Category Archives: Digital

Getting it covered

Hi all,

Following some time dedicated to drawing up some fuller stories based on my imagery, I decided to start experimenting with some cover ideas.

I have stuck with a basic cover which is quite boldly stating who the main characters are within the story…

whilst contrasting them with some lightly applied watercolours in the background.

I have merely used my own handwriting for the font on the cover. I wanted something quite bold, but not something that takes focus away from the image…

My final experiment, consisted of an idea for a series of stories, “The Holiday Series.” For this experiment, the format is slightly different, seeing me revert to my traditional style of working to create the colour for the background, whilst also dabbling with a digital font found on Photoshop…

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I hope that 2018 brings more success for Tiger and Friends, whilst also ensuring that I remain inspired and creative. I hope to go to new places and visit attractions that will inspire my work.

I hope that 2018 is a wonderful year for you all and I shall hopefully be updating you on Tiger, very early on in the new year.

Many thanks for your support throughout 2017.

Happy new year to you all!

Rachel

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Tiger visits space

On his latest adventure, Tiger has been visiting space. Joining Tiger on this adventure was his canary friend who is determined to race him to the moon. But who will win?

I had a lot of fun working with this story, as it allowed me to experiment with overlaying, patterned plastic sheets, sequins and pastel dusting effects to really capture the twinkles and atmosphere with what we associate with being out there.

I also felt that this story used two of our favourite characters well, allowing them to teach about planets on their journey whilst providing the fun element of the race.

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Mars

As previously mentioned, I have also been dedicating some time to stories based around my bird characters and their associated characteristics. These stories are coming along nicely and I hope to post up some examples here soon.

Recently, for my birthday, I received a new sewing machine which will certainly come in handy for the craft side of things, but besides that, I hope to experiment with the usage of stitching in my illustrations and to see how effectively it works. Stitching as part of illustration certainly isn’t anything new, but I will enjoy seeing how it works alongside my style.

Until next time, enjoy yourselves and stay creative!

Take care

Rachel

Raising awareness for Tiger

This is a slightly more humorous project which I have worked on in recent times. It is in fact so cheesy that I decided against showing it all off for a while.

With my recent mission to send off submissions to publishers, I came up with a couple of poster campaigns which didn’t make the final cut alongside the images and cover letter.

Considering what can be found displayed in public places, the first things that came to mind were “Missing” posters and “Wanted” posters, as seen in western movies. So, with a bit of Photoshop magic and a cute choice of words, I came up with the following…

It was fun to play with graphic effects and typography, having left it behind with a Graphic Design HND course many years ago in order to concentrate on an Illustration degree, it was interesting to consider fun ways of using graphic effects to gain attention.

Having now introduced this imagery to the public, I hope you like it and that it is quirky enough to capture your attention and heart for all the right reasons.

Remember, if you see this cat and you like him, get in touch.

Best wishes

Rachel

 

 

Page spreads

Lately I have been busy experimenting with Adobe InDesign and looking at how I can actually fit my designs together. I need to carefully consider the size of the pages. Should I go landscape or portrait? Should I go A4 or A5?

Some of the examples that can be found here, feature some digitally added imagery as background features. This looks great, but I am keen to experiment with continuous collage and hand drawn imagery for the background too.

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I have also really enjoyed using the feathering effect to enhance the edges of imagery.

Keep an eye out for hand drawn imagery examples and more colourful contrasts in the near future!

Best wishes!

Rachel

Photoshop fun

Hi folks,

I’ve got to the point where I am working to get each page of my stories to a finished and presentable stage, and this has involved experiments with composition and having a bit of fun with Photoshop filters.

For some aspects in particular, such as: fish tanks, reptile tanks and Santa in the chimney, I felt that the lighting effects could look interesting.

Here are some examples of how the page layouts are coming along…

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There is still quite a lot to do, including the deciding of what size the pages should be and how the text should appear alongside the images. A lot of the ideas above are of A4 size, but it may be that the imagery works better without so much empty space surrounding it. I am always open to any suggestions or requests, so please feel welcome to get in touch or leave a comment. Of course I shall continue to post up developments as they come along.

I believe I might have promised a peek at some of my craft work on my last post, so here you go…

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Above we have crochet with some nice little embellishments sewn on and some bought hair accessories accompanied by embellishments and super glue. All good fun when working alongside a radio blaring some cheesy 80s and Christmas tunes. I love them, but do I sell? Hmm.

When there is no story to tell…

Tiger is a very versatile cat, and as I enjoy creating exciting and adorable stories for him, I also like to consider the other ways in which I could use Tiger…

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Even with his colour altered or his features completely masked, Tiger is still recognisable.

The examples above involve me trying out Tiger as a pattern and as a watermark. I can see the patterns and the watermark being used on stationery amongst other things.

With the stories being a work in progress, it is nice to be able to create some fast results for other projects!