Falmouthian Summer

Friday, 29 July 2011

Hi again my lovelies, I'm back again to interrupt your summer with something SUMMERY.

During our New York trip, Piper of Lingdren & Smith told me that I'd probably draw beautiful maps. I had to concede the point, so I'm working on a series of maps. The series starts naturally with home, Falmouth!

I wanted to do a map that concentrated on the Falmouth I love rather than a very factual one, as I feel like I owe a huge amount to the town I felt it should be personal, but still be commercial enough to work in my folder.
First I decided my favourite things about Fal are the sea & it's exotic foliage, so my map would have a lot of water & flowers. Owing to the student population Fal isn't a lot like other Cornish seaside towns; the creativity the university draws means it's all a bit quirky on top of the usual slow Cornish pace, so I used a seaside colour scheme that's a bit more modern & a lot brighter. Fally is always cheerful & chirpy, even when it's grey & wet, which is a lot despite how many sunshines I drew on this. When the sun DOES shine it's so lovely. I'm lucky to live so close to Swanpool beach that all I see is blue & green. Swanpool is too far away from everything else to make it onto my map though, so just imagine it's much like Gylly, without the skyscraper-sized cocktail, but with a skyscraper-sized ice-cream covered in clotted-cream & pieces of chocolate.

And if THAT didn't make you want to stay in England for your summer holiday, I don't know what will.

Stats about oil, climate change & planes, perhaps. But hey! It's a Friday night, you crazy kids should be out enjoying yourselves! Go on. Just try not to wake me up when you get in.


IF: Gesture

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Reportage is, next to posed life drawing, I think my favourite thing to do. When I first started reportage I thought it was all about getting the drawing to look like the subject of the drawing, then I read the 'Force' books by Mike Mattesi & realised how much life drawing has to do with ideas. My favourite thing to do, taken of course from Mattesi's books, is look & then come up with an adjective or simile to describe what I find most interesting, like "his leg is thick like a pillar" then push that idea visually. Or I tend to hone in on a shape that really interests me, like the way a woman supports her weight by jutting her hip out at a strong right angle, or the way someone's hair might shoot off the crown of their head like a puffball. Then I just push that in the drawing. Some drawings are just about how square someone's butt is.

These, apart from being for Illustration Friday's "gesture" topic, are a selection of drawings I did whilst manning University College Falmouth's stand at D&AD's New Blood show. Being a cutting edge, trendy young people type design show, there were some really cool looking people to draw, & I had a seat, so I was truly in my element. Thank you, New Blood, for your interesting crowds, well lit venue, & that seat.

I'm a firm believer in the photograph's capability to capture what is already there, thus the requirement of an illustrator to capture something bigger & more interesting than reality. An idea, or a story. I think I'd get bored just pretending to be a camera all the time, & I don't think I have the attention span!

I'd like to hear people's thoughts anyway! Love love xxx

A Challenge Appears!

Monday, 18 July 2011

Hello again my loves, tis myself, putting another new drawing on the internet. This is another one polished off before my trip to New Blood & New Designers. I wanted something new to put at the end of my folder, something dramatic, something RED.

Clickity for bigger!

I've been working on pushing my texture recently, as well as my composition & general attention to detail. This was the first in a continuing series of experiments using more involved processes with texture, using more varied handmade textures, & using them as brushes in Photoshop for COMPLETE CONTROL over colour, placement & amount of texture. I'm working on this alongside my use of form & tone, not because I necessarily want to move away from flatness but because I want to try it out. I think I have a good feel for form & weight so it seems a shame to not push it! Since I've finished uni it seemed a shame not to let my geekery have a frolic as well, so I decided to indulge my fantasy fan & do a sexy redhead battling a demon with it's nips out. I love drawing monsters, although most the time they're funny, sometimes I have to make them really horrible!

I'd love to hear what people think anyway :)

Lots going on at the moment, totally worthwhile being busy when July won't stop raining on us!!!

I AM GRADUATE also some characters

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Well, the start of July was a bit momentous; I went up to London to exhibit both at D&AD New Blood & the New Designers graduate shows. They were AMAZING fun! I got chatting to some awesome people, got to see some awesome work, & natch got to hang out in the most awesome city ever. I was so excitable; if anyone reading this met me at either aforementioned show I apologise, I just don't get let out very often.

The whole trip was super useful for me; I noticed some trends in the pieces that got the most interest from "Industry", which got me taking more notice of the commercial potential of my work & is actually very refreshing after spending four years in a box (not that I mind working entirely selfishly ;P). I got some really useful feedback too, less on my work itself & more on how I talk about it in a formal setting, & I got to thinking about 'branding' after a very inspiring talk at New Designers headed up by Neil Bennett of Digital Arts magazine. It's interesting to think of an illustrator as a brand but I can see how it would be of benefit & I quite like the sound of it, seeing as I was told by an agent I already look like my work & you know, I'm a bit weird too. Perhaps I can claim tax back on brightly coloured specs as a business expense!

I was also dead chuffed to get offered a really fun freelance jobby on my birthday, as well as a flashy haircut & classy vegan meal with some legends I haven't seen in ages! So now I'm back in Fally & takin' care of business. I've got lots of personal projects on the go too, so hopefully this corner of the internet is gonna get EVEN MORE EXCITING.

Before that, though, you can see some characters from the "down time" I had between graduation & London. They're sans colour, because I can totally work in greyscale & I hadn't got any examples in my folder. I thought you know, if you've got it flaunt it etc...

I thought a brother & sister battling EVIL while they dream could be fun, whilst keeping it lighthearted with juxtaposition of geeky/hardcore & trying to draw their ages right. They're both me, really, because I LOVED girly stuff while I was a kid, but with the same vigour as I loved TMNT & Destruction Derby on Windows95. So my unicorn would have a bullring piercing, & my Care Bears would have battle scars. That type of thing just screams "well adjusted" doesn't it?