Monday, 28 June 2010

Hire An Illustrator.

I now have a portfolio on 'Hire An Illustrator!'... hooray!  It's something I've been meaning to do for a while.  I just need to produce a design for my promotional postcard that 'Hire an illustrator!' will include in their mail packs, which they send out to potential clients.  If you don't know what 'Hire an illustrator!' is, have a look at their website: They 'provide a promotional service and online presence for artists, illustrators, motion artists and agencies alike' and they represent the interests of over 200 illustrators (me being one of them now).  It looks a good site to join and has the approval of Anna Goodson, who runs Anna Goodson Management.  She writes '

I am very impressed with this website. AGM is on several illustrator websites out there but none have given us as many job opportunities as Hai! so far. To be honest, I am quite amazed and surprised how quickly this website has caught on and am very glad we decided to sign up. I also like the international exposure that some of the other portfolio websites don’t seem to offer.
– Anna Goodson

Time will tell if it will be good for me, lol. Bye for now, I will post again later.  I must don my thinking cap and sharpen my pencils :)

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Edmund Dulac

I thought I would post another of my favourite illustrators - Edmund Dulac (1882-1953).  He was a French book illustrator from the 'Golden Age of Illustration', famous for his beautiful 'romantic style' fairy tale illustrations, Arabian Nights, Sinbad the Sailor and The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.  This video was posted by Josh on YouTube.  Enjoy :)

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Emma William's Painting

I've been meaning to post this beautiful painting on my blog for a while now but I've been putting it off as I don't have a very good camera.  Mine is a basic point and click camera, which is good for nights out with the girls but no good for close-ups of wonderful works of art.  I decided, I might never have a good camera, so I threw caution to the wind and took a photo and here it is:

It was painted in gouache by one of my best friends, Emma Williams, for my wedding present 10 years ago.  I lived in Chepstow at the time and Emma says the houses on Castle Street inspired her – a row of Georgian town houses painted in ice cream colours, with views of Chepstow castle. I can stand and look at the painting for ages, there is so much attention to detail.  Each garden depicts a different activity: friends enjoy a barbecue; a lady weeds her garden; people chill out, listening to music in their tent; children play in the paddling pool; a little dog plays with his ball, and so on.  It epitomises a beautiful summer afternoon. 

As I said, my photograph doesn't really do it justice and I'm hoping to post a clearer photograph in the future, but until then I hope you enjoy the painting as much as I do :) 

Kay Nielsen

I found this on youtube, another of my favourite illustrators, posted by Josh.  Kay (pronounced Kigh) Nielsen (1886-1957) was a Danish illustrator, another from the 'Golden age of illustration'.  His work was influenced by Swedish artist John Bauer, Beardsley and Japanese art.  He's famous for his illustrations from fairy tales such as Grimms Fairy TalesOld Tales from the North (East of the Sun West of the Moon)Twelve Dancing Princesses and Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales.  He also worked with Walt Disney on Fantasia.  Hope you enjoy :)

Monday, 7 June 2010

Mary Had A Little Lamb

Here's a little illustration I did of the nursery rhyme 'Mary had a little lamb'.  It is part of a series of three illustrations and I'll post the other two paintings when they're finished.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Arthur Rackham

I found this video of Arthur Rackham's illustrations on 'YouTube', posted by Shivabel.  As he is one of my favourite illustrators, I thought it would be a great idea to post it to my blog.  Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) produced beautiful ink and water colour illustrations during the 'Golden Age' of children's book illustration, which spanned from the latter half of the nineteenth century to the early twentieth century.  He is particularly famous for his fairy tale illustrations. Enjoy :)