I’ve returned to the Felt-tip Forest to trail out more digital colouring. The outline is a pencil drawing.
Climbing into a Tove Jansson drawing, yesterday in Covent Garden. I’d like to live in Moomin Land.
Hand drawn type that I have designed for the middle grade fiction novel I am writing, The Winged Things
Just finished another illustration as part of a series to pitch for work illustrating activity books. Can you spot the mouse? I'm quite pleased with the expression on the cats face.
A little character I've been working on.
Recently a publisher asked me about how I create my illustrations, so here is a blog post to show the process.
First I plan out the characters and layout, making careful notes about colour mixing for consistency. When drawing the same character or setting many times you need a record of how you created it the first time.
Next I draw out the illustrations onto watercolour paper using a nib and waterproof ink.
Then I stretch the paper to stop it buckling when I paint on it. This involves totally wetting the paper with a dunk in a cold shallow bath and then taping it to my drawing board with special artists gummed tape. Once the paper is dry I start to paint on it. In this example I have done three illustrations at the same time. Painting with watercolour is all about building layers so it’s handy if you can switch between illustrations while waiting for layers to dry (requires multi tasking skills!)
The finished illustrations are then scanned into Photoshop and tided up.
"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.
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.
Loving the results of drawing with ink and a watercolour wash. New animal drawings coming to my website soon!
Colourful card I made for my nephew Rowan.