Gustave Dore is the artist that inspired my third year Illsutration work the most due to the use of line as shading. Although he was a printmaker and I prefer to use my inks and pens for my illustrations. The detail in his work is really intense and I find the pieces very interesting to … Continue reading Artist Inspiration: Gustave Dore.
October / November 2016. Day 1: Travel, travel, travel! Wake up early to drive 4/5 hours to Manchester Airport to catch the flight to Keflavik, Iceland. Then picked up the hire car to get us to the hotel in Reykjavik. Took us alittle longer to get there because Doms was getting used to driving on … Continue reading Iceland Trip: Day 1 & 2.
Today I had a look around at the current exhibitions at the School of Art Aberystwyth. Firstly I had a look at : From The Life Room : Art School Figure Drawings and Studies Since 1800. I find life drawings very fascinating to look at, although we are all drawing the same person at the … Continue reading Exhibitions: School of Art Aberystwyth.
Recently I have been asked to do a commission for some Illustrations for the National Library of Wales. The project is this: The Age of the Princes education project is a joint effort between The National Library of Wales, The National Museum of Wales, Cadw and The Royal Commission. It is a non-profit project and … Continue reading Age of Princes: Commission.
For part of my research on the Illustration project of Myths and Legends of Iceland I have read these two books: Icelandic Folk tales & Legends A Traveller's Guide to Icelandic Folk Tales. The first story that really captured my imagination was the Seal Skin, here is a little history and directions to the place … Continue reading The Seal Skin.
Here is a drawing that I did today of some Cherry Blossoms. I was trying out my new 0.2 fine liner & derwent sketching paper for the first time. Im really happy with the results especially because when I went to rub away the pencil markings the ink did not smudge. I used : Graph'it … Continue reading Cherry Blossom Drawing.
Here is my Final No.3 for the Illustrations of Kolbeinn and the Devil. In this scene, Kolbeinn is holding the knife (which he had just pulled from his pocket) behind his back ready to hold it up to the Devil's eye in hope to startle him and win the wager. I have used the technique … Continue reading Final No.3.
This is all part of my research of current university studies. The image above is from my trip to Iceland. Here is the history and the directions to the place where the story of Kolbeinn and the Devil took place. This story is the first of my chosen books to illustrate for my Third Year … Continue reading Kolbeinn and the Devil.
I have made a set of pencils using some rescued bamboo that I had found in the garden. Each one varies in size, and at the end of the bamboo I wrapped some string around them for decoration but also to hold some of the top parts together as it was starting to splinter at … Continue reading Bamboo Pencils.
Here is a Life Drawing I did recently at home, using an online life drawing class. I used 2 x green watercolour pencils (but I did not add water) I like the texture that these pencils give on the paper.