Bread and butter stuff

April 12, 2012

Had a break for a few hours from freelance stuff today, whilst I waited for a client to comment on an artwork he had commissioned so flicked through my sketchbook to find an idea I could quickly turn into an image to upload to iStock, preferably a tree as they’re my sort of signature image, they’re quick to do and, if you get the image right, can be good sellers.

Found this page, with a little tree doodle….which , after an hour or so, translated into this,………..

It’s now uploaded and will hopefully appear in my tree lightbox on iStock soon………

Circular bird

April 11, 2012

I’ve got quite a few images in my iStock portfolio{%2225%22%3A%226%22}#600b398
that fit into circles and I have some doodles in my sketchbook of circular birds, which have sat there for some time and which I’ve not had time to fully resolve.

I’ve just sent some freelance work of to be checked so, as I had a few hours with nothing to do , resolved to finish off the part completed digital image I’ve had sitting on my hard drive for weeks which was based on the above sketches. It was never going to be a great work of art but it’s always difficult to judge what will sell and as I’d already spent time on it, and it was the most complete of the many half -finished I have sitting around I finally finished it, leaving one version fitting within a circle and , using some leaves I’d already drawn and used in some tree illustrations, made up a little sprig to place in the 2nd versions beak. It’s now in the inspection queue whilst I go and search for other images to finish off.


I’ve had this hanging around for a bit, so knuckled down today and got it finished. I have a desire to endlessly add bits, and in a way I feel it would be a lot better with perhaps a couple of cars ( maybe a 2CV or a Renault 4) and some people about but I’ve got an increasing freelance load. The  London Book Fair is in about 10 days so lots of little bits to do for publishing clients finishing off book fair presentations,

plus a fairly complex illustration for our website designers, Silk Pearce

so I want to clear my desk and concentrate on bringing home the bacon, so , finished or not, I have to upload this to my iStock portfolio and hope it gets accepted.

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