Illustration for That’s Life Magazine

Title: Mortifed
Client: That’s Life Magazine Via The Illustrator’s Agency

This illustration for the Australian publication That’s Life which features readers true life stories and was a fun one to do. It was completed and approved within a few of days of receiving the commission. That’s what I love, fast turnarounds!

The brief on this one, was to show a mother preparing dinner in the kitchen, while at the same time comforting her daughter, who’s just been relating the tale of an embarrassing incident.

The illustration was done in a combination of Adobe Illustrator (Background elements and props), Manga Studio (Initial rough sketch and final character art) and Photoshop (Compositing and colour correction).

Mortified: Illustration for That's Life Magazine

For comparison. Here’s the initial sketch, which as you can see, just required some small changes to the facial expressions.

Mortified: Initial rough sketch

 

Wild West Slush Puppy Mural Illustration for a Netherlands Theme Park

Client: Slagharen Vakantiepark via TheIllustratorsAgency.com

slush-puppy-western-5 I enjoyed working on this mural design project. it’s been a long time since I had the opportunity to work on some licensed properties. It was refreshing not to have to come up with a completely original character for once. Although working on licensed characters has it’s own set of challenges of course, not least of which is keeping the characters on-model.

Sometimes it helps to draw the character and go away and do something else for a few hours . When you come back to it you see it with fresh eyes and any errors suddenly stand out with startling clarity.

Here are some of the rough drafts I went through trying to get Slush Puppy right. Roughs were done in Manga Studio 5 and final design was completed in Adobe Illustrator.

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I’m Lovin’ It – Characters in McDonalds

Fast food restaurants and shopping malls are great places to spot real life characters. Here are some people sketches from the McDonalds which is about 20 minutes drive from my house. My cholesterol level is going through the roof and I’m getting fitted for a pacemaker next week but what can I say. Terrible diet equals great sketching opportunities!collage0019

Ralph Fiennes Caricature

I was vaguely aware of Ralph Fiennes role as Voldemort , but it’s only when I really studied his face that I realised how seriously malevolent the guy can look, even without the make up (Even more so maybe). I suppose that’s why he gets cast as the villain as often as he gets the heroic roles.

This caricature was done for the Caricaturama Showdown 3000 Facebook Group. Don’t forget to visit and like my Facebook page.

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