Illustration Friday: Orbit - skirt

The Illustration Friday topic this week was Orbit. I worked through a few concepts (moon-gazing -> Hobbits -> Mary Poppins -> The Childlike Princess -> The Goblin Prince -> Celestial Carousels -> back to Labyrinth -> Regency astronomy -> satellites).

Illustration Friday: Orbit sketches

Eventually came back to the carousel. Why? I do not not know? It involved a lot more work, digging out compasses, working at a large scale, working out new techniques I’d just learned in Inkscape… Probably for all of those reasons.

The idea is to print this on fabric, a panel per yard, and make a skirt in one of the two colourways. I haven’t decided which, but will report back if it works. Or if it fails in unexpected and humorous ways.

Illustration Friday: Orbit - girls

Nicole Gustafsson is the second member of Light Grey Art Lab‘s 2016 Iceland Residency: Team Mist to volunteer to be introduced! Previous interviews are all linked on this post: Iceland.

Nicole Gustafsson

Nicole Gustafsson

K: What lights you up about what you do?

Nicole: I love it when I lay out  gouache paint in little dots on my paint pallet…and they look like the most delicious candy. I get excited every time I see those little dots and can’t wait to paint.

K: Do you have an example?

Nicole:

Nicole Gustafsson's palette

Nicole Gustafsson’s palette

K: And where can we find you? 

Nicole: My website is nimasprout.com. Though I’m under everything as “nimasprout” so folks can always find me on all the other social networks too :)

Skimming

In 2015, at the inspiration and instigation of Laura Goodin, the Australian Flute Festival and Conflux Science Fiction Convention staged a joint concert in Canberra, combining original compositions, short stories and art.

I designed the logo and a series of cut-paper illustrations to accompany Houston Dunleavy‘s original piccolo composition “Skimming”, performed by Melanie Walters. The piece was approximately six minutes long, so the illustrations are compiled into the gif, above, at a much faster rate (approx 1 minute, repeating). When putting this together I accidentally hit play on a swing-dance track, which makes it look like the opening credits to a silent-film-era space opera.

Cabinet of Oddities - piper

At the concert, I also sketched the flautists in action. A sub-contra-bass flute is an impressive piece of musical engineering.

Cabinet of Oddities sketches

Illustration Friday: Spin

The February calendar is here! This is “Even the spiders were sleeping”, the image I was working on for Illustration Friday and did not quite finish. Printable versions are available if you click on the images below.

February Calendar
February calendar

In addition, I have also worked the ravens from the January image into a repeating pattern which is available from Redbubble (shirts, phone cases etc) and Spoonflower (fabric and wallpaper).

Flight of Ravens - Redbubble shirt

Alexandria Neonakis is the first member of Light Grey Art Lab‘s 2016 Iceland Residency: Team Mist to volunteer to be introduced!

Alexandria Neonakis

Alexandria Neonakis

K: What lights you up about what you do?

Alexandria: I love it when something accidental happens in a piece that really helps with whatever narrative i’m trying to get across. When it happens, it feels like everything’s clicking nicely into place.

K: Do you have an example? 

Alexandria: This isn’t necessarily my favorite image but the light cutting across the top left and not appearing anywhere else was an accident. I had initially had a bit of light towards the bottom of the image as well, but some layers got turned off and I felt it just sold the story so much better. It also felt like a much bolder choice than my original intention.

Alexandria Neonakis: Weasley Wizard Wheezes

Alexandria Neonakis: Weasley Wizard Wheezes

I also was painting the “extendable ears” sign onto the wall when i came up with the idea that his missing ear wouldn’t have been magically replaced, he probably wears an extendable ear so as not to scare kids who come into the store. then when they ask him a question, he can pull the ear towards them and ask them to speak up.

I really love fleshing out these off-screen moments in a well know story, particularly with Harry Potter which has been a huge influence on me for most of my life. I know fan art gets a lot of flack, but I feel there’s a real place for it, and it’s often a nice gateway for people to start exploring their own narratives. It certainly has been for me.

K: Where can we find you?

Alexandria: My tumblr is alexneonakis.tumblr.com  and my website is alexneonakis.com :)

This July, I am off to Iceland for a week-long art residency run by Light Grey Art Lab.  Depending on uni timetables and money, I may do some other travel on each side (since a round-the-world ticket is cheaper than just getting to Iceland and home again), but that is yet to be decided.

I’ll be part of Team Mist, which is made of the following illustrators, artists, game designers, animators, graphic designers, Google Doodle creators, concept artists, graphic novelists, textile sculptors and Walt Disney production designers.

 

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Spinning

Even the spiders were sleeping.

Not quite finished: Pen and ink for this week’s Illustration Friday topic “Spin”.

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