Thursday, September 11, 2014

Three lights and Laura (Process)

I have a weird hang-up about working on illustrations during the daytime that aren't commissioned. My best ideas always materialise when I'm up to my cranium in deadlines, and I work on them sporadically at night or with the ocassional stolen hour between jobs. I've had a few days of mulling around waiting for final pencil approvals so I've had to draw SOMETHING before I go postal. So this is the process behind 'Three Lights and Laura'.

I start by doodling faces. Sooner or later one of them is not terrible and I start to work it up. Leaves appear as they take no mental effort to draw and I can switch off/stare at the wall/play footsie with live cables while they appear. At some point a coherent picture begins to take shape. I have a glass of wine and blink painfully up at the blinding sun outside.



The leaves get coloured and three circles emerge. They'll either be simple geometric shapes or lights of some description. I'll decide later. The face gets toned and I start to thinking about how much to do in photoshop. I need more wine...

Eventually all the organic work is done. A better artist with more time and space would just work up the tones in paint. This artist just drops in a scanned texture to use as tone. With two gremlins nipping at my heels and pencils from the day-job calling, it's put aside until the evening.


I drop in the scanned texture and darken it dramatically, bringing out the highlights.  The circles become lights and are highlighted appropriately. The mistakes and tweaks are sorted (Mostly the face - more hair and shadow). Finally, the three represents my third leaf-girl illustration that isn't completely awful. I also called her Laura as I think it looks a bit Nephilim-ish. Anyway, hope you enjoy. R x

 And yes, more wine cometh...

Friday, August 29, 2014

Minnie 3 (Metamorphosis)


Funny, I was working on this piece and wondered of its suitability for Illustration Friday. I used to draw a lot on post-its when I should have been working at the day-job. We filled up drawers full of creatures and cartoons and weird little goth girls, eventually spawning Minnie. She's changed a lot since then...

Minnie spends her days between two worlds, living in blissful isolation.

R

Monday, August 25, 2014

Three generations of child mannequin and a footless ballerina


Mixed media on paper borrowed from the kids.  I couldn't get the feet right so I left them out...

Monday, July 07, 2014

Strange year...

Been a bit quiet this year, basically because of the volume of work that's came my way. A large part of that was for a project I wasn't sure about taking. Not really my style or palette, but you know... illustrators are all billionaires so we take on projects just for kicks! A new boy at the top has apparently overrided all the approved colours turning it into.. god knows what.  Anyway, You'll know it when you see it but I'll be taking my name off the cover.

One of my books got picked up by QED publishing. It's called 'Spacewalkies' and was my first foray into writing picture books. We'll see how that turns out in the coming months...


I'll get back to doing the weird shit once I get a mo'...

R
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Thursday, June 05, 2014

Meh...

Been out of the loop too long. I think I'll move this site and turn it into something more coherant.  Will keep you posted...

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Dead but dreaming...


Hello strangers... Apologies for vanishing. I've been tied up with a neverending run of cities for HTW. Most of my updates are on F******k now, but I'm uncomfortable with them decreasing your readership unless you pay them for the privilege. Also, it's like a goddam police state on there - Misogynistic T & A pages are allowed but not artistic nudes?... Meh...

R
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Monday, December 02, 2013

Refrain


A throwaway sketch that was originally much more risque. This blog is due a major overhaul - I'm geting to it.

R