Friday, 26 November 2010

a fairy tale

A few weeks ago I was commissioned to do a piece for a birthday present, which was really fun as I had quite a bit of creative freedom. The theme of the piece was a fairy tale scene which is a subject matter that I have wanted to work with for a long time. I have always wanted to create animal characters for a long time, but have never had the confidence to try it outside of my sketchbooks, so this was the perfect opportunity. I was very weary at first to include animals in this piece, but I am very happy I did now. Also this piece was a scene also I felt it very daunting as I have never done a scene before now which hasn't included a block of text on top of it
or running though it or just with a lot of white space, so to create a image with a lot of elements
was both scary but very fun. I think I have learn't a great deal from this piece and pushed my work in new directions.




Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Cat and ink I think

Ive just got hold of some really beautiful inks, so I thought I would try them out. The colours are so intense a lot tougher than pencil crayons, but I really enjoy the change. I feel that this may be a medium that would be suited to certain projects that need a bolder and more graphic edge, so
I think I will keep practicing for future projects.

Scarf face








Thursday, 11 November 2010

website jive






Still working on my new website, but their is a lot of learning curves and help from friends, but with fingers cross it will be up and running in a few weeks - yippy!

yo ho ho


In the preparation for the festive season I have been working on designing some Christmas cards which I'm going to put into production and will be on sale soon. I have been working on two themes for the cards, one is winter clothes and wrapping up against the elements and the second is the more traditional fairy tale characters that are part of Christmas. I have a few more in the pipeline so keep checking back for more updates.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

DYREHAVEN KITE FESTIVAL






Over the last few weeks I have been In Copenhagen, Denmark, It Is really an amazing place to stay and investigate, while staying here found out that every year towards the end of October they have a kite flying festival in Dyrehaven. Dyrehaven or officially called Jægersborg Dyrehave
which translates as the "Deer Garden" it is a truly fantastic place, the landscape is so varied with large swaps, dense forests and grassy hills, which of course are perfect for Kite flying. So with this event in mind I really wanted to make a kite of my own and make a drawing that can fly, here are a few pictures of the process and some of the event. I wanted the image to be as strong as possible and try to work with the over all kite shape but not let it dominate the image so I choose a translucent plastic as the kites shape as the structure then built the image on top. This also allowed me to build off the main structure in this case the mans legs and arms which look amazing and animated in the wind. I will hope fully be able to attend the event next year and would love to make more kites for the event. I would also like to thank Cecilie as she has been very patient and helped me sew the kite together, Thank you Cecilie.


Tuesday, 12 October 2010

AMERICIAN INDIANS IN AUTUMN



Recently I have been looking at the colourful clothing and head wear of 19th century Native American Indian's, which are amazing works of art. Clothing is a re-occurring theme in my work and is something that I would like to explore further.

GULLIVER'S TRAVELS BOOK













Today I took some photos of My Illustrated version of Gulliver's Travels, which I exhibited at my MA show at the RCA. It was a collection of four books in a slipcase, each book represents different Islands that Gulliver Visits on his travels. The book covers are red, blue, orange and green, which are the four colours that I used for the illustrations inside.
The book was a collaboration with Jens Dan Johansen who worked on the layout and type setting of the books. This was quite a learning cuvre for me to work with another artist/designer, which was really fun and rewarding and somethink I would defiantly do again. Check out some more of Jens Dan Johansen work HERE.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

BIG APPLES

TOY SHOP



Here are a few sketches for a exhibition that I will be taking part in along with some very talented artist. The exhibition is going to be curated like a Toy shop, and will be taking place at Manchester's Art Corner's gallery as part of the Free For Arts Festival.
For more info please visit the Toy Shop blog HERE.

Monday, 6 September 2010

BROWSER


This image was made for a very good friend of my called Robin Howie, its a for a piece of work he is developing about educational tools , which you can read more about here.

WILD HORSES


Just some more drawings that I did for Guliver's Travels, though It a good idea to post them.

Friday, 27 August 2010

TANK MAGAZINE









I was featured in TANK magazine this month to illustrate a selection of mind bending short stories by Yoshiko Nagai which you can read here www.tankmagazine.com.
Its Amazing stuff, keep your eyes peeled for more of Yoshiko Nagai's work in the future.

The story of a Wedding


These are a series of drawings that where commissioned to Illustrate a story about how some young lovers first met. It is going to be a wedding present for the two stars of the story which, I think is such a thoughtful gift, and something which I was very honored and excited to be a part of.