Friday, 22 May 2009

More Empire

These are 2d development tryouts for my models. The feedback i got from this particular image was that it still felt a bit "cartoony" and needed to look a bit less like a cbeebies set. Since then ive done a couple more: photocopied some drawings onto accetate, painted on the back of these and placed these onto some new backgrounds with more collage than previously seen.
I'll be pushing this kind of image and way of working into a 3d model for photography.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

The Incredible Book Eating Boy

I just wanted to share a great great find i have discovered. I bought a wonderful little childrens book today which i have absolutely fallen head over heels inlove with. Its a beautifully crafted peice of work which was both written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers and uses alot of delicate- but far from shy- paper collage and colourful painted characters with lovely hand rendered type. Its done with a real sensitivity to ephemera. Its all very whisical and wonderful and comes complete with a little disclaimer on the back which reads "Please dont not eat this book at home." Buy it! You won't regret it.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Ford's Empire

Right, now for recent work for a current project. This brief is a nice narrative based project- illustrating Richard Ford's short story Empire. It's an interesting piece set in the 80's on a train running through western Montana, USA. Since I have a habit of focusing on character based illustrations I thought it would be interesting to push the narrative, and my own boundaries of approach, through evocative backgrounds and locations rather than its characters. My initial thoughts were to treat these locations rather as model film sets and let lighting and photography become part of the final image.

These are some quick concept/ mood boards to get my head around the general Americana, 'western small-town' feel of the text. Again this is all magazine cutout technique which provides some nice flat block colour and nice patches of pattern which is intergral for that "Memphis" 80's look. Work will now start on creating my model sets. I'll keep you posted on any good progress made.

Monday, 18 May 2009

It''s a fine life

Doodles whilst on London's awe-inspiring modes of public transport... in fine liner. This again is all sketchbook work.

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Southend on Sea

Some older work now...
The above drawings are taken from my Southend-on-Sea sketchbook. Weapon on choice? Fine liner and a limited paint pallete. There's something about seeing white and cerulean paint on brown paper...they're a match made in heaven.