Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Where Is Tim?

Illustration for a children's story I worked on in college.
Done using pencil and coloured in Photoshop. (Glazing technique)

Green Knowe Finished

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Children of Green Knowe

It's been a while since my last post so here's a second one! This is an illustration for college. It's not finished yet, I've only just begun the colouring process. We've been assigned with coming up for an illustration based on a scene of our choice from the children's book "The Children of Green Knowe" by Lucy M. Boston. I hadn't heard of the book before. I enjoyed reading this one. It's about a boy who moves in with his Great Grandmother for the summer. She lives in a great big, old house. There he encounters the spirits of three children who had lived in the house centuries before and learns the magical history of said house.

This is the scene in which Tolly, the boy, finds the children inside a big Yew tree. The girl, Linnet is dancing with a hare and her dog is trying to get her attention. Here the dog is contemplating what to do to get Linnets attention. He'll soon get up on his hind legs and attempt dancing.

We're learning a colouring technique using Photoshop known as "glazing". I've attempted colouring my pencil work on Photoshop before, but i've never known the proper technique to do it so I'm liking learning this. The top image is the finished pencil work. The bottom one is where I'm at at the moment. Good bit of colouring still to go!


Photo references:

AY-YOOOOOOOO. Sun! No clouds! It's been a while, it feels good!

Anyway, a tutor of ours told us about this company that's in the process of getting set up. They offer a caricature service. A person sends in their photo and some information about themselves and they receive a caricature based on that. They're looking for artists so a few of us in the class sent in some examples of our work. It's not something I normally do, but I was interested to see how they'd turn out. It was actually fun enough to do.

These are the two I submitted, one of Oscar Wilde (top) and one of Leonard Cohen (bottom). I used photo reference for these sourced from Google images. I've included the original photos below. unfortunately I don't seem to be able to find the photographer's names.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

"Scissorhands" postcards

Postcards! Finished pieces are 11x14cm. They had to be inspired by a film of our choice. I chose "Edward Scissorhands", one of my favourite films. The first and third ones were done using spray paint and stencil techniques, the second and fourth ones were done using traditional ink, pen and pencil. And yes, after doing the second one, it will be quite some time before I'll want to draw another pair of scissors.


I know! So many pieces are photographed, they are mounted and scanning them is unfeasible at the moment, I hope to get around that as soon as possible.

Anyway, these were done for college last Halloween. The brief was to come up with some pumpkin designs. We didn't have to actually make them, but I do want to give it a shot, maybe this Halloween.


These are three illustrations from a series of five I did for college based on the word "Bounce".
I decided to apply the word bounce to the idea of electronic signals bouncing through the air unseen from satellites orbiting around us. Each image relates to a different way technology has influenced our evolution, if you like, or general lifestyle and thinking. It has changed our access to knowledge, how we see things, and indeed how the technology to deceive our eyes has increased in a way ( Photomanipulation, special effects, airbrushing, our manipulated versions of what beauty is etc.), transformation of our actual bodies, how we now communicate with one another, and how we listen or rather don't listen, instead depending more on visual communication.