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.
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…
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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…
Copyright (c) 2012 – 2015 Rachel Denison
Copyright (c) 2012 – 2015 Rachel Denison
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.