A witch, by an old footbridge!

Been working on the nature  (grass, trees etc.) on this illustration and it’s coming along nicely.

boy meets witch

boy meets witch

Hair Gone Wild!

Blender does not always play nice. For some strange reason it decided my little character was having a bad hair day 🙂

Hair Gone wild

Not Tuesday 🙂

 

Lighting & colour

Lighting is something that I’ve been paying more attention to when illustrating my latest picture book. And lately, I’ve also been reading about colour schemes and colour theory.

I’m reworking some of my illustrations from my book to employ what I’ve learnt in the last few weeks. The idea is to go back and recolour and re do the lightning to improve the illustrations.

Below are two pics that I’ve been working on this month (click to view whole image).

Getting somewhere (slowly).

It’s been almost three years since I started working on my book “Pete and the Enchanted Book”. And it was only today that it hit me – I’m actually getting somewhere. Writing and illustrating a picture book is such a humongous project that getting to the end is not something I care to think about because the end always feels so far away.

But today I realised that I’ve reached an important milestone. The drafts for most illustrations are done. I still have loads of work left – but we’re talking months not years now. Not even a year! Now that put a smile on my face.

Anyway, here’s the latest illustration that I completed this evening.

Pete and the enchanted book

Pete and the enchanted book

 

Tales of Pooh

Going through my friend’s library last month, I found this little gem! The sixth edition of Tales of Pooh! It was published in 1946, so 70 years ago! Enjoy the beautiful illustrations by E. H. Shepard.

Tales of Pooh A.A. Milne

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine's day

let there be love! 🙂

A witch’s enchanted book

all-books-are-magical

Work in progress! After a three months break I am slowly getting back to working on my picture book; “Pete and the enchanted book.” So… watch this space 🙂

Boy meets witch

Pete meets Willisa the witch for the first time. Work in progress…

Pete and the enchanted book test scene 3.jpg

Haunted by Amelia Dyer’s ghost…

young Amelia Dyer

Young Amelia Dyer

… well, at least that’s what it feels like!  In the past 10 months I’ve learnt a lot of new tricks and techniques about illustrating in 3D.  These have given me a few thoughts about my Amelia Dyer illustrations. Looking at them now, just over a year after completing them, they look a bit amateurish and flat.

So I now have this little nagging voice in my head saying I should redo them all, and start working on the 2nd edition of my horror story. The Amelia Dyer story is my most successful picture book in terms of sales so I feel obliged to improve on the illustrations in the book.   

I’m currently working on my third children’s book so this must be prioritised.  Once I’ve completed that, rather than start on a new original story, I will go back to my Amelia Dyer’s illustrations. Although it feels like the work is never ending, I’m pretty much looking forward to revising and improving the illustrations.

It feels like I can’t escape the ghost of Amelia Dyer.  It’s forever drawing me back; it’s the Amelia Dyer curse!

Amelia Dyer's ghost

Amelia Dyer’s ghost

 

My inspiration has returned !

I’m pleased to say that I’ve finished my little side project and the break has worked wonders. My inspiration has returned and I can’t wait to apply all the new things that I’ve learnt about blender to my new illustrations.

I now understand a lot more about Blender Cycles which I will be using in the future. I’ve also learnt some very handy techniques in texturing which I hope will improve my work greatly. It certainly pays off to take a few weeks out to recharge the old ‘inspirational’ batteries.

Here’s my (almost) finished illustration.

Rosario, Uruguay

Rosario, Uruguay

And here’s a little video, showing the modelling stages of the 3d model.

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