Latest illustration…..still on an “i” theme

I am a big fan of those B movies where there is a deep dark jungle to explore and lost treasure to be found. They always seem so wonderfully theatrical – the black and white lighting, the sets, the costumes and the characters. I love iconic characters like the English Explorer,  the Dangerous Native, the Mysterious Woman or the Otherworldly Being”.

In this illustration, I started with a simple explorer character and thought that I could play with my favourite theme of the moment – the ipad and the idea of being “connected” wherever you are. I love the idea of Google maps and thought up this scenario here.

I didn’t sketch out a pencil comp for this really, just a very rough line sketch for the basic character. I then just started creating him in Photoshop right on the screen and thought “lets just see what happens and what my imagination comes up with as I go…..”

In the end, I felt I wanted to simply set a scene with atmosphere. My interest was drawn to the simple shapes of the giant trees and the idea of a rough pathway or “gateway” leading on into the unknown darkness. The ipad screen  is like a lantern shining to light the way!

When I was a child, I remember being fascinated by these card characters from Doctor Who that you would find in Weetabix packets. On the back of the box there was this wonderful scene that you could cut out and make into a sort of theatre set for the characters to stand against. I still remember that with fondness and excitement. These simple tools made it possible to create another little world where amazing stuff went on!

I have the same feelings when I think of christmas pantos that I went to – the stage became this gateway to another world and the set painting and cut-out boards  with trees, walls, castle turrets and mountains on still influence my illustrations today.

I decided to stop this illustration at the point where the “message” of the picture isn’t forced with loads of detail, but where the “”stage” is most definitely set and the sense of the start of a wonderful and great adventure is fizzing in the mind…….

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3 Responses to “Latest illustration…..still on an “i” theme”

  1. kevbrett Says:

    Great image. Really love your style.
    My only suggestion would be to ramp up the “glow” a bit more.
    Love it. Really love the vine at the bottom – very creepy!

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