Here are four illustrations for Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens that I have created recently for the upcoming Bologna Children’s Book Fair. In my research for this project, I wasn’t entirely bound to my drawing board. I went on excursions out into the world and drew old buildings and their wonky beams and windows. Oliver Twist was always a favourite of mine ever since childhood so now it is lovely to have found the time to illustrate some of its most exiting moments.
I have decided to revisit this image and draw it again to see how I have improved over the last 8 months since I originally drew it’s predecessor. Evidently I feel that my 8 months ago self was seriously lacking knowledge of the way the world looks. Here below is the original image, and above is the new and hopefully improved image. Onwards and upwards.
Hello, here are some of my Christmas sketches in my travels home to see family. Most of it is in fine liner apart from the hand studies which are in brush and ink. The featured cat in these sketches is called Tigger and he’s nearly 20 years old! He’s in retirement.
Hello dear readers, you’ll be pleased to know that I’m a runner-up in ‘The Young Cartoonist of the Year Award’ under 30’s category. There will be an exhibition soon at the Cartoon Museum in Holborn, London which I’ll be in. In my secret life, I have folders full of humorous cartoons on scraps of paper that I do for my own amusement (or procrastination). This cartoon was adapted from one of those. Go to www.cartoonmuseum.org to check out the winners!
We had an exciting time last week as my partner Corban won the Observer/Comica/ Cape Prize, we’re both comics/cartooning enthusiasts.
I’m currently writing out my graphic novel. You see, I’ve already drawn the whole thing out three times, but it’s still not right and I’m a perfectionist. It’s definitely clearing my mind to write freely because I tend to write things that I would avoid drawing.
Continuing on with the pirate theme, I’m trying to perfect my use of rain, I looked at artists such as Will Eisner who depicts rain brilliantly in his comic book A Contract With God. I found this illustration challenging but what’s the point if there’s no challenge in it, am I right?
Here’s the next illustration in the story, following on from my last post. Originally drawn in brush and ink, the illustration was scanned in and coloured on Photoshop. As a choppy ocean can be quite a hard thing to draw, I took inspiration from other illustrator’s techniques. If ever in doubt about how to render something, I take a look through my graphic novels and picture books to understand how things are simplified whilst retaining their essence. I’m really hoping to get some children’s book illustrations from these example pieces I’m doing.
Today, I decided to make this illustration. It was originally done in black ink on paper, then it was scanned in and coloured on Photoshop. I have been inspired by the colour scheme used in the comic Blue by Pat Grant so I decided to give it a go. I felt that the brown and blue colour scheme suited the pirate theme. Do let me know what you think.
I’ve just completed this comic for the Cape/Observer/Comica Prize. The above panel was hand pencilled and inked using Black Magic Indian ink and a Windsor and Newton Series 7 size four brush. Then I scan it into Adobe Photoshop using my A3 scanner. I go onto the editing stage:
1) I adjusted the contrast so that the black and white are true
2) Then I created a new layer and set the layer to Multiply mode which allows the colour to go behind the black, for each colour in turn I created a new layer to allow for individual colour adjustments and rubbing out errors. The shadows are done on top of the block colours in Multiply mode.
3) For the colouring of the background pattern I went back to the background black and white layer and selected the black colour range. Then I created a new layer in Normal mode for the green colour. Using the brush tool I carefully coloured over the selected black area of the pattern. ctrlD for deselect to see what I’m doing and alt-ctrl-z to carry on colouring.
4) For the foreground pattern I used the same principle as the background but I had to add the solid green colour first in Multiply mode and move the Normal mode white layer to the top.
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