First Up is a picture Lucy asked me to draw as a birthday card for the wonderful Miss Samantha Gumbley AKA Gumbo.
I tried a few new things with this one – not the hair, although it’s not often I go to such detail with a barnet, I have done it before (it’s remarkably soothing to draw/ink all those swirls…) – instead I mean the level of detail on the face. Usually i work under the lines I’ve inked and scanned in, but this time I thought it would be interesting to work on top, to both soften the features and increase the 3D effect, so as to seperate from the hair and the cartoon representations of Lucy, David (her boyfriend – the one in the cap) and Myself. It both worked… and didn’t work – I’m pleased with the result, but perhaps the contrast between her face and her hair is too high… maybe the two don’t look as though they belong together? And the eyes are still kind of cartoonish… oh well, I still like it, and Gumbo did too, whic is the important thing 🙂
The other new thing I tried was the ‘kawaii’ style cartoon doodles of the rest of us – and I think they turned out quite well! ^_^
This one’s a Mother Day card for my Mum – it refers back to an incident waaaay back in Saunders Lore, when a young Chris innocently threw a rubber Edd the Duck toy (remember him? No? Ask your parents…) and it just happened to strike an unsuspecting Mummy Saunders on the foot… the tirade of swear words that followed has gone down in history, and despite not being very amused at the time, we all laugh about it now 😀 (sorry mum!)
This one was a Mother’s Day card for my Grandma (Grand-mother – see? …yeah i know, it’s a bit of a stretch, and i forget almost every year that we do it, but she loves them, so how can I not?) and to follow with previous cards, i did a more traditional, animal portrait. This time I went straight in with my new best friend, the Brushpen, and tried to stick to just the shadows to maximise the effect – and I think it turned out really well!
I first tweeted this image via Instagram (theponderingchin) and I enjoyed the filter-effect i gave it so much, i tried to replicate it on photoshop for this post (…too hipster?)
And finally, it was my Dad’s birthday last week, so I drew him this – if the armour or name looks familiar, you might be remembering the Game Of Thrones style family portrait I drew for my Mum for her birthday – well, as well as that went down with everyone, Dad did mention that he wished he looked a little less ‘old and fat’ (his words, not mine) and more heroic – so I remedied this in this new one. Just look at that moustache! Behold those permed curls peeking out from behind that helmet! Not a grey in sight… I’ve taken at least 30 years off him, no Just For Men, just Photoshop.
Dad works as an Ambulance Technician if you were wondering about the horses armour, and any other little things you may have noticed are in reference to his huge Geekiness (probably where i get mine from), but what I’m most pleased about with this one is the lighting – ‘Exposure’ is the key (not IRL though kids)
The ‘Ser Malcolm’ font was pinched off Dafont, but no need to panic, this is only a gift, no profits were made 🙂
It’s round two of the Knights Of The Round Tumblr competition, and this round’s theme is ‘Dark Knights’ in honour of the release of The Dark Knight Rises (which is excellent by the way, go see it if you haven’t already). Your illustration didn’t HAVE to include Batman; it could have featured a dark knight of any kind, but how many chances do you get to draw ole Batsy eh?
Be sure to check out the other great entries on the Tumblr, maybe even give Round 3 a go when it comes by 🙂
As previously mentioned on the We Draw Stuff blog, I spent December doing (mostly) small and (relatively) fast commission based illustrations in an attempt to earn some dollar, and thereby afford Christmas – and it went quite well! Now that the student loan has come in I can afford to take a brief break from it, and focus on the neglected coursework I SHOULD have been doing. That being said, there’s only SO MANY carrot’s in spandex you can draw before you start to go a little funny, so I’m taking having a quick breather, and using the opportunity to post them up for you to enjoy 🙂
For Me, a picture of Lucy in Black and White, Monochrome and Full Colour, postcard
Special Requests: This was a promotional piece for the facebook page, showing the different styles you could have your illustration finished in (the page also features the original pencil version). The ‘Mrs Santa’ outfit was to help promote the idea of a Personalised illustration as a gift
For Claire, a picture of two of her friends in Full Colour, postcard
Special Requests: Something cute and coupley, with a Christmas theme (yes I used the same figures as Tom’s – but in fairness he wasn’t very specific, and I think both work just fine)
For Alan, a picture of his girlfriend Rachel in Full colour and Black and White, sized A4, both framed
Special Requests: Needs to feature both her racing car (the mini) and her van with the design of her Graphics company on the front. She must be wearing her Alpine Stars racing gear, showing a bit of cleavage (it was a request!) and holding her racing helmet. Could feature a trophy somewhere. I added the red ‘X’ from her graphics logo, the flags and the wreath myself, for compostion value.
For Richard, a picture of his two children in Full Colour, sized A4, framed
Special Requests: Not too specific, the photo he supplied of one of his children featured this large ladybird-like toy, which i decided to feature as a mode of fantastical transportation. Once he had ‘Ok’ed the roughs, he only mentioned that I should include some ‘tinkerbell-like’ fairies, as they were the girls favourite 🙂
For Tara, a picture of her and Steph in Pencil, sized A5
Special Requests: When Tara initially asked me to do her a drawing, she asked me to do it in the same style I had used to draw a portrait of Steph years earlier. I told her I’m doing only cartoon work for this particular project as I thought it would be quicker, but when I actually got down to it, I went with traditional anyway, and it took about the same time as a cartoon!
For Hannah, a picture of her boyfriend Chris in Full Colour, as a gift card
Special Requests: Hannah wanted to be dressed as wrestler Brett ‘The Hitman’ Hart, vs Chris as ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage. As Chris and Randy are both hairy and beardy, I thought it best to include some ‘uniquely Chris’ features to help make it clear that I wasn’t just drawing a short Macho Man – I did this by including his ‘Come on feel the Illinois’ tee, and his t-shirt that features a bear (on the belt) saying ‘rawr’ (on the canvas)
For Emma, a picture of her friend Colette in Full Colour, postcard
Special Requests: Emma said she wanted Colette drawn in an anime style, and that as long as she had bright pink hair, it didn’t matter what she looked like. This was a challenge for me, as although I love anime, it’s not my style of illustration, so for the figure I used some reference pictures, and then just had fun with the design. The black suit with the white hearts was a motif taken from the actual dress she was wearing in the photo – the other features were just my imagination in over-drive
For Emma, a picture of her friend Jamie in Full Colour, postcard
Special Requests: Emma wanted Jamie to be drawn as a hobbit, holding a slice of pizza – pretty straightforward 🙂 – first time playing with the grass-brush too…
For Emma, a picture of her friend Mike in Full Colour, postcard
Special Requests: Emma wanted Mike to be dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of The Caribbean movie franchise. The black lines on this one seem particularly harsh – I’m not sure why
For Emma, a picture of her friend Rochelle in Full Colour, postcard
Special Requests: Emma wanted a Rochelle to be wearing a ‘Spaced’ t-shirt and have a speech bubble with the phrase ‘Hello Mr Pegg’ inside (features on the final print-out, but not here) the rest of the Spaced references were added by me, as I’m a big fan – see if you can spot them all 🙂
That’s it for now, time to get back to the much neglected Uni work – and because of this, my little ‘shop’ will be closing until February, but please feel free to message me with requests when that month comes around – remember, it’s not long until Valentines Day! 😛
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