These are some pictures I entered into the Waterstones Picture This 2011 illustration competition. We had to create three characters from Beauty and the Beast. The winner got the amazing opportunity to illustrate a new adaption of Beauty and the Beast written by Micheal Morpurgo. The book aimed at little children.
Needless to say I didn't get into the finals (you'd already have heard about it if I had). I may not have won, but I really enjoyed the process, and it made me realise just how much I enjoyed illustration. It was at this point that Ben bought me an art tablet and Corel Painter for Christmas, which revolutionised my creative world!!
If I was to do it again, I'd do things slightly differently now. Such as, I'd have a lot more movement. My characters are all fairly static, even the Dad on the horse. I should have had his legs up in the air - exagerated movement. Also, I didn't really sketch the characters out particularly, in different poses and expressions. I've discovered that's actually quite important, so I can fully get to grips with characterisation. Really fun project to do.
Friday, 25 May 2012
I have a series of pictures that I want to do about angels.
I first did a picture of my family surrounded by my Mum and Dad who have both died. I knew if they could, they'd be at all important (and probably not so important) times in mine and my siblings lives, because they loved us so much. This got me thinking about how we are never really alone - although we sometimes think we are....
It gave me the idea to extend this concept to a full range of pictures. This is a picture I did on my Corel Painter and tablet. I look forward to getting the time to sit down and continue this series.
Greeting Card Designs.
I sent off electronic copies to Pheonix Trading, which seem to have very simple designs. The first batch were the brightly coloured ones, but they had an instant rejection. Looking at their cards, I guessed my designs were a bit too bright, so I then produced the baby range and the bear with balloon. All the colours were toned down and I stuck with simple line drawing and gouache - more in keeping with their usual product. But, after 2 months a rejection letter came saying they were not their style. Ah well! I still think these designs will make great cards, hopefully a company out there will agree with me. Cross fingers!
I'm going to produce a whole range of these designs, including pigs, cows, geese etc.
Ah, you can't beat the medicinal properties of a Mothers Magic Kiss!!
Boy with balloon.
My baby range - again I am going to produce a whole load of pictures with babies doing the usual cute and funny things babies do. I must admit, these are amongst my favourites! I'd buy them myself, and that's a promising thing surely...?
My 6 year olds worst nightmare - not the dreaded kissy wissys!!
Teddy and balloon