Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Sketchbooking

For me the best way to start a new character and discover his or her story is to sketch them and see what they end up doing, what environment sits comfortably with the character and what friends appear? What adventures will the pencil take them on? 

And then there are those naughty characters, like little piglet Kay, that impatiently just pop up whenever they want. Even when it isn't her turn yet!



It looks like little Momo has a big bear friend. And I think it is cold where they are, but somehow I think that they would much prefer a warm place with soft grass and flowers. But it isn't anywhere near them. Hmmm. Maybe a little journey might be in order? We'll see. 



I love sketch books and sketching, doodling,  playing, thinking, drawing. And there is of course enormous joy in viewing others' sketch books. I recently bought "The Bird King" by Shaun Tan, and what a joy to view page after page of delicious sketches. And then there is the wonderful Sara Midda's sketchbook "The South of France, a sketchbook". And if you really want to get me drooling there is Oliver Jeffer's Sketchbook. These are some of my favourite sketchbooks. I would love to find out what yours are. It will be such a delight to find more artists' sketchbooks to enjoy and get inspired by!


Wednesday, 22 June 2016

New picture book?

A few months ago I put a little doodle I made on Facebook and for some reason he made a lot of people comment, despite being just a little doodle. Here he is, the little fellow.



You see, there isn't much of him, but somehow people liked him and he also kept haunting my mind. So it's probably best that he gets a story. His name is Momo. That much is clear. But rather than just making up a story for him, I would like to discover first who he is and from there see what is happening in his life.

If you'd like to follow an adventure in picture book making, I thought I'd use this blog to record the progress of discovering Momo.








Tuesday, 15 March 2016

New look blog and a new approach

In the past I used to use the blog mainly to update those who are interested, what I was working on and what was happening with the bits and pieces I created. With this new style blog, I'd like to write about techniques for illustration and design and share interesting illustration and design pieces that might be inspiring, or useful in other ways. 

I would also like to invite other illustrators, artists and designers to write guest blogs to share their work, their inspirations and techniques. If you are interested, leave a comment in the comment section and I'll get in touch.

Today I'm going to leave you with a link to a site that I often refer to when I need a bit of inspiration. It is called "The Letters" and contains all the letters Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo, translated in English.

So now for a cup of tea, a piece of cake and read The Letters !

"Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.” 
― Vincent van Gogh