Monday, 29 October 2012
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
This editorial illustration for a Guardian article is based upon the idea that people with heavy workloads often get ill on the first day of their holidays due to their stressful day-to-day life. Consequently I looked at imagery which signifies holidays (suitcase) and illness (pills) and combined these two ideas together to create my final illustration.
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
This editorial illustration is for an article taken from the Guardian on Why Small Victories Matter. The article is based on the idea that you gain greater success and happiness working towards smaller achievable targets rather than one larger target. The comparatively small size of the central target-coloured duck illustrates this idea. The idea of hook-the-duck derived from the key words small victories which in turn led to the idea of fareground games which involve targets.
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
This illustration is an editorial piece for an article taken from the Guardian called 'How to...Decorate.' The basis of the article is the idea that humans have an instinct for external decoration, with appearance being viewed as more important than character. Inspired by the reference to peacocks in the article, I based the henna pattern around peacock feathers, the henna itself conveying our innate need for personal decoration. Experimenting with colour for the background, I liked the contrast between the red henna and blue background, however in context I feel the hands look more striking against a white background.
Thursday, 27 September 2012
This character was inspired by Ian Macarthur's highly detailed, intricate illustrations. Influenced by his choice of mixed-media, I similarly created this illustration using pencil, pigment pen and watercolour paints. The stern expression, strong stance and vivacious splash of colour convey Oceana's powerful, wilful, spirited personality.
This graphite-on-paper drawing was inspired by the amazing Shaun Tan's illustrations. I feel I have successfully conveyed the personality and emotion of this character through his expression and body language. Overall I am pleased with the final illustration of this timid, shy, endearing antler-boy, who is my favourite character out of the seven.
I created this character on a piece of wood using black fine-liner and chalk, inspired by Audrey Kawasaki's beautiful, evocative wood-based paintings. This character is influenced by Hans Christian Anderson's fairytale Thumbelina, as seen through the lily pad and petal dress. I like how Thumbelina's simplified style contrasts with my other more detailed characters.
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
|Graphite on paper|
|Foo Dog final design, black fine-liner pen|
|Dry point perspex printing plate|
Friday, 21 September 2012
This post is dedicated to my brother and sister on their 17th Birthday, love you Ali and Claire.
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
This years University Summer Project included the task of creating 7 very different characters, influenced by 7 different artists/illustrators. This psychedelic butterfly was inspired by Louis Wain's cat drawings. I created this illustration using watercolour paints. Without doubt this is the most colourful illustration I have ever produced! For someone who avoids colour, I actually quite enjoyed painting this fun, sinister character.
Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Friday, 27 July 2012
I displayed these two pieces, as well as The Illustrator as a Phoenix and my Cat and Dog illustration for a children's book cover in my local Art, Craft and Flower Festival and received great feedback from visitors to the exhibition.
I created the character of Kara the Koala Bear for a childrens book I was producing to be entered into the Macmillan Picture Book Prize 2012 . Unfortunately I didn't finish my final pieces in time to enter the competition but there is always next year! The story is based around Kara the Koala who thinks she is a bear. Her mum then explains how she is not a bear, but in fact a marsupial.
|Signs of a Stressed Guinea Pig|
|Living with Agressive Guinea Pigs|
|How to Keep Your Ferret Happy|
|Toy Suggestions for Rabbits|
|Ideal Housing for Rabbits|
|Dealing with Bird Obesity|
Thursday, 26 July 2012
|Mixed-media: fine-liner, white pen and Photoshop|
|Mixed-media: fine-liner, white pen and string|
Front cover and double-page spread illustrations for the short story Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut, a story based on government control and the power of television in a future where intelligence and beauty is handicapped. Sophisticated adult audience.
The theme was 'The Illustrator As A ...' The university project was to produce a Facing Page illustration to be featured in the Association of Illustrator's magazine 'Varoom!' as a newly discovered illustrator. The idea I chose was 'The Illustrator As A... Phoenix' and began by researching mythological creatures.