Saturday, April 24, 2010

Squid queen and floating cat

Nothing like a floating cat with which to start your day.

"No matter how hard he tried, he could not get his feet to touch the ground" was the caption of our Book Illustration assignment, based on the theme of Chris Van Allsburg's book, "The Mysteries of Harris Burdick". Our content was open, so my obvious choice was to depict a group of very bad mice who were up to something. With graphite pencils.

Our second assignment was to show a gruesome and startling metamorphosis. Squid appeared to be the dish of the day amongst my classmates for some reason. But MY squid-lady has class! So, if you're suddenly transforming into a sea-loving form, at least you can bask in the comfort of knowing that none of your subjects would DARE mention it. At least, not to your multi-tentacled face.

This was a pencil drawing that I scanned and then painted up in Photoshop with a Wacom tablet.

Art Market Prints

I finished these two images recently for the art market that my illustration class will be running during the Enmore TAFE show (28th - 30th April).

The budgie image will appear on printed bags as part of a 12-image montage. All of the images were created by my class.

The budgies and meerkats will also be sold at the market as A5 prints and greeting cards.

I used a range of techniques to create these images, including ink and brush, gouache, ripping card, collage and Photoshop.

Welcome to the blog!

Well, I've gone and started a blog. I'm studying design and illustration at TAFE, and members of my group are beginning blogs so that we can share our artwork with the world. Huzzah!

Only trouble is, there's quite a backlog of material to share. It's a blog and not a gallery, so what the heck, I'll just throw in bits willy nilly. Hope you like 'em!

Let's start with one of my favourites, a possible cover for "Born" magazine. I'm something of an animal nut. This picture was done last year with acrylic paint.