illustration friday


Once

Once

The beginnings of fairytales (historic or galactic) are freighted with nostalgia, bearing endlessly back into a past that may not have existed and yet always has been long gone. It’s part of the logic of fairytales that I love, a clear warning that they happen on a plane of myth and symbol. “Outside, over there… Maybe it did and maybe it didn’t… Now hear o my best beloved, and listen, and attend… A long time ago…

These two sketches are from fairytales-in-development, at the point where I was finding my way into that tone. Pencil and watercolour above, ballpoint pen below.

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And here’s another, the cover of a sketchbook for a project with Angela Slatter. This is just for me, but here, too, I aiming to strike the note that will let me enter the mood and story when I sit down to draw (along with a key to the colours I’ve used).

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Tattoos of sailors (and a mermaid for Mermay). Pen, ink and watercolour.

Illustration Friday: Smoke

A little silhouette of a lady burning secrets. I’m quite happy with how the stripes turned out.

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Illustration Friday: Prince

Life has been somewhat fragmentary lately (more or less under control, but more commuting than usual). So here are some sketches working towards the Illustration Friday topic. I keep a separate little sketchbook for working through ideas, just playing around and chasing associations, crown angles, etc.

Some star-folk for this week’s topic.

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I’ve earmarked them for May’s calendar, so check back to see that  soon!

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And here’s a bonus gown, as I was playing with Daniel Smith watercolours for several projects.

And another, which isn’t sparkly at all, but for which I have schemes.

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And in other news, Monsters is 46% funded, and many of the comics have been uploaded. If you’d like to preorder and/or support, that would be wondeful – and you can get a poster of a map drawn by me as one of the rewards!

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This is a placeholder/sneak-peek, as due to the Natcon this weekend (and other deadlines) the April calendars may not be finished until after the Illustration Friday topic changes.

 
They have, for me, a strong association with Jonathan Creek, as the Lewis episode with Alan Davies was playing while I inked it (giving away all my secrets here).

I’m a little in love with these dragons.

  

 

A late dash with watercolour (and gold acrylic) for Illustration Friday topic: “Childhood”.  

It’s a sketch for a larger idea, but also watercolour practice towards some future projects.
 

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