Over the past few months, I have found that my interest with illustration has gradually overtaken my passion for surface pattern. I still love creating pattern and will continue producing pattern designs. I now tend to incorporate the patterns I design within my illustration work and they also look fab on cards, with text overlaid. It’s a skill I spent a long time learning, and I don’t see myself giving it up any time soon.
I am also really excited to inform you that I’m now with the lovely Bright Group International, for whom I will be designing artwork for greeting cards, education literature and also for children’s books.
Currently, I don’t have very much in the way of children’s book illustrations, so this is an area I’ll be working hard on for my portfolio. To guide me, I’ve enrolled on a course, Illustrating Books For Children. It would be really cool to be able to put into practice the knowledge and experience gained during my M.A. course and to have the opportunity to create illustrations for children’s books. It is something I have always wanted to do and I’m so looking forward to getting stuck in on the projects.
Above is a fairytale illustration which I produced for my portfolio. It’s from the ‘Princess and the Pea’. I drew each component separately in Procreate and then merged the whole design in Photoshop. Besides the princess, I wanted to include other characters to give more depth to the final illustration; the cat and mice are merely supporting actors and add they a little humour.
I’d like to share with you a few cat doodles, one of which I chose to sit alongside the princess on the bed. The auburn coloured cat, yawning, appealed to me the most and I like how he is mimicking the princess’s mood.
Here is my final fairytale illustration. I’ve kept to a warm pink, yellow and a peach colour palette with contrasting blue tones.
Close up of the sleepy princess and the cat.
Close up of the mice holding their cheese wedges.
Final fairytale illustration.
I feel that I’ve still a lot to learn and haven’t yet fully grasped how I like to draw people and animal characters. I’m sure this will become more apparent over time. Like they say, practise, practise and more practise ….
Emma Jayne x