Sunday, 30 September 2012

Something in-between book illustrating!

This needs cropping down, but I'll do it at a later date. Just some fun, well not for Spidey he's getting soaked.

Book Illustration (Princess Bride part1)

Ok, the first book to go under the pencil, is the Princess Bride. Like I said in the last post, of the 3book covers that I intend to do, this is the only one I haven't read (yet) Therefore my inspiration and thoughts will mainly come from the film and my imagination.

From the offset I knew I wanted to cram as many of the stories great characters into this cover as possible. I know your suppose to do loads of variations when designing something like a cover, scrutinize them, see which is readable and so forth. But, I also think that when an image comes to the forefront of your mind, kicking and screaming. You should have the intuition and self confidence just to snatch it right out from the aether and get to work!

This thumbnail was one of those rare occasions when you get something first time of asking!

From this stage I did a few very quick and rough character designs and once happy with them, I turned on the computer, loaded up Manga studio and started turning this thumbnail into a workable composition.

From here things will get scaled and shifted about a bit, before I go into inking. One of the problems that I think I'll encounter as I get further down the line with piece, is with the colouring stage. I want to add paint fades in a lot of different areas and because of the way I ink and the way I colour...I can see a lot of head scratching on the horizon!

Friday, 28 September 2012

Book Illustration.

In the next month or so, I'd like to approach a few Illustration Agencies about taking me on. But, looking over my Portfolio it's clear to me that there isn't enough serious (book) illustration work on there. So, between now and whenever I'm brave enough to contact an agency? :) I'm going to do a couple of book covers.

At this stage I'm planning on doing 3 and I'm think that they will be The Princess Bride, The Hobbit and The Northern Lights. As I go through these pieces, I'm going to try and show a bit of my working process and share any problems that I've faced (after all, I think thats what a blog should be about)

Please feel free to leave any comments or post any views on what you like and don't like.

As I'm setting myself this brief, I'm going to keep the focus and goal of each piece very simple.

Would these cover's, make the younger me (9-12ish) want to pick up these books? 

(*with the Princess Bride, I'm going from my experience with the film. As it's the only book stated, that I haven't read...yet!)

Wednesday, 12 September 2012


One of those stupid pieces where you challenge yourself to use a limited palette and to not make the image seem to painted! It would have been easier to just go and paint the thing proper from the start.