Friday, 27 March 2015

Bible Stories

I have been working on two religious themed illustrations for my portfolio this week. I found some great reference material online, in the form of 14th - 15th century medieval paintings and bible illuminations, which are the kind of thing which I love to reference in my work. I find old paintings to be a great source of inspiration for costume and character. 



Thursday, 5 March 2015

Canal Characters

Here are some characters which I have just finished for the Canal and River Trust. They are being used on some children's activity sheets. I have tried to use a stronger line in these than I normally would, so that they have more of an impact on the page. I am very pleased with the fisherman's moustache. No one knows yet, but the girl has the best packed lunch in her cool box. 



Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Forever With You Would Be A Dream Come True


I have been keeping up a 'Doodle a Day' sketchbook this year after seeing friends do it and thinking it looked like fun. It's actually really hard to remember to do it each day and I have been struggling a bit, but I am determined to keep at it - it's only February! I am finding it a nice way to get characters down quickly and work on things like character interaction, background scenery etc. I drew this pair a few weeks ago, and thought they had potential to be worked into a finished illustration, so I gave them a cat, a couple of armchairs and a rather garishly decorated living room. I hope they will be very happy together for many more years. 



Friday, 30 January 2015

A New String to the Bow

I've recently started a job designing graphics for websites. The sites are for Primary Schools who want something illustrative to add a bit of fun to their websites. My first site has been a challenge as I am finding my feet, and has taken much longer than anticipated, but I'm hoping to get quicker as I get more used to the way they have to be put together. Here are a couple of details from my illustrations. I will post the link to the finished website once it is live.

Icon Designs
School Building


Monday, 19 January 2015

Treasure!

I finally finished my pirate themed illustration for my portfolio. Here it is in all it's shiny glory. The hermit crab is based on a crab i recently met in Thailand. I think he was called Gerald.
 


Thursday, 15 January 2015

Pirates!


These are some character sketches for a Pirate themed illustration which I am currently working on for my portfolio. I had lots of fun putting together a Pinterest board for this project. I find it a really useful tool for gathering reference and inspiration, although it's so easy to get lost in a world of lovely pictures! I tried to choose bright, exciting colours for this illustration as I am aiming it at young children. I was attempting to create a limited pallet, however I have pretty much used every colour in the rainbow so wasn't quite successful there. I just really like all the colours! 

Thursday, 11 December 2014

A Bat's Life

Who knew it would be so fun drawing bats! Here are three flappy guys, which I hope to finish off very soon. In the mean time I thought I'd bring them out of the dark cave of my hard drive and let them flap about for a while. If you want to find out more about these fascinating creatures head to the Bat Conservation website