I’m always thinking of ways I can inject colour into my work, I feel it needs more although I’ve been assured it doesn’t. Well, I’m not listening on this particular occasion so this week I’ve bumped up some food illustrations with a zap of cyan and magenta. Yum!
I’ve included this week an editorial illustration which communicates the overwhelming accumulation of material possessions we now have. People in some parts of the modern world with more disposable income have acquired so many things that it can be overwhelming. As a result of this, a minimalist movement has been growing for a few years now: chuck it all away and learn to live with less. Which is is nice if you have enough money to acquire all these possessions in the first place. Not so lovely for the people who will always have to get by on very little.
Just for the record, the Dutch are my absolute favourite nationality and adore the people I know in the Netherlands. The girl in this illustration isn’t Dutch at all but an English girl in Dutch national dress. Typical tourist!
Illustration in watercolour and graphite. Prints available to buy at my tictail shop which will be up and running soon.
It may not be summer when you’re reading this but I can assure you that today everyone will be wearing as much clothing as the woman below. I have to start thinking about autumn and Christmas at this time of year in regarding to commissions so am moving towards to icy blues, white and deep greens. But the odd pink and yellow illustration slips through.
Some animals suit crowns better than others and horses certainly possess the poise necessary to carry a crown off. The horse certainly looks like they would be capable of wearing a crown all day. This illustration is one of a series of 12 of all the Chinese horoscope animals, all illustrated in a combination of graphite and acrylic.
This is an illustration I’ve completed for a Dutch magazine illustrating the connection between religion and emotional well being. As I quite often do, I’ve linked detailed pencil work (and watercolour) with a block of colour for punch and drama. This time, I’ve added the block colour with acrylic but I often will add it afterwards digitally.
While I love intricate work, with the need to keep costs down as I am paid by the hour, I need to have an illustrative style that is appealing to art directors on tight deadlines!