Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Nai Harvest - Brithdays

So I keep going to gigs and concerts on my own because fuck not seeing a band I want just because no one can go with me. I am independent woman and it is great. 
That being said I am an often socially awkward introverted woman and not always, but often, waiting in between acts with a bunch of hipsters that you accidentally spilt half your pint over trying find a good view is just painful. I know, I know, I need to be more social and meet new people but somedays its just UGH. And its harrrd. And sometimes you just don't want to. 

A friend who I was talking to at a recent gig (over facebook) joked that I could pretend to be a music journalist to stop looking like such a lemon as I stood waiting for the band. I felt so much more confident as soon as I put the 'Haha! Yes I do have a interesting and legitimate reason for being here so fuck off' hat on. I gave less of a damn what I looked like (awkward at the back) and started being more observant of the people and stuff around me and enjoying the gig. 

And then I though maybe I could be a music journalist... (que midsummer murders theme tune*)

I must admit I'd had a few pints so the content isn't fantastic but still a solid concept that I'm going to more of! 
 I never take pictures at gigs. I have a weird aversion/hate of it. Here I have a personal record of the gig without having to distract everyone behind with my blurry instagram photo attempt. 

The band were pretty damn good btw.

Next up: Sexy future fringe robot mirror hands and her sparkly hologram samurai gig.

*yes, thats right. 

Friday, 17 April 2015

Mysterious Cornwall

The Adventure Issue:

I've been through a bit of a love/hate period with this section of my Cornish guide project. I love the colours but they were a terror towards the end. Maybe too contrasting? The typography thew a tantrum too and has been through about eight incarnations. I'm super happy with here it's at now. Although the illustrations make up the whole I like the map part being so typographically different.

Surf instructions coming soon. (or as soon as I remember how...)

The myths and legends in cornwall really are brilliant. There's claims for not only the site of Camelot and the resting place of Excalibur but Atlantis too. Also lots of sea monsters, giants and mermaids. Well worth a visit!


Beautiful Cornwall

Living in London I get homesick. A lot.
 I tend to forget what the reality of living in cornwall was like for me (isolated, uncreative, and socially boring as hell) and so I focus on all the wonderful things I get to do with my family when I'm home to visit. We're constantly out at gardens and on walks and long drives. (All of the drives are long. Everywhere is the middle of nowhere...) 

These illustrations form part of a series of guidebook/leaflets documenting some of the amazing things to do, places to visit and the rich history of cornwall. Illustrate what you know and love right?! 

I'm so excited to get them printed as actual books and maps. I'd love to be able to sell them as guides once the extra text is in place.


Wednesday, 21 January 2015

B & W Zine

SO, These illustrations are from a little zine I made in about 4 days. (I was going for 3 but my housemates had a buffy marathon) I need to test myself, train myself back up and mostly regain some of the fun that stress has been stealing.
I've combined inks and pencil here for my lines but I still need to find a process to show their personalities better in their digital state. I'm thinking layers and multiply. I haven't had a night out with them in a long while.

The b&w element just allowed me to focus on the lines and process more as well as getting closer to the ink feel. I am a big fan of crazy contrast b&w fun.

I had a bit of a 'face ban' in my illustrations for a while as my face styles are influenced by anything and everything and differed drastically but I feel like the mask kind of bypasses it by not letting you see the eyes. 

Below are a bunch of initial sketches and the inspirations involved. 


Thursday, 20 November 2014

Fiona Clayton Farewell Show!

I recently got a followup commission to create a second poster for Fiona Claytons' upcoming gig at the Brickyard in Carlisle. Fiona is having a baby in the new year so the band are putting on a farewell show to say goodbye for a while.

I tried to continue with a similar theme from the first poster, keeping the colour schemes and the summer camp feel. This ones all packed up and ready to go away for a while.

Best of luck to Fiona, Jan and the band for the future! If you're in the area go support!


Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Seaweed Species of the Atlantic

Some new muted colour work. I've been trying to experiment with paper cutting to get some new lines but I'm really not sure about them. I absolutely over complicated this one. There is far too much going on.  


Monday, 27 October 2014

Website news.

My website is currently down. I have done possibly the worst job of transferring my domain to a new web host in the history of html, even after spending a month making sure exactly this wouldn't happen. It has.

Rest assured though that I am working on it even if it means flying to america to punch said web hosts in the face. Its gonna be a phoenix like rebirth of staggering proportions. When it happens. Soon. 

In the meantime my blog is here and some of my work is also up on my agents site here.


Friday, 24 October 2014

Read, Listen, Learn, Create.

I've been drawing a lot of book covers recently as little drawing exercises to play with my technique. 
I don't really read as much as I should. I'm constantly busy with freelancing and then working my part time job and just being a person and I usually reach for Netflix before bed instead of a book. It bugs me, I used to live in books and I do still love them. It got me onto thinking about how we consume books nowadays. A lot of mine are through the radio or audiobooks while I'm working. Which led into this piece:

I'm trying to vary my colour palette more at the moment. I always grab onto bright bolds and contrast them with cool colours and I find my work doesn't seem to translate well without them. I managed not to use pink, purple or yellow today though. So thats a plus.