Wednesday, 21 January 2015

B & W Zine

Happy new year!

What follows is a semi-depressing but optimistic life/art review. Read at your peril. 

My resolutions this year involve becoming less of a hermit, doing more exercise and above all more illustration work. I feel like I'm finally settled in my post uni-life and half a year in the big smoke has shown me that I am a proper adult totally capable of realising these goals, I just need to balance my life better and work harder. Leaving uni was a bigger shock to my creative system than I ever expected or knew how to deal with but I feel like I'm getting back on my feet, if slowly.

I've been struggling to reconnect with my illustration and style for a while now, I didn't even notice until it was made aware to me. My reaction was panic and so things went to shit. I'm still trying to build my skills back up to a level I'm happy with. Its very hard to not be blinded by your own work, you spend too much time on it and it lies to you about what it is. 

Thus I am doing more experimenting and playing. I'm using my inks more and trying to get them into my digital finals. It's changing the way I treat my lines but I'm still anxious to give it more of a presence. I think I'm scared to leave a process thats worked for so long but its just not any more. But thats life and its okay because I can see it now and do something about it. Onwards and upwards and ever exploring. 
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.


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Spooky Shelves

Yeah back to the crazy colours! 
Really enjoyed this one, it felt very natural. (Which might mean that its objectively not great but I like it!)

I also made it into a gif because I couldn't decided on the eyes in the crystal ball. It kind of got out of hand. The voodoo doll is my favourite. :)


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Festive Spirit Infusions

When in the Library last looking for cocktail recipes high off the caipirinha illustrations, I found a super nice book about home-brewing. I got a bit over excited I'll be honest but rather than fill our attic with fermenting bottles and yeast I decided to focus on the rather simple infusions of shop bought spirits. I found some crazy concoctions like lavender and black pepper vodka but the recipes that follow are my favourites.

I haven't made any yet because I want to give them away as christmas presents and none have long lives. The christmas thing fed into forming the illustrations into a book to accompany the bottles. So organised this year!
(P.S. If you are my mum please forget you saw any of this...)

I really wanted to experiment with using a limited colour palette for this project. I'm usually very heavy on the colours and contrasting so I wanted to challenge myself and not rely on it too much. This feels sophisticated but I recon in hindsight the colours could have more pop. Maybe be bolder/brighter. 
At least my eye balls didn't go all 'opening the lost ark' for once...

I'll do a blog post of the process once I'm making the infusions with photos of me wrestling quinces and drinking vodka as soon as I've found some quinces and can afford vodka...

Check out how its going to kinda look when its all lovely and printed:


Monday, 6 October 2014


Sneaky peak of a project I'm working on for christmas. I'm gonna be SO organised this year you'll see!