to turn the illustration upside down (from the original design)greatly improved the design; perhaps because the image now reads top to bottom- with the boldest element (the hand) at the top.
The hand turned down almost suggests a disapproving of decoration- which in some ways, is what the article is about.
Friday, 5 October 2012
Sunday, 30 September 2012
My inspiration for this comes from Jill Barklem , illustrator of the Brambley Hedge Series of Childrens books.
Here is a headshot of Gustav with a more realistic take on how I usually draw mice.
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Monday, 10 September 2012
Sunday, 9 September 2012
Thursday, 26 July 2012
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Sunday, 22 July 2012
Saturday, 21 July 2012
Friday, 20 July 2012
Hi, This is my blog for my illustration, with a mix of uni work and personal pieces. I am currently studying at Lincoln University and about to go into my third year. At the moment I'm still exploring different ways of working and hope to improve on my work of previous years. I'll be uploading character sketches and a lot more work as soon as I get my scanner back!