Friday, 23 August 2013

Castles and knights

Castles and knights is an ever popular subject with publishers and a project I have just completed for a client I have worked with before...

Castles and knights: I'm afraid I cannot mention the publisher just yet, because the book is one of a series of twenty-four that I am going to be working on. Once the first four are published I can reveal a little more, but only a little!

The work is all rendered in nib pen and coloured inks, used in soft washes that I build up gradually. I work this way so that I can judge better the build up of colour and have greater control over the end result. The deadline for this book I would classify as 'Mission Impossible', even the client was apologetic. It all boiled down to the fact that the buyer of the series, wanted the first four books yesterday! So I had quite a challenge on my hands, as a book on castles and knights requires quite a bit of research, before you can even start sketching out ideas. I have to say the Royal Armouries were very helpful indeed.

All the artwork had to be cut to white, as the book is lift the flap and the layouts just work better with artwork cut to white. The age range for the series is five to seven years, which is why I think I was chosen to work on them. I am not strictly speaking a reference illustrator, but my style does work with this age range.

I hope to share with you artwork from the first four books over the next few posts, and so here today are two pieces of artwork from this book...

knight practising jousting, Castles and knights
knight practising jousting, Castles and knights

A medieval fletcher, Castles and knights