Tag: myths and fairytales

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The sword in the stone

    The sword in the stone

    I should stop referring to this sword as ‘Excalibur’ as the majority of the re-tellings feature Arthur breaking this sword in his fight with Pellinore and later recieves Excalibur from […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Find that sword!

    Find that sword!

    This was one of a pair for another SCBWI competition. I didn’t win but I enjoyed revisiting Arthur’s Britain for a little while. This was designed as a double-page spread […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Mermaid

    Mermaid

      I’m not sure why I got the inspiration to draw mermaids – I was doodling before a training session at work and found myself drawing tails on characters.

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Bowed but not broken

    Bowed but not broken

    Worn out by too many battles and hopeless quests…

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    The Green Knight invites himself to Arthur’s new year’s feast.

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Merlin imprisoned

    Merlin imprisoned

    This was a return to a more symbolic piece rather than a literal scene similar to the ones I’ve been working on recently. I decided to have Nimue rather than […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: King Pellinore and Arthur

    King Pellinore and Arthur

    Arthur is given a much-needed lesson in humility by King Pellinore. This was quite a tricky composition – I had considered drawing them mid fight with Arthur’s sword breaking, but […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Field of battle

    Field of battle

    I had intended to take a break from the Arthurian drawings, but here we are again. I think I’ll just keep going while I’m feeling inspired. I imagined this as […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Into battle (colour)

    Into battle (colour)

    A colour re-working of an earlier silhouette piece in the style of my digital watercolours using Rebelle3. This composition translated well – I’m not sure how some of the more […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The Sword in the Stone

    The Sword in the Stone

    “No one shall wield Excalibur… But me.” The scene from Boorman’s Excalibur where Uther – wounded and dying – thrusts the sword into the stone is a memorable one. I […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Arthur

    Arthur

    I’m in two minds whether this is the onset of winter, or a bleak spring at the beginning of Arthur’s tale. The great thing about silhouettes is that it’s so […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Merlin and Nimue

    Merlin and Nimue

      Fairly bleak autumnal overtones going on here, though it’s about this time that Nimue betrays the wizard. The mist reminds me of the design of ‘Drawing Excalibur’ with the […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Yellow king

    Yellow king

    Not intended to be the The King in Yellow – I’m working my way through the colour wheel in Rebelle3 and reached the yellow palette. My original intention with the […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Uther

    Uther

    High King Uther, in his prime, but close to his fall. This was another digital sketch that inspired me to create another series of portraits from the Arthurian saga.

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Knight

    Knight

    A ghostly knight from mythology.

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Nimue

    Nimue

    A Rebelle 3 sketch that I later realised fitted in well witsome of the Arthurian myth pieces I’d been working on. I felt that this made a rather intriguing Nimue, […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Winter temple

    Winter temple

    My new year’s resolution is to bring some more colour to my work. I’ve found that just adding colour to my black and white drawings really doesn’t work and so […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The Phoenix and the witch

    The Phoenix and the witch

    There’s a story in here somewhere… Now that I’ve finally got a new laptop, I made a point of giving digital colouring another go – this time on a pencil […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Into battle

    Into battle

    I’d never intended to follow the medieval romantic aesthetic of the Arthurian tales – at least in terms of costume design. Certainly arthur wouldn’t have worn plate armour. I really […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Arthur and Mordred

    Arthur and Mordred

      I’d already drawn the aftermath of Camlann but really wanted to draw a scene from the battle itself. I’ve been developing my style a bit – incorporating more stippling […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Tristan and Iseult

    Tristan and Iseult

    The classic Arthurian tragedy, though not originally part of the saga. I wanted this to be anunpleasant, tragic romance, but not brutally explicit, even though our hero is about to […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Guinevere and Lancelot

    Guinevere and Lancelot

    Certainly a bit more YA than my usual illustrations, but myths and legends are all sex ‘n’ violence. The sword symbolism and guinevere’s headdress are a combination of influences from […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Drawing Excalibur

    Drawing Excalibur

    I’ll be writing a longer blog post in regards to Undiscovered Voices, but this is the work that got me to the final. I’d stumbled into this style by chance, […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Camlann

    Camlann

    I completed two pictures from the Arthurian legends for Undiscovered Voices 2018, and this was the companion piece to my competition entry. I’d visualised the book travelling through the seasons […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Red Riding Hood sets out

    Red Riding Hood sets out

    My final Red Riding Hood piece for now. This is close in composition (though it has fewer frames) to the drawing that started my whole ‘silhouette phase’ – a one […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Perseus and Medusa

    Perseus and Medusa

    Intended as an interior book illustration, my intention with this was to play around with perspective using silhouettes. The scene shows Perseus watching Medusa’s reflection in his shield, standing amongst […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Theseus and the Minotaur

    Theseus and the Minotaur

    Preparing for the 2017/18 Undiscovered Voices Competition (yes, I’m giving it another go), I decided to move my work in a new direction and decided that silhouettes were a good […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Baba Yaga

    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 […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Little Red and the wolf

    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 […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Red Riding Hood Revisited

    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 […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The soggy bad wolf

    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 […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Witch

    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 […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Red Riding Hood

    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 […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Broomsticks are so middle-ages

    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 […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Bringing down the moon

    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, […]