Sunday, 19 July 2015

The Great Escape

Mans innards looking out through mouth

I always loved those fantastic gross-out stills in, 'Ren and Stimpy'. There's rumblings below and something's coming up that shouldn't. Splurge...Splurge...Gurgle...Rumble!

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Minty Goldpetal

Minty Goldpetal Head

Ooo! It’s been a while but feast your eyes. Here is Minty Goldpetal a member of the
Tooth Fairy Retrieval Clan. There should be more Tooth Fairy’s following soon.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Somble and Jingly Jangly Bookmarks

Whilst looking for a publisher I've been keeping things moving by creating some T&N related design work. A while back I had some ideas for bookmarks. This developed into a bookmark based on Somble Tinglewart, one of the many exciting characters in the book. I was extremely happy with the result but have not had a chance to do any more until recently.

So a couple of weeks a go I created another bookmark but this time for The Great Jingly Jangly Thing. Again I am very happy with the result and will probably keep going with these until I have created one for each character.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Yaks Guard

Yaks Royal Guard JacobiahsJ

I've been toying with a few supporting characters this is  member of the, Yaks Guard, Evil King Bias' henchmen used to guard the kings road.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Bias' Fortress Update

Evil King Bias' Fortress Environment Design

I was playing around with the mood of this piece and making it closer to the original description of which the image is based. It's a variation of an earlier piece of work which appears earlier in this blog.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Book Photos Tooth and Nail

Finally had some sunshine over the weekend. I've been trying to take some decent pictures of the clamshell book box, the hardcover and the dustcover for days now but it's been too grey and far too dull.

These were taken on a patch of wasteland opposite my lovely house. This is the clamshell presentation box version 2 only the second book box I've ever made, the first worked but was not quite as refined as I would have liked.


As you can see I've used the image from the title pages to line the inside of trays. I had an exhausting journey to Ratchford's in Stockport to get the supplies. I was able to view the book cloth and took some of my work to get a good match between the colour of the cloth and my designs.



Above is the hard back cover, the ornamentation is likely to change but this is very close to what I intend, below is the full hardcover and box.



Above is the box and book with the dustcover. The dustcover is likely to change quite a bit but I'm quite happy with it for the moment, I'll worry more about the cover when the rest of the book has been completed. Finally, below is a close up of the spine.


Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Book Design

Over the last 3 months I've been working away completing chapter 4 and designing the book itself. The book design has been a really fun aspect of the project, allowing me to draw everything together and make an identity with themes and motifs that can be used across various design elements.

There are three major influences on the design. Spiderwick Chronicles being the first, which I talk about on my other blog. Spiderwick Chronicles got me looking at Victorian page ornamentation and book design which then led me to producing the title pages, seen in an earlier post and the endpapers.



With the book being called Tooth and Nail I went with the obvious. The patterned paper at the front features the tooth and at the rear the nail. This forced me to improve my vector illustration skills and I'm quite happy with the result. This then took me onto designing the clamshell book box.


Above is the design produced using 3D software which I then went on to mock up. This is the first book box that I have designed or made and I am extremely happy with the result which is being exhibited over at Glyndwr at the moment. Once I get it back I will photograph it and post pictures. I had intended to have foil blocking pressed onto the spine however cost and time didn't allow this. 

The other major influenced was Philip Smith's work also mentioned in a previous post. Looking at leather bindings and Philip's relief work led me to produce a limited edition design which at some point in the future I would love to mock up though this will require a whole host of new skills.


Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Evil King Bias' Fortress

Evil King Bias' Fortress Original Environment Design

I finished this image a while ago now. I completed it back in March for an exhibition. I was trying to find ways of working faster, however in the end it took longer to complete than if I was working in my usual way. I did use a restricted palette though and this as an experiment worked out quite nicely.

Monday, 1 July 2013

King Bias Intro

I'm toying with the idea of using either this or selected elements from this for endpapers. I'm leaning in the direction of using the pattern in the background and adding small images in the diamonds. As for the image below I'm more than happy with it. I'm forcing myself to learn illustrator and creating things like this makes it feel like it's paying off.