Inktober – Complete (Days 25 – 31) epilogue…

Posted by on Nov 1, 2015 in Miscellaneous | 2 Comments
Inktober – Complete (Days 25 – 31) epilogue…

Finally through! Here is the last 7 days of the month long challenge. It feels really good to have completed all 31 days and just want to say thank you to everyone for the kind words and support throughout this month.

I set out to complete each drawing within an hour, which I found necessary to make the challenge doable. It was really difficult at times and I really tried to make the effort to avoid taking the easy route by doing simple poses just for the sake of having a good looking picture.

DAY 25 – “FILMS”


I really learned what I can achieve within an hour . There was less time to think about things and ultimately  I had to learn to just trust my instincts more. A big take away from that is to not fall back into old ways of being too calculated with my mark making and just be willing to make mistakes.

DAY 26 – “WHISKEY”

I experienced an unexpected challenge after the first week which was that the positive responses and comments I received from people each day began to add a sense of pressure to make each image look good. I was also posting them in a private InkTober group with other artist friends on Facebook which made me feel I had to keep up a certain level of quality with each picture.

DAY 27 – “BOXING”

The little validation I felt for producing a pretty picture was starting to cloud the real reason I decided to do InkTober; to challenge myself, grow and improve my creativity and technical drawing abilities. I find it hard to put out crap pictures and it was difficult at times to get make myself willing to do so to for the sake of improving. Maybe the lesson here is just be willing to be shit sometimes.

DAY 28 – “CLOUDS”

DAY 29 – “RAIN”

DAY 30 – “DUSK”

DAY 31 – “CHILLIS”

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I had a lot of fun with these. A lot of them were unfinished so I will be going back and touching up a lot of them because I feel they deserve it.

I hope you enjoyed this series of drawings! I will be looking at making small prints available of all the pages individually soon, in case you liked a particular one.

 

InkTober – Week Three (Days 17 – 24)

Posted by on Oct 25, 2015 in Miscellaneous | No Comments
InkTober – Week Three (Days 17 – 24)

Week three completo! Just one more week to go. I think I’m going to make it you know!

Once again to remind you, I placed the following limitations for each drawing I have done for this InkTober and will continue to do for the rest of them:

1/ Complete each drawing within one hour – This is to improve my speed at drawing, and become more decisive and fluid with my mark making on the page. I hope this will help me to be more rapid when hired for illustration commissions. Also I wanted to make the whole 31 day challenge doable… sparing an hour of my day is more than doable.

2/ Each drawing will be based around a particular figure, posture, and perspective – To improve my anatomy drawing further and also be willing to make bad drawing and learn from them.

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Inktober – Week Two (Days 9 – 16)

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Miscellaneous | 2 Comments
Inktober – Week Two (Days 9 – 16)

HAZAA! Week two complete, over half way!

If you didn’t read it in my last post, I placed the following limitations for each drawing I have done for this InkTober and will continue to do for the rest of them:

1/ Complete each drawing within one hour – This is to improve my speed at drawing, and become more decisive and fluid with my mark making on the page. I hope this will help me to be more rapid when hired for illustration commissions. Also I wanted to make the whole 31 day challenge doable… sparing an hour of my day is more than doable.

2/ Each drawing will be based around a particular figure, posture, and perspective – To improve my anatomy drawing further and also be willing to make bad drawing and learn from them.

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InkTober – Week One

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Miscellaneous | 4 Comments
InkTober – Week One

In my last post I mentioned I was taking part in InkTober. I wanted to use the whole month to challenge aspects of my drawing and creativity. For that reason I placed the following limitations for each drawing I have done and will continue to do for the rest of October:

1/ Complete each drawing within an 1 hour – This is to improve my speed at drawing, and become more decisive and fluid with my mark making on the page. I hope this will help me to be more rapid when hired for illustration commissions. Also I wanted to make the whole 31 day challenge doable… sparing an hour of my day is more than doable.

2/ Each drawing will be based around a particular figure, posture, and perspective – To improve my anatomy drawing further and also be willing to make bad drawing and learn from them.

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Improving Your Artwork with the right Questions…

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Miscellaneous | 4 Comments

Hey there sports fans! And/or art fans. I’ve been locked away the past few weeks working on a few things, mainly a new series of illustrations of the tennis Big Four. For those that don’t know The Big Four are top tennis players Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

Some of you may have seen versions of Djokovic and Nadal which is where the idea for this series began. As I posted them around on different sites a lot of people were requesting that I do the other two and create a series of the four.

Djoker

The popularity inspired the idea to do my first art launch of limited edition prints. With that in mind I decided each illustration will need to be worthy of print.

As it has been a long while since I originally created the illustration of Nadal I thought he needed freshening up. I noticed a lot of flaws in the original design and I thought it would be helpful to share a bit of the process I go through when analysing and improving my artwork.

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Start Illustrating By Planting The Right Seeds

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Miscellaneous | 12 Comments
Start Illustrating By Planting The Right Seeds

I received an email recently from an another artist who is just starting out. He had great work but was unsure about how to launch off into the illustration world. I look back to years ago when I made the leap into full-time freelancing as an illustrator and was probably quite naive, and wasted a lot of time, money and emotion working things out.

I thought I’d offer these points for your consideration and hopefully they can help you avoid some of the pillow punching I went through and more streamline your journey towards creating beautiful artwork for the world.

I’m sure there’s a number of different articles out there talking about similar things, and you may already know about this stuff or maybe it won’t necessarily apply to what you do. So I’ll just say the following is my personal take on what I think are the essential ingredients, that at a bare minimum, need to be in place to make your way towards illustration success. There are many other little clumps of clay to slap on top but I think everything else builds on the foundation of these six.

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25 Drawings for Your Pleasure/Displeasure…

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Miscellaneous | 8 Comments
25 Drawings for Your Pleasure/Displeasure…

I realised I’ve got a lot of drawings hidden away in various sketch books so I thought I’d compile a few of my favourites and share them with you, along with a few words about them i.e, what was going through my head, what I like/don’t like about them. FYI I also have a lot of crap drawings in my sketchbooks but no one needs to see those.

I’ve simply taken photos of them to show them in their raw, untouched state. A lot were done in cafes, simply because I love coffee and I love to draw in the warm ambience of a nice cafe: the sounds, the various conversations you overhear, the weird characters you notice – they all have stories.

A couple of these you may have already seen if you follow my instagram, but you can probably see more detail with these larger versions:

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I was on a Saturday mission to have coffee and get supplies all within two hours so I wouldn’t have to pay an extra tram fare (hey, we’re all on a budget sometimes). The top image is what I completed in that time, I later filled in the rest at home, as I already got the basics I needed. I was really inspired by the lighting in the cafe and wanted to focus on pretty much using large areas of black.

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Novak “The Djoker” Djokovic

Posted by on Jul 12, 2015 in Miscellaneous | 3 Comments
Novak “The Djoker” Djokovic

Tennis is one of the sports I grew up with. When I was younger my dad worked as a tennis coach and would regularly take my sister and me down to the local courts on weekends to play.

Although I don’t really play much any more I still like to watch, and I have immense respect for professional tennis players. It’s one of the few sports where the mental aspect of the game is just as vital as the physical aspect.

I’m a big fan of Novak Djokovic. The man is a great role model and sports personality for various reasons.

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Live Painting & New Challenges

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Miscellaneous | 4 Comments
Live Painting & New Challenges

I was recently hired through my agency The Drawing Arm to do a spot of live painting for the perfume brand Jo Malone London. It was hands down the nicest smelling job I’ve ever had.

This was a job where I had to step out of my comfort zone, literally and figuratively. Three days of live painting in a large department store. I’d never done this before, and wasn’t sure what to expect…

brush image

The job involved painting London landmarks on Jo Malone perfume boxes which were available for customers to buy over the Mother’s Day weekend. When I arrived I was directed to a cosy little table at one side of the department, covered in a mountain of boxes.

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Background Designs à la Japanese Anime

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Miscellaneous | 2 Comments
Background Designs à la Japanese Anime

Welcome back! In my previous post I mentioned I was hired to produce some background and character designs for an animation studio — the wonderful London based Picnic Studio. It was a bitter-sweet job, a dream opportunity that got snatched away too soon, though through no fault of the studio I must say!

The studio had been hired by a big sports brand to produce an animated TV advert in the style of a black and white Japanese anime. They had seen my work* and liked my style, asking if I’d be interested in producing character designs and backgrounds for the animation.

Attached in there email was a PDF file explaining the style they were going for along with visual references to Akira and Katsuhiro Otomo, at which point I started to salivate.

YES MAN

It sounded like a big responsibility, but it was an opportunity to produce work in such a wonderful style and with the potential prospects the job could bring it was too much to turn down.  I also felt flattered that they sought me out and consider me to undertake what would be a big contribution to the look of the whole animation.

With pretty much most jobs offers that sound good to me I will always tell the client “Sure, I can do that for you, no problem.” I feel confident enough at this stage in my career, with the success of past jobs and the creative challenges I’ve faced that if I just say “Yes” I can find a way to get it done.

COver

In the early days I used to over-think things and question my abilities; “Am I good enough to produce what they’re asking for?”. But my past successes have taught me to stop that sort of thinking, now I just slap myself and say “C’mon man! You’ve done it before, you can do it again! And you’re even better now than the you that did it before!” 

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