Illustrated Lady Macbeth

August 21, 2011

Shakespeare Illustration

This was a commission to visualise a contemporary version of Lady Macbeth to inspire the Production’s hair and makeup department and was a brief I thoroughly enjoyed working on! (Out, damn’d [ink] spot! out, I say!)

In this initial artwork I drew her sideways on, looking to the future, -her past clouded with jealousy and envy and the lust for something which is not rightfully hers (the throne of Scotland) her ruthless means of acquiring Macbeth’s ascension is represented by the snake coiled on her cheek as if whispering the dark, tempting thoughts inside her head. The jealousy and greed seeps through onto her cheek, instead of a healthy pink blush I have chosen the colours of envy, the makeup sweeping up to her eyes. It clouds her vision and she sees only blood in front of her, Macbeth’s murder of King Duncan.

Athlete Ink Sketches

August 17, 2011

athlete ink art

quick ink athlete drawingA couple of scanned in pages from my sketchbook with the countdown to London 2012! The Olympic Games are a celebration of human achievement –recognising the potential contained within the human body, pushing to the limit the previous conceptions of what is possible from our species, it is the body in prime physical fitness, at the limit of speed agility and endurance, all making athletes a joy to draw.

I chose ink for its immediacy, to capture the fluidity of motion and concentration, and I found I was there with them, feeling the strain, pain and euphoria and trying to capture this moment on paper.