Friday, 25 February 2011

The secret is revealed!

So some of you may know, yesterday I started working on a surprise artwork! Well HERE it is! I have never realistically painted in Photoshop before so this was an experimentation piece to see if I could actually do it or not!
Obviously it's a still-shot from my favourite movie 'Moon'. What else??!! I absolutely love that particular shot in the movie, so I really wanted to capture the atmosphere and mood.
To answer any questions... no i did not work over a photo, it's all done from scratch...a blank white photoshop canvas. I used the paintbrush tool at different opacities and sizes to create the desired effect, and of course quite a few layers! This was a really good exercise to work on my observational skills, since I haven't really done any observational work in a looong time. That tends to happen when you live in an illustrators fantasy world. Most images are completely made up. Which I LOVE don't get me wrong...but i felt i needed to prove to myself i COULD still create something realistic.
ANYWAY, enough babble, i hope you like it! And if you haven't seen the film, then i suggest you go watch it! An hour and a half or perfection i say :)

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Late Valentines

This was an image I produced for the February edition of the Pickled ink newsletter. For each month there's often some sort of theme, thus Valentines Day fell into this one. I didn't want to go for the whole 'tacky, lovey dovey' thing so I created something a little more tasteful. I particularly enjoyed using rich colours and texture to convey a warm dream-like feeling with a hint of Art-nouveau style. Hope you like it!
Also, I haven't had much time to update my blog recently since I'm working on two children's book commissions, and any work I produce has to be kept hush hush until they're published grrrr...just so you know i'm not slacking my lovely people! It's a top secret mission y'know :)

Wednesday, 16 February 2011