Friday, 28 September 2012

Goodluck little envelopes being whisked through Royal Mail!

So, I've been all productive! Tomorrow I'll be taking my first steps to actually contacting potential clients by sending these 11 babies off into the scary world of art directors with business and post cards inside. It's not an extensive list, only really A-B of publishers and a couple of other magazines etc. but it's a start! To be honest, as I cut out all the envelopes individually by hand, it would have been difficult with much more...well, not so much difficult as time consuming and laborious which is what the tutors were always telling us not to do but....I want to make a good impression darn it! I just have to keep telling myself that the worst that can happen is that I'll hear nothing, but I also have that horrible voice in my head that's telling me they'll turn around and tell me that I'm a fraud! As I asked you to cross your fingers for me before, maybe you could cross your toes this time?

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Brave New World.

The House of Illustration have launched their new competition to illustrate a book for The Folio Society. Last year the book was Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber and this year it will be Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. It's the chance for illustrators who have not previously worked with The Folio Society to get their work seen which is great for people like myself. I know little about the book in question except that it would probably not be on my ideal reading list given the choice (dystopian prophesies of a new age isn't quite the thing I'm used to reading, or indeed, illustrating! as former posts will show) but I think because of that it could be a unique challenge to set myself. Certainly the cover of the book I've been lent by my dad is in dire need of redesigning (although dad argued that you can't go wrong with Masaccio! It's true but there's a time and a place and a thumbnail size version of The Expulsion on a plain chocolate brown background is definitely neither). In the same way that you can learn something from arguing the opposite point to what you believe in a debate, I feel that I just might do the same from trying to illustrate something that I would usually not even look at twice. In a way, you become less preciouses about the result that way and in these cases great things can sometimes happen. I am flexing my fingers in readiness. This could be fun!

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Yay is me!

Yesterday I could not find the prit-stick I knew was somewhere on my desk! This made me endlessly happy :)

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Cushion covers and competitions.

As promised, new artwork as it comes off the desk. All these designs I did for competitions, some using old work and some new.

These illustrations were for a clothing company who were looking for a design to put on their Christmas pyjamas. I chose the theme of Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker to come up with these Christmas-sy figures.    

While these two cushion cover designs are for an online company selling illustrated products called Ohh Deer
Keep your fingers crossed.