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November 7, 2014

I’m a regular social Facebook user and have been experimenting with using a business FB page as an alternative blog/diary/portfolio. I haven’t abandoned WordPress, it’s just that for short entries I find FB a bit easier and quicker to use. If anyones is interested please visit my page there as well as carrying on following me here on WordPress.
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New work.

March 24, 2014

I’ve decided to just post some new images without taking too much time to comment, these are basically a series of images that have progressed on from the last post, either coloured versions of previous drawings, scanned and live traced in Illustrator to produce a vector version, or , in the case of the birds in the tree, where I have taken a tree from a park drawing and added the birds from another, plus some leaves from a third image. I drew the birds to fit a small decorative frame I have but, because the frame was designed in such a way that I needed to trim the artwork down to the very edge, I thought I would scan it and use the print in the frame instead, but for some reason the colours would not scan accurately and every imperfection in the drawing seemed visible, so I abandoned that idea. I now have a tiny drawing which took ages and which I don’t have much use for now, but I may have another go at scanning it and play around with the settings more to try and get a more accurate reproduction.Image

Below is the drawing with the birds, originally pen and ink on watercolour paper, then coloured with Doctor Martin liquid watercolours, looking more garish here than the original.

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Next is a coloured up version of the dividing path image, featured again in the last post, same process here, scanned original drawing and coloured in Illustrator.

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I wanted to expend on the park drawings, perhaps add in some more map influences, something I’m always interested in, so I took a pice of the Suffolk coast I know well and drew a pretty abstract map featuring the area, without making any reference to a real map but just fitting in the features as I knew them to be, but without worrying too much about accuracy. The checkerboard area is Southwold, the sea the North Sea, the river the Blyth, with the wide area of the river where the A12 road crosses the river. It was just a device to give a backbone to hang an image on, with the added though I would be doing my next art fair in Suffolk, and I will be hoping to sell some framed versions of the map.

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Just to finish , a poster for the next fair, drop by and say hello if you’re in Ipswich on the 6th!

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Last weeks fair at Colchester Arts Centre was a big improvement on the previous ( and our first) craft fair. A smaller venue but much more arty in feel, printmakers and illustrators much in evidence and we sold more, and a more varied selection, than at Ipswich, so we are now applying to other fairs, at The Minories in Colchester and Norwich Arts Centre.

Otherwise, back at the Mac, and also using pen and paper, to develop some new ideas and to finish off some old stuff. I’ve got 5 tabs open in Illustrator at the moment, here’s what’s on them….

Image This one’s finished, just awaiting an upload to my istock portfolio……

Imagethis one is a development of the previous one, the sort of conceptual image that can sell OK as a stock image….

Imagethis one just finished, a chopped up version of a silhouette I did previously, taken from a photo of my neighbours smart Trek road bike…….

Imageand  this, which is just me doodling around with some existing artwork of mine to try and come up with an interesting image. Not finished, but I’m quite pleased so far, and finally, playing around with pen and paper to draw another decorative bird, as we had some good sales of a similar image at the 2 fairs. Sometimes though, it’s hard to recapture the spontaneity of a successful image, and though this is OK, it’s not as good as the previous one.Ornate-bird-twoThe top right part of the image is the detail parts from the previous bird, so I can sample the colours off it. The bottom right part of the image is where I have just copied the detail parts of the main image, just to see if they would work alone as a bird without the black background, and, with a bit of work, they may do.

Craft fair thoughts…

March 28, 2013

Carrying on from my last blog, we survived the craft fair, it wasn’t as busy as we’d like but we did have some sales, very surprisingly the two actual drawings we took both sold, as these were the most expensive things on the stall. We also sold some smaller items, a few cards, a mug, a notebook. Nothing earth shattering but not a complete disaster and we probably took more than I would have dared to guess. BTW, some of the new items are available in the store on our website…..

http://www.johnwoodcockillustration.co.uk

At the end of the fair we were approached by another stall holder, who organises fairs herself, the upshot of which is that we have agreed to attend a fair in Colchester on Saturday……..Image

Our daughter Lucy and her boyfriend Chris have offered to do this one, so it will be interesting to see how it compares with Ipswich ( more buyers, we are hoping!). Anyone in Colchester, pop in and say Hi!

Here’s the Ipswich stall…….

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New selling opportunities

March 14, 2013

After some pressure from our oldest daughter to make a greater effort to promote the items we sell on our website,

http://www.johnwoodcockillustration.co.uk

and to produce some more, we have signed up to a craft fair in Ipswich this Sunday. We have been to events organised by the same people before and liked the vibe, much more current and modern, not your average craft fair full of bad paintings and corn dollies. Carol especially has put in a lot of effort with the new products, and we have commissioned 3 new mugs too, so we have new prints, both framed and unframed, some great little animal brooches Carol has made, framed artworks, cards, all sorts of stuff.There are some pictures below of some of the new stuff awaiting packaging. We cut a little bone stamp out of an eraser to decorate the packaging with too. Hopefully all the new items will be available soon on the website shop too, so if anyone is in Ipswich this Sunday, we’re in the Grand Hall at the Town Hall, 10 am -4pm.482591_10151780262088569_1205643732_n IMGP5028 IMGP5029 IMGP5030 IMGP5031

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