Sunday, September 16, 2007

Otter

Character study.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

The Startled Wanderer

Character study for a tale from the Bros. Grimm.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Monday, August 27, 2007

Blaze Boot Boy


A small, unfinished character from my notebooks.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Archibald


Sketch for book dummy

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Friday, July 13, 2007

The Cave


I'm using this image for my "about" page of my website. I'm still playing with the font and size, so this may change somewhat.

Trees


A page of morning sketches

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Sunday, April 15, 2007

The Man Of Flowers


A character I drew tonight with a little man taking a ride on his leg.

Friday, April 13, 2007

2 bad dudes



On a side note, I'm just discovering the books of John Burningham (Borka) and they are brilliant. His line, characters, the dissonance of styles used side by side in the same book, the scratchy, unfinished, roughness of everything he does, sparkle. There's magic in his work, it's defiantly unique and daring.

Karakters

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Star jig and a lion


A sketch. I'll keep moving things around and redrawing till it's just right.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Toys


Here are a set of toys I designed a while ago...ooh, a long while! They are made with Sculpey and random foodstuffs like rice and pasta.

Green croc-man


A portion of tonight's doodles with some fancy type. Also, I found a great resource featuring videos of British children's book author/illustrators discussing their work and process of putting together books which you can view here:
http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/shadowingsite/watch_listen.asp

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Cup o' cat

Poor thing! Little does he know that he will meet his soul-mate on his travels.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

High-tech bunny


So, after always liking my sketches, doodles more than a finished, clean illustration I've started to experiment with ways of keeping the vivacity and charm of the sketch in my finals. I've started using vellum, the photocopier and lots of white-out to compose the final picture and this is a small experiment. I want to do more and play further but it's a start and I'm quite pleased.

Also, check out "The Magic Pencil" website (http://magicpencil.britishcouncil.org/) for a great survey of current British book illustration including profiles on Sara Fanelli, Quentin Blake, Raymond Briggs and John Burningham as well as others.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Him



Another portfolio piece. I think I'm happy with this drawing and now just doing different color studies on test-prints.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Stormin'


The results of tonight's sketching session

Homage


Can't resist creating an entry for some of my favorite materials at the moment.
The photo features the great, waxy, 3-in-1 Woody crayons by Stabilo which are water soluble and come in two sizes.
The reliable Staedler Graphite 779 mechanical pencil which feels great in the hand after hours of sketching. The Faber-Castell Perfection pencil for unbelievably precise erasures and finally the amazing range of Conte pencils which are a joy to play with. Ok, enough nerdy-ness.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Goons




Sketch and work-in-progress for a portfolio piece.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Boy


A little drawing from my sketchbook

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

It Grew From My Shoe


A very small sketch of the cover of a book about a girl, shoes that grow incredibly large and a mysterious "thing". There are also Pirates involved unfortunately. It might be hard to make out but the large brown things at the bottom are her overgrown shoes!

Monday, March 26, 2007

The Witch-Duck


This horrible thing bobbles upon the sea waiting to scoop up unwary children and gold. She also enjoys a good romance novel from time to time.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Pear Trap


A very small sketch for the cover of a book about a boy stuck in a pear.

Boy Boot Moon

Friday, March 23, 2007

more!


New study



A ways more to go finishing this up but here is a worked over composition: