Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Cinderella Illustration


Cinderella, but with a huge twist - this one surfs! Every now and then you get the opportunity to work on a project a little different to what you normally get asked to do. I recently finished a commission for The Stephen Joseph Theatre They saw my ink artwork on my website and decided to approach me to work on the poster for them. I was very pleased to win this commission, as I have never done a poster before and so it was something different for me to work on. They have three very different poster formats and so all the artwork had to be separated into different layers. This gave them maximum flexibility when producing the different layouts. Hopefully I will be receiving PDFs of my artwork on their main poster, flyers and smaller posters. I hope to share these with you here in a future post.

They saw my ink artwork on my website and decided to approach me to work on the poster for them. I was very pleased to win this commission, as I have never done a poster before and so it was something different for me to work on. They have three very different poster formats and so all the artwork had to be separated into different layers. This gave them maximum flexibility when producing the different layouts. Hopefully I will be receiving PDFs of my artwork on their main poster, flyers and smaller posters. I hope to share these with you here in a future post.

Here’s the artwork. I have the artwork below, all in one layer and an example of the separate layers below:




Monday, 20 August 2012

Drawing graffiti

Drawing graffiti can be a challenge - especially if you are doing it illegally, which I disapprove of completely! This video shows a simple technique that will help improve your drawing skills. I recently shared a video with you on drawing 
waves well this one concentrates on getting great lettering.

Drawing graffiti: Over the past two years I have worked in collaboration with www.videojug.com to produce over forty 'how to draw' videos. This is one to help people improve their technique when drawing lettering. Some of my videos have had over 8,000 hits!

What's great about these videos is that you can pause and rewind as many time as you like and so it's a bit like having a tutor in the your own home. It also means to can draw along with me in the video! In this video I show you step-by-step how to draw cool letters in a series of sketches, which I narrate.

I am always happy to receive feedback from people and so have a go and then maybe email me the results of your efforts! Today I looked at some of the reviews of my videos and apparently I'm 'awsome' and I 'rock'. I have to say at my age I never thought I was either, but it is nice to know people have enjoyed watching. Learn drawing graffiti today!

Monday, 13 August 2012

Hobbledown illustrations

Today I thought I would share with you a video I have put together of all the illustrations from the book Hobbledown. As there are so many it was the quickest way I could think of that would allow me to blog about all of them!


I know I've blogged a lot recently about Hobbledown, but this will be the last one now until the next book, as I have lots of other exciting things to share with you!

This book had thirty-two illustrations inside. All drawn using a simple soft graphite pencil. The larger images took up to eight hours to draw, as they are very highly detailed! 

If you would like to see more of my illustrations from this book, visit my website at lynstone.com and view my on-line portfolio!

This is my first YouTube video and so I hope it's OK? 


Sunday, 12 August 2012

More Hobbledown pictures!

Well yesterday I really struggled to upload images to my blog, due to a very over-used Internet. I'm guessing everyone came home from work and started streaming the Olympics on-line and everything just got clogged up. So today I thought I would attempt to share more pictures and photographs with you that I was hoping to share only yesterday!


Firstly here is the second photograph from the grand opening of Hobbledown. In the shot the author and myself are in the background just about to finish signing books, and there's Huck in the foreground with his little fan club! The poor young man playing the part of Huck must have been very hot that day in his adapted soldier's hat! It was a sweltering day and very hot indeed in Merry Makers (Hobbledown's shop).








Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Official Hobbledown photographs!

It's official! Photographs of Hobbledown book signing session...


Earlier this week the PR company covering the grand opening of Hobbledown sent me copies of some of the official photographs from the book signing, and I thought it would be nice to share them on blog!

You can see how hot I am in the photographs. Hobbledown was blessed with a dry and very sunny day. However this meant the author and myself were signing in very hot, rather humid conditions! However it was such fun, I don't think it bothered either of us too much!

Anyway, here are two photographs from the signing, which you may like to see. The young man that dressed up as Huck from the book was particularly good at playing his part! Well one photograph, blogspot is playing up something chronic and I have been unable to load the second photograph - most frustrating. Come on blogspot, pull yourself together!












Thursday, 2 August 2012

Hobbledown - more pictures

Good evening everyone. I said I would share some more photographs from Hobbledown with you and so here you are! I am also posting a video filmed by my friend, Stefan who came with me to the book signing and grand opening of the Hobbledown village. 


Here are some more great Hobbledown photographs! Some included my artwork, which was used on their education boards and the signage when you first arrive – in fact everywhere! Kidspace Adventures Limited have done a fantastic job transforming what was a local children’s farm, into something more and lots of fun!


Hobbledown photographs: I was pleased to see when I arrived at Hobbledown for my book signing that they had used my silhouettes in their signage, which is very effective and works so well. It was lovely to see all the animals there too. There were unbelievably cute Meerkats, miniature donkeys, Shetland ponies, goats, ducks, albino wallabies, and a lot more! For children some of the best aspects of the site must have been the amazing climbing frames, which were disguised as Hobbler homes (I have included some photographs of those below).
They intend to publish more books on the land of Hobbledown, including a poetry rhyming book for younger children, which I will illustrate and so I think I am going to be kept busy by them for some time yet! I can now of course share lots more artwork with you and so will in future posts, but today I am showing my artwork through photographs of the site.