Things I’ve been doing
People. People who need meeples...
Another year and another opportunity to cram into one of three halls at the NEC in Birmingham with wayyyyyy too many people. We had a great time playing games in the event and in our motorhome in the evenings. We got to play Village Attacks this year which was great, and in the evening sampled Villagers and City of Kings.
No doubt we will return next year. Yes I did some drawing too, but I only delivered that to the client earlier today so it isn’t for sharing yet!
Royal Tunbridge Wells Art Society listen to me talk about digital art
I had a great day on Tuesday talking to a group of artists from the Royal Tunbridge Wells Art Society about my digital art techniques. The two hours sped by and there were many questions asked and art secrets shared.
Thanks for the invite, attentiveness, questions, enthusiasm and tea and biscuits.
I can talk faster and with even more passion about cartooning if you want me back :)
Three and a half months! Good grief. The Chinese massage book is complete and released next year, and this is an unlabelled example of one of the 100+ illustrations I produced. I am now working on yet another Chinese medicine book, and lots of non creative life stuff. My cartoon book collection continues to grow, and I recently acquired Zombicide Green Horde, but haven’t had chance to play it yet.
I am very engrossed with 100 illustrations for a book project due for publishing later this year, and I am thrilled that I can get my teeth into Adobe Illustrator to achieve it. I am also squeezing in smaller projects.
This sheet of cartoon Os have been named Orbies by the client, and are a deconstructed logo converted into cartoon characters. They have proved so popular that another order came in for more today. Orbis is the shared service which supports three Local Authorities in the South of England. You can read more about my work for them in earlier posts. If these little guys become part of the branding I could be kept quite busy :)
I made a concerted effort to convert some of my cartoon ideas in my notebook to finished cartoons in the past week, and I am pleased that I managed to upload 30 to cartoonstock.com. Most of these I have been carrying around in my notebook for a while. Others came from seeing the world through a cartoonists eyes.
The chameleon cartoon is one of the latter. I made my partner Vicky a Calmer Chameleon tea the other night (it’s a herbal blend with camomile in it). Calmer Chameleon made me instantly think of a contrasting Angry Chameleon at the same time as Karma Chameleon by Culture Club. So that cartoon came to life. Having this humour filter on at all times is essential for me to gather inspiration for my cartoons.
I wandered over here and realised that I have been neglecting my website a bit. In the past four months I have had a few illustration projects including a couple of books and some business cartoons and logos. I mashed a selection together here as examples of the variety of exciting and enjoyable creative work I have been engaged in.
There are more to come. This year I am adamant that I will unlock the deeper mysteries of Adobe Illustrator, finally get on top of that huge Chinese medicine project and perhaps start converting the ideas I doodle in my little cartoon notebook I carry everywhere.
I am also still mentoring a wealth of talented illustration students through the London Art College. There is so much creativity and talent in this group that it inspires me to be a better illustrator myself, and is therefore worth all the time I commit to them to see their progress and enjoyment.
I am involved in eight projects simultaneously at the moment, and it is difficult to share the ones which are in progress. This is one which has now been delivered to the client, so I can talk about it. Captain is a cat, and i was commissioned to produce a series of cartoons of him for his owners.
The final cartoons are shown here framed in a superb mount which allowed me to create each cartoon to sit behind one or more of the cut out letters of Captain’s name. A really enjoyable project and two delighted clients.
I have had the Rory's Story Cubes app for quite a while, but up until recently the only physical set I owned was the Batman themed Cubes (which are cool by the way!). I splashed out the other day and ordered the original set in the larger Max size. They are the coolest, most tactile and beautifully packaged acquisition this year!
As an illustrator you can use them to sharpen up your comic drawing skills as you draw the story rolled in the cubes. Similarly, writers looking for practice can use them in the same way. They have business uses too, and they can be used to get teams describing events or issues to solve problems or just as icebreakers. Highly recommended, and the rest of the Max sets are on my wish list :)