Archive for the ‘Sketch’ Category

I finally got round to scanning some of my life drawing sketches. I’m not going to paste them all up here, but you can see the whole lot over on my flickr stream – here. Some edited highlights:

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20th
Apr

Lately

I have mostly been ignoring you guys. Sorry! Here’s what I have been doing – a lot of work for a book I’m working on. Here’s Max.

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In no particular order, some rough ideas for an upcoming bookcover. Not sure which direction I’m going to push yet.

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5th
Nov

Lifedrawing

Sorry it’s only more sketching! But I promise I will draw you something with colour for TOMORROW. There, I’ve said it, no going back now!

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1st
Nov

Rotunda Musuem

I went to go out and about drawing in Scarborough, but it started to rain so I ducked into the Rotunda Museum instead. There were no dinosaurs to draw, sadly, but I drew some birds instead.

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I need to practise drawing from life I think! Also, I bought a season ticket for it, which includes going there, the art gallery, and all the collections they have at the woodend creative place, including a whole heap of lifedrawing classes too – for £9! I think it’s quite amazing and I’m definitely going to make the most of the life drawing classes – And show you the results soon!

I thought I’d show you a little bit of the process that went into making my little shop poster. First, as always is a series of thumbnail sketches till I come up with something that I like and think will work…

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I knew I wanted some big creature bending itself around my text – and I picked out a peacock quite early. I’ve wanted to do something peacock related ever since running around a big old house chasing one with Roz ( here ), and seeing the excellent Meg Hunt’s pretty peacock lady reminded me of that fact.

Once I got something I thought I could work with, I should have scanned it. But I’m pretty lazy, so instead of getting up and finding my scanner amongst the mess… I use my webcam. Guilty secret is out.

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that’s one of the great things about illustrator though – it doesn’t matter how lazy my linework is – so long as the shapes are good, I can work with it. And that’s what I did next. I pentooled up the image to look just like it does in the sketch, and started adding my colours.

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And decided this was too simplistic . Some of my other thumbnails had involved more detail to the feathers, so I knocked up a pattern and cut up the large pieces of colour with it, to make a more detailed bird, and then spent forever and ever trying to work out how I wanted the colours to be. I still really like the more bluey-purple ones, but I thought all out colour would be more fun, so I stuck with that one in the end.

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From there it was just a case of taking the image into photoshop and adding a couple of subtle textures to knock back the glare and add a little interest and detail. Which lead to the final image which you can see below! Or see it in action too.

Oh yeah, and it was all done for my newsletter, to which you can sign up here.

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28th
May

Hiatus is Over

Expect updates again starting now!

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Albeit only a doodle!

15th
Apr

Beach

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and now with no lines too!

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24th
Feb

Life Sketches

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16th
Feb

Werehouse

or village, or something.

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Another for the sketchbook exchange I am doing – this time it was for a book for someone who liked fairy tales and art nouveau.

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4th
Nov

Piggy-Wig

22nd
Oct

Sketch

some elements for my next picture:

30th
Sep

Sketchbook #1

I am doing a sketchbook exchange, here is the first part of mine. Anyone involved that wants it to be a surprise, don’t click!

I mean it!

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24th
Sep

Cupcake Girl

Just a sketch

24th
Jul

Bunches

just someone to keep you company as you wait for the next update:

30th
Jun

Sketches

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13th
May

Departure

8th
May

Nudes

This time they really are.

Oh except for the tshirt, I forgot about the tshirt.