Just a short note to bring to the collective attention that I have a t-shirt design here, for your voting pleasure. If you like it, that is. I personally love the dancing robot that’s featured in the same list. He’s adorable! (And you can see what I am talking about here!)
Also, you may have noticed, I finally have something on sale in my Etsy shop! It’s been a long time coming, but I have been jolly busy! There will be plenty more coming soon.
I have recently been working on a contest entry for the Waterstones ‘Picture This!’ competition for the chance to illustrate a new book by Julia Donaldson. I must say, it has been good experience, as it has meant that I have had to communicate visually with fewer details than I would ordinarily use in an image.
And here they are (the colours aren’t as vivid as they appear in real life, unfortunately!) featuring the second incarnation of the Fairy Queen I included in my last blog post!
Apologies for the obscure titling of this post- it refers to the fact that the image I am posting is something that sits between the ‘bones’ of paid commissions in my sketchbook. I am sure I know what I mean.
For this personal work I have produced a variety of drawings (this lady being one of my favourites) in a couple of different styles- so I am trying approaches that are new to me. My last commission required me to work quickly with loose black ink strokes. Since I ordinarily work a lot finer it was a challenge, but I must say that I really enjoyed working this way. It was a liberating experience!
I am now holed up in the studio working on a few commissions and projects, but thought that while I took a tea break I would give a little glimpse of my sketchbook.
For some reason I hate looking at my roughs. It always feels to me (in some small way) like they will be judged as if they are the final product. Obviously, this is not the case.
Anywho, I’ll post again soon when I have emerged from under the reams of paper and pencil sharpenings.
Presenting… The Latex faced Baba Yaga! Gruesome, isn’t she?!
Here she is being held by the suspension hook I installed in her head (nestling underneath that ghastly mane of hair!), so that she can be hung as well as used as a traditional puppet. The mouth-plate took some refiguring as the face is latex and the mouth is considerably smaller than those I have worked with previously. I also chose not to apply the protruding tooth of the smaller model version and original illustration as this would have caused difficulties with the operation of the mouth.
Something I discovered (should you ever decide to work with latex I hope this is of some use to you!) was that Stretchi paints that are specifically made for this type of material made the puppet skin awfully glossy. I wanted more of a sallow look, so mixing various types of everyday foundation and eye shadows seemed to work beautifully. Liquid foundation in 2 shades was applied first, then a creme powder, and then a plethora of eyeshadows mixed to suit.
…Now all I need to do is replenish my make-up supply!