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Fading away.

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THIS was to illustrate a short story about a man who dies as he places the final piece in his jigsaw. I like this illustration, it came out exactly as I pictured it. It is incomplete on purpose, as the man gets closer to death his line fades almost to nothing, details are missing, already dead.

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Make it personal.

WELL, after a long break from blogging. I’m back. Work load has been a major factor in my absence, juggling a blog and work isn’t easy. But not all the work was paid, some recent illustrations have been for myself.
I found I got very stuck in the ‘If I’m not getting paid, what’s the point?’ mode. I used to say it religiously. Then one day I heard myself, what on earth was I saying?!
I got into this through a love of of art, of the visual, of creating something, for that buzz you get when you complete, and are happy with, a piece of work. I need to regain that feeling.
So I set myself a project, some of the fruits of which you can see above. I decided to do a book of bird portraits. I am a bird lover anyway, paid -up member of the RSPB so portraits of my feathered friends seemed the obvious choice.
And I won’t lie, I’m loving it! The fact that I’m not getting paid matters not. You can’t buy the feeling of creating for yourself and that is why I will always endeavour to do just that, as often as I can.

It’s good to be back!

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Hoodie but a goody.

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CREATED in Illustrator CS2. I like doing these type of illustrations, but they’re always a bit scary, I always get scared. I usually start with the eye, have no idea why? I think maybe it come from when I doodle, for some reason I inevitably end up drawing an eye! Strange, maybe it’s my subconscious telling me to look after mine.

Once the eye is drawn I carry on with the rest of the face, sometimes jumping to the hair, in this case I think it was the hat. It’s funny, but it’s not until quite late on that I know whether a piece of work is, well, working. Sometimes even then I’m unsure. That’s the scary part, will it work? is it worth carrying on?

The answer of course is yes, you do carry on, how do you really know if you cracked it. I think I did with this one (Well, I like it)

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My space.

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CREATED for Computer Arts Projects, this was to illustrate the different levels of studios that designers have. Looking at this, my set up is pretty much the same as the one on top floor. I don’t have a great deal of fancy equipment with which to do my work with. My current set up consists of a iMac 24″ (doubles as a TV, so hence the large size) a Canon scanner (A4) a Wacom tablet (the smallest one, A6, can’t afford bigger one yet), printer and last but by no means at all least, three back up hard drives, I have a 500gb, 250gb and 120gb (plus the 250 on my computer) Having back up files is vital, I once heard someone say one a podcast ‘If you don’t have two copies of a file, you don’t have it’ I like that, I have copies of all my work, at least three of each job, one of each on hard drive, DVD and saved on webspace.

Some people think you need to have the fastest, most powerful machine out there to do design, or that you must have a Mac, nonsense, the first machine I did illustration work on was a Bondi iMac (I chose a Mac because that’s what I was used to) I think it had 256megs RAM, may have been as little as 128! BUT, I ran Illustrator and Photoshop, it did the job perfectly. Of course software has moved on a lot since Illustrator 8 and photoshop 5, so in turn has the hardware. You can now buy computers for a fraction of the price that will blow that old iMac out the water.

Now with Illustrator CS4 hitting the shelves I was debating whether to upgrade, but what I have does the job, can I really justify spending money to upgrade when I don’t really need it? Probably not. Think I’ll stick to what I have.

I guess what I’m trying to say, is that you don’t need that super computer to do design or illustration work, an expensive machine isn’t going to make you a better designer, more important than the equipment is passion, good ideas and a burning desire to create. If you have those, you’ll do great design no matter what equipment you have.

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Human.

THIS was done for a book called Human, I’d worked with the same people before on a project called Freewave (right), a great idea, it was basically a book full of design and illustration, at the back of the book was a DVD with all the work on, to be used by whoever bought the book, copyright free to do what you like with. I think it sold quite well.

Back to Human, unfortunately the book was never realeased. I find this happens quite often, people will approach you for a project, they pitch you the idea, sounds great! You submit artwork for the project and wait… and wait. Eventually you come to the realistation that it’s not going to happen, it’s a shame, but at least you end with artwork to put up on your blog one day.

Created in Illustrator CS2.

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Just plane fun.

WHEN I was a child I would spend hours drawing aircraft, usually from my uncle’s extensive collection of books on the subject. I would use coloured pencils or felt tips, sitting at the table all afternoon getting every detail right. I don’t have any of those drawings left, thrown away long ago. A distant memory.

So fast forward a few decades and I’m sitting at my computer wondering what to do, then it comes to me, I’ll do a plane! I got quite excited at the prospect of spending time doing something I used to love doing as a child. So I searched Google for the perfect image, I decided the plane I would do was the F14 Tomcat, a favourite as a child, saw them quite a few times at airshows as a boy, fantastic!

So here it is, the result of that afternoon reliving my childhood, but you know what? It’s not the same, the computer is no substitute for coloured pencils or felt tips. Doesn’t have that life to it, maybe I’ll go buy some felt tips next week…

Created in Illustrator CS2.

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Coffee?

I CAN’T remember what this was for, but I quite like it’s simplicity. Created in Illustrator CS2.

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