Sunday, 20 March 2016

Christening Commission: Baby Elephant

I was recently asked to produce a small illustration of a cute baby elephant as a christening gift.

I always start with a sketch before diving straight into the painting.
Top Tip: Once you are happy with your sketch use tracing paper to get the placement of your design correct - it's not cheating if it's your own sketch and it saves wasting expensive paper!
The painting is kept loose overall with a few details bringing the whole image together. The background is left clean and untouched, ready for a simple mount and frame.
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Thursday, 17 March 2016

Feature Friday: Maja Lindberg Illustration

Where are you from and where do you practice your work?
I’m from the south of Sweden and I have my studio in the basement of our house.
Are you self taught or have you completed any training?
I went to an art school for three years and specialised in ceramics and pottery. After my education I worked as a ceramic artist for a couple of years. In 2009 I started to draw - in that field I’m self-taught.
How would you describe your artwork/process?
  I always start with paper and pen. When I'm finished with the image I scan it and continue to work with it in the computer where I set all the colours, background, shades and textures.
What is your biggest influence/inspiration?
A lot of my inspiration comes from fairytales, memories and movies. I also find a lot of inspiration at Pinterest, looking at photographs and other artists illustrations. Some of my favourite artists are Rebecca Dautremer, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Gabriel Pacheco and the director Tim Burton.
Where can people see more of your work?

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Unravel Game: Make A Yarny

We recently played 'Unravel' by Coldwood for the Xbox One. The game explores broken bonds and forgotten memories as 'Yarny' makes his way through beautifully detailed environments in this physics based platformer. 
After playing Unravel we had to make a Yarny for the studio!
What you will need:
(1) Red yarn/wool, (2) White yarn/wool (3) Paper clips (4) Flexible Wire (5) Pliers
Firstly you will need to cut a length of wire. Bend it in half and twist it back along itself. The length of the wire will determine the size of your yarny - we made a big Yarny with legs 20cm approx.
Next we create the arms by take a length of wire and again twisting it back on itself. 
Now wrap another piece of wire around at the centre of the arms and legs to bind them together.
Next you will need to make a frame for the head and then attach it to the body as shown in the photo above.
Twist some extra pieces of wire around the head and body, this makes it easier to wrap the wool/yarn around the figure later. Now you have finished your wire frame!
 Choose a starting point (we began at the feet) and wrap the red wool/yarn tightly around the metal frame - try to keep the arms and legs quite thin. Once you have covered the wire start wrapping the thread more randomly and loosely. When you are happy with the shape of your Yarny use a paper clip to push the thread through the body a couple of times, this will hide the end of the thread neatly. The eyes are created using a paper clip to push and pull the white wool/yarn through the red face - remember to keep it loose and random.

Your Yarny is now ready to go on an adventure!

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Feature Friday: Cori Dantini Illustration

Where are you from and where do you practice your work?
I am from Washington State and I currently live in a little town called Pullman. I have a wonderful studio in my home.
How would you describe your artwork/process?
I refer to my art as mixed media painting. In a nutshell it is a mixture of layered papers (old and new), combined with watercolour and acrylic paint. I typically draw with calligraphy nibs and ink but I do supplement with various other types of pens, typically at the very end to add in the final details.
Are you self taught or have you completed any training?
I graduated with a BFA from Washing State University, my emphasis was painting and my minor was printmaking; that being said I consider myself self taught.  
What is your biggest influence/inspiration?
I try really hard to speak to the magical things in life, to remind people about all the good things that fill up their days, and I try to do it in many layers.  If you really look at my work you will see all kinds of surprises that aren't necessarily something you notice at first glance.
Have you ever received any artistic awards for your work? 
I received a painting scholarship when I was in college (it was one that they hadn't given out for quite some time), which I feel was a really special acknowledgement from my mentors and teachers. I also won a Louie Award years back in conjunction with a greeting card company called Great Arrow. I like to describe it as an Oscar from the Greeting Card world! That was a great day!!!
Where can people see your work?
You can find my originals, prints, and a few greeting cards at my Etsy Shop

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Feature Friday: Jamie Patterson Illustration

Where are you from and where do you practice your work?
 I am a Geordie by birth, currently living and working in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Are you self taught or have you completed any training?
I am entirely self taught with no formal artistic training. My dad was an artist and gave me a few tips as a child that have stuck with me ever since.
How would you describe your artwork/process?
The process is quite simple - I love nature. This forms the core of my pen and ink silhouette circle work. Working from my imagination I will render a circle using black fine liners and brush pens. I try to add as much detail as possible so when someone goes back to a piece of my artwork hopefully they will find another star or plant frond that they didn’t see before. Mr Trafalgar is different, he and his friends are evolving. We hope that the brand will take flight in the world of children’s book publishing.
What is your biggest influence/inspiration?
My biggest inspiration for my circle silhouettes is without doubt natural history. Artists who influence both my silhouette circles and Mr Trafalgar include Rembrandt, Lotte Reneger, Jan Pienkowski and Aubrey Beardsley. 
Have you ever received any artistic awards for your work?
Mr Trafalgar won License This 2013 at Brand Licensing Europe a competition to give creative concepts the chance to break into the global licensing industry.
To see more of Jamie’s Silhouette circles please visit:
Etsy Shop
 If you are interested in showcasing your work click here to find out more! 

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Feature Friday: Avida Toys

Where are you from?
I live in Budapest, Hungary with my family.
Where do you currently practice your work?
I work in my studio, near my home, together with my employee. My husband also helps me a lot. In the busiest periods of the year, such as Christmas, I require temporary help.

Are you self taught or have you completed any training?
I graduated from college as a teacher of arts and mathematics but never worked as a teacher. I used to work as a computer programmer for years. Sewing was always my hobby and I’m self taught. I started making plushies for my children twenty years ago when they were babies and it became my profession only five years ago.

How do you develop your character ideas and what inspires you?
I do not make sketches. My creatures are born in my mind and then I directly make sewing patterns. Sometimes I find a fabric which inspires me to create a new item. When I want to create something new I try to find the appropriate form and material. I get lots of inspiration from my friends and customers since I opened my shop on Etsy. I always get requests to make new items and have a many more ideas than I could ever realise. I can say that my biggest inspiration is my audience.

To see more of Andrea's fun handmade animals visit Avida Toys:
Instagram: @andreavida1