Thursday, 25 June 2015

A Day In The Life Of A Freelance Illustrator | Videos!



I have another video on my youtube channel which is another Day In The Life video featuring a busy Monday with a couple of deadlines and lots of painting!

I hope you enjoy watching and if you have any questions or comments please do leave them in the comments of my video and I'll try to answer them.

You can also subscribe to my channel to stay updated with my newest videos - I really enjoy making them so there should be more coming soon although they usually take a long, long time to make - longer than I'd care to admit!

You can also find my previous Day In The Life video below!



Monday, 15 June 2015

Beachcombing - Seaside Illustrations for Housing Development




Today I'm sharing a set of 30 illustrations I created for PegasusLife for a new development planned in Dawlish, on the Devon Coast. These illustrations will be used across multiple applications – including national and local press, marketing publications, digital marketing, and potentially site hoardings. So it's pretty exciting!

These paintings were made with the intention of being blown up quite large (almost human sized!) - which is a pretty exhilarating prospect. But, as these things so often go, movement on this project has been very, very slow. So currently I'm only able to share the paintings in their "natural state". I hope you like them!

Red Crab in Watercolour

Feather Illustration

Message in a Bottle

Shell in Watercolour

Shell with Barnacles

Open Shell in Watercolor

Starfish Illustration in Watercolour

Saturday, 6 June 2015

The Month of May | New Vlog & A Bit of a Confession

May was a bit of a strange inside-my-own-head month for me. Work finally began to pick up so I was very busy with commissions, but I had this real sense of unease the whole time. It was almost a guilty feeling.

Have you ever been so inspired and motivated, only to have it bubble over into guilt and anxiety? Because that's what happened to me last month. I was extremely busy with new commissions that I've so desperately needed after a bit of a dry spell, but I wasn't very happy. Usually my happy place is painting, lots and lots of painting, and so surely I should have been happy to be being paid to do this?

But during May I became obsessed with bettering myself. I became obsessed with the future, and trying to secure my own one. I think after months of thumb-twiddling and worrying slightly that I might not be able to afford rent, I wanted to make sure that it doesn't happen again. I came to this conclusion whilst knowing full well that the second half of the year has always been where I've made my money, and that it always works out ok. The guilt came into play because I never felt I had enough time to achieve the goals I set myself. Try as I may, I found that annoying things such as "sleep" and "paid work" came between me and my impossible goals.

The video I put together didn't in any way convey this, and in a way, I'm glad. I want to forget this horrible feeling I've had, and enter June with a sense of optimism and inspiration, without all of the pressure. I must remind myself I'm only human, and there needs to be a balance between work and play.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

BURGERS BURGERS BURGERS BURGERS | Watercolour Illustrations

The idea of a burger as an iconic image is something I've come to accept and understand. I don't even eat red meat. I can't recall the last time I sunk my teeth into a bread bun filled with a juicy meat patty, but I assume it was long before burgers became such an important part of our dining society. But I get it. They've come a long way from the frozen isle in the supermarket, and now any self respecting restaurnat has its own take on what is essentially, a meat sandwich.

Regardless, they make pretty amazing subject matters to paint. This was a project for New York Magazine, to paint 15 "signature" burgers from around the world. The selection you see above contains burgers from the US, Australia, Zanzibar, Portugal, Japan, Afghanistan and more!- but can you guess which is which?

See the illustrations in situ on the New York Magazine website.