Thursday, 30 August 2012

A Mural for the Kids

 I never did share, but a group of us from Plymouth University were asked back in January 2012 to do a mural in the children's section of the Plympton library.

It was a very slow process but early this summer we finally were able to paint. Sadly, I don't have a finished photograph but I have no doubts of it looking amazing.
The Rapunzel book was done by me, the ship was designed and painted by David Hooper, the Mermaid is by Meggie Wood, the pirates are by Alex Hancock, The Wind in the Willows was designed by Rachel Rawlings, and Ben Singleton designed the one with the three goats. The scaffolding was so much fun, wish I could have taken it home.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

What a Show

To play catchup as I have't been on blogger for so long, a few months ago we had our Graduation Degree Show. It was lovely to see what everyone had been slaving over and to proudly present it to Plymouth and our families.

This was my space (second attempt as in the first attempt I had printed the final pieces the size they would be as book illustrations but they were getting lost and didn't grab attention)

We also partook in London D&AD this year which was lovely to showcase our work and to see what other University students have created.

 The space we had. 
Illustration at Plymouth University

Merle Hunt                                                    Me and My board
Dave Hooper                                                                   Hannah Grace

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

King Thrushbeard part 2

Finally finished the illustration for King Thrushbeard (or King Grisly-Beard) from Grimm's Fairy Tales.
For those who don't know it, it is about a stuck up princess who makes fun of all the suitors that her father presents to her. One king in particular she makes fun of for his beard and thus gets the name of King Thrushbeard. Her father gets angry with her and vows she will have the next beggar man as her husband. Three days later, a fiddles comes by, the king likes how he plays and marries his daughter to her. Anyway, to make this short, the beggar takes her to his home in King Thrushbeards land, puts her to various types of work and eventually ends up as a scullery maid in the palace. One day King Thrushbeard is having a big party to introduce his new bride and as he walks in, he is so happy that he grabs the prettiest girl in the room to dance with which is this very princess. She tries to run but he tells her that he is in fact the beggar, her husband. They live happily ever after.

Close up of the characters. I like the expressions and tension.

Done with parker ink, bleach, and watercolours.
The dress is based on an Edwardian dress, can't remember where I found it online.
Thanks to Dave Hooper, Merle Hunt, Benjamin Randell and myself for the tons of reference pictures taken for this one image.

Monday, 13 August 2012

King Thrushbeard part 1

Anyways, I've been visiting the old country, had a lovely time and pretended that I didn't still have a project to finish. Finally, here is the last illustration for the Grimm's project in it's inked stage, this one is for King Thrushbeard. Ignoring the mistakes, I quite like it so far. Hopefully I won't kill it while doing the ink wash. :)