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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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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Some Progress…

I’ve been scratching away at this one for 2-3 years. And recently scanned in the original acrylic/oil painting and continued working on it digitally. It’s close but not quite finished yet. Here it is as it stands right now….

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Into The Woods…

Really enjoying this stage I’m at with this project, my favourite part is the realisation, the ‘fleshing out’ of ideas, making the characters work, the environment, the mood… Exciting stuff!

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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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Of Mice and…

I haven’t drawn my little mouse ‘Finn MacNiall’, for a while, going to open up the box and see what happens- I need something to sink my teeth into and this little guy is currently squeeking up. More to follow…

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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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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…