I am really excited to share that my picture book On The Origin of Species will be published by Puffin (Penguin Random House) early next year!
A video showing my recent trip to Down House and a bit of my illustration process.
I am so excited that my Kickstarter project made it to the New & Noteworthy page. Also got a badge "Project We Love"! I was dreaming of it being featured. Now the chances of it being funded are much higher.
I am very excited to share that I started a small Kickstarter project to publish a picture book.
Check the project here: http://kck.st/2ctkSxP
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Triangulation of classic painting resulted in interesting compositions (see Surreal Odalisque below). I would like to continue these experiments and create surreal geometric scenes where I combine together various triangulated elements from different paintings and my own drawings.
Indian red for the #colour_collective. Inspired by the Little Red Riding Hood but with a hipster hat. Initially I planned to have a dual view of her running and what she was running from. But then I thought it is more terrifying not to know what is chasing her.
This was an attempt at a different technique than I usually use. Instead of processing first the drawing in illustrator and then finishing in Photoshop, I painted with ink and assembled directly in Photoshop. It became clear that that the process dictates often the outcome. While my vector illustrations are carefully composed and premeditated, this time the image was shaped by variety of creative "accidents". I found that the trees look better in their original inked form rather than coloured digitally. The transparency of the basket and her skin was an interesting effect that added lightness. Overall the style of this artwork is more expressive. I am excited to experiment further with this technique.
I find that the sketches always hold more potential than the final piece. Something that I think many illustrators struggle with - the sketches looking better than the processed artwork.
For a long time I have been fascinated with these geometric hanging planters or mini terrariums. In this project the goal was to create something entirely out of paper without following any instructions. I decided to make one such terrarium.
I avoided looking at any examples of succulents made of paper or interpretations on this theme, however works of other artists I have seen before, probably played a role with inspiration. The interesting part was resolving how to draw the elements and design the 3 dimensional plants and terrarium structure. Glue was used of course. I used white paper, which I dyed with watercolour. The stones are made of crumbled dyed paper. The girl inside with the watering can added an element of narrative - like a human terrarium.
Spending a day away from the computer and solving different kind of problems than I am used to, has inspired me tremendously. Studies have shown that performing novel tasks wakes up our brain and respectively boosts creativity and motivation. I definitely felt this effect, as I am now filled with ideas of posters and art I can make with paper cutting and playing with paper and color. These are my first attempts of paper cutting too.
My daughter Sophia found a ladybug in the garden. She insists it is her pet and keeps it in a jewellery box. We tried to persuade her to let the ladybug go but she talks and sings to it and bursts into tears if we try to take it away. This is also a submission for the #colour_collective Tea Rose theme.
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Payne's Grey for the #colour_collective on twitter.
Weekly contribution to the #colour_collective. This week's colour - forest green. This colour is not my favourite and I rarely use it. Yet it turns out it can be lovely, especially when combined with blue.
Sometimes people ask what inspires me or influenced my style. I adore vintage Vogue covers. I love the colors, the art, the typography. I often add them to my mood boards.
When I finally got my hands on this book I was as happy as can be. Makes a beautiful coffee table book and just inspiring source.