Friday, 21 December 2007

Cornish Giant

I did this vignette illustration some time ago. It goes alongside a Cornish myth about a woman who married a giant, who then, accidentally, dropped a boulder on her. Lovely:S.

Figure drawing is one of my favourite things so I quite enjoyed doing this one and coming up with the little pose of the indignant wife.

Pen and ink with watercolour on illustration board. 20x30cm

Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Spelling Magic

This is the cover illustration for a children's book called Spelling Magic. The book aims to teach young children how to spell problem words. Initially it was aimed at dyslexic children but through development the book came to be aimed at all children.

I did this painting very large as it was only going to be reproduced A4 size. I wanted to get in lots of detail and nice brushwork. In the original painting theres a lot of layering of the paint which I feel adds depth of colour to the main character and the magical light coming out of his wand. I hope this comes through in the printed reproduction too. I did this whole book in oils, partly because I wanted to improve my skills and partly because I love oil paint. It 'feels' so much better than acrylic to paint with.

I also invented the rabbit character (Bertie) who appears on every page and helps to teach the words to the children.

Oil on board, 60x80cm

Bull economist

I did this illustration of a 'bull economist' for the finance section of a magazine being set up by my cousin who works in Rwanda.

Pen and ink on paper. Digitally coloured.

Monday, 17 December 2007

Captain Recycle

I did this image as part of a recycle campaign aimed at promoting awareness in schools. The idea was to create a main character (Capt. Recycle) and a band of his friends who were made from rubbish from the tip.

Oil on board, 80x100cm