Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Bonsoir mon amis!

Well I have actually had a day off from drawing today, and so was busy chasing unpaid invoices - yawn! 

I have also done some of the dreaded Christmas shopping. I think the rest will be done on-line, as I really do not like doing it - especially in a hurricane-like wind and driving rain O_o!

Here are some more unseen pieces of artwork for you again today. Again these are the preliminary drawings I do on a project that never end up in print, but they are very important, as it is at sketch stage that all the ideas are established and a designer or art director edits your work, before you do the final artwork.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Doggy silliness

Well this week seems to be starting better for me - fingers crossed. Last week was a sheer nightmare and very stressful, and so hopefully things have settled down now on the freelance front!

Still working hard of course! Just finished another spread for the magazine, and so I guess it won't be long now before they begin advertising it on telly.

Over Christmas and New Year I am going to be working on a book using my pencil style, which I am keen to do, and so that should be fun. But as ever there is very little I can reveal without getting into hot water!

I thought I'd share some artwork with you today that only clients really see and never the public: some roughs. These are working sketches I did for a series of doggy inspired greetings cards. Hope you enjoy them!

Woof, woof, woof!

Thursday, 24 November 2011

How to draw Cloud Strife

Well I have had a rather trying week with a difficult freelance situation, which is all I can say and it is why I haven't been able to blog too much. Needless to say it has left me exhausted and feeling a bit flat!

Never mind I am still enjoying my on-going magazine commission and work with a very charming client to-boot, which is always a bonus, as you never know who you're going to get!

Here's another videojug preparation for you that you may like to try yourselves! Go on - have a go!

How to draw Cloud Strife:

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

A whirlwind few days

Sorry I haven't been blogging, but I've just been too busy! Last week as you know I had Videojug over filming in my living room twenty-one new 'how to' videos, which I am told are to be broadcasted in January sometime! My room was filled with lights and it was quite exhausting. 

I have also been working hard on my logo project, which is challenging but most enjoyable! 

I've been beavering away on the next magazine issue with the usual mixture of unsavoury and slightly unhinged characters, wonderfully penned of course!

Today though I thought I'd share with you some of my Videojug preparation, to give you a flavour of what's to come!

How to draw a spider:

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Lights, camera - action!

Well I have spent the whole day talking to myself, whilst drawing with a camera man and I guess the equivalent of a sort of director! Yes I had Videojug in my home today, doing another twenty videos! We actually didn't quite manage twenty as the camera ran out of memory! But I actually did twenty-one separate drawings today and so there will be twenty-one in total, which will be broadcasted onto the website in probably the spring.

It was quite exhausting and I'm glad it's behind me now, as I'm
nice and busy with work at the moment!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Quick message

Sorry no post yesterday, but I was out in the evening at my French class, which was great fun last night - nice atmosphere!

Just a quick post, as I have a camera man coming to my home tomorrow from Videojug to film twenty videos and I still have three videos to prepare for - yikes! Plus I am working on my silhouetted animals today for a client. What a bust day!

Will tell you more later!

Au revoir!

Monday, 14 November 2011

Plus fours flourish!

Well sort of anyway...

Yes it's another Agatha Christie murder saga on its way. The editor said he was going to give me a break, but the illustrator he was using for the next issue, to use his words "has done a runner"! Luckily I can't run anymore, due to my MS, which is good for me because I got the commission instead - hurrah, hurrooh!

This one is marvellous. Set in 1934 with characters in Plus Fours and other country attire! We also have another heavily made-up vampish woman, a suspicious doctor and the handsome male with jutting chin and ear lobes that 'join his jaw'! 

So armed with my character descriptions I have been scouring the Internet and my fashion books for Plus Fours and found some wonderful photographs, and so here are some for you to look at. It is amazing really that anyone wore them, as they look really quite ridiculous.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Magical creatures

I have been having fun today working on roughs for a book with magical, fantasy creatures of all shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, as per usual I cannot say too much about this project, but it is challenging and fun, and I am hoping as a result it will really develop my pencil style more and give me a whole portfolio of new work to show everyone! 

I have also been working on the logo again today, and took inspiration from feathers and erm, well BUCK TEETH, yep, buck teeth! Bet your curious now, huh? Well I'm sorry but I can't share this one with you either!

However I can share with you some more preparation i'm doing for Videojug. I'm really nervous about it this time, because I have not been able to put in enough time to prepare because I'm too busy, which means I won't be so relaxed and organised on the day, which is annoying!

Anyway, here is a sample of some more I have actually prepared!

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Oh woe is me!

I have had a strange day, dabbling in a new logo, which I don't like, but maybe the client will - what can you do? I have also prepared three more video bits for Videojug. Problem is this time round it's going to cost me money, because they want me to demonstrate oil painting techniques and not being one for oils that means I've got to buy a whole load of unnecessary materials, which I'll never use again and I'm not even being paid to shoot these videos! All a bit wrong really. This however will be the last time, unless they are willing to pay me something next time. I think I have been generous enough. 

Also been practising my French. Is it my imagination or has it just got even harder? Or maybe my cognitive abilities have got worse? Damned MS!

Here's some more videojug stuff:

Monday, 7 November 2011


Dear me I have my filming at videojug soon and I'm still only half way through preparing for it - yikes! I have so much on at the moment that I rather think I shouldn't have agreed to this somehow!

Still doing lots of Agatha Christie stuff - all weekend actually and only finished the spread and hour ago. I'm really looking forward to working on this fantasy/animals inspired logo soon, especially as I have got to do it in Adobe illustrator, which I played with last week and had a lot of fun. My first idea was a bit too over the top and so I've got to go back to the drawing board tomorrow and come up with something simpler, bolder and easier to read. However they did like the feathers! I bet your intrigued now!

Here's a little wee spoiler for the artwork I've just finished, can't tell you anything and this is just a wee hint, or I'll be in big trouble!

Woof, woof!

Friday, 4 November 2011

Odd balls and sensible dogs...

I am beginning to learn a lot about Agatha Christie. For instance in each book she seems to get a little fixated with a particular character feature and then you find most of the people in that particular novel have that feature, like 'small suspicious eyes' or in the latest one, the opposite 'bulging, bulbous eyes and messy hair! It's quiet amusing really. This time it's set in 1936 and the only normal character in the bunch is the dog! You have two eccentric bohemian hippy-type sisters, a good candidate for Cruella de Ville, scatty crazed women, some very peculiar men and rather drab murderer! They are all quite good caricatures and even the way they are dressed is odd, (although in keeping with 1936!). I have to say it makes it far more fun for me though.

Am also getting to grips with Adobe illustrator this week as I have to create a logo in a vector format for a client! I am actually really enjoying it. I have created the logo from freestyle and then transformed it in Illustrator. It may not be the one they end up using, but I quite like it.

Here's one of the character's faces - an earlier version. I cannot share with you the final version. Not yet anyway!

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Making waves with Cloud Strife

Today I am waiting to hear back from two clients on changes to roughs and so thought I'd crack on with some preparation for Videojug and so today I have prepared for how to draw owls, how to paint roses, how to paint waves and how to draw penguins, and finally how to draw Cloud Strife who is a Manga style cartoon character and not something I've drawn before! 

So I thought I'd share with you some of the preparing I've done so far...

Here's Cloud Strife:

How to paint waves. These are a bit bumpy because just for the 
practice run I didn't bother stretching and mounting the paper.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Eccentrics and Cruella de Ville

Oh how I have neglected my blog - too busy that's why! 

Am now working on two art commissions, developing my new website, trying to get all my Christmas cards made for people and preparing for my next filming day at Videojug later this month! Phew! Not enough time in the day at present.

Anyway, here's a bit of a run-down. Am currently working on the latest Agatha Christie magazine and this one is GREAT! It's full of affected, eccentric characters, a cute dog and one suspect reminiscent of Cruella de Ville! So I am having a wonderful time. It's set in 1936 and so more research has been needed into costume, shoes and hairstyles - for both men and women of course.

The other project I am working on I have to be very discrete about, but the first part of the commission involves my getting to grips with a new software package I have no experience of using and so bit of a crash course required! 

Hopefully tomorrow I will share some of my preparation for Videojug for you, to give you a taster of what i've been asked to do.

See you tomorrow!