Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Comissioned Set of 9 Illustrations

Resting Horizon piece

This is the first completed illustration for a set of two commssioned pieces I am currently working on. It will be coloured and finished in the next few days!

Monday, 20 September 2010

Theatre Show Piece

This is a commission I have just completed for a theatre group based in London for the show 'The Great Fire of London'. The show follows Billy the baker boy who worked in Faryner's Bakery. I have used him as the central character for this illustration and incorporated the Great Fire which is resting in his hands.

Sneak Peek of new piece

This is the first view of the piece I am working on, it shows the creatures in each others arms on a flower, their antennae entwined.

Sketches for commissioned pieces

These are my final roughs for a 2-piece commission I have begun work on. It is for an wedding anniversary gift and so the illustrations have the underlying messages of strength, longevity and unity.
The first piece shows two creatures sitting on a flower staring at a bright sunset, urrounded by the warm hues of nature- golden barley fields, a vivid sky and birds flying overhed into the sunset.
The second piece shows the creatures sewing together wings from leaves and twigs, soaring high above ground together.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Katie Coulton

My illustrating partner in crime Katie Coulton is working towards becoming a book illustrator. Just to pick one of the images that inspires me, the delicacy of the two birds is fragile and beautiful. Sensitive imagery like this encourages me further to think about how to illustrate stories in the most touching way that will provoke a reaction from the reader.

Saturday, 21 August 2010


I have completed the first spread for the as yet untitled bee story. The six-part illustration spread shows more of a journey, as the bee tries to lift itself and find hope.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Bee carrying stamp

This image precedes the rain illustration as the bee fetches the stamp. The stamp is symbolic in itself as it has a sleeping sun, almost like it is dormant until hope is restored.

Reference Material

I have crafted a rough mock up bee out of blu tak as reference for when I illustrate the bees in the story in different stances. This is the sheeti used to elp draw the bee holding the stamp outin the rain

Bee in the rain

The bee wets the stampin te rain, this also reminds us that it rained every day when the sun left.

Origami bird

This is the bee folding the postcard into a bird, this spread works in 6 brief spots which helps to change the pace of the story and raises more attention to certain parts of the narrative, for example i wanted to emphasise the bee's resilience and persistence in keeping hope.

Final image of new spread

This is the original illustration for the sixth spot illustration of a new spread for the bee story. It shows the creatures finding other means to bring back the sun. This illustration shows the bee, having crafted the postcard into a paper bird, sending it across the skies to fall into hope's hands.

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

New Bee Story- work in progress

This is a test piece for a new story about bees, first introduced as support characters in Piano and the Boy. It is a new challenge to illustrate lead characters which are a much smaller scale, encouraging me to think about more intimate and suitable imagery which tells a story of the changing world through tiny and fragile eyes.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Bee holding quill

This is a test piece for a new story, which will include more spot illustrations to make the pace of the story more fluid.

Friday, 21 May 2010

New piece

This is the new piece from my 'Halo' picture book proposal. After months of searching, the fairy's exhaustion gets the better of her, falling asleep in a nest.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

'Endlessly' new piece on the way

This is a new piece i have just finished drawing out. it will be a spot illustration and is a mid point in the story where the fairy is exhausted from searching. I may add a bird looking curiously in at its nest which has been filled by the sleeping fairy.

Monday, 3 May 2010

Work in progress

This is how the next piece is shaping up, ive utilised more realistic human features in this story however still kept the caricatured elements from Piano and the Boy.