Thursday 28 March 2013

Two Hedgehogs And A Badger

No the post title is not the opening line of joke, it is simply a description of the next two watercolours I will be working on. I have recently received a very exciting commission for five watercolours that depict whimsical scenes involving animal characters. The brief was to base them on the world of 'The Wind In The Willows'. Below you can see the first two approved sketches.

All the paintings will be 24x31cm. So far I have the final pencil work completed and I'm now ready to move in with the paint.

Monday 25 March 2013

Royal Crescent Progress Pt.4

I'm still going but I think I'm on the bend just before the final straight. There's not much more I can say apart from I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday 20 March 2013

Illustration For Financial Director

Here's a small spot illustration I completed recently for Financial Director magazine. It suggests the financial cost of absent employees to employers.
The final artwork was produced with watercolour and pencil crayon.

Wednesday 13 March 2013

Royal Crescent Progress Pt.3


The painting has been put aside this week due to other illustration commitments but I hope to be picking up a brush next week and starting to work into the mass of grass. I'll then be able to view the painting as a whole and start adjusting contrasts and colours.

Wednesday 6 March 2013

Brave New World Competition Entries

I received an email in the last few days informing me that my entries for the House Of Illustration & Folio Society Competition to illustrate 'Brave New World' by Aldous Huxley were unsuccessful. You win some, you lose some.

House Of Illustration had over 500 entries, they have picked a top 25 which can be seen on their website here. It's certainly very interesting to browse, the standard is very impressive and most of the illustrations are a mixture of traditional and digital media which is fitting for the story.

Below you can see two of my entries (two more to come). The first is a rough book binding design, created with ink spatters and pencil put together in Photoshop. The bleeding ink in the baby's head is a photograph I took using a full water jug and ink dropper. The second illustration is a watercolour painting based on John's encounter with a reporter.

Friday 1 March 2013

Interview for HOW Magazine

I would have posted this much earlier but I didn't know the interview was published, I must check earlier next time. To read the short interview click here.