Wednesday, 31 March 2010

THE ULTIMATE EASTER CHALLENGE: Numero 11: It's Somewhere in the Tea (31/03/2010)

As you may know, I have been away for the past two days in Bristol. Therefore, this image of the day is a spontaneous thought that Amy and I had on our journey home. The journey was LONG and tiring, therefore tea was on our minds. Somehow through conversation and doodles, we came up with the slogan "It's Somewhere in the Tea" in which these crazy cats seemed most appropriate to be involved. So there we have it. Tomorrow I shall commence with the lovely list of suggestions you're giving me for my Ultimate Easter Challenge. In conclusion I'd just like to say....Everyone loves tea and cats :)

Monday, 29 March 2010

THE ULTIMATE EASTER CHALLENGE: Numero 10: Venetian Carnival Tree (29/03/2010) - In Advance for 30/03/2010

Joe Skidmore came up with the lovely idea of an Oak Tree wearing a Venetian Carnival Mask. So i went for the very decorative approach to create something colourful and rich with the venetian feel. I have to say this was quite a challenge but I think I managed to squeeze out what was floating around my illustrative brain when i was thinking about this idea!

THE ULTIMATE EASTER CHALLENGE: Numero 9: Girl Fights Giant Robot (29/03/2010)

Today's illustration was inspired by Sam Walker-Smart. This is what I was given to work with... "Girl battling giant robots! The Flaming Lips, Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1"
I was particularly inspired by the idea of this small feisty girl about to attempt to fight a giant robot, who isn't too enthusiastic about the idea. Again, this is purely digital, rendered in Photoshop with added texture.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

THE ULTIMATE EASTER CHALLENGE: Numero 8: Full Moon (28/03/2010)

My fellow illustrator friend Steph Anderson was the one who suggested this image. Inspired by the theme "Full Moon" from the Soundtrack to The Twilight Saga: New Moon. You can listen to it here:
I decided to create something quite atmospheric concentrating on colour and contrast. The theme is a piece of beautiful piano music, and this illustration is an example of the kind of thing i see when listening to it. After playing around with the photo filter i came up with three alternatives. The illustration is purely digital with some added texture and all that jazz.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

THE ULTIMATE EASTER CHALLENGE: Numero 7: Sad Polar Bear playing the Violin (27/03/2010)

This illustration was rendered purely digitally in Adobe Photoshop. I wanted to keep it quite rough looking and not too finished, if that makes sense...Also i created three versions... Before adding shadow and after.
My good friend Westy came up with this idea...why, we shall never know. But the whole point of this eater challenge is that there doesn't have to be a reason for doing these illustrations. Sometimes it's fun to just illustrate complete randomness. Whilst studying and working in the big bad world time seems to take over and one doesn't get a chance to do amusing things like this. SO, I feel this holiday is the perfect opportunity to just draw for fun!

Friday, 26 March 2010

Monster Mountain

You may remember Monster Mountain from a previous post. Well the real hardcore project is now on the go. Enjoy some of the Monster madness.

THE ULTIMATE EASTER CHALLENGE: Numero 6: The Bunting Den (26/03/2010)

My wonderful housemate Sarah came up with a fantastic image challenge for today....A Bunting Den in a forest. This meant I could go crazy with patterns and bunting and trees and fairy lights and all the wonderful things I love to draw :) I completed this whilst eating homemade banana bread. Life is good.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

THE ULTIMATE EASTER CHALLENGE: Numero 5: Convicted Sheep in the Snow (25/03/2010)

Convicted Sheep in the Snow. Inspired by a conversation between my sister and I. That is all.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

THE ULTIMATE EASTER CHALLENGE: Numero 4: Runaway bicycle (24/03/2010)

Well here we are again. I'm going to admit I had trouble with this one. I had the picture in my head, but couldn't seem to get it out onto paper traditionally or sort it out digitally for that matter. So instead of my usual fully rendered style I decided to go for the doodle approach. I mean, there's nothing wrong with a random doodle. And to be honest, I feel this rough pencil style scanned in has a lovely loose feel to it. It's nice to see something a bit different. Throughout this challenge i want to demonstrate a variety of techniques to make a little more exciting! This picture shows a runaway bicycle. His owner was going to throw him away, so he escaped into space where he meets these crazy characters (including Sam Rockwell of course...) and learns to speak space language.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

THE ULTIMATE EASTER CHALLENGE: Numero 3: Big Rain Little Bug (23/03/2010)

Welcome back to my Ultimate Easter Challenge. Today's image, once again stems from the wise words of another inspired by music. A small purple bug dodging the raindrops. Obviously the rain drops are a lot bigger to this little character than they are to us. Run little bug RUN.

Monday, 22 March 2010

THE ULTIMATE EASTER CHALLENGE: Numero 2: Breakdancing Robot (22/03/2010)

So it's a new day. Once again, i put myself up to the challenge...the ULTIMATE EASTER CHALLENGE. This time i was sent the remix to Imogen Heap's 'Headlock'. The same person who imagined the happy alien yesterday, this time, imagined a shiny new robot breakdancing. I decided also that the robot was rather amazed at how good he was at performing. So, we see the little character looking rather contemplative at first as he looks upon his newly constructed body. And then he discovers what he can do...lets bust some moves.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

One last post for today...

I've been a rather busy bee updating this thing, and now i round up todays blogtivities with the introduction of the Zonk. The newest addition to my illustrative world. I shan't elaborate too much right now, as these little characters shall surprise you when you least expect it. ENJOY. I'm off to make a nice cup of tea and enjoy some of the delicious ginger cakes i made today (which contain quite an amount of golden syrup... YUM-FACTOR) I hope you've had a wonderful day. Happy Blogging. Oh and remember to visit tomorrow for the Ultimate Easter Challenge Illustration Numero 2!

THE ULTIMATE EASTER CHALLENGE: Numero 1: Happy Alien (21/03/2010)

Okay so the Easter holidays have begun and to keep me on my toes I have set myself the ultimate easter challenge...An image a day. But not just any image. These images have to be inspired by either songs/pieces of music/words that other people give me.
It just so happens that a conversation with a friend lead to this illustration above: 'Happy Alien'.
Whilst listening to a remix of Imogen Heap's 'Hide and Seek', which can be found here; my friend Matt imagined a fat green alien walking along the street with a briefcase as happy as larry. This conjured up a brilliant image in my head, and thus i consulted the fineliner pen, a bit o' photoshop, and voila!
I shall be setting up a facebook group very soon in which everyone can feel free to submit their illustration requests, and i'll make sure i aim to complete them all no matter how little or how big the idea.
Bring on the Ultimate easter challenge!

Quotes and Sayings...

Each third year illustrator at Falmouth has to contribute to the end of year Quotes and Saying book. The image has to represent who we are and our unique style of pressure eh?! I knew that if this was the case, there would be some form of glowing in the imagery and possibly the odd robot thrown here and there. Thus, I chose to illustrate the quote by Pablo Picasso, "The world today doesn't make sense, so why should i paint pictures that do?" This gave me the go ahead to do pretty much whatever i wanted. Whatever came out of my head was going to be beyond random anyway and this is what happened.....


As some of you may know, I have this strange obsession with stars and space and the moon, SO why not create a story incorporating my favourite things. I also wanted to use the patterned Sunshine i'd created for the Project X pagan poster. Here are concept artworks...Once again we have GLOW.

Also isn't MOON pretty much THE best movie of all time?! Seriously, if you haven't watched it, you MUST! We all need a bit of Sam Rockwell in our lives right now...

The Dog Who Swallowed a Star

Selected images from "The Dog Who Swallowed a Star" one of my most recent children's books. This project was definitely a turning point in terms of illustration style and working digitally. The combination of decorative line work and adding colour/texture in photoshop seems to work a charm, and i've found this way of working really enjoyable. It is also an extremely speedy way of creating rich and vibrant illustrations exactly the way i want them to turn out!

Project X

So that time of year finally arrived...the time in which us third year illustrators at Falmouth held our breath ready to embrace what ever challenge lie ahead. Alan Male had spoke. Project X was set. I was to create a poster for a Pagan Society Conference incorporating the seasons within the image, taking into consideration summer/winter solstice etc... I decided to go for the vibrant trademark "glowy" effect that seems to creep into all of my work, utilising textures to give the final piece a natural, rustic kind of feel. Each quarter of the sun represents a different season, and the sun as a whole is meant to dominate the poster as it is such an important part of Paganism.