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!)