December 24, 2014
Just a quick posting of a recent illustration. This was for LCB Resources, a company providing training for healthcare professionals. This was a game they had devised to help trainee health visitors gain an understanding of their job whilst having some fun. Quite a big image, approximately A3, a nice fun job to do.
December 4, 2014
I was asked by my agent for a headshot/mugshot, for some publicity material they were producing for a forthcoming trip to the States in the spring of 2015.
I wanted to produce something a bit different from a straight photo so managed to take a selfie I was OK with and applied some filters to make something that looked a bit more interesting.
Thinking about this I realised it might be possible to use some of my existing vector illustrations and use similar effects, so I made a big jpeg and had a go. I’m fairly pleased with this and will take it a bit further in the next week or two.
June 30, 2014
I’ve always been a map fan, and done plenty of them in my working life, in fact doing 20 for a sailing book at the moment. I’d seen a similar treatment to this on a map of London and thought it would work well on a UK map. I had a couple of days off so managed to fit this one in for my iStock portfolio.
June 17, 2014
I’ve had to suspend the oil painting for the time being as I’ve got a couple of freelance jobs, strictly digital so I have to switch back to Adobe Illustrator mode. I’ve finished one batch, some maps, and whilst summoning up the energy to tackle some of the more complicated drawings in the other job ( a book of brain teasers and illusions and the psychology and physiology behind them) I managed a nifty bit of replacement strategy and found a half-finished ( or more accurately quarter finished) vector image of a geranium ( or probably more accurately Pelargonium), photographed in our garden and drawn because I came across the photo and felt I could get a decent illustration out of it.
Here’s the final image, rushed a little at the end as I suddenly felt I’d had enough of drawing those fiddly leaves.
May 30, 2014
There always seems a certain point in the production of an artwork where boredom suddenly sets in and I feel the need to finish and move on to the next project. I got up this morning determined to finish the 2nd painting documented in my last blog, it was getting fairly close anyway and just a little push would get it done and out of the way. Nothing very insightful to say about it, just finishing the fruit, adding some more thickness of paint to the sky, and some additional colour texture also in the sky, tidy up the clouds and add some red accent colour horizontally. I hesitated about adding a little pattern to the plate but finally went for it, secure in the knowledge that an advantage of oil paints is that mistakes are easier to am and than, say, watercolours. Anyway, it’s now done, my Mary Fedden book has arrived in the post to inspire me, and 2 more canvases await my attention.
May 29, 2014
I’ve currently got 3 paintings in progress and finally managed to finish another one today. The big interior, as written about in previous blogs, has been put to side as being just too big to finish at the moment. I mistakenly thought I’d be dashing off paintings at a rate of knots, but the reality of finishing a big piece has caused me to re-think my ‘size of painting’ strategy and downsize my ideal canvas dimensions. I started 2 more after finishing the ‘Brown jug’ image shown in my last blog. One was a conventional canvas, one a board with an applied ‘canvas’ finish, which turned out to be more ‘slippery plastic’ rather than canvas, and resulted in my smearing paint around in a rather more uncontrolled manner than was usual with canvas. I chose one of my favourite objects, an old and rather battered ceramic bowl of ours, probably from Pakistan or Afghanistan and in reality far more battered and less pristine than I have made it look here, and just went for it. My first attempt made the bowl look more like a flat plate, so I had to repaint the bowl interior with a more convincing bowl shape, but it is finally done to my sort of satisfaction…..
I’ve also spent a bit more time working on my ‘white bowl on a black plate’ painting, which is pretty much an unashamed Mary Fedden clone, just to get me into the frame of mind that doesn’t bog me down in too much detail. It’s a work in progress here but I’m hoping another day might get it finished, and I’ve bought 2 more canvases today so I can think about what I’m painting next…