School of Games competition entry

school of games character design of a apprentice witch by Matt Walker Art

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.

Cheers

Matt

Dales

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.

Cheers

Matt

Jazz Fest

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.

Cheers

Matt

Wandering Warrior

Illustration by Matt Walker of a female knight in golden armour wandering through desert ruins

This piece was originally made in response to a character design competition, but I found out about it too late in the day and only managed to produce a quick rough sketch.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.

Cheers

Matt

Gone Fishing

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.

Quick Study

Illustration of a male professor smoking a pipe and making notes about a book he is reading

Bit of a mash-up of photography and digital painting this one. I quite like the contrast that the mixed media creates, and it was nice to do something a little bit different.

Cliff Town

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!

Anyway, hope you like it!

Cheers

Matt

Still Alive!

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!

Old Men and Bears

I guess this puts to rest the age old question of “does a bear shit in the woods?”

Also a sketch of an old dude reading. Where would we be without books?

Cheers

Matt