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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…

Holiday seriesa

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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In the old days

This came about over my Christmas break, simply from a bit of unrelated doodling involving a book purchased a while back. I’m a fan of buying doodle based books in order to get the creative juices going and they don’t cost the earth either.

Whilst busy sabotaging some imagery offered up in the book I was using, I was inspired by the idea of implanting my characters onto old photographs, hence having a look into how their ancestors lived in the past.

 

I felt I would show this as an example of how the most random projects can lead to something inspiring. If you can’t be bothered to apply colour and collage, just pick up a pen and it will lead you towards projects which might just tempt you.

The next book that I shall be buying, will be the Children’s Writers & Artists Handbook 2017! Here’s hoping that 2017 will prove to be a successful year. I shall be taking a week’s leave from my full time job soon, in order to devote time to my illustration submissions, so here’s hoping all goes well.

Wishing you all a very happy 2017!

Rachel

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.

JupiterMoon flag

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

 

 

Tiger goes to space

Hi everyone,

Besides showing off my latest Tiger based imagery, I have a couple of happy announcements to make…

Firstly, I am now an official member of the AOI, so I therefore feel that I have been able to take a big step into the “real” world of illustration and really get some sound advice regarding what I should do next.

Secondly, I was very pleased to secure my first ever permanent job last week! I have been working for the past four years after years of education, but as many people will know about the modern working world, it is not easy to get more than a temporary role at present. Thankfully all of this has now changed and I can look forward to making plans surrounding my future.

Onto my illustration antics, I recently rummaged through my collection of papers and sketchbooks, and found my black paper sketchbook hidden away amongst it all. You can probably guess what sprung to mind from the title of this entry… Tiger in space!

I instantly began to gather all relevant colour schemes and pulled together a few cute images as follows:

Copyright (c) 2012 - 2015 Rachel Denison
Copyright (c) 2012 – 2015 Rachel Denison
Copyright (c) 2012 - 2015 Rachel Denison
Copyright (c) 2012 – 2015 Rachel Denison
Copyright (c) 2012 - 2015 Rachel Denison
Copyright (c) 2012 – 2015 Rachel Denison

My room has deteriorated to the state it was during my time as an Illustration degree student, but I am keen to really get stuck into using the various papers and sketchbooks to the best that they can be!

Until next time, have fun and try not to eat too much chocolate!

Rachel

Materialising

Okay, I don’t strictly mean “Materialising” in its usual form, but I have recently got to thinking about the likes of the Radley dog and the From Me to You bears, and I have been picturing just where else Tiger can appear alongside paper. I have started gathering images of materials and, with the power of Photoshop, worked to recreate with some embossing and layering options, just how Tiger may look on…

Leather (purses etc)

Tiger on leather 3 Tiger on leather 4 Tiger on leather 5

As you can see, I have varied the ways in which Tiger would appear on leather. Tiger is recognisable as a print and as also when embossed. There is also the question of whether a face would be preferred or not.

Towels

Tiger on towel

Quite often, towels come with an image of perhaps flowers or dolphins in the corner. Here we have none other but our favourite cat, Tiger!

T-Shirts and labelling

Tiger T-shirtTiger labels

Here we have Tiger on a T-Shirt along with a potential labelling idea alongside it. With Tiger being such a fashionable cat, the idea of wearing him is sure to be a winner.

I shall continue to explore potential ideas for Tiger’s future. As always, I am keen to hear from you. Do you have any requests regarding Tiger? Do you have any opportunities where you are, for Tiger? I am always open to comments and suggestions.

Until next time, I shall love you and leave you.

Wishing you all a merry Valentine’s day!

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…

tiger pattern 4
Copyright (c) 2014 Rachel Denison
tiger pattern 3
Copyright (c) 2014 Rachel Denison
Tiger page 2
Copyright (c) 2014 Rachel Denison

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!