Friday, 8 November 2013

Graduation, Barcelona, Wildlife Artist of the Year (and other news)

Its been too long since I've posted here so here's a little catch up with what I've been doing over the last few months...

First of all, after three years of hard work with some truly wonderful people, I graduated from Plymouth University with a 2:1 in Illustration. It's been an incredible few years and I've really missed it since moving back home.

I also went to Spain over the summer and spent a day in Barcelona with a sketchbook -- my kind of holiday! We spent most of the day in the midst of the incredible Sagrada Familia but the city itself was beautiful and I would love to go back there and take more of the sites in, as there was so much to do that we couldn't possibly cram into one day.

I've also recently been working on some more wildlife designs that I'm planning to enter to the Wildlife Artist of the Year. I love drawing animals and want to get better so this competition is a good start. The standards are always high and the entries from previous years have been simply amazing. 

I knew I wanted to draw birds again and turned my attention to birds of prey again. I've drawn owls before but I wanted to study something that would stand out so I chose the beautiful British kestrel. I love how they hover when they hunt, and the markings on their wings among many things. My design is almost finished but here's a few glimpses of some work in progress...

I will be sure to share a photo of the finished piece and my next entries for the competition. I used a mix of indian ink, acrylic and gouache for this entry, using a bit more acrylic than I normally do but I wanted the feathers on the wings to retain their natural smooth texture.

Thank you for looking, if you have any suggestions or ideas for Wildlife Artist of the Year, please do not hesitate to get in contact, I would love to hear from you!

Friday, 5 July 2013

D&AD Show

Earlier this week some of us went to London for the yearly D&AD "New Blood" show which was so exciting and it was great to visit the show as well as have my work exhibited in it. So here are a few photos, and I've added links to some of my wonderful fellow illustrators from Plymouth...

Emily Cammell

Jamie Bradford

Meg Ashford

Josie Maskell

Holly Liminton

Paddy Smith

Jordan Rogers

... and Josie and Emily invigilating

And my board!

Plymouth University Degree Show 2013

These are some photos from the end of year show last month. My stand included mainly my travel project which included my illustrated map, the paintings of Petra and St. Basil's Cathedral, my entries to Tigerprint's 'Female Pattern Design' competition and the "Beautiful Buildings" editorial. I also included some original paintings from my thematic module last year.


"From Russia With Love" Illustrated Map

I recently realized how lousy I have been with keeping this blog up to date, what with all the deadlines and assessments, final shows and the trip to London. So stay tuned for more updates on what I have been up to for the last month or so because it's been crazy!

The design below was the final part of my travel illustration brief, and a few posts back I put up some Russian photos and a painting of St. Basil's Cathedral, so this is kind of a continuation from that. The design was painted in gouache and indian ink, and combined painting and hand drawn typography techniques.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Lonely Planet Traveller: Beautiful Buildings

These are some editorial spreads I've been working on for a while now, still unfinished yet but they're finally getting there!

I found a short article by Lonely Planet about some of the world's beautiful buildings and decided to use this as a basis for an editorial project, for part of my final major project. Most of the information in the design was from the article, which you can find here: 

However I also added a few buildings I thought deserved a place: St. Basil's Cathedral in Russia and the Treasury in Petra, Jordan. Some of the other buildings featured in the article that I haven't included are the Sagrada Familia in Spain, Aya Sofra in Turkey and the Potala Palace in Tibet.

I know there is a huge space left on the page featuring the Winter Palace/Hermitage Museum, I need to think of something to add here, maybe something from inside...!?

I haven't done an editorial spread like this in a long time so please please please let me know what you think, and if you have any improvements or recommendations please feel free to comment below.

As always, thank you for looking!

ALSO: my website is officially up and running:

Exciting stuff!

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Tigerprint Competition: Travel Inspired Female Pattern

These are two entries I've been working on this week for the latest Tigerprint competition. I've been concentrating on travel illustration as a whole recently so I thought to turn some of my designs into a surface pattern. I've been concentrating on cities that I've been to, the ones I've done so far are inspired by my trips to Paris and Sydney. I'm also thinking of designing one for London and maybe New York (though that's one I haven't been to...) 

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Travel Illustration: The Treasury, Petra

This is my second travel illustration for the project I'm currently working on, which is all about promoting beautiful, historical buildings and monuments. I wanted to focus on the Treasury (al Khazneh in Arabic) of Petra in Jordan, because I loved the history behind it. 

My Dad went there a while ago and he lent me some photos for reference. He was also the one who told me all about it, the name for example, "the Treasury" is believed to be from the legend that pirates and bandits hid their loot in the dome at the top of the monument. There are even bullet holes on it from where many pioneers have tried to shoot it down to obtain the "gold."

So this is the final painting which took me about three days to complete. I used gouache, brown indian ink with dip pen and white acrylic for finishing touches. Please let me know what you think -- this is also available to buy on Society 6 (as well as the painting of St. Basil's Cathedral - see last post).

Monday, 22 April 2013

St. Basil's Cathedral Illustration

This is a piece for a self-assigned brief I'm currently working on as part of my final major project. It's all about travel and beautiful buildings basically, this one is St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow.
 I went to Russia a couple of years ago and the architecture was absolutely stunning. 

Apologies for the lousy quality, its a photo as I haven't had a chance to scan it in yet! I used watercolour and really tried to keep the indian ink level to a minimum, as I wanted it to be more colour based than line based.

Here's some of my photos of Moscow and the Red Square from a few years ago:

Seeing Russia in the snow made the buildings look even more spectacular.
And having a snowball fight in the middle of Red Square was another highlight of the trip.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Penguin Design Awards Entry

This morning I finally sent off my entry for the Penguin Design Awards. I chose the adult brief, which this year was Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep. I read the book and watched the 1946 film of the same name starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in preparation for the project.

I started this project back in January but it lasted a lot longer than I intended it to, and the final artwork took a little over  a week to paint -- I used a mix of watercolour, gouache and acrylic. It's quite different  to what my work usually looks like (I didn't use ink or a dip pen once!) but all in all I loved working on it. I really liked working on book cover design,  and I'm planning on doing another one for part of my final major project -- possibly an Agatha Christie novel -- if I have the time, which looks doubtful at the moment.

So here's my final design:

All in all I'm really pleased with it, I think. Since the book was an old school detective book there were lots of hidden messages that I wanted to incorporate into the design somehow, while at the same time not making it look too crowded.
Anyway hope all you lovely people like it, fingers crossed!

Friday, 5 April 2013

Motel Rocks Fashion Illustration

This was a piece I did just before Easter for fashion outlet Motel Rocks. They had an illustration competition featured on their website and I thought I'd give fashion illustration a go, since its been a while since I've drawn figures... (all good practice though!)

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Douwe Egberts Coffee Packaging Design

Moving on from card designs...

This is another YCN student brief, this time for Douwe Egberts coffee. The online brief said to basically make the brand more appealing to younger consumers and encourage having one of their coffee's at home rather than buying some from a Costa or a Starbucks.

I liked the vignettes layout I've been using recently in my card designs, and decided to do that again for this brief. I'm quite pleased with the design, will be sending these off for the competition tonight!

Please let me know what you all think, very thankful for all the feedback on my recent work.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Birthday, Wedding & New Home Cards

Hi everybody,

These are some more card designs I've been working on the last few days that I plan to enter for one of the YCN student briefs (and maybe to send to some companies as well) ... exciting stuff. I love drawing vignettes, so this was especially nice as I was drawing lots of random things for once -- from ipods to watering cans to jewellery.

As usual, all in watercolour with brown ink, which I spilt the other day so I need to buy some more...

Ignore the blue lines running across the birthday card, they were from Photoshop and these are just screen shots.

I think my favourite is the "home sweet home" one, I like how the colour co ordination has turned out. Please let me know what you think of them, layouts for instance. Also any suggestions for more designs would be brilliant -- I'm currently working on one for a new baby, maybe a birthday card more suited to guys as well.