I never take as much time as I like/should to sketch, but here are some pages from my sketchbook from the last few months (click images to view larger):
For Christmas this year, I made my mum an illustrated book of a passage of writing by my late grandmother. It is a story from her childhood growing up in South Africa about how, as a young girl, her family's car broke down and they had to spend the night in the Namibian desert.
The illustrations are in watercolour, pencil and photocopy transfer (= a technique I use to give texture to the page, using solvent to loosen the toner from a photocopy and transfer it in a sort of black smudge).
I bound the booklet myself which was surprisingly tricky, but pleased to have learned a new technique.
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Some of my latest pages for the altered book project I've been working on with illustrator/print-maker Hannah Hunter-Kelm and photographer Ella Dickinson:
Paul and Tori asked me to draw the church where they were getting married for their service sheet - I did a simple pen and ink drawing for them:
Kate and Rob asked me to draw them in a playful style similar to Quentin Blake for their wedding service sheet. I used a dip pen with ink and watercolour washes, then made small edits on the computer to get the picture just right for them.
Click images below to see the three draft sketches I did to experiment with technique.
The final image on the service sheet:
Another acrylic painting on canvas, this time for Alice and Guillaume's wedding present. Click through below to see the painting process.
I painted Pete a still life featuring a whiskey bottle and plant for his birthday using acrylics on canvas. I tried to build the paint up in thin layers so that it didn't look too shiny (as acrylic sometimes can), and mixed shades without using black to keep the colours fresh. It's been a while since I did any painting like this so I'm a bit rusty. Scroll through the pictures below to see the process.
Abi commissioned me to paint Oak Hill college as a present for Ben - I did a simple watercolour, approx A5 size:
I wasn't able to make Alice's hen in Paris, so I sent some things over instead:
Above: Pin the garter on the bride, sent with accompanying lace garter (phone photo so not great quality)
Above: Hen masks (click to see full images)
Happy hen Alice!
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