Wednesday 17 November 2010


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Another little experiment in using my original sketches and turning that into a final piece. In this instant I doodled the little girl whilst waiting for a file to save in Photoshop. I drew her quickly and with biro which is something I very rarely use.
I then scanned her in and coloured her digitally in Photoshop. I'm actually quite pleased with the result as it still has the energy of the original sketch which can so often be lost when creating final, 'tidy' pieces.

What inspired me to create this picture is this piece of music from the film The Chorus. I'm quite often inspired by music. I can remember going to see a classical music concert when I was little. I didn't really want to go, but when I was there I just sat listening and enjoying the stories and images the music created in my head. They are often random little pictures, with bits I don't quite understand - why is the little girl above carrying a steaming teapot in her basket for example? But that's the fun of it - getting the drawing down and wondering about the story later!

I do love a good mystery!


  1. I know what you mean with sketches sometimes turning into great pieces, cos of the freshness they sometimes manage to keep throughout the process.
    I really like this picture, there's lots of back story implied in it, which is great :)

  2. Thanks Jon,
    Glad you like the picture. I think sometime it helps just to draw something and not worry to much about what the story is - hard to do when you're an illustrator!

  3. Beautiful picture! The biro produces a lovely line. I always like to keep the sketchiness of the original drawing in the final artwork, it gives it more depth I think


    Driving a kettle home to grandma? Loopy.
    Even weirder, I was singing this as I looked at it