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.
This website is effectively a blog but to make it easier for you to access all my images in one post, I have uploaded my favourites here for you to browse through, in no particular order.
This is part of a bigger illustration but I really love it the way it is right now, so thought I should scan it and put it up here before working on it further. Am I the only one that lives in fear of accidentally pouring a cup of tea over something just as I’m finishing it? It’s graphite and shows swallows, roses and the Queen of England’s crown – might add a teapot or cricket bat or something else random but British.
The delightful girl that posed for this photo was so brilliant at giving off an air of, “I don’t give a fuck” that this has become one of my favourite illustration I’ve done in a long time. She’s a cocktail fairy if you can have such a thing. She’s holding some of the ingredients for the Bramble cocktail with mint, lemon and blackberries in the background.
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!
This illustration is a personal work inspired by a mocktail in the Midnight Apothecary book by Lottie Muir. I wanted this to be a deep, rich illustration to reflect a grown up drink. The plants in the illustration are apple, tansy, lemons and rose branches – the ingredients in the mocktail.
I am having a bit of a thing about drawing rose branches and thorny images at the moment – like a flower fairy gone nasty. It’s because a friend of mind always sends me images of paintings she’s seen and liked, and she recently sent me a gorgeous one of a madonna and baby with roses in the background. I basically just took that idea and ran with it.
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.
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