Mixed media pencil, black fine-liner and watercolour paint. Final edit on photoshop.
The illustration above
depicts the seven characters I created over the summer: psychedelic butterfly,
Ollie the Orangutan, Foo Dog, Tortoise-shell hare, Thumbelina, Horn-boy and
Oceana, taking part in a social activity. The activity illustrated is sailing,
and the drawing includes a self-portrait. Constructing an effective composition
to include all eight characters was challenging, however I am very happy with
the end result. The use of tonal shading has brought depth to the drawing, the
subtle details of each character brought to life through intricate line-work. The
bold blue splash adds movement and drama to the illustration, symbolising the
sea spray off the rough waves. I have entered this drawing into the V&A
illustration awards 2013.