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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Technical drawing

February 5, 2013

TD-samplesWhen I was at school TD was one of those subjects I hated ( along with just about everything else, come to think about it), involving horrible stubby pencils with broken leads that always dropped out just as you’d achieved the perfect point, horrible cheap paper and wooden rulers and set squares that were covered in chips and knocks from their alternative use as makeshift weapons. I could never get on with it and always ended up with graphite stains and smears on my work. 40 years or so  fast forward and I really enjoy drawing technical subjects, so when I was asked by long time clients Ivy Press to draw some exploded diagrams for a woodwork project book I was pretty happy, a nice chance to get away from having to come up with creative imagery and to be able to construct a nice grid and work out perspectives and just making everything look clean and tidy, all nice and clean and digital with no broken leads and rubbing out involved. Here’s just a selection of the images involved, nothing exciting but quietly satisfying.

Rather ironically, as I’m currently illustrating a book called Blogging for Photographers,I was reading some text from said book, all about how bloggers start off with good intent then lapse into indolence and lack of direction. >sigh. Sounded a bit familiar so I decided to start just posting images as I do them ( well, ones I like anyway) and do away with the waffle, unless I’m in a waffle-ey mood, in which case I’ll, err, waffle. I mention new shop stuff above as I’ve opened a Cafe Press account and re-opened my Zazzle shop. As it takes a bit of time to get these populated and up and running I’ll post links at a later date, in the meantime here are a few recent images I’ve uploaded to stock, the keen eyed may notice I’ve gone back to owls, and I’ve also had a little run of new lighthouse images, for no particular reason other than I came across a sketch of one in a sketchbook of mine and as I hadn’t anything else to draw I took up the illustrative baton and ran with it.Image

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