Sunday, 25 October 2009

'In Ancient Egypt' by Ian MacDonald




This is an illustration I did for a book cover for an educational book called 'In Ancient Egypt' by Ian MacDonald, published by Educational Printing Services. The publishers wanted a montage of Egyptian images for the book cover, my illustrations combined with photographs that were provided for me. The finished book cover is below.





The publisher wanted me to produce the illustrations in the familiar ancient Egyptian style, ie. simplified figures in profile.  Here are a selection of line drawings.





Friday, 23 October 2009

Dougal as a puppy

This is a work in progress, started last year and then put to one side.  It's a personal painting for myself, of my dog Dougal when he was 8 weeks old.  I have copied Dougal from a photo my friend took of him, but I have added the butterfly.  Dougal was a little monster and I don't think he could have stayed that still with a butterfly fluttering past his nose... the little tyke would have snapped at it and tried to catch it, like he used to snap at people's feet as they walked by.  Anything that moved was a game of chase to him... he hasn't changed much.  Dougal is a Scottish Terrier and is eight and a half years old now.  Thanks for looking :)

Friday, 2 October 2009

Monday, 7 September 2009

A sketch of a flautist for an illustration


The sketch of a flautist street performer I saw in Glastonbury (above) was supposed to be for my new series of paintings called 'The Fairy Dance' in which he was inspiration for a piper. I have decided against painting a piper now, but hopefully I will use him in another illustration.  Sketches and ideas are never wasted.  The pen sketch (below) shows the flautist clothed in eighteenth century costume, ready to be my piper in my painting.  Hope he didn't mind me sketching him.  

Auburn fairy detail from 'The fairy dance'





One of the fairies from the series of paintings 'The fairy dance'.  This is a pen sketch of one of the fairies in my new painting.  I will post the finished painting on my blog when I have finished.  Although it's not based on anything from literature, I found the poem below, by Carolina Eliza Scott, and felt inspired by this verse:

The fairies are dancing — how nimbly they bound!
   They flit o'er the grass tops, they touch not the ground;
Their kirtles of green are with diamonds bedight,
   All glittering and sparkling beneath the moonlight.

by Carolina Eliza Scott

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

'Happy Birthday... With Extra Icing On The Top'

This design is for a series of illustrations called 'Fairy Cakes'.  This one is called 'Happy Birthday... with extra icing on the top': a yummy chocolate fairy cake with pink vanilla frosting and plenty of chocolate sprinkles.