Thursday 28 June 2012

Win a signed copy of 'Crumble, Crackle, Burn' texture illustration book!

Good news!

To link in with this month's Creative Tips & Resources article I've written for Ten Paces and Draw, we have something very special to give away...

This month's article is all about using textures and custom brushes in digital illustration.  It's got a ton of pearls of wisdom from some amazing illustrators I've spoken to such as Kali Ciesemier and Andrew Lyons. 

It's also got some very shiny pearls about using your own found textures from designer and author of 'Crumble, Crackle, Burn' Von Glitschka.

Crumble, Crackle... is a great anthology of a variety of illustrator's work, tips and insight into using real world textures in digital illustration.  It's full of lovely visual work paired with a black and white screen of the texture used in that illustration.
The book also comes with a disk brimming with royalty-free texture shots!

So...sound good?

Well - Von has kindly offered us ONE SIGNED COPY to give away!

I do have to say though that, unfortunately, 
this prize can be shipped to the USA only 
sorry international friends! 

Right, so -
- You're interested?                                                    Check
- You've got a delivery address in the US?             Check  
- You've had a nosy at the article ;-) ?                      Check 

Let's go!
This giveaway is run via Rafflecopter and will be open for two weeks (until 12th July)
So just follow the easy options below for multiple entries into one big lucky hat!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday 25 June 2012

Tattoos and Magical Amulets

Howdy partners.

So, as you may know, I've been out-of-this-world-busy recently working on three separate book commissions at the same time, as well as a few other jobs on the go too.  Yup, no rest for the illustrator. 

However, in the midst of these slightly secretive projects that I can't really show you anything from I've taken some time out to create a few other illustrations just for the pure love of it.

First up - 'Amulet'
So, well yeah, I did say it was for the pure love of it, but this one is also for the Cheltenham Illustration Awards - themed on a collection of amulets and charms.
I ended up feeling really happy with the silhouette and shaping of this one, and general colours too I suppose - that said - I'm not going to let myself get my hopes up (as I usually do).  Luckily the judging for the awards is far enough away that I will hopefully just forget all about it. 

Here's a really scrappy process sketch and some inspiration for the illo.

 With the theme of the illustration - rather than thinking about the amulet as a physical object, I was focusing more on where one might be discovered, and by whom.  From growing up with adventure stories and an active imagination the idea of stumbling across a magical amulet is so tantalising - there's infinite potential for adventures to spin from it, which powers would you get? What would you use them for? How would it affect your life? Pretty exciting! 

Okay, well, second up - this lovely lady stemmed from a very quick slick of the brush with some Indian Ink. Every so often I like to break away from the computer and go a bit wild with ink or paint on paper. It's just refreshing, for your screen-wearied eyes as well as your soul.  Every so often something I really like will appear and I'll take it further into a coloured piece. I particularly enjoyed painting the tattoos on this Miss, definitely something you might see more of - illustrations within illustrations! 

So that's that. Back to work Emmeline, back. to. work. 
Hopefully soon I'll be able to share some of my commissioned work! 

Let me know what you think of these illos, leave me your words.  Speak soon, Emmeline.

Saturday 16 June 2012


I’m having a one week SALE in my illustration shop.
All postcards 80p and sticker sets, like this one above my head, just one pound.