I don’t know what it is about seagulls that makes them so fun to draw. They’re essentially pigeons of the coast but on steroids. In fact, when you think about it they’re a pain in the arse whenever you go to the seaside – squawking, shitting, stealing your chips, assaulting people – well maybe not the last one, but not far off!
Any way, this is another seagull illustration. The character design here isn’t a million miles away from the Disney/Pixar film Finding Nemo, but that’s probably because those designs weren’t far from Aardman Animations designs of Feathers McGraw, and I love them both.
This was super fun to work on. @schoolofgames on instagram host a character design/mood board competition every year and I decided to try my luck this year! The brief was fairly simple; draw a Magic Apprentice. The hosts provide a mood board with a few images (cauldrons, broomsticks, books) and words to take inspiration from e.g. clumsy, shy, nervous, worried. The hardest part is finding a pose and expression that work together in capturing the essence of the character – everything after that is just set dressing.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a landscape, so here’s one. This might be the most time consuming one to date as well. Over 130 layers and an awful lot of hours. Still, I’m happy with how vivid it looks and I especially like the trees. Pretty sure drawing trees is good for the soul.
This was made to kill two birds with one stone. Firstly it was made in response to a design challenge on instagram by artist Pernille Orum, who is a form disney character designer and is now a freelance illustrator. Secondly I made a jazz poster a while ago and wanted to make another. ‘Nuff said.
This piece was originally made in response to a character design competition, but I found out about it too late in the day and only managed to produce a quick rough sketch. It got forgotten until I found the sketch a few days ago and thought it had potential, though granted it was little more than a stick figure walking over a sand dune (see below).
I did a little more work on the character and had a play around with the background, trying sand dunes of varying shapes and sizes. Nothing seemed to look right. At some point I must’ve had the brain-wave that she needed to be walking through something a little more interesting than just sand, so I threw in some ruined pillars and everything snowballed from there! Anyway, hope you like it.
This feels like the first true bit of children’s book illustration I’ve done for ages! The inspiration for this one came from watching “Gone Fishing: with Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse”. If you’ve not watched it then do! It’s a really relaxing and funny show, and was not at all a program I thought I would enjoy. It is literally just Bob and Paul going to various locations around the UK to fish. Paul is a journeyman fisher and Bob is somewhat of a amateur/halfwit. Seriously, go watch it.
Feels like a long time since I’ve produced any kind of landscape, so I figured I’d go all out! Almost all the linework was done with traditional ink, while the colour is all digital. I’m going to watercolour the original inks, so when it’s done I’ll post it up on here.
I’ll be honest, I completed and scanned the inks in ages ago and started colouring it but didn’t like the look, so I abandoned it. It wasn’t until a couple days ago that I found it in my files and picked things up again. I deleted all the colours and leafed through some Asterix books for a bit of inspiration for a colour scheme and viola!
As the title says: Still Alive! It’s been a while, right? I’ve been making bits and pieces in my brief absence, but honestly not as much as I’d have liked. I’ve really felt unmotivated and not driven (or arsed) to make art most of the time. I started a new full-time job, but that’s really not an excuse. Maybe I needed a break from it after all the work I was doing during the lockdowns? Maybe I need to set myself some new goals? Maybe I just need to pull myself together and stop being so soft? Probably the latter… Anyway, above is a character I want to make an animation with. Stay tuned!