The Selfish Giant Update

I have been continuing my project of illustrating Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant and thought I would give a brief update of my progress. I am currenty sketching out the remainder of my final images while also making changes to some of the illustrations I have previously posted as I am not entirely happy with them.

These four sketches included in this post are of the four seasons which in my illustration of the tale I have decided to personify as Goddess like beings. I am using them for my end papers and will hopefully find some way to include them in more of the illustrations. I have already made composition ideas for the end papers involving the four seasons, however I wanted the seasons to become more ‘real’ and decided to include a bit of movement and characterisation in my depection of them.

I began by looking at symbols and meanings of the four seasons in order to help with this and came up with these quick sketches as a result. For Spring, I included a lamb to represent birth and growth. Summer was quite difficult and so I ended up just having her holding some sunflowers while Autumn is holding a cornucopia to represent the Autumn harvest. Winter was rather diffucult as well and so I ended up just illustrating her on her own to represent loneliness and the quietness of Winter and snow. I kept the designs of the characters simply medieval rather than using over the top imagery to represent the seasons as I wanted them to fit in easily with the world within the story and a big influence behind this was Mucha’s depcition of the seasons, work which I greatly admire. I will continue to update my progress on the project and am hoping to do so soon, these sketches were simply a way for me to get back into the project and get it rolling again.

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Book of Portraits Part 18: The Romanovs VI

Despite finishing my Romanov inspired Wonderland project, I have continued to draw portraits of members of the Romanov family. By doing this I am continuing to develop my drawing skill and it also helps to to make sure that I draw regularly in order to keep improving. As ever, my biggest struggle with drawing people is making them actually look like the person I am drawing, in this case for example, some the drawings look more like the people they are based on than others. This however is something which I believe will become easier the more I continue to draw.

Commission for The Caravan Magazine

I recently had the amazing oppoutunity to do my first ever commission. It was for a portrait of Ivan Minayev for ‘The Caravan’magazine. I was so happy and greatful for this oppourtunity as I was perfect for me due to it involving drawing a portrait image, something which I have been developing over the past year. As well as this I had the oppoutunity to discuss ideas with the commissioner and gained experience and knowledge from this.

Book of Portraits Part 16: Family Members II

It’s been a while since I last upadted my blog as things have been pretty hectic since finishing University. I am continuing to develop my practice and will continue to update my blog as I do so, as well as this I may post about my degree show exhibition at soem point just to show how I set up my work. For now here is a quick post featuring some recent images I made based on old family photos. Unfortunately I do not know who most of the people on the original photos are as there are no names written on the photos and they are also very old and some damaged. Despite this I have included titles for the images featuring people who I do know. Drawing these has helped continue to develop my drawing skills as well as challenge it as some of the images were particularly difficult to draw due to how dark and/or worn the original photos were and so some quess work had to be done on my part.