Friday, December 14, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Saurus Street drawings are looking great! Kids will enjoy the humour with HUGE dinosaurs and tiny dogs facing off to work out who's the alpha animal. Official release date is the 2nd January 2013 and I've got the new books in my hands - they look fantastic. http://www.biha.com.au Bridge Road School http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/schoolfind/locator/?do=showRecord&code=5540 What the Raven Saw http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/samantha-ellen-bound/what-the-raven-saw-9781742757353.aspx Saurus Street http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/nicholas-falk/saurus-street-1-9781742756554.aspx http://jacintadimase.com.au/authors/18/tony-flowers
Monday, November 26, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
I have returned to Sydney today after a weekend away at the Griffith Readers Festival. I was great festival some interesting authors (and 1 illustrator) presenting talks and workshops. I am planning to write a bit more on the other authors in a separate post, with some links to books or websites...etc. I was lucky enough to have some time to spend working on some of my own story ideas. I have made some good progress on my Ulverstone story and a new story idea about a retired police dog. I am planning to use my dog 'Holly' as the main character. If all goes well and a book is produced. Im sure Holly will love the attention, not to mention the publicity tours! Below is one of my first sketches of Holly. This was one of the many drawings that I managed to do while watching a 2 hour line for young Andy Griffiths fans waiting for a signature. I think if fame hits Holly at the same that it has Andy, she will need a ball throwing break in the middle of a 2 hour line up. It will also be hard to train her to sign her name. Im sure that she will give it a good go!!!
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Friday, April 13, 2012
I just started working on some cover art for Random House Australia. The story is ‘to die for’ by Mark Svendsen. The story is about a 14 year old boy who has taken is fathers boat to go camping and fishing on a small island. But before he can reach the island he grounds himself on a reef. A four meter tiger shark finds the boy and boat, hence the imagery for in these sketches.
What I have attached is four concept sketches for the cover and an image from an older story, ‘The Rime of the Owl and the Pussycat’. I have included this image as it was one that Random House staff commented on when I was showing them my folio. I have done a lot of images that show water and boats. I think this image was one of the reason why I have this cover commission. Just thought some people might like to see the image behind the sketches and the commission.
The attached cover sketches are done in wash and watercolour, I’m planning to either use ink or scrapper board to create the line work for the final image. I will most likely add colour in Photoshop. This should allow me to get a smooth solid block fill of colour. Which will give a strong graphic look to the cover design.
I will post the next set of images, as the design process continues. But don’t worry you shouldn’t have to wait long as the deadline for sketches is the 16th, colour art on the 26th and final art on May 1st. So check back soon.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Ceridwyn was a story concept that I have been working on. It is based on misspelling or misinterpretations of words. This is quite ironic as I am such a bad speller myself. My drafts are full of mistakes and I’m quite sure that any regular reader of this blog will have spotted quite a few.
Anyway, Ceridwyn is a witch who has magic fun with the linguistic mistakes that I make on a daily basis. I started out drawing Ceridwyn as an older character. After I had shown my first mock up to my agent, she suggested that I adapt a character that I had been working on for another story and draw Ceridwyn in this style as a younger girl.
After a few basic sketches I realised that she was right and that Ceridwyn was much more appealing as a younger character. So that’s where I am up to with her at the moment. I will update as things progress.
Monday, March 26, 2012
I am working on a story that I intend to pitch for publishing at the moment. It started as an idea 2 years ago and has grown and refined itself along the way. The story is of a young witch who's name is Ceridwyn. For the non-Welsh of us, it is sounds like Kerr-id-wen. I have attached a sample image of her and her cat Miffy (Miffanwy another fine Welsh name) casing a spell.
I will try and upload some interesting Ceridwyn character development sketches in a while.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Above are a few examples of some experiments on ‘scrapper paper’. This paper has a black coating on it and you scratch away at it to reveal the white. So the trick (if there is one) is to think in terms of negative space and draw the white. I really enjoy this stuff, it’s fun to work, you can achieve some very striking results and it is conceptuality simular to working chalk on a black back ground (or road surface).
These particular drawings are experimental images for chapter titles in a book that I am working on for Random House.