An illustration (1 of 4) I was commissioned to create for La Montana, a range of luxury scented candles inspired by the wonderful sights and scents of Spain.
This one was called Alfredo’s Cafe – the scent is an unusual, rich, comforting blend of coffee, brandy, black tobacco, leather and incense.
See the other illustrations I created here
I was happy with how this turned out, I think it might be my favourite of them all. It’s simple but powerful and striking (even if I disapprove of smoking!), with strong bold shapes and muted but intense colours. It feels sturdy and substantial. Plus I’d certainly be interested to find out what it smells like.
Photos from last weeks life drawing session at Candid Arts in Angel Islington. We had a great model who did some crazy dynamic poses which were great (although from my easel angle the last two longer ones were quite similar looking!). As usual there was a range of 10/20/40min poses.
I used a combination of charcoal sticks and charcoal pencils which I found helped to give me a wider range of marks, and I was quite happy with the outcome, I like the last one a lot. I did struggle with the front foot strangely but I think he’s all in proportion otherwise.
Been working on a little drawing/illustration thing at home recently (which will eventually be published in a book out later this year). Here are the early stages of an illuminated medieval manuscript, a mock up “book cover” for The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer…
It was a bit risky, I’ve never done anything like this before but I had the opportunity to get get my pencils and paints out again so thought why not, any excuse to get back to using my hands I should take. It wasn’t hugely pre-planned, I new what size it needed to be and what it needed to say but that was it, the rest was up to me. I took inspiration from other artworks made around the 1500s and took it from there, picking out details and flourishes I liked and thought worked well together, planning all the little twists and turns and interlocking elements/loop-the-loops was fiddly but essential – the more complicated the better!
I received a lovely surprise in the post at work the other day, a belated xmas gift from my brother and his girlfriend, which was sent all they way over from Bordeaux, once they had returned back to their flat there after spending the festive season over here. The contents were delightful, spot on as usual, Leila is ever so good at choosing gifts perfectly suited for each person (quite a skill!). The package included a myriad of little gifts, each one as good as, if not better than the last, but importantly it also contained this cute christmas themed illustrated card by Leila herself to top it all off (she is a wonderful children’s book illustrator – see more of her fabulous work here) do check it out, I’m sure you’ll love her style, I certainly do, and I’m going to hold on to and treasure this little one!
On a very different note (to break up the London Addixion news!) here are some life drawings of mine from my sketchbook (A4), done at various classes/locations and at various times in the last few years:
Life drawing tends to be something that I go through in phases, obsessively for sometime and then not for months (or years!). Luckily though, my new workplace is on City Road, Old Steet (London) and literally just 5mins up the road at Angel is the wonderful Candid Arts Trust – I must it my regular haunt because their drop-in life drawing classes are just perfect, they’re every Mon-Thurs, 7-9pm and only £7, no need to book and they have materials to buy if you need, it does get busy but I rather like the chance to see so many different drawing and painting styles under one roof…. i’ll see you there!