Recently, having flicked through The Writers’ Magazine, I came across a couple of competitions which I decided to give a go.
Firstly, there was The Big Idea Competition http://thebigideacompetition.co.uk/ which had a focus on pitching an idea for a story and then there was http://www.stratfordliteraryfestival.co.uk/article/picture-book-competition which required several sketches and a couple of double paged spreads. I have taken a lot of my inspiration from visits to the Kitty Cafe in Nottingham and just thought I would share some of my sketches with you…
I don’t find out the result until next month, but I am keeping my fingers crossed. I was busy sketching at home & on my lunch breaks at work. I often had reference books to hand, including those that detail how to draw fashion and the history of shop frontages. It was fun & challenging to draw with the aim of achieving something at the end of it all and I think it gives you that extra push to really put your heart & soul into the project.
Look out for competitions and if they tempt you, go for it! You never know!
Until next time, take care.
Happy 2018 to you all!
Continuing with my sketchbook based developments, I decided to really focus on what background imagery to feature in the background of some of my stories.
I have been debating with myself for some time on whether to go for full on, coloured and collage backgrounds, to feature black and white line drawings, or to just go with a plain white background. Thinking back to books I read during my childhood, such as Spot and the Mr Men series, there was little in the way of a background within those books.
Prior to putting more of an emphasis into creating backgrounds for my work, I have started doing some experiments…
I have used different papers which have been layered over with my line drawings. I particularly enjoy drawing and tracing buildings, alongside people. I like to take a camera out and photograph town centre scenes in order to trace. I aim to create town centre scenes drawn up in a traced style, whilst also including Tiger and Friends drawn in their child friendly way.
A previous example saw Tiger’s family visit the supermarket…
Besides this, I again took inspiration from work done during my college and university years…
My next task is to put my planning into motion and to see how it all looks. I shall look forward to providing you with my results.
Until next time, take care!
I’ve been busy over the last few weeks, messing up my room with old sketchbooks lying around. The old sketchbooks have allowed me to create a lot of new imagery and I can highly recommend it to anyone suffering artists’ block.
Sometimes, you might find a page of work where you realise you never actually finished that piece or perhaps that sketch that led to nothing before, is now causing ideas to form in your head.
I am proud to inform that my room is now a lot tidier, but now that is all done and the sketchbooks are packed away again, I thought I would share some old imagery with you all here.
As you can see, the image at the supermarket, which I created some time ago but had to apply edits to, now includes an old image incorporated into the background. The images above are samples of a sketchbook which made up my final major project at university. The pictures have been drawn from photographs that I have traced over. Although the image of Mum and Dad shopping is very cartoon like in comparison, the tracing paper and collage aspect remains. I think to incorporate the more graphic style into my cartoon based images, could stand out as something that bit more unique. I look forward to applying more experiments in the near future.
Soon, I hope to show some examples of street scene experiments that I have been building up. Meanwhile, I am going to continue editing the new and old imagery that I have, sometimes blending the two together as I go along.
Meanwhile, I highly recommend that you all make a mess and leave out your old sketchbooks, papers and drawings lying around where you can see them and be inspired. You can only tidy up when you’ve finished your arty homework!
All the best and take care!
I know, it has been a while. I have been dedicating the recent months to gathering contact details, tidying up and updating my portfolio before distributing to agents & publishers.
I am currently very much in the zone, having learned basic clothes making (I’ve made a few skirts recently!) I am now very much back into illustrating and enjoying it. I am looking forward to showing you my latest sketches and edits to older work, but I have only recently returned from a holiday and am yet to set up the scanner and printer. I have, however, got a few images ready from another recent story that I have put together “One for sorrow; Two for joy” which focuses on the superstitions surrounding a single magpie versus magpies in pairs.
Recent responses from agents and publishers have suggested that they would like to know the full story, rather than just see samples of my work, so I have started dedicating my time to drawing up fuller stories as opposed to just samples.
Once I have all of the equipment set up, I shall be posting up my edits to old imagery, whilst introducing imagery associated with Tiger coming into the life on his family amongst other things.
Meanwhile, enjoy my new Magpie character and enjoy yourselves in whatever you do!
Having been delving back into the archives of not just my Tiger and Friends project, but all of my recent artwork in general, I was inspired to use a combination of old imagery, story ideas and inspiring papers to create a new idea for a story.
There have been many theories as to how Tiger came to be with his family. Perhaps Tiger was just bought in the pet shop, perhaps a stork delivered him to his particular family or perhaps Tiger set upon a long journey. I began to get a few of the ideas into my sketchbooks and I have a few examples here of my long journey version.
I could imagine Clancy and Brady, the children of the family, asking where Tiger came from. When it comes to children, we have to make stories as bright and colourful as possible, without focusing on the straight to the point stuff.
I have already begun to put the other ideas to paper, so please watch this space for How did Tiger get here? Part 2.
Until next time, take care!
No, this is certainly not a new hobby that I have taken on, but it is something that I have taken on drawing recently.
I can’t remember exactly where this idea came about, but you will generally find that the more you draw, the more inspiration you look for and the more materials you gather to work with, the more ideas begin to fill your head. So here was an idea I had for Tiger’s family keeping bees.
I like to keep the family on their toes with new adventures and hobbies, so here was their latest venture. Tiger doesn’t feature too heavily here, but I’m sure he’ll love the honey once it’s prepared.
My latest project, in the works, features a brand new character who is intent on mischief! He has been great fun to work with and has allowed me to have a bit of a laugh. I won’t announce exactly who he is yet, but let’s just say that in real life, this creature is known for causing trouble and is even being debated in parliament (any guesses?)
I am also toying with the idea of a further character, but I’m yet to pull together a story as of yet. I really will leave this character to remain as a mystery.
Having headed back to work, today, following a lovely weekend of music, films, prezzies, food & family, I thought I would put aside a bit of my evening to show off some examples of one of my more recent story ideas.
I haven’t created a story which focuses on my pigeon character recently, so I thought it was time to do so. What better than using something that pigeons are quite well known for, racing!
In this story, our original pigeon friend comes across a new pigeon in town & he has a story of his own.
In 2017, I shall soon introduce you to Tiger & his family’s latest venture, bee keeping! Meanwhile, with some time off work coming up, I aim to make contact with publishers & agents with an updated portfolio. Having had a near miss with a publisher due to a takeover & an offer of help from an agency with poor reviews, I hope that 2017 will be luckier than 2016.
Wishing you all a fabulous 2017!