I never got round to doing a satisfying illustration after I had read: His Dark Materials, that great trilogy by Philip Pullman, so I had a go.
Lyra is an extremely stubborn and feisty female character - quite tomboyish in fact, whereas her soul or her daemon as they call it in the novels is quite the opposite - prudent, down to earth, almost meek and shy.
I wanted to capture that small fleeting moment where she turns mellow as she shares her fondness and affection for Pan her companion, especially when they where faced with such hardships in that cold and harsh place known as Svalbard.
I think her eyes are too big and she looks a bit too young, and maybe I could have made Pan look more emotive, but it was fun any how.
another illustration of a story from the the Arabian Nights' Entertainments. This one was about a magical phantastical flying horse.
What 'm reading at the moment:
Sins of the Father by Mitchel Scanlon, this is an intriguing Sci-fi novel about a murdering child and mutant-giant duo! (Not so confusing if you read it), and going to read Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami - given to me by Celine.
I've been looking through some of my sketches I've done in the past at the Natural History Museum and they got me thinking again.
It's amazing how there are pockets of life in places you never think of.
I remember watching Hayao Miyazaki's: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) and its thoughtful eco undertones of the peaceful coexistance of humans and other creatures. This piece is a sort of inspiration of Miyazaki's films.
I'ts kind of silly but I can remember how I'd associate different smells to different environments and memories. For some reason I use to think of ancient woods and forests whenever I smelt Lavender, even though lavender doesn't really grow in ancient woods! I also use to associate, and still do, The Hobbit by Tolkien with the smell of Lavender...very peculiar.
It was a rainy morning and I had a visitor - the Lost Tribes Man sent to me by Wilkie. I thought he might've felt a little under the weather after such a long journey and the sight of an awfully cloudy sky, so I offered him some hot tea and a few custard cream biscuits!
really enjoyed the show yesterday - everyone worked so hard! I'll put some pictures up later but now I've done an illustration inspired by Battle for the Sun, a song by Placebo.
I think the song was a response to a member of the band leaving, Stephan's and Brian's 'dream brother', but most importanly it's a song about moving on and choosing to fight for our goals and dreams. Quite appropriate with the show n' all.
I've used stock photos from: freestockimages.org for this work.
I've been busy reading The Arabian Night's Entertainments I borrowed from the library, (must buy it), and it's been great brain food. This is an illustration I produced of a character in one of the stories.
If you're not aware of the story, it's a story about stories witihn stories, I suppose - read it!
the scan was poor so I tried fixing it as much as I could.
These are some spreads from another concertian-book I made called 'Boldfish'. It's about a bold fish *dadum tish*, who leaves his shoal of fish and eats something peculiar then turns absolutely enormous.
This one isn't as strong narrative-wise as 'Dawn', should have worked on it longer, but it was fun anyhow.
Fish is a strange word, you can say 'lots of fish' or say 'lots of fishes', bleh. But then again if you're saying 'lots of...', is it necessary to add the 'es' at the end? bleh, bleh, bleh.
did some drawing at the Natural History Museum then watercoloured it at home. I never get bored of that place ever ever ever ever, times a squilion with a beret on top. Going to do more drawing there again.
Listening to Noisettes new album: much more toned down, liked the punkyness of the first. A good second album.
I just found some fanart I did around a year ago of Pyramid Head from Silent Hill. I've bought Homecoming for the PS3 recently, (it's quite hard). I used to enjoy the fact that I had the upper hand in the earlier games, any who the graphics are amazing.
just recently bought this book, it's a compilation of different illustrators who've produced artwork for The Arabian Nights novel. It was very inspirational. Artwork presented in the book have been produced by Edmund Dulac, Rene Bull, Charles Folkard, among others.
These images aren't illustratons of specific scenes or characters - just something I came up with since I haven't read the book yet, arg