Monday, 17 August 2015
I took one of the designs from my high school kids and played around with a different kind of painting to give it some quick colour. I've named him Billy, right here he's looking pretty pleased with himself, he probably just did awesome at track practice.
Monday, 3 August 2015
Over the last few days i've played around with a different kind of reference. I saw a really cute sculpture while out in Canada and took a photo for future reference. I've been trying to bring to life the little white owl (photo) as a new little character. If I have more time for these exercises in the future there are a few other animals on the sculpture I'd love to use as a design basis too.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
I find children of all ages notoriously difficult to draw. Here I took on the task of designing four different kids of around 16 years old with only the titles of 'bully', 'smart', 'shy' and 'athletic' as a starting point. It took more iterations than I care to remember but I've finally got to a point where I'm happy with these guys.
Thursday, 2 July 2015
I love the 50's era of real retro American diners. I designed these three waitresses with very different temperaments while researching the theme... And now I want a large frosty milkshake in a metal cup.
Friday, 26 June 2015
Wednesday, 17 June 2015
It seems i'm getting to that age in life where everyone around me is getting engaged and married. Wedding season is upon us for another year and I couldn't be happier for a bunch of my friends who are saying the big 'I do'! With all the blossoming or soon to be marital bliss, I find myself doing more wedding work - engagement presents, save the dates and invitations are becoming a more common occurrence in my work life and I love it. Being part of someone's big day, in whatever way, is always a big privilege.
This piece was done for a friend of mine back in Spain. She approached me to illustrate characters of her Sister and new fiancé celebrating their engagement. Above is the resulting illustration and the lovely bride-to-be with the framed print and gift. She was so happy with it I was later asked to adapt it to be used as save-the-dates :)
Monday, 25 May 2015
This was an experiment in pushing the element of caricature in my designs. I have a big admiration for those artists who can really nail a caricature so you know exactly who they are as soon as you look at their artwork. I used my favourite singer ever, the great Freddie Mercury for this one.