Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Build a Canal Game

I have recently been working an exciting project for the Canal and Rivers Trust. Along with Muddy Publishing and Elizabeth Newbery we developed an interactive game which had to be completed within a month! It was a lot of hard work, but a really fun challenge. The game explores the idea of 'why' and 'how' canals were built in the UK. It is aimed at key stage 2 children, between the ages of 7 and 11.

I love the researching process involved with a project like this. It is very interesting to look back at the lives people who lived in Britain 300 years ago. I feel sorry for the poor navvies who had to work in such awful conditions to dig out the canals!

It was really nice to see my illustrations come to life through the animated sections of the game, there's a good bit where you get to poke a cow in the bum with a stick!

You can play the 'Build a Canal' game HERE, as well as lots of other fun interactive games too!














Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Frogs, Dragonflies and Newts

I recently worked on an illustration of a dragonfly lifecycle. These are a few of my sketches and character designs. I am going to use some of the plant and animals for a repeat pattern design - when I get around to it!





Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Love Fish


I was clearing out some old folders and came across this drawing I did for a friend a while ago. As valentines day is approaching and I was feeling soppy, I turned it into a card design on illustrator. 

Fish, Poultry and Pork


Thursday, 7 November 2013

The Magic Door


Where does the time go?

Wow, it has been a long time since I have updated this blog! I have been learning (with the kind help of my good friend Olivia) some basic Illustrator skills. It is a whole new world of vector fun, and I am looking forward to mastering the program (with lots more practice!) 

Below are some of the pieces I have been working on. I started with a poster depicting the phases of the moon. I experimented with texture overlays, and started playing around with colour and typography. 

I then moved on to experimenting with the pen and shape tools to create some character designs for an animation project. I enjoyed recreating some old characters in illustrator, and using colour rather than line to define shapes. The colours are a bit crazy, but I like the way these guys look in vector form! 




I decided to have a play around with some ice-cream themed typography. I brought in some little ice creams from photoshop to see how the vector and pixels work together. This was a fun exercise, I tried to create a different style for each word. I am going to explore this further!


Below are some basic patterns put together in a grid, I used the pen tool to create some free flowing shapes, and the pen tool for the more controlled ones. 


I combined my typography experiments, with some shape and pattern tools to add the background for these girls, which I coloured in photoshop. It was interesting to use illustrator and photoshop together to see what effects I could create. 




Mmmm....I think I may go and have an ice cream...