The Omission of the Commission Mission

I haven’t really talked about it too much, or  in fact at all,but I’ve been working, this summer, on a job for a man.

Yes, that’s right. A job for a man. And if that’s not an award winning feat of description there, then I just don’t know what is.

It’s been a really nice project actually, he wrote thirteen short stories for his great grand daughter to be presented to her, one a year, as she grows up. I think the idea is that as he won’t be around for all of her growing life, he wanted her to have an artefact from him that would remind her how loved she was.

Sweet isn’t it? A little gift from beyond the grave.

No, okay that made it sound creepy. Sorry, I might have ruined that.

But commission me he did for the project, to do one colour painting per story. And that’s what I’ve been up to these past few summer months.

I have since handed them over and, I’m pleased to say, he seemed really chuffed with the results, but I thought I’d shove a few up on here, to remind myself if nothing else, that I have actually done SOME work this summer and not just spent the whole think baking pies.

I did thirteen for him, but I’ll just whack up a few examples. Just so you get the gist.

An illustration for the opening poem.
A tale about the power of little girls’ tears. It’s not actually as morose as I just made that sound. I’m not doing well today.
He devised and detailed this character to me. I wan’t just being racially assuming.
A tale within a tale about a pie and an orange. Amongst other things.
The sorrowful tale of a missing, beloved family pet. (The dog, not the child HA!)
A humerous story of magical mishaps.
A light, carefree painting to go with the summery tale.

Like I said, a nice project to work on. A much more traditional style of illustration than my usual bag, hence my cracking out the watercolours , but it’s nice to have a change every now and then. And he seemed pretty happy with them so I think I made the right choice in doing so.

I enjoy writing my own work, but it’s definitely a nice change to collaborate with someone else’s words sometimes. Yes, there is less control but that’s almost part of the fun, bringing in your own creativity within the constraints of someone else’s vision.

Not the case with my current project though, speaking of which, I’d better get back to it.



New Stuff and Splashy Things

Having now officially started my degree at Bath Spa I can quite happily say I am loving life.

After the indescribable disappointment that was yesterdays one day project (in which I was caterpaulted against my will through the past few years of my art education, into the heart of GCSE) I returned today into the arms of my much missed and unceasingly rewarding secret lover; screen print.

Merely one morning in the print rooms spent priming my screen and I have already caught the art bug and get ready to descend on the world of BA hons, sketchbook in one hand and squeegie in the other. And I haven’t even put ink to page yet.

It’s been over a year since finishing my Foundation Diploma and the buzz of once more being issued a brief from someone who isn’t myself is beyond compare. The possibilities feel truly immeasureable and I’m looking forward to getting back on the project pony.

Needless to say, I’m in a pretty good mood and have chosen to celebrate by bringing you some ickle bits I’ve been doodling in recent days.

Bit o' reptile love never goes amiss.

Tortoise. Hare. Gouache. ‘Nuff said.

This one was the result of attempting work on my next graphic novel, in which the modern day is set against the 1800’s.

It’s a fun little idea I thought might be a nice doodle, finished off with a little watercolour.

Anyway, enough time wasted chatting to cyberspace, it’s off to the drawing board for this new project I should be doing!


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The Weather Outside is Weather.

I noticed two things today. Firstly I haven’t posted anything in a few days and secondly it’s cold.

Yep, it feels like August only just finished and already it’s starting to get a bit nippy here in Surrey. So as homage to the Summertimes I’m gonna stick up a collection of summery paintings I did of British wildlife. Now off you go, finish up your strawberries and cream, fish out the gloves and enjoy the company of our four (and six) legged friends while we think about meadows and warm sun and stuff like that.

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