I’ve been branching out into mural painting recently and this means that my illustration work here is more varied on the blog. However, it was back to my roots for an illustration for a construction magazine recently – talking about the impact Brexitwill have on the British building industry.
I’ve been very busy with murals recently and this is one I’ve done in a child’s bedroom of Tin Tin, Snowy in a submarine. The boy whose room this is also is included in the drawing to personalise it. I do love cartoons though they are pretty difficult to do because, like portraits in real life, you really do have to get them right. I like to think that this time I have.
PS See those brushes I have in the photo? That’s about a third of the total number of brushes I have. How did I get so many? And more importantly, why do I never seem to have quite the right one for the job?
This is something I’ve done recently that I’m rather proud of.
This is me working on a mural for Oaklands school in Hertfordshire last week. The school’s philosophies are kindness, honesty and respect so I incorporated the oak tree symbol of the school with chidren showing these characteristics, and painted the whole lot on their hallway way. I need to go back to finish the text and their logo which will be a difficult day but I’m very pleased with it!
I have two main styles that I use: a very finely executed graphite style and a looser, more fluid style in watercolour and indian ink. Most of my work is the former but commerically, the later is more in in demand. However it’s harder to do because I have to let go a bit more. You have to trust the ink and the brush and accept that a splat or quite flurry with a brush could muck the whole thing up. Even though I have Photoshop (Gawd bless that software), you still end up holding your breath at certain points.
I wanted to do this illustration for DrawaDot with a futuristic feel to it, and when I saw the text in the corner of the mount board, I just had to incorporate it into the final piece of work.
It doesn’t matter how many times I do this illustration, I still feel it needs a lot more work. Ho hum.