Thought you might be interested in this, the original sketch (bottom right hand corner) is roughly 'A6' (105 x 148mm) size compared to the finished sized drawing panel which is approximatly fifteen inches (381mm) across.
I recently took my sketchbook and pens to Beyond the Borders Storytelling Festival at
St. Donats Castle and Arts Centre in Wales, 4th -6th July 2014.
I made drawings and notes in situ over the weekend from the performances I saw and compiled them into something with a narrative. The festival is huge and is spread out over several plateaus and fields, its in its 21st year and this comic strip is the briefest of snapshots of what went down Beyond the Border...
Interested? Here are some useful links to some of the spectacular
performers on show over the weekend...
The last few weeks I have been making a map for Wakefield One Museum for their upcoming display featuring the remains of a genuine Viking boat, to hopefully go on display in the near future.
My first approach was to draw the map digitally in Photoshop, the brief had lots of details and maps have to be accurate, don't they? My first attempt was rejected. I had it in my mind that the artwork had to be created actual size for it to look sharp for display (6m x 1.5m at approx 200dpi). My last few illustration jobs had been done digitally but it was becoming apparent from Museum feedback that they wanted the hand drawn quality.
The obvious go to reference for hand drawn Vikings is Peter firmin's Noggin the Nog. I also had a file of images the Museum thought might work and from that I found this...
Which went a long way in influencing the way the sea and the towns were rendered on my map. I normally draw direct in pen and ink or use a light box but in this case had to pencil out th…
This mornings drawing started out as an attempt at an open line drawing, letting the water colour do all the work.
I got so far and wasn't happy with the results so decided to go back in and add some mark making with the Parallel Pen. It make things on the page look solid and I like the marks it makes, I feel it brings my drawing alive.
Sketchbook diary from last Saturday night (29th July), at a gig organised by Neonworkshops at a secret warehouse location in Wakefield. The electro punk music of Tirikilatops who hail from South Korea and the etheral soundscapes of Sensible Soccers from Portugal.
I spent the festival wandering around various venues with my sketchbook making quick drawings of the crowds and performers. There was plenty going on and I feel like I didn't do nearly enough drawing, the pubs were standing room only with no space to swing a pen. Which is good for Wakefield's coffers. The Cathedral on Saturday looked amazing hosting bands, I hope it does it again.