Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Poems # 6 - Tich Miller

The last of the poem illustrations! This is my second favourite after the Roethke one - 'Tich Miller' by Wendy Cope. This was a really fun one to do, although Tich on the left there was bearing a worrying resemblance to me as a child until I coloured her in!

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Poems # 5 - Take One Home For The Kiddies

Nearly there! Second to last illustrated poem...'Take One Home For The Kiddies' by Philip Larkin. I think this is my least favourite out of the set... not sure why, I think the composition is a bit off, maybe it's too 'cute' too? I like the rabbits in the background though :)

Monday, 21 February 2011

Poems # 4 - My Papa's Waltz

Bit delayed in getting this one up... I've been a busy bee this weekend working hard on several London Fashion Week illustrations for Amelia's Magazine, so watch this space for those appearing here in the next week or so.
Fourth in the series of poem illustrations - this time 'My Papa's Waltz' by Theodore Roethke. This one is my favourite of the six I think, especially the dancing on the feet :) What do you think?

'The whiskey on your breath
Could make a small boy dizzy;
But I hung on like death:
Such waltzing was not easy.

We romped until the pans
Slid from the kitchen shelf;
My mother's countenance
Could not unfrown itself.

The hand that held my wrist
Was battered on one knuckle;
At every step you missed
My right ear scraped a buckle.

You beat time on my head
With a palm caked hard by dirt,
Then waltzed me off to bed
Still clinging to your shirt.'

Friday, 18 February 2011

Poems # 3 - As

Third in the poems series - another anonymous one called 'As'. Not entirely convinced by the shadow in this one, but I really liked the concept. Little vignette is to illustrate 'As live as a bird - as dead as a stone', and the main illustration 'as fierce as a tiger - as mild as a dove'.

'As wet as a fish - as dry as a bone;
As live as a bird - as dead as a stone;
As plump as a partridge - as poor as a rat;
As strong as a horse - as weak as a cat;
As hard as flint - as soft as a mole;
As white as lily - as black as coal;
As plain as a pike-staff - as rough as a bear;
As tight as a drum - as free as the air;
As heavy as lead - as light as a feather;
As hot as a furnace - as cold as a frog;
As gay as a lark - as sick as a dog;
As slow as a tortoise - as swift as the wind;
As true as the gospel - as false as mankind;
As thin as a herring - as fat as a pig;
As proud as a peacock - as blythe as a jig;
As fierce as a tiger - as mild as a dove;
As stiff as a poker-  as limp as a glove;
As blind as a bat - as deaf as a post;
As cool as a cucumber - as warm as toast;
As fat as a flounder -as round as a ball;
As blunt as a hammer - as sharp as an awl;
As red as a ferret - as safe as the stocks;
As bold as a thief - as sly as a fox;
As straight as an arrow - as bent as a bow;
As yellow as saffron - as black as a sloe;
As brittle as glass - as tough as gristle;
As neat as my nail - as clean as a whistle;
As good as a feast - as bad as a witch;
As light as is day - as dark as is pitch;
As brisk as a bee - as dull as an ass;
As full as a tick - as solid as brass.'                                                                            

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Burst Magazine

I'm rather pleased to say that I was chosen to appear in February's 'Love' issue of Burst Magazine, alongside the rather awesome Alice Potter, Gemma Milly and many others!

Big thank you to Ali Salih for featuring me :)
You can download your own copy of the second issue for free here!

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Poems # 2 - I Saw A Jolly Hunter

The second of my poem illustrations... 'I Saw a Jolly Hunter' by Charles Causley. Instead of doing a separate illustration for the facing page on this one, I decided to continue the scene across the spread with the hare on the left hand side.

'I saw a jolly hunter
With a jolly gun
Walking in the country
In the jolly sun.

In the jolly meadow

Sat a jolly hare
Saw the jolly hunter
Took jolly care.

Hunter jolly eager
Sight of jolly prey
Forgot gun pointing
Wrong jolly way.

Jolly hunter jolly head

Over heels gone
Jolly old safety catch
Not jolly on.

Bang went the jolly gun
Hunter jolly dead
Jolly hare got clean away
Jolly good, I said.'

Monday, 14 February 2011

Poems # 1 - The Elephant

Our most recent uni project was to illustrate six poems, with a main illustration and a vignette/additional illustration to sit with the text for each.
Here's the first of them - the full spread and a close up of some of the nice elephant texture!

'The elephant is a pretty bird,
it flits from bough to bough,
it builds its nest in a rhubarb tree,
and whistles like a cow.'

And happy valentines day!

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Creature Curiosity

Proud to be the creator of creatures number 50 and 51 on the Creature Curiosity project (co-founded by Sandra Dieckmann) - a collaborative illustration project aiming to spread creativity and inspire younger generations through workshops where children complete the other half of the illustrators' creatures!

Bird bottom.

Cat bottom.

I'm all about the bottoms, apparently?

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Amelia's Magazine # 1

Eeep, long time no blog. It's been an insanely hectic, but productive, couple of weeks... I've been working on various uni projects and some other exciting online projects and competitions, so there should be lots of fresh work posted in the next couple of weeks.

To start with on my catch up mission, here's a piece I did for Amelia's Magazine to illustrate an interview with the band I Like Trains. Thought I'd share the pencil sketch this time, as well as the finished illustration!