Lighthouse

Another study today. This one was a little more complex than the last one, because there’s more going on with the buildings. I injected a conceptual aspect to the piece with the torn paper, as it made things a little more interesting and leads the eye. I used the mixer brush in Photoshop to give the clouds a soft look which turned out quite nice. These pieces are fun to do and don’t require a lot of messing around since they’re a study of a real place, the only challenge really is how to incorporate a conceptual idea into it.

By the way, i’m going to be making some minor changes to the website in the coming weeks which will include a “shop” section where you will be able to grab prints of my work. You can still get prints for the time being by going through the “Contact” page and messaging me.

Enjoy!

Little Merchant – study

Quick character study here. I’m playing around with line-work a little more than I usually would as a way to test things out, and it means I don’t have to be so careful with edge control for colour. I quite like this for what it is; a simple character scene. Not everything has to be ridiculously time consuming and intricate. Is there a story here? Always, but whether it’ll get expanded upon or redesigned is another question. I’m going to try and pump out some more of these character scenes just so I have plenty of fodder for publishers and agents. Enjoy!

Do not spill the pint of a man who wears Crocs

Super simple character design here. Still working through the Schoolism.com class on character creation and this is part of it. The lesson is to use the prompts “aggressive” and “bully” and create something from that. I googled “aggressive animals” and got some reference images of grizzly bears and based the character around that. There’s nothing worse than spilling your pint, unless you’re spilling the pint of a guy the size of a bear who wears Crocs on his feet. Pretty sure I’m the skinny guy about to get punched. Enjoy!

Paper Planes

A friend of mine has been nagging me for a while to do an illustration of a group of us that all met a few years ago in Ibiza. One of the first things that happened in our apartment was the maiden flight of a paper airplane, I can’t remember why and we probably should have been out drinking instead. Anyway, it flew like I’ve never seen! In all my years of watching paper airplanes fly – through primary school, middle school, high school, university, and in to my professional career – this one was hands-down the most impressive. I don’t know why i’m going on so much about it, but trust me; it. was. impressive. This is my somewhat unimpressive retelling and illustration of said event. Enjoy

Darcy and Ted

Two hour quick digital paint of a girl and her dog. Not really any refinement to this one, just a quick bit of character design and a mess around with colours. Enjoy!

Safari Family Photo – Process part 1

This isn’t finished yet (maybe tomorrow), but I wanted to post up the work-in-progress to show the general process of how I work and how much things can change from the original idea.

I almost always start with a rough pencil drawing (left) – this can take a few tries, but the sketch is only small, hence why we call it a “thumbnail”. These type of drawings should only take a couple of minutes and often they are barely comprehensible to anyone but the artist drawing them.

The second stage shown here (top right) is just an expansion of the original pencil sketch, but done digitally and more refined. Personally, I move quickly to digital because it is far more forgiving than traditional media for erasing and changing things – again I can be super loose here, sometimes expressing characters as simple shapes that get tightened up as I progress. The original image was pretty similar to the thumbnail sketch, but then I added the cheetah and the water buffalo… and then I got carried away and made things difficult for myself… Anyway, because things became more complex I had to balance the composition. The Lion is central, while the giraffe splits the image diagonally. Either side of the diagonal are five animals, not including the lion and giraffe.

Once the overall composition is complete it’s time to add colour. I tend to use blocks of colour first to get the basic shapes of the characters down and then after that I go in with a different value (tone/shade) and a textured brush to give the basic colour some variation.

I’ll post the rest of the process tomorrow… see you then!

Loch Ness Monster?

Playing around with some ideas for children’s books. I like the thought that there’s someone that lives by Loch Ness who’s friends with the monster and has been trying to bribe it with fish to stay hidden and safe.