Saturday 27 July 2013


About a week ago, I doodled the above picture not in my usual sketchbook, but on a big sketch pad I was using to plan out some pictures for a book project I'm currently working on. 
I'm not sure why I drew a picture of a rabbit running through a jungle/forest with a giant crystal, but sometimes I think you just have to go with what you brain tells you to do! 

Usually, in my little sketchbook, and my rough images for work, I make them very tidy and tight, but working on a bigger pad made my pencil work looser and I was desperate to colour it in. 

Usually, my work is a mixture of traditional artwork (mainly the linework) and digital colour and texture. However, recently I've found that I'm not able to get the feeling I want using the computer. 

No matter how much computer trickery I use, the image still doesn't quite do what I want. I've also found the amount of time I am staring at a screen  has become quite uncomfortable, so I'm trying to work away from the computer as much as possible to give my eyes a rest and look at something other than a flickering screen.

This image was an experiment ahead of my next two picture books to see if I could manage a large, fairly complicated scene with put having a nervous breakdown! And I LOVED it. I really liked how not having an undo function meant I had to think about more before tackling bits of the image, and I also really enjoyed how relaxed it made me just quietly colouring bits and working the image up in stages. 

I don't usually show my process because to be honest with you, even after 7 years of being an illustrator, I still have very little idea of what I'm doing and most of it is trial and error, but I did think you might like to see how I put this image together. 

ART GEEK BIT: It's pen, pencil crayon, watercolour, chalk pastel and gouache on medium texture, heavyish weight A3 paper. 

And the final finished image...


And one final picture of it on my messy desk! (Well, actually, my dining table- hence the kitten shaped salt and pepper shakers!) 

More non digital artwork here soon! 


  1. I can't even tell you how much I love this! Absolutely stunning! I love everything about it. :)

  2. You sir, are amazing!

    This is gorgeous! I want more!!! :D

  3. I want to read this! I love Indiana jones and my daughter (2) thinks she's a bunny . perfect!

  4. I really love the final piece. I mostly work on computer, everything from line work to colors but have found recently that if I sketch really neat roughs with pencil first then scan and draw in program, I tend to work faster. I guess it's because I take more time in sketching and during that time, my brain builds up overall image of the work. So when I sit in front of the computer, I don't need to think much just draw what I already have in mind.

    I used to be nervous without the undo function but now I think without it, I feel more freedom :)

    Love looking at artist's work process. It's inspiring and encouraging. Thanks for sharing this :D

  5. Wow, this is really hilarious, the sketch and the final one :)

    Can not wait for what will happen to the rabbit and the ruby :)