Recently I’ve been working on a lot of illustrations for Amelia’s Magazine which have been an immense amount of fun, if sometimes a little tricky! Having such a short deadline for a lot of these pieces has been a great challenge, and really caused me to have to stop and think about what I’m doing.
I’ve not had chance to upload a lot of these yet, obviously if you follow Amelia on twitter or are on my Facebook friends list you will have seen a lot of them anyway, but here’s a compilation of most of the images I’ve worked on over the past few months.
To read the articles that these illustrations have been used for click here.
I’ve been playing around with the Tria markers that I bought last week (they were 60% off and I already get a lifetime 10% off at Letraset so I actually got almost 70% off! £80 worth of markers for £24ish!)
These images are all part of my dissertation on Japanese street fashion, which I hope to redesign and publish soon.
This cute girl is wearing clothing from Tokyo Royale, a Japanese fashion inspired clothing store located in Afflecks Palace in Manchester.
Lastly here’s a portrait of a ganguro (white face) girl in all her strange glory. This was the funnest of the three images to draw but strangely the one I’m least happy with.
I have about 20 more images left to illustrate for my dissertation, but for now I’m off to start a new Amelia’s Magazine piece. If you like what you read and see in my blog please subscribe, I like knowing I’m not just rambling to myself 🙂
I recently purchased a light box after realising that now that uni is over I’ll no longer have access to the ones that they have. I’ve been dabbling with the idea of getting one for quite a while (when I was in college I used to use two piles of books, a lamp and a glass cutting board, ha ha) but it was only after getting loads of “Go on, you should get on they’re awesome!”s on Twitter that I actually gave in and bought one.
The lightbox I picked up in the end is smaller than I was originally going to get. I’ve been wooed by the huge A2 ones that educational institutes always seem to have and so had got it into my head that I needed something of a similar size. In the end I settled for a slimline A4 model though, something which made more sense as it’ll fit in my laptop bag and I don’t currently have a desk to use a bulkier light box on at the moment.
I’m looking to start a new project for myself soon, using my dissertation as a starting point. As some of you guys may know, my dissertation was about Japanese street fashion, a subject that’s always interested me (I have my own Gothic Lolita shoes!) and I got the marks back for it a month or so ag0, which equated to a first. I found that I still had quite a bit that I wanted to say that had to be cut out of my final piece however, and so would quite like to add more into it and design an illustrated version to get printed and up for sale on sites such as lulu.com and amazon, so that other people who have an interest in Japanese fashion have another reference point to use.
To colour this piece I placed an additional layer of layout paper over the lineart and used marker pens to roughly mark out the bright colours of the Harajuku girls skirts and legs. I then placed the two images together in photoshop.
I’m pretty pleased with the way this has worked out and the light box was certainly worth the investment- it saved me the time of cleaning off my sketch which usually takes me quite a while. I’ll be dabbling with this style a lot more now I think!
These are the first two illustrations that I created for Amelia’s magazines. The original article can be found here. Illustrations are created with a black ballpoint pen on top of a layer of masking tape. Working with biro again was rather strange as I’ve not even really used them to write for years, but it turned out brilliantly.
And now I’m going to get back to coming up with a new look for the characters of Beauty and the Beast for a Waterstones run competition. Its harder than you’d think to stay away from the Disney stereotypes we’ve all grown up with!
Recently I’ve started submitting illustrations for Amelia’s Magazine which has been brilliant as its helped me to challenge myself with some of the stuff that I’ve been drawing. Here are some teasers of the images I’m currently waiting to go live on the website, when they’re up I’ll post the full versions.
I have a sketchbook that I always take around with me wherever I go. I like to have it with me that much that I actually have to pick new bags out so that they will fit it and some drawing materials in rather than just the usually phone and purse. This sketchbook gets used for everything from the weekly shopping list to roughs for book layout and obviously for a lot of illustrations as well.
Here are some of the illustrations I’ve been working on since having finished with uni (forever!) I’ll try and keep updating with the stuff that’s hidden away in my little sketchbook as often as it seems there’s enough worth posting.
Uni required us to choose the subjects for our dissertations recently, and to write a proposal ready for the actual dissertation next year (scary to think that its headed to that time already!) For mine I have chosen to look at Japanese street fashion- something that has fascinated me for years now.
I’ve started collecting resources for this already, but was wondering if you wonderful guys and girls could point me in the direction of any valuable sources I could be missing out on?