Illustration Process Thread!

October 22, 2009

I’ve had a few mails lately from folks asking how I create some of my line work, so with this in mind I though I’d take a few pics whilst working though from start to finish with “Our Lady Luck” line drawing, so get some tea and biscuits, sit back and enjoy the journey!

ONE: Quick thumbnail sketch of a possible idea for an illustration …grab a crayon and get sketching quick! don’t let that idea escape! catch him by his heels and get it all down. -It only needs to be rough at this stage, just to give a flavour of what the end piece could be, don’t worry about making it look good at this stage as it’s easy to get caught up in the details and loose the drawing.

TWO: A cleaned up version of the thumbnail, drawn on a nice big clean piece of paper (without my to do list on the side!) Working on getting the layout, proportion and details right. I like to draw in ‘Karisma Sky Blue” pencil when I’m roughing things out -I’m not sure why exactly, maybe it all comes down to drawing lots of ‘blueprint’ plans as a kid for top secret lairs.

THREE: I always trace off my drawing when I am happy with them, partly because I like the crispness of pencil lead on tracing paper, but also because my desktop scanner is an old fellow and he seems to pick up better detail when the drawings are on transparencies, so I like to appease him where I can!

FOUR: I take the file into Photoshop, clean up an smudges that sneaked in and then print the image off onto overhead projector transparency, then project in a nice big scale onto the chosen wall and draw! I used a Molotow bullet tipped pen for the line work until that ran out and had to switch to Posca Medium Line.

FIVE: Finished!! Our Lady Luck line drawing illustration done and dusted on the wall, Voilà!

This is actually an ongoing project and will be a full colour print as time goes by, but I had some empty wall space that needed some artwork and it was also a great opportunity to answer a few questions! I hope you found it useful!

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I was asked to illustrate the front cover of the Don’t Panic media packs based on the theme of Feminism which will be distributed to 80,000 across the country -pick up one free at a selection of bars and shops and distribution points across the UK!

Lazy Oaf Illustration

April 22, 2009

Just a quick illo for Lazy Oaf over in Kingly Court in Carnaby Street London for an impromptu exhibition to launch their new season collection! The display will be up from the 23rd to 26th April.

Just got this through the post today! a copy of the book “Wherever Nina Lies” written by Lynn Weingarten and published by Point with my illustrations running though out the book. It was great to see it in the flesh (as it were!) and many thanks to Lynn for sending me a copy, as it’s only available in the States you can order it here!

Update: 8th June. The above photos are just a selection of the illustrations from the book, I have been asked to also post my drawing of Nina’s mother so here it is!

Illustrated Bird Lino Cut

December 6, 2008

This was an excuse to get back to getting my fingers inky! I produced just 18 of these fellows hand printed onto Mulberry paper. If you would be interested in purchasing one please drop me an email, prints cost £45 +£5 post and packaging.

Screen Prints

October 10, 2008