Hello everyone. I hope you all had a happy Easter. At the moment I am working on a few different projects, all of which will take a while and you lot wont be able to see until they are completed. So, in the meantime heres an old one from a couple of years ago, posted to celebrate the fact that the leaves are returning to the tree’s :)
I promise I wont post too many ‘studio in progress’ updates (probably!!!) but today we painted the walls of Animal Studios and times are getting ’citing x
The FIRST Animal Studios selfie :)
Big day today!! This morning I got the keys to Animal Studios on Castle Lane which is where me and a few of my friends are going to be based working on our illustration and design projects. We are also going to use the space for cool exhibitions and other arty farty events.
I just came back from polly fillering the holes in those walls. I’m now writing a lecture before fitting a child’s seat to my bike so we can go out on rides over easter. Then later I’m drawing some backgrounds for an animation.
Today, I am a multi-tasking monster machine!
New page Finished :)
Heres a new page preview from 'Grandad's Secret Giant' that I finished this morning. This will be the last sneak peek until the books done and dusted and ready to be published. Whoop!
I’m still on course to complete it by the end of summer (fingers crossed).
Its going to be awesomley awesome!!
Much obliged :)
Work In Progress
After a nice walk in the sun and ice cream, I’m back to the new page and adding some nice textures.
#secretGIANT next page. pencils.
Work in Progress
Anonymous asked: Hi there, I'm going to be starting my illustration degree this September.. I'm kind of curious about what I'm going to do after it's over. Do you know of any companies/ organisations that will hire people with an illustration degree? Or how to go about finding work? Nobody I've asked seems to know much.. I don't want to purely work in freelance with an uncertain wage :/ thanks for any help
Don’t worry about that yet. Thats in 3 years time. Worry about that in your final year. Just create a really incredible portfolio, make some cool friends and have fun.
Remember that Illustration is a broad subject. You 'should' learn about communication, and all about photoshop, inDesign etc, composition, layout, publishing, marketing, fine art, curator skills, graphic design skills and you’ll pick up tons of other transferable skills that can all be used in other areas of life should you decide to change direction at the end of your degree.
But mainly, have fun and enjoy it. I loved being at university. You have got 3 years ahead of you of doing very little else but drawing and being creative. Most people don’t get to do that at all.
Anonymous asked: Hi, I'm in my first year of an illustration degree and my next project and most important of this year is to develop a character and illustrate it in six different states and surroundings. We have 5 texts to choose from to base our character on which sucks because I wanted to come up with my own completely but hey ho. I was wondering what advice you have for character development and where do I even start? I draw in fine liner by hand mostly, my illustrator and photoshop skills are iffy! Thanks
Draw people you know. Even the monsters, freaks and weirdo’s I draw have elements of people I know and their personalities in them…I don’t tell the people that though ;)
Also, keep it simple. You can tell a lot about a characters motives and emotions just from having them raise one eyebrow ;)
hmcgovernreflectiveblog asked: I'm doing an illustration project and I'm illustrating characters for a short story about a man who sells slow glass (called 'the light of other days' I recommend it!) anyway I had the idea to illustrate onto sort of see through paper, I illustrate in fine liners mostly, which would be the best paper to use in your opinion and would it be better to print the illustrations onto the paper or illustrate right onto the paper?
Aaagh!! I really don’t know! Thats stumped me.
I think draw right onto the paper.
I’ve never tried this. Let me know how it goes :)
Drawing digital trees. #workinprogress
This has now turned into a proper thing, and hopefully finished today
Just started this late night mixed media fun :)
Last night my friend asked me why didn’t I become an illustrator sooner. And he’s sort of got a point. But also I might have become a different illustrator if I did.
This week has been incredible and the future looks bright :)
To celebrate this fact, me and my son went and had a laugh in the park this morning. He’s such a little mega star.
Back to drawing weird giants tomorrow Xxx
Just a little logo design work in progress for you Tumblr friends x
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