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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Refining Roughs…

28-29_stepsAnother one for the Pirate book I’m currently working on… Taking the initial thumbnail to a more finished level here. Not done yet of course, I just wanted to throw some colours over the top of the middle sketch to have a good idea of where I’ll be going when it comes to the final art. All of these steps make the transition to the finished illustrations a lot easier and it’s well worth taking the extra time to see these steps through…

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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Page Three…

Really enjoying this stuff right now and very happy with how they’re coming together. Here’s the latest one (that great big white area in the middle has been left for text btw)…

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Pals.

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…

Mind Map23_sml1Finished this one off today after a few days away, lovely to come back home and work on something bright and breezy. Wouldn’t it be great to fold up a large piece of paper, grab a pet and fly around like a kid? (my idea of a good time 😀

 

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…

whale and dolphins7_smlWhere the land meets the sea. One from yesterday. I often think of the mess we’re making in our oceans and how the ocean dwellers have to deal said mess. We’re doing the same to our land too and it’s our children who have to deal with it. Here. we have innocents of both land and sea, completely trusting one another, lovingly…

A Tortoise And A Hare…

Life’s sort of unfolding at a strange pace right now, I feel full of creative energy, overflowing almost yet the Universe seems to be wanting to hold me in some kind of meditative state, to reflect and grow, must have channelled this particular image because I didn’t  consciously create it…

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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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Trying Out A New Technique…

ottersbythewater_newtechnique1_smlPencils are pencils, inks are inks, digital is…erm… digital. Trying a 100% digital approach to achieve a ‘traditional’. ‘Why?’ you may ask… Speed. plain and simple. I’m fond of drawing these Critters but they have to fit around other stuff I have on the go.  I also think this approach would also work for book illustrations, when speed is of the essence, time is money, etcetc…

Critters…

It’s been a very productive week or so and these critter drawings have (almost) been drawing themselves. I found my ‘line art’ voice again after working  in acrylic and oil for most of last year- hope this bodes well for what the New Year will bring creatively. Will soon be looking to find a way to let these out into the world as prints…

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Watercolour Warmups…

As I’ve been working on my most recent children’s book in watercolour, it stands to reason that I should get into the right frame of mind with a loosening up session. I painted both of these this morning, both very enjoyable. I’ll do this more often…

 

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