I don't do Valentine's, I resent the pressure it places some people under (mentally and financially) and I think that if you love someone you should be nice to them all year round. That said, I do like a cheesy pun and a turtle...
It’s the Year of the Pig, one of my favourite animals. Whenever I think of them I recall the Churchill quote; “Always remember, a cat looks down on man, a dog looks up to man, but a pig will look man right in the eye and see his equal.”
So far 2019 has mostly consisted of everyone around me sneezing and coughing. And then me sneezing and coughing. I’ve crawled back to my desk this week and attempted to reshape myself into a vaguely humanoid form and remind myself how to hold a pencil…
Forgot to post this one here before heading off for Christmas!
I finally had the time to colour up a quick submission for last week’s Colour Collective Challenge. I’ve missed taking part in these recently, but client deadlines come first!
So yeah, apologies for the radio silence. I'm just colouring up a lot of stuff at the mo and my mind is entirely in the studio. Here's a vaguely spooky seasonal thing I've been working on whenever I take a breather from the pesky deadlines.
Incidentally, I can’t help but notice the number of unicorn-based books knocking about at the moment. I LOVE drawing horses AND unicorns and yet nobody has ever asked me to illustrate a book of them. Just saying…
I’m currently covered in deadlines and determinedly wading my way through the swamp to get it all done before I head off on my long-anticipated hols. No time for fun stuff, but I saw this Lucky Draw Challenge pop up and had an instant response that I just couldn’t ignore. So here he is - Indiana Panda!
Here's my contribution to the Bicycle and Horse Challenge...
This week's Colour Collective challenge.
I'm a cat AND dog person, it really depends on the individual animal. My Mum's cat is a teenage delinquent with no affection for anyone but her, he saunters through the house haughtily ignoring us plebs.
Finally finished up this foxy scene. Frank is one of my own characters and I'm currently working on a text for him.
Basically I really wanted to draw a goose. Then I drew a girl with the goose. Very little planning involved all round really...
Yes, I know, I literally just complained about there being a deluge of international-thingy-days and yet here I am promoting another one. The tiger is one of those go-to characters for children's books. They combine eye-catching black and white elements with a vivid splash of orange, which makes them instantly recognisable and arresting. They typically live in the rich greeny-yellow jungle, so their habit is also a joy to colour. And then when you stick them in any other environment they stand out a mile and that creates a visual punchiness for the picture book. So yeah, illustrators LOVE tigers and don't want to imagine a world without them.
This month's drawing subject was the penguin, here's mine doing his thing on ice.
This week's Lucky Draw Challenge.
Yes, I know, there's an awful lot of International Something-or-other Days but this one is an important one. We all need friends and in an ideal world nobody would be lonely.
Working on one of my own characters today, the latest incarnation of Frank Fox.
This week's Lucky Draw Challenge.
I've been getting back into the habit of these twitter challenges recently, it is fun to just draw something on its own without a background or lengthy rough process.