Tag: silhouette

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Flowers in the waste

    Flowers in the waste

    He swung out an arm and his black sleeve disturbed several hundred blue butterflies feasting on a bush of yellow roses. Howl’s Moving Castle. House of Illustration competition 2019

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Magical combat

    Magical combat

    But almost as Michael and Sophie arrived, the clot of magic took on the shape of a misty bundle of fighting snakes. Howl’s Moving Castle. House of Illustration competition 2019

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Catching a falling star

    Catching a falling star

    The bright shape was coming down slowly now, and it looked as if Michael might catch it. Howl’s Moving Castle. For the House of illustration competition 2019. Of all of […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Morrigan Crow (and brolly)

    Morrigan Crow (and brolly)

    A quick drawing inspired by Wundersmith  – the second Morrigan Crow book by Jessica Townsend which I was given for Christmas. It’s nice to see that it’s been given a […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Merry Kittenmas!

    Merry Kittenmas!

    This was day 4 of the SCBWI-BI advent calendar competition! The rules were black and white plus one colour on the theme of Christmas carols, though I’m not sure where […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Confronting the hunt

    Confronting the hunt

    The last of my Hunt of Smoke and Shadow series, this is an illustration from the closing chapters of Nevermoor and I don’t want to add spoilers here. By this […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Escaping the hunt

    Escaping the hunt

    What do you need most in an emergency? How about a giant clockwork spider powered by magic to escape in? Yep, that sounds good. This is the black and white […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The Hunt of Smoke and Shadow

    The Hunt of Smoke and Shadow

    Nevermoor : The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend has been a recent source of inspiration for me. The Hunt of Smoke and Shadow is a persistent threat throughout […]

  • 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: The stone table breaks

    The stone table breaks

    My second Narnia piece and another painted silhouette. I’ve toned down the bright yellow in the sky and I’m glad that the white sun makes it more sunrise than sunset. […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Edmund and the White Witch

    Edmund and the White Witch

    Drawn – appropriately – over the Christmas holidays, I’d originally planned to illustrate scenes from Voyage of the Dawn Treader which is my favourite of all of the Narnia books. […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Lyra

    Lyra

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

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Toad hog!

    Toad hog!

    My second Wind in the Willows piece. As well as captuing the action, I also wanted enough static detail to expand on the story – in this case, the relics […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Ratty and Mole

    Ratty and Mole

    A departure from my fantasy work, this was one of a series inspired by the first Undiscoverd Voices 2018 brief. I wanted to have a go at a coloured silhouette […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: At the bonfire

    At the bonfire

    Another dark fantasy piece. This one was directly inspired by the Dark Souls series of videogames – itself inspired by the Fighting Fantasy books. I was particularly interested in capturing […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Brigand

    Brigand

    My monster illustrations were a trip back to my childhood spent reading Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone’s ‘Fighting Fantasy’ series. The silhouette style seemed to lend itself to the European […]

  • 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: Railhead – The Damask Rose

    Railhead – The Damask Rose

    I’m still kicking myself that I met Philip Reeve and completely forgot to bring my copy of Railhead along to get signed. The sillhouette piece of the Damask Rose was […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Quidditch

    Quidditch

    The last of my Harry Potter images for now. This was another earlier piece that I drew to test out ideas for perspective and dealing with backgrounds – in this […]

  • 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: Expecto Patronum!

    Expecto Patronum!

    I returned to Harry Potter for an action based scene to illustrate. This one gave me the opportunity to play around properly with rendering specific areas light and dark. I […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: History of Magic

    History of Magic

    Another silhouette piece and an illustration from Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. I chose this scene because it’s character based rather than an action piece and I wanted […]

  • 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: The truth is a cave in the black mountains

    The truth is a cave in the black mountains

        A live sketch for a Radio 4 gallery, for the ‘Book at bedtime’ story by Neil Gaiman. The nearest I’ll get to doing an ‘official’ illustration for his […]