Character Development

For my Dissertation I researched how to translate observational drawing into character development for Children’s picture books. Above is my process, using the drawing techniques I had researched. I began to draw from video as my observation using dip pen and ink. I had researched Reportage Illustrator Jenny Soep (see previous post) who uses wash…

People Drawings

Here are some more drawings from my sketchbook. They are drawn from video using a mixture of brush pen and pencil to capture shape and movement. I was particularly focusing on proportion by drawing the shapes of the figures before adding any detail, to help me focus on looking at my subject 80% of the…

Animal Drawings

Over the last few months, myself and my peers from the Children’s Book Illustration MA have been getting together to draw on zoom as we were studying online last semester. Here is a selection of animal drawings from my sketchbook. I love using marker pen, pencil and oil pastel to draw from video as they…

Reportage Illustration

I am currently over half way writing my Dissertation! The reading has been a lot of fun, researching how to translate observational drawing in characters for children’s books. Visual Communication feels like a fundamental skill to explore before attempting to develop characters. I have been reading about Reportage Illustrators to learn about their approaches to…

Film Compositions

Over the lockdown many Artists and Illustrators have joined a film sketch challenge, created by Illustrator Victoria Semykina; a fun challenge to stay creative and connected within an Artistic Community on instgram. I’ve been using this challenge to help me identify exciting and interesting compositions. I’m keen to observe how the composition can communicate and…

Sailing

‘As we draw from Observation, the marks we make not only describe the form or contours of the subject, but also begins to express those aspects we are most interested in or curious about as individuals.’ Martin Salisbury, Children’s Picture Books Over the last year my Partner has been restoring an old sailing boat, and…

Norfolk Online Open Studios and Sequential Image

A warm hello, and I’m wishing that yourself and loved ones are safe and well during these difficult times. Today would have been the beginning of Norfolk Open Studios, I have fond memories of meeting some of you last year. This year Norfolk Open Studios has gone online, so do head over to check out…

Happy New Year and Gelli Plate Printing

I hope its been a wonderful beginning for you. As we move into the season of Resolutions, I like to use this time to reflect on my intentions for the year. As I move through my MA course, I would like to bring more Play into my Creative Practice. I recently listened to Big Magic…

MA in Children’s Book Illustration

‘ I would rather teach drawing that my pupils may learn to love nature, than teach the looking at nature that they may learn to draw.’ John Ruskin One of my favourite quotes that I’ve been remembering as I start my Masters in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. Our first term is…

Drawing Retreat

Drawing brings awareness of the relationship between ourselves and the subject that we draw. Meditation helps that relationship, by bringing us into a deeper connection with ourselves. When we connect deeply with ourselves, connecting with others and the world naturally flows. I’ve spent a week drawing and meditating in the Scottish countryside of Loch Voil…