Drawings of Kick-Arse Kids

Sunday, 19 May 2013

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.

Some very strange fashion illustration

Thursday, 16 May 2013

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