Archive for the ‘Personal projects’ Category

fast prep sketching using Brushes HD ipad app

June 3, 2010

I have been playing around with a couple of wonderful ipad apps. One is Brushes for ipad and the other is the excellent Sketchbook Pro. Both allow you to make sketches and paintings on the fly, wherever you are using the ipad. Its turning out to be really useful! Below is a short video of a prep sketch I made this morning for an illustration I am working on called “Tiger By The Tail”. I will post the final piece later.ย  EAVB_SKVCPUHUCA

I have been working using the ipad sketch done in Brushes as a loose guide and have now gotten around to establishing the basic shoaes in Photoshop for the final illustration. I am very happy with the way that the tiger seems to be shaping up….I always feel that the simpler I can be with the basic shapes, the more powerful and satisfying my final characters tend to be. I don’t do well trying to be too complex!

Well,ย  I have come to the stage where I can chuck the sketch layer away and start building up the image based on the shapes I have put together in Photoshop. This is a fun part as the illustration begins to take on a life of its own as the shading and deeper colours start to mix together on the canvas….

The tiger is now really starting to take shape. I am really pleased that he is developing his own character from something as simple as a quick Brushes doodle.

Here’s the completed image. I am really happy with it. I played around with adding some type but that just diluted the visual impact and sense of the moment. The flat blue sky and the picket fence add to the humour of the piece and I think this would make a great greeting card. Perhaps with the message inside of “good luck with your new project”, orย  “here’s to your new business”……..!

I used a photograph of some grass I took while away on a short break. I thought it would make a great texture here.

Overall, I am chuffed because this image started out as a quick doodle in Brushes for ipad (see above), which for me means that the ipad can have a functional, useful role in my work as well as play!


The iPad arriveth in the UK!

May 30, 2010

Well, I have to say, it is a marvellous piece of hardware. Really really REALLY nice!

Apple delivered my new ipad on promptly this week and I have been having a whale of a time with it so far. I confess to being a gadgethead par excellence. I was the guy in the midnight queue for the first xbox, the chap outside Blockbuster waiting for his new PS3. I even tried out Apple TV for a short time until I realised it was a redundant technology.

I love that feeling of anticipation and excitement as a launch day for a new piece of kit arrives and so I thought the feeling would make a good excuse for the illustration below. If you read the previous post to this you can see the sketch that I based it on initially. It took me a good while longer than the few hours that I anticipated, but here it is. I highlighted the calendar icon in the home UI to emphasise the release date for the ipad in the UK. AS far as I am currently aware, Apple have sold LOTS. At some point, I will post a list of the apps I have bought and am having immense fun with, both games and some surprisingly powerful creativity tools.

Illustration Friday – “Early”

May 28, 2010

Entered this one for the ever excellent Illustration Friday topic:


May 19, 2010

Been doing some experimental work away from the computer and have been excited by some of the results. Moving paint around on a surface is so satisfying and kind be quite the adventure when you don’t have a definite brief or plan. Its also unnerving how quickly you realise how “tight” you have become through working in more defined and perhaps “polished” ways….the result is a sort of fear of being in flux – working on something that seems to have no end or “resolution” in sight….but that place is the best place to be when you are truly exploring.

Wool#1 Cover

May 16, 2010

Love this mag…..