Tag: ink

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    Lyra

    I returned to Northern Lights because it gave me an excuse to try a silhouette and cityscape combination – another experiment at backgrounds.

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    Iorek Byrnison

    An evening holiday drawing that earned enough good feedback to make it into my portfolio. I got some praise for the pen work at a recent review – enough to […]

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    Going climbing

    As well as my myths and legends illustrations, I also had a go at drawing some other children’s book scenes with brush and black and white inks. This one was […]

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    Baba Yaga

    One of the last of my Inktober works, I used my ‘Once upon a time’ poster as the jumping off point as I liked the rendering of Baba Yaga on […]

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    Little Red and the wolf

    My final Red Riding Hood ink drawing for the time being. This was my experiment with coloured inks that I’d forgotten I’d bought and that had been hidden away in […]

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    Red Riding Hood Revisited

    I revisited the Red Riding Hood story after completing my previous pen and ink drawing from the story. I much prefer the way that the softer brush work lends itself […]

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    The soggy bad wolf

    I was inspired by ‘Inktober’ last year, and started to work on a series of brush and ink illustrations. This was one of my ‘unconventional wolf’ designs – I quite […]

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    Witch

    One of my Inktober fairytale sketches. I was exploring ways of adapting the style that I’d been playing around with for …don’t let the dragons bite and also my Once […]

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    Troll

    Edited to add colour. Trolls and ogres are some of the most varied fantasy creatures in terms of artists’ and writers’ interpretations. Green skin or not green skin? Dumb as […]

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    Red Riding Hood

    My entry for the Tommie Depaola 2016 award. I wanted Red Riding Hood to have an eastern European look to her. The wolf is deliberately scrawny – it’s been lean […]

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    Broomsticks are so middle-ages

    I probably shouldn’t have got my hopes up too high in regards to the SCWBI Undiscovered Voices competition, but of all my work, I thought that I’d at least be […]

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    Bringing down the moon

    Scattering is the working title for a series of illustrations exploring magical and mythological creatures inhabiting modern cities. Aside from being a project that I’ve always wanted to work on, […]

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    Wraith

    The idea for this wraith came from the description of the spirit stalker from the old Fighting Fantasy series – a breed of greater undead. I like the idea of […]

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    Orc soldier

    A more conventional orc – this one straight from my ten-year-old self. It’s nice to be able to go back and properly draw the creatures that I used to doodle […]

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    Orc chief

    This was my fairly unconventional (by the conservative standards of the genre) take on an orc chief. I’ve always associated the look of orcs with swine, and I love the […]

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    Lizardman

    I’ve always felt sorry for the lizardman in the fantasy genre as they always seem to be overlooked, despite being used to great effect in the Titan series by Steve […]

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    Goblin Ballista

    A non-character based fantasy piece, this was to illustrate goblin technology which I feel is criminally underrated by some scholars.

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    Goblin Archer

    Traditional design of a goblin soldier

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    Goblin Shaman

    The goblin shaman was an early drawing for my creature encyclopedia. Goblins are great characters because there’s such a rich background to them. I’m veering towards the Steve Jackson/ Ian […]

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    Iron Cat

    I only had a couple of short sessions at John Scurr primary school and most of the workshop was drawing improvised picture book illustrations for an on-the-spot creative writing activity. […]