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...

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Leah's Woodland Painting

This is a name painting I produced for a little girl named Leah. It was her first birthday so I was commissioned to paint a woodland themed painting including her name. Here is the final painting and my sketches and character designs.

I hope to do more work like this, it is so enjoyable to get the acrylics out and spend time over a painting. I usually work digitally for illustration commissions as it is fast and can be easily amended if the client needs things changed. I love being able to paint at my own speed. The hours just disappear, I look up and find I have been painting squirrels for 4 hours! Not a bad way to spend an afternoon!

If you want to commission me, or know someone who might, please don't hesitate to email me to discuss themes etc.