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.
You’re going to have to visualise this with gold around her body (think ReadyBrek glow), rather than the pooey orange that appears once it has been scanned. Or don’t focus on the gold at all but the fact that I drew the Les Mills logos in teen tiny letters and drawing fonts is, in my point of view, harder than anything else. Even harder than drawing feet!
I’ve said it here before but the quieter this blog is, the more I’ve been working (and, ahem, partying) on projects and commissions. A fantastic break in Holland, where my art agency is based, and then guests over from the same country (you will be hard pushed to find someone who loves Holland as much as me!) had meant I am quite thoroughly pooped.
Above is a personal project I’ve been working on, the city of Hoorn in the Netherlands which I lived in for two years. Drawing the place that I’m missing is my way of day dreaming about it while being productive.
I’ve been a bit quiet for the last month because I’ve moved house and also because I’ve been very busy. It’s quite vexing that the busier I am, the more sparse my online presence is. Here is an illustration for my portfolio which needed updating and this is a male version of exactly how I look when travelling in between London and Amsterdam. Smart, professional and with purpose! If you see someone looking stressed and messy, that is my twin sister!
Illustration in watercolour and graphite. Prints available to buy at my tictail shop which will be up and running soon.