so recently for my third year anniversary with my girlfriend, I wanted to create something special and unique to us as a couple and the things we had done over the last three years and being an illustrator, this was an easy decision. I started off by thinking about everything we had done and all the places we had been. As we are a long distance couple, we both use the train a fair deal to see each other, I wanted that to be one of the main features of the piece, Other things included Wall.E, minions, Harry Potter and other various things. I also included things personal things to us e.g. the place where we had our first date and where we first got together. Once I had planned everything out with pencil, I went over it with an ordinary biro. The image went down really well with her, and its definitely something personal to us.
Same story as before, this is an idea for what the Uncle would look like. I wanted to create a character who would both sound (in the text) and look like a man who wouldn’t take no for an answer. A strict man, he dresses smart, knowing how to get what he wants.
So whilst I haven’t been working, I have been trying to keep up creating artwork and experimenting with different media. Pen is such a simple and obvious tool to use, yet I have always been discouraged from using it. Something which is seen as a writing tool, can have some wonderful effects, especially when trying to create shade and different tones. These series of images are for a potential story I am creating, (which is slowly being written), about a boy who is left with his strict uncle after his parents disappear, we follow him as he explores the world he has been hidden from his whole life, but there is a secret he has been kept from. This is an idea for what him and his family look like.
Here is the final outcome of my first ever commissioned piece for the arts and heritage trust in Southampton. Front cover illustration for the annual educational guide.
So a couple of months ago, I was asked if I would be interested in coming up with a design for the SeaCity Museum, Art Gallery and Tudor House and Garden Educational guide for the coming year. They wanted me to come up with an image that involved all three venues and incorporated the theme of school visits. I was lucky enough to be able to create papercuts for this project. They wanted something bold and something that would stand out. It took about a month to get everything cut and scanned into photoshop, but once that was done, it was just a matter moving things around. As you can see there were many changes along the way, normally to do with the colours. So next time you’re in one of the venues, keep an eye out for it.
I’ve just realised, I never actually posted my final images from my final major project. These are what I came up with for Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’. All images were created using a mixture of collage and photoshop. I’ve always been a believer in keeping things traditional, I enjoy going back to basics and creating something physical, using photoshop allowed me to take those images further and allowed me to layer up my different elements.
I was on the bus into uni and noticed this rather remarkable hat on a girl and thought that it would create a brilliantly character. I love drawing robots, so amalgamated the two to create this robot girl.
A new technology
Recently I purchased photoshop and as I wanted to further my illustration skills, I decided to play around with some random sketches and how Ii could colour them digitally. This is an image of a monstrous creature. The image has been sketched on brown paper, scanned in then digitally coloured.
A recent paper-cut of Winchester Cathedral. A 6 hour project which incorporated my enthusiasm for architecture and paper-cuts.
As I finally purchased photoshop last week, I thought it would give me a great platform to finally come up with some card designs to sell, This is based on a previous illustration I did. I like creating weird and unusual illustrations. This was just created using a normal ball point pen, scanned in in black and white then manipulated in photoshop.