Monday, May 31, 2010

Lesson Seven- Painting Ali with a Limited Palette

This was done for lesson seven as an example of using a limited palette, using my pal Ali as reference. Signing up for the next course is until the 25th June at Email me at for more info.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Radio Times Two Page Spread!

This was a piece commissioned a couple of weeks ago for one of the lead articles in the Radio Times. I was excited by the prospect of working on this piece, but it was also one of the most exhausting pieces I've worked on. This was a tight deadline, with lots of alterations needed to the sketch. After the sketch had been approved, I had less than two days to render it. It was also to be rendered in acrylics, which meant I had my work cut out to finish on time and with a quality I would be happy with. The sketch was approved, but then they wanted to change Morrisey to the younger, lankier version.

By the end of the painting, and after a sleepless night, I had run out of time. The version of Morrisey I had painted was rushed and looked more like Jimmy Carr, and there were lots of severely rushed sections of the illustration. Thankfully I was given another couple of hours, although I could have done with another day at least to rework areas (including the likeness of Sting). I had just enough time to repaint Morrisey using a new reference, which I did in one hour.
Then there was delivering the artwork. The Radio Times' offices are in Shepherd's Bush, and by coincidence, I was booked to draw at an event in Chelsea the same evening. So having had no sleep, we drove the artwork from east Kent to North London ('we' being Ruth, Lucy and myself as Ruth wanted to come along, Lucy is a baby so she had no choice). It took 2.5 hours to drive about 4 miles across London (a bus had crashed into traffic lights on Islington high street, causing mayhem!!) and with the deadline for going to press at 4pm, we weren't going to make it. In the end, they managed to hold on until the artwork finally arrived at 5.30pm.

So the moral of this story is, digital is an absolute godsend when it comes to illustrations with tight deadlines. I don't know how we managed before now! At the same time, I enjoyed the challenge, and learned a lot from the process. I look forward to hearing what you think of the finished piece. :)

Friday, May 07, 2010

Tom Hanks- Painting Tutorial

I'm putting together a painting tutorial for the last lesson of the course, this is the trailer for it, and the Tom Hanks final artwork. The next course will start 2nd July, registration due by 25th June. More details on the course to follow soon!