Hand drawn type that I have designed for the middle grade fiction novel I am writing, The Winged Things
I have been busy developing writing for a children's chapter book (deep in my world of imagination) which is why I haven't posted any illustrations for a while. So it was good to get back in my studio and do some drawing this week. I've been working on my black and white skills using dip pen with Indian Ink.
I had to do a few re jigs (pardon the pun!) to get the musical instruments looking correct as technical detail is important for non fiction, unlike picture books where I make it all up from my head!
Currently working on some illustrations to pitch for work illustrating activity books. More to follow!
Some hand drawn type I've been working on. My theme was - creepy, story book, folk tale.
"And that's the end of you Mr Wolf!" cried Granny.
Who needs a woodcutter when Granny can save the day?! I have made the little sub characters, the mice, do a jubilant victory dance to make it a 'ding-dong-the-wicked-witch-is-dead' type moment. I have designed the full flat plan for the story, a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, and will make up a few more spreads in full colour before sending it out to agents/publishers.
The process. I start by drawing the outline in ink. Next I build up colour layers with watercolour paint. When the painting is finished I scan it into Photoshop to tidy it up. You will notice I changed the position of the mice to fit with the low view point. You can see my notes on colour mixing, and a comparison of the characters from another a drawing. This helps with consistency.
Latest illustration from a retelling of Little Red Ridinghood I am currently working on. I love a bit of dramatic irony!
"Stick to the path Ruby!" "Yes mum!".
This is the colour chart I made for mixing watercolour paints. I always use it as a reference when painting.
Today I am making mini books from one sheet of paper. All the collage stuff has been collated. A change from my usual drawing and painting. Examples to follow, and details about a related workshop coming soon.
I will be taking part in this exciting exhibition about artist's books, displaying work with Fabula Collective. I will also be running a drop in bookmaking workshop with Vanessa Marr from 2-4pm as part of the Connect & Collect event on Sunday 15 May.
I have been making mini fold out portfolios to send out as a marketing tool. I will be running a bookmaking workshop with Vanessa Marr at 2-4pm on Sunday 15 May, at the Phoenix Gallery in Brighton. Come along to learn how to make a book like this from one sheet of paper.
Spot illustration for a picture book I am working on. I first draw the out line with India Ink using a scratchy nib, next I add watercolour, finally I scan into Photoshop for the final tweaks and amends.
Tools and charts
Loving the results of drawing with ink and a watercolour wash. New animal drawings coming to my website soon!