Thursday, 18 September 2014

New Work - Food Illustrations for Tesco Magazine.

I’ve recently created some lovely food illustrations for Tesco magazine.  They were created quickly to meet their deadlines, but I’m still really pleased with how they turned out.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

New Work - Beauty and eye care illustrations for Boots Magazine.

A while back Boots Health and Beauty magazine asked me to create number of spot illustrations for an article on eye health.  They've finally been published in September's issue, (in store now).  Keep an eye out for them (no pun intended).

Friday, 12 September 2014

Live Fashion Illustration for H&M Studio AW14 launch - photographs

Last week I was delighted to work with H&M to do some live drawing for their Studio AW14 pre-launch event.  I was drawing at their Oxford Circus store and met some lovely people.

Photographer, Rob Cartwright came along to document the evening.  

Monday, 8 September 2014

Digital illustration workshops with Microsoft

Recently, you may have spotted on Instagram and twitter that I have been working with Microsoft to host some drawing workshops.  I was teaching people how to draw portraits on the new Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Over the two weeks, I went from Nottingham; Birmingham; London; Glasgow; Newcastle; Manchester; Bristol and finishing with two events in London.  It was a lot of travel, but I was with a great team and it was a lot of fun.

Drawing on a tablet is a different experience from drawing on paper, and I'm restricted from working in my normal ink and watercolour, but I have developed a slightly different handwriting for digital drawing using thicker lines and solid colours.  It's a good way of trying out something different.  Scroll down to see some examples of my ipad drawings.

Working with Microsoft
Explaining how Photoshop works

My drawing style as a digital tablet drawing
Fashion drawing on an iPad

Monday, 28 July 2014

Commissioning illustration for social media.

Recently, I've been creating a lot of illustrations for Tesco.  I've worked for their paper magazine before, but this time it's different.  I've been creating work especially for their social media outlets; Instagram and Twitter (@BeautyatTesco and @TescoFood).  It's the first time I've been commissioned for editorial illustrations in this way, and I think it's pretty exciting.

It's reckoned that a tweet with an imbedded image is much more likely to be retweeted. Hurrah! We've always known that a picture tells a thousand words; which in essence solves the issue of only having 140 characters.  Plus, illustration is an perfect way of solidifying your companies brand and making it instantly recognisable.

It's great to see that Tesco are taking their social media seriously; creating new and interesting content while supporting the creative industry.  Rather than the all-too-often regurgitation of images that have long lost their copyright owners.  I really hope it is succesful for Tesco! If it is, then I'm sure more online magazines and blogs will start using illustrators in this way. 

Perhaps this is a new arena for illustrators to excel with the demise of the classical publishing industry?


Monday, 23 June 2014

I'm now represented by the Bright Agency

I'm delighted to announce that I am now represented by The Bright Agency.  I'm looking forward to working with Bright with my beauty and fashion illustration, but also to be working with their licensing department, creating greeting cards and similar products.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Illustration and Photography Collaboration

You might remember a few months ago I was at Lorna Milburn's photography studio working on a  collaboration.  Well, I'm delighted to say that we've had our photographs published in the Anniversary Edition of Elegant Magazine.
It was a great collaboration, working with make up artist, Sam Norman, stylist, Emma Cherry Rolf and model, Samantha Ker  .  We were also able to use the beautiful creations of the jeweller, Susan O (I have a serious obsession with her necklaces now).

I created both the illustrated backdrop and paper crown for the photoshoot.  I then illustrated over the photographs.  I'm really pleased with how they turned out.

It was such great fun doing a collaboration.  I'm hoping to do many more this year.