Tuesday 29 November 2011

Sarah and Sam

This is a commission I did for my beautiful friend Sarah. She has the most gorgeous porcelain skin, and quirky purple hair, and has agreed to let me paint her again (YAY!). She makes a fantastic leading lady. Sam's hair was great to paint. I love painting guys with lots of hair, you can achieve so much expression with each stroke of the brush.

Monday 28 November 2011

Afternoon Tea

This little scene is a commission I've recently done for a lovely friend, it's a picture of himself with his brother and sister. They were an absolute joy to paint, they have the most lovely faces, beautiful family. I used the opportunity to experiment with a much warmer pallet to what i've been using recently, I wanted the picture to almost have a glow about it. I wanted the birds to reflect the characters.

Tuesday 15 November 2011

Beach Huts and Seashells

A row of beach huts, abandoned for the day, are being inhabited by seagulls who begin to move in for the night. Can you find the snoozing bird who's already snuggled in for the evening?

Friday 11 November 2011

Grandpa at the Beach

This is the first of a series of illustrations I'm creating, inspired by the lovely British seaside. I adore the kitsch, old fashioned, quirkiness of the seaside, it's wonderful to draw. Coming from a seaside town, I have a special appreciation for cute little beach huts, stripy, flimsy wind guards, and teeth rotting sticks of rock. Anyone thats adventured to the seaside, bought themselves a tray of traditional fish and chips, will understand this illustration. You're guaranteed to have an audience of seagulls waiting for the moment one of those delicious golden chips, slips from your fork, and hits the floor...

Wednesday 9 November 2011

Chicken and the Girl

A while back I wrote a short story about a young girl that worked on a farm. One day, whilst carrying out her routine chicken feed, she notices a large dark shape at the back of the chicken shed. At first she thought it could be a fox, but the shadow was much too large, it looked more like the size of a bear. As she approached the mysterious shape, it turned out to be an extraordinarily large chicken. The chicken was much more frightened than she was, so she took care of it. She kept it hidden away from the rest of the family as she knew it would possibly be the star of a gigantic family feast!

Saturday 5 November 2011

Patchwork Pals

After the fright of Halloween, these two little characters are here to soften things up. I did these for a friend to welcome a new baby to the family. They were inspired by an earlier illustration I did of the toys in the toy shop in the 'Toymaker and the Toy'. Boy, I just said 'toy' a lot of times there...