I'd been playing with this for yonks, then I realised what it needed; a man in tweed. A quick sketch for Illustration Friday in between adventures :)
Hoping to get this one polished off, too, cos I'm quite fond of him! I think he worked at the school, teaching geography by day & moonlighting as a semi-professional cat breeder by night. Then something changed, & he ends up getting to the bottom of some pretty big, pretty old secrets!
I'm making another attempt at more vintage muted colours, too. Onwards bound! :)
I've been a long time silent; I apologise. Since my last post in June(ish) I've been happily homeless in a non-serious-honestly-I'm-not-going-to-die way, & mainly doing Epic Shit. At the moment I'm being an au pair in Somerset, but in the next few weeks I'll be moving again, either Devon to live with some donkeys, or to Bath to work in a youth hostel. I'm putting together a project that should pull all my chaos together but for the moment I'm working on illio work as a nomad soul, which is very liberating. Still open for business, just you never know what you'll hear in the background when you give me a call ;D
Here are a few bits & bobs I've been playing with since I left anyway. Being around kids makes drawing them much easier.
Where are my dragons?!?!
Oh, there they are. My Khaleesi! I am not ashamed to admit my burning Game of Thrones fandom. For those who don't care about GoT, do you like my dragons? They were really fun to draw.
In news, I am Catalonia bound tomorrow morning! Until the end of June I will be working on an organic vegetable & poultry farm in Girona. I am so looking forward to it it's not even normal. I will be taking photos, & a sketchbook, so expect some really nice drawings of ducks when I get back.
Until then, I am available on email with ease, on phone less so because we're a bit out in the sticks, but I'm not totally off grid. So don't ignore me, I get lonely, with only ducks for company. & my sister, but she's a bit duck-ish I suppose.
Wish me luck, darlings! xxx
A couple of new pieces for my 'folio, working on my younger audience characterisation, & my black & white linear work.
I like naughty, tree-climbing princesses better than any other princesses. She just likes the outdoors! & swamps. & toads...maybe she shouldn't have gone out in her new summer dress? Oh well!
Anyone who has had a peek at my (largely unused) Tumblr a while back would've seen the sketch for this one already. Last Hallowe'en I was lucky to be walking home from work, past some trick-or-treaters & overheard "has anyone played the 'Deal or no Deal' board game?" I was thrilled. I thought, every friend group has a Yoda, don't they? The geeky kid who just likes games, & books, & films, & was basically me. Thus a drawing. I haven't had a really serious sesh with my brush & ink for ages, & this was really cathartic during what was a very, very stressful weekend.
I love drawing, & I love all of you.
A couple of weeks ago I was very happy to have a notch in my schedule to answer one of Amelia Gregory's illustration requests for her very successful online magazine! The first was one of Sophie Chiesa's crazy gorgeous designs. I've not wandered into fashion illustration before, but thought her work was so close to my own raving colours I was desperate to get my teeth into it. I really enjoyed working in my crayons & layering up texture & pattern for the catsuit, & obv the opportunity to draw a My Little Pony.
It was an interesting challenge getting the piece to read well enough without loosing the intentional chaos of pattern & colour around her torso. I did another piece from a different designer for the same article which wasn't selected to be published, but I like you guys so you can see it if you want.
For me these were really fun to try to figure out who the characters wearing the clothes were & what stories they were living. I love clothes (you wouldn't tell from meeting me!) so I'm glad that this has opened up the idea of doing more illustration inspired by fashion.
I'm working on some new bits & bobs for a big website update, anyway, so eyes peeled, talk soon xxx
Probably a more 'personal' piece than my personal work usually is, I guess. I'm (still) reading 'Women who Run with the Wolves' by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, which is generally a very affecting book but at the moment something there is particularly poignant. So I'm searching for pieces of my wildish self, & reading & drawing & thinking a lot. It's not a particularly tidy job, but it's worth it.
And I really like drawing organs, despite the minefield that is googling up references.