Monday, 30 July 2012

Hobbledown's grand opening

Signing books at Hobbledown's grand opening last Thursday turned out be hot work. I signed over 250 copies (well we estimated about that because within half an hour it was over 120!). It was such a hot day too! At one stage I ended up with a sturdy baby boy on my knee and I’m not quite sure how that happened!

So today as well as pictures taken by friends of myself and the author signing books at Hobbledown opening (taken with lots of camera shake I’m afraid), I thought you might like to see some pictures of Hobbledown itself! My artwork was dotted about everywhere on site! It is a really weired sensation seeing your drawings come to life in 3D with kids climbing all over them! They even had the characters from the book in full costume wandering around the site.
There was a giant whicker Rumpletump, which was a superb sculpture – very impressive! Hobbledown village, which doubles as a giant climbing frame site and lots more buildings from the book, including Fern’s fairy treehouse in the giant Quarcus Oak.
As so many pictures were taken I am going to share them with you over a couple of posts and so today, it’s pictures of the author and myself signing books (looking hot and bothered), and the wonderful sculpture of Rumpletump. I have also included below one of my pictures of Rumpletump that are in the book!
To see more photos, visit my facebook page here!
Do excuse the photo-shake in these pictures, which were taken by friends. I hope to share the official ones with you when they arrive!

Here's a fantastic whicker sculpture of Rumpletump and underneath my artwork, which I think they must have used for inspiration, as the sculpture is a dead ringer!

Monday, 23 July 2012

How to draw farm animals

It's Monday and although that in the day I thought I'd share some videos today all about drawing, well farm animals! So here you can learn how to draw a chicken, a sheep and a pig! Oh and a duck if you like!

Have had a very interesting day and will hopefully have some exciting news to share with you tomorrow, if all goes well (fingers crossed). A small but perfectly formed commission has come my way and hopefully if they are happy with the fee I will get started tomorrow! I only have ten days to deliver the finished artwork and so once I get started I've got to move fairly quickly! Worst still I won't be able to share the artwork with you for some time either!

Anyway back to today's tutorial! I would love to get feedback on my videos, because if I do anymore it will help me do a better job next time. Enjoy....

Thursday, 19 July 2012

New illustration sample: little girl

I have just found some time to work on some new artwork samples. Firstly I am revisiting a project that I did for Templar Publishing about two years ago for the book fairs. 

Unfortunately at the time the project was not taken up and it is hard for publishers to why sometimes. It can sometimes hinge on what mood the buyer was in on that day - quite literally - do they have a hangover? Have they had their morning coffee or not! It is all very precarious at times, but that's the nature of the business. However the one snippet of feedback I did receive at the time was that everything was lovely, except the little girl did not look 'generic enough'. So today I have been scribbling some new versions of the little girl. 

The following may not be what she ends up looking like at all and are only my initial sketches, but I think she is looking less like a portrait and more illustrative, and more importantly I feel she has a wider appeal.

I am also aiming to loosen up my style in my reworking, because I just feel it is all a bit too ridged at the moment. It is good to objectively assess your work regularly and to be honest about what you think you've done wrong - it is how as an artist you grow! I am very brave sharing my initial sketches with the world. That or mad!

Here's the first sketch:

Here's the second, but looking at it again, I need to redo the shape of the face, 
as it has lost some of the detailing that the first has around the chin area. Hair is looking less convincing too! Huh some much to do...

Back to the drawing board I feel! However when I eventually get this right and redo the artwork I will share it with you here!

How to draw the human body

Oh dear! It would appear that yesterday I loaded up the same video twice - sorry about that. Please find below the second video I meant to show you yesterday (bottom one), with an additional one to make up for it!

This one is entitled 'how to draw the human body'

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

How draw people and faces

I am sorry I haven't blogged for a few days now, but I have been busy with an unexpected deadline that was rather short! It was for The Agatha Christie Book Collection. I think the brief was intended for another artist, who may have had to pull out, because I usually get more time. This time I was drawing suspects for Sad Cypress. Very difficult to make it all gloomy when you've got to draw a garden full of flowers and a pink climbing rose in the background! 

Anyway this brings me on to today's post. As I having been doing a lot of figurative work this week, I thought it was a good idea to share two videos with you that I did for videojug on how to do figurative work.

One is all about drawing the human body and the second about drawing faces! Have a go yourself and see how you get on!

Saturday, 14 July 2012

This is still Lyn Stone's blog

I know it doesn't look like my blog at the moment and that is because I have changed it temporarily just to demonstrate to a friend how blogspot works for them to consider!

It will look it's usual purple/lavender self next week!

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Fairy superheroes versus giant

Sketches of ‘fairy superheroes versus giant’ is quite different from what I am usually asked to draw. I did them to help another artist out who was unavailable due to illness to do the concept stage on this project and so I stepped in to help.

Fairy superheroes versus giant: In addition to creating these strange fantasy characters I had to use extreme perspective. Everything had to be drawn at quite an odd angle, as previous books using this artist had all been drawn using this particular perspective. This made the project more interesting for me of course!
I only did the first set of concept sketches for this project, but thought I would share them with you today. These are only pencil sketches drawn using a technical pencil, as that was all that was needed by the client at the time.
The giant is really from the Jack and the Bean Stalk fairytale and I have no idea where the superhero fairy idea came from at all!
To find out what else I’m up to you could always visit my blogspot page here!
Here’s the superhero fairy and giant from Jack and the Bean Stalk:

Monday, 9 July 2012

Hobbler homes

Hobbler homes: The lovely houses are now built at Hobbledown and look absolutely great fun for children to climb all over and explore! The company that has built the wonderful village, shops and animal homes is German, and so as you can imagine everything looks very well built indeed!

Below are some photographs of the Hobbler homes and other buildings, as well as my drawing of the cosy-looking village and some other great houses! The artwork was drawn using a technical pencil, which never needs to be sharpened. I also use a very soft led usually a 2B or even a 4B, but you start to lose control with a softer led. I therefore switch between the two to get the effect I want to achieve.
The official opening is on the 26th July, but I understand it will open to the public by the 18th July, according to their Facebook page anyway! If you would like to see more illustrations and other artwork for this large project, go to my ‘fiction older children’ page or look under ‘subjects’ for ‘silhouettes’.
As well as illustrating the book, I also worked on their logo and produced a whole range of vector silhouettes of the characters from the book. Also silhouettes of animals and Rumpletump – a scary monster who’s partial to corn custard pies! If you want to read more news, you could try my blogspot blog too, right here!
Here are the photographs from the site and my artwork:

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Jane Austin

Goodness me I haven't posted anything here since Monday! Quite a busy week though, finishing off another commission for The Agatha Christie Book Collection. This time the artwork was for A Pocket Full of Rye! I'm afraid you won't see the artwork for that for many months yet! 

Have also been busy sorting out my artwork files and thinking up some new ideas for some fresh new artwork samples, which I hope to get started on soon and which I can share with you here.

I can now share with you some work I did recently for a clothing and lingerie company and this time it had a Regency theme, in fact it was inspired by Jane Austen's book Pride and Prejudice. For this project I had to produce a set of silhouettes of all of the main characters in the book, so Eliza Bennett, Jane Bennett, Mary Bennett, Kitty, the very naughty Lydia Bennet. The heroines of course being Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley!

So here is the silhouette complete. Obviously they are much larger than they appear here:

Monday, 2 July 2012

How to draw elves

Drawing elves: It is monday and I am trying to get into the habit of sharing my ‘how to draw’ videos with you! This week’s tutorial is aimed at helping you to improve your drawings skills and producing a really good drawing of an elf. In this video I am just concentrating on the head of an elf, because that’s where most of the distinctive features of an elf can be found.

If you would like to follow this video and learning about drawing elves, you’ll need a sharpened pencil, or better still a technical pencil, which never needs to be sharpened, a good eraser, and a sheet of cartridge paper to draw on. The advantage of watching and following this video is that you can hit ‘pause’ whenever you like or even go back over something again if you need to!
I would love to get feedback from and you so by all means use the message box on this page to send me your thoughts on this video. If you would like to see more videos I have worked on, just got to here! Or visit my blogspot blog page, where you can find many more tutorials and tips, click here!
Firstly, here are some of my preparatory sketches:

Here's the video - enjoy!