Plodding Along…

It’s a great to see all the hard work beginning to pay off. Plenty of work to do yet but good to see it all taking shape. Pirate books are fun!

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Crow’s Nest…

Just finished this one for the book I’m working on (which I’ll post more about when I’m allowed). I’ve never had so much fun with a project, the impossible angle here posed a little bit of a challenge and I’m not sure it’s ‘entirely’ realistic but what the heck, it’s for a children’s book, and it does the trick (imho 🙂

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And this one (below), is a screenshot of a small vignette I’m working on of a bunch of pirates with faces obviously made for radio. fun fun fun…

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More Pirate Stuff…

I’ve been working on my latest illustrative effort (see earlier posts). It’s a book about pirates (written by the wonderful robin Adolphs) and it’s been a LOT of fun to illustrate so far. Below is a portion of the cover art, it’s come a long way since the early sketches…

Here’s a progression…

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Pirates!

I began working on my new book a week or so ago and am having a jolly old time creating the artwork. The book is called ‘Pirates Don’t Read’- written by Robin Adolphs and illustrated by erm… me.

I knew I was going to have fun with this one, what more could an illustrator ask for? A big old Pirate ship full of cool characters. The storyline is great and better still, carries a message well worth remembering. I hope you guys will follow it’s progress, will post more as I go.

Here are a few character sketches I made early on in the game, before I began the page illustrations…

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From Pencils To Inks…

I’m often asked how I do what I do… Artists’, we get that a lot, right? I happily let people know that there are no magic wands involved and that the process usually employs only a little elbow grease, a jot of focus and the ability to apply oneself.

As a teacher, it’s ultra important for me, that my students understand this…

Here’s a drawing from a couple of years ago and the three-step-process I took to achieve the final (inked) version:

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Vampire…

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I created this character for a couple of kids in the library who began by looking over my shoulder as I was drawing, by the end of it, they were throwing ideas at me. Kids are far more imaginative than I, of course…

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Another drawing for the children’s illustration portfolio I’m compiling to find some work. Having a great time with these 🙂

*see recent posts for more samples…

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Paper Planes…

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Hide And Seek. Steps…

Thought I’d simplify things this morning. I began this idea yesterday and felt obliged to see it through to completion. Here’s how it came into being…

 

  1. The rough idea. Just scribbling the elements of the image down, letting it happen…

badgers hide and seek2_smlTightening things up a little, also thinking in terms of tone…

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Taking the overall thing a few steps further. The image is tightening up a lot more, giving me more to work with and the direction of the overall image…

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Here’s how things look before I begin adding the colour in photoshop. I knew I didn’t want any cross-hatching or any elaborate linework so, keeping things as simple as possible…

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And here’s how things ended up…

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The Meeting Place…

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Aussies…

Have been working on this one today, thoroughly enjoying the process of working on these samples as it’s been a while since I worked on any children’s illustrations. Would LOVE to get a book illustration gig working on a book of Aussie characters like these guys…

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Rabbit Hops Across The Rocks…

rabbit_stream3_smlThis is sort of how I’m feeling right now. I have an exhibition I’ve been preparing for this past year and in the meantime have struggled to stay afloat, have been stuck in limbo and have been running on a ‘hope’ of sorts. The exhibition is on the 11th February, a special day for me as it’s my brother’s birthday, (he’s sadly no longer with us). I’m not sure what to think about the show, I’ve put the work in but there’s no guarantee it’s going to pay off in any way, as I said, living in hope. At least I’ll have plenty of work to sell at the end of it.

These Critter drawings are a lot of fun, (see recent posts for more) – if anyone knows of a publisher hiring illustrators who like drawing fluffy creatures and trees, let me know, I have a feeling I’ll be illustrating again this year…

Sylvia’s Itch and Scribbling Away In The Corner…

Went to the book launch for my latest illustrated book yesterday, entitled ‘Sylvia’s Itch’, about a pair of Australian sugar gliders. Had a great time catching up with and meeting new people…

I painted this canvas whilst I was there. Managed to scratch something coherent out in the time I spent on it… Can’t wait to get on and finish it. (acrylics)

The book (btw) is available from the lovely Robin Adolphs:
http://www.robinadolphs.com/

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