Wednesday, 20 November 2013

My picture books

For the last few weeks I have been developing my own picture books - three in fact that work together. I wrote them some time ago, but have only recently got around to putting together a submission for a publisher. 

For the submission I created two samples spreads, and all three jacket covers! Quite a lot of work, but hopefully it will lead to a sell. I am now playing the waiting game. I have worked as an illustrator for a couple of decades now and this is the first time I have written and illustrated a picture book and so I am both very nervous and excited. The idea for all three came to me from my many nursery storytime visits, which sadly I no longer have the time to do. They used to be both stressful and great fun. Taming a room of twenty-five to thirty, three to four year old children has its challenges and rewards.

Obviously I don't want to give too much away, but thought I could share some of the artwork with you today without sharing specific details.

All the artwork has been drawn using nib pen and sepia ink. I have then painted the artwork using French and German watercolour paints and the paper I have painted on is Italian - very pro-european of me! I think my brushes are British though...

The illustrations below show my two main characters: a boy exploring with his pet puffin!

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

How to draw clouds

How to draw clouds is one of the many video tutorials I completed for video a few years ago, but I have never shared it on my blog and so thought I would!

This video was one of twenty produced at the same time from the first set I did for video jug. For the first set of videos I had to mainly draw and so only needed a minimum amount of art equipment. This meant I was able to go to their TV studio in central London, to film all twenty videos. 

I basically had to sit and ignore the cameraman completely and talk through, step by step how to paint and draw various subjects. Not easy and so I did do a little bit of preparation in advance, but in the videos I do start with a plain piece of paper!

If you want to have a go at following this video, you will need either stretched watercolour paper or strong cartridge paper, watercolour paint, a fine brush, some water of course (I use an old jam jar), and finally patience. 

This is a video that shows you how to paint an eye. It's amazing at the amount of different colours that it takes to paint an eye in order to make it beautifully realistic, yet it really is simple to do. Good luck!

Monday, 4 November 2013

More dinosaur colour illustrations

I feel it's time to share some more dinosaur colour illustrations with you that I completed last year for a UK based publisher. The book is a reference book aimed at five to seven year old children with lift-the-flaps and a fun layout! 

All the artwork was created using nib pen and sepia ink and then painted using colour inks but watered down considerably, so that I could control the results better.

I was the main artist, but it is one of those books that has many illustrators contributing to it, and some of the illustrations I did look a little odd, but in context work really well. For instance the ones I am going to share with you today I more like portraits. These illustrations demonstrate the differences between a certain species of dinosaur - hence they look a little bit like mug shots!

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Here are some of the mug shots for you! I am sorry but I cannot find the original information on these and so cannot remember their names...