Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Tin Tabernacle Tour: 2 Tin Church Illustrations for Amelia's Magazine Music Article

Last week, Amelia Gregory's interview with Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou was posted in / on Amelia's Magazine.  In it, they describe the making of the Tin Tabernacle tour video '11 Nights Under Tin', and what to expect next, now that they have signed to Heavenly Recordings. Their music is absolutely captivating. 

I leapt at the chance to draw a tin church or 'Tabernacle' - tin buildings are so appealing, in their simple shapes and in their colours which always seem to result in a shade or hue that manages to be both unusually 'zingy' and also complementary to its surroundings. When this is a chapel or church it seems even more special. 

Whilst reasearching this I came across the most wonderful buildings, eg:


This was an initial pencil drawing in my sketchbook:
Tin Church Bedmond, Hertfordshire : Pencil Drawing

For the 2nd tin chapel, I painted in watercolour onto A4 primed paper:

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 and then played about in Photoshop effects:

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I liked the one above for being quite drearily atmospheric..

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 ...but this one seemed to a slightly magical quality ... and won the vote with friends & family unanimously. 

Thank you to Amelia Gregory, as ever. Read the interview here - which includes the full video AND music - and also see the other fabulous illustrations and photographs..

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Marianne Faithfull: on Illustration Rally

In this drawing I wanted to try and make some kind of comment about the relationship between our older and younger selves:

It was done for Illustration Rally - a brilliant, dynamic supporter of new illustration by providing a constant succession of open briefs around a theme. This was a 'Portrait Rally' with the final shortlist being Bjork, David Lynch, Marianne Faithfull and Nick Cave.

Marianne Faithfull was actually my suggestion, as I happened to be listening to an interview with her at the time - her intriguingly titled new album 'Horses and High Heels' was about to be released.

With such a long career and varied presence (including her appearance), it was difficult to narrow down to one era of her life. I began with the younger Marianne, then sketched the older one - thinking a lot about the eventual dynamic between the two.
I quite like the way the younger Marianne is at this moment turning towards us in a quite an innocently inviting way, but is also of course heading towards her older self ... who is, I feel, watching over her with wisdom, concern and compassion.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Pai Skincare: Illustration for Amelia's Magazine

I was really pleased to see Amelia Gregory's interview with Sarah Brown (of Pai skincare) appear on Friday in Amelia's Magazine - another nice gentle balance to all the super energetic London Fashion Week articles. 

Sarah developed the range, which uses entirely organic and ethically sourced ingredients, as a result of trying to find suitable products for her own sensitive skin. The products are so good that they are now used on film sets and by such well known names as Natalie Portman. You can read the article here. It includes a lovely drawing of Sarah Brown herself by Danielle Shepherd, and other illustrations including this one by me:

: PAI Skincare : 

                                         : pencil on stencilled paper :

I actually drew this 5 weeks ago - so very early in my very short illustration career so far, which only began in late January. I have learnt so much since then, thanks to the continuing opportunities (provided by Amelia's Magazine, and other supporters of new illustration) and the urgent requirement to master technical stuff like scanning and scaling, keeping the sharpness of images, and a little bit of 'manipulation'; but still so much to learn ... layering in Photoshop most particularly ... I never seem to have the time to get to grips with this. 

There is also a tension beween hand drawing and painting etc. and one's own feelings about how much of the finished work should be digitally created. I do struggle with this a bit, I have to confess.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Ones To Watch: Kirsty Ward at London Fashion Week: Illustration for Amelia's Magazine

I had such fun, and games, doing this illustration. I wanted to capture not only the stunning jewellery which Kirsty Ward embeds in her designs, but also the metallic, gauzy sheen of the fabrics she has used this time. My usual method - using the scanner - was hopeless as any shine is completely ignored. So the illustration had to be photographed - even this proved a frustrating experience, especially as the deadline was looming. I think I took over 70 photos - too many to choose one from - but I hope you like the finished piece... you can click on the image to enlarge it:

: Kirsty Ward :
: pencil, metallic acrylic and colourcraft paint on paper :

You can read the complete article on the London Fashion Week / Fashion Scout's 'Ones to Watch' by Amelia Gregory in Amelia's Magazine here. The photographs by Amelia capture the depth and subtlety of the colours and materials used by Kirsty Ward. I particularly like the illustrations by Charlotte Hoyle.