12 December, 2007
03 December, 2007
01 December, 2007
29 November, 2007
21 November, 2007
15 November, 2007
I am living in Spain at the moment and thought a Spanish Bull would be suitable for this years Christmas card.
I have used pen & ink with coloured pencils for a bit of texture.
Well i know it is a bit early but Merry Christmas or as the locals say Feliz Navidad
13 November, 2007
07 November, 2007
05 November, 2007
Currently I'm working on 5 full-colour illustrations (42 x 28 cm) on the Dutch Golden Age,
which will be printed on a 60 x 40 cm size and used for educational purposes.
Here are two roughs; one of a ficticious master-painters studio and another of a dutch VOC-ship lying on the roads of the dutch colony of Batavia roundabout 1650 AD.
Still to do: merchants and beggars, the siege of a dutch town by the Spaniards and scientific discoveries.
This is a wood engraving of our Jack Russell Charlie, that I've been working on in odd moments. Almost finished (just clearing out some background that kept picking up ink and printing itself). I must say I do enjoy the slowness of engraving...the delibarateness that is necessary; once a cut is made in the block, you can't erase or un-cut it. What a change to the comparatively frantic dashing out of illustrations in the course of 'the day job'!
I'm also still getting used to my press, an old Farley galley press , fresh from the composing room of some Lancashire printer, victim of the new photo-lithographic age. It found a home in my already-cosily-proportioned studio, next to the Mac. Proper job! (As they do say down in Cornwall)
26 October, 2007
15 October, 2007
I spent two days last week 'walking the floor' of the Frankfurt Book Fair chatting to some of our existing customers and seeking out new ones. Quite exhausting but I hope ultimately quite productive too.
If you have never been to Frankfurt before, it is staggeringly large. So large that there are 'travelators' to speed up your progress between the halls...
And if walking seems too much like hard work as the day wears on, you can always hop on one of the courtesy shuttle buses that cruise endlessly around the perimeter of the Fair.
02 October, 2007
26 September, 2007
25 September, 2007
Here is the rough :
And here it is so far, I've dropped the line work onto the dark background and am applying layers of colour.
It looks quite dark at the moment but in the end I'd like it to have the feel of this card (in the best Blue Peter tradition, here's one I did earlier!):
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