As a nod to Star Wars day earlier in May, the All In Gesture theme was Leia. I enjoyed the costume for this one – much simpler, and more iconic!
All In Gesture – Hercules
For this session I chose to draw digitally, just to shake things up. I like getting away from the screen every once in a while, but sometimes it’s hard to adjust to real media given I spend almost all my time drawing onto my Cintiq.
Ralph was a fantastic model! I loved the variety of poses.
All In Gesture – Legolas
I struggled a lot in this class and was only beginning to warm up by the end. The variety of emotions and poses was good fun! In my head I was imagining Legolas at various ages – young and slightly pensive to older and battle-experienced.
All In Gesture – Mary Poppins
At times I think I was drawing the costume more than the character! Drawing more subtle poses was a great challenge.
All In Gesture – Adventurer
This session is from way back in the All In Gesture archives. I’m still working my way through all the sessions – some of which result in no good drawings, so I don’t post them! These ones brought back a lot of memories of a character I wrote stories about while I was in primary school. He was an explorer who dragged his children into all sorts of trouble.
All In Gesture – Mad Madam Mim
Some gesture sketches from back in February with the theme of Madam Mim. I have in no way fully captured Milt Kahl’s fantastic work from The Sword in the Stone, but it was fun to try!
A Room With a View
Here’s a glimpse from my office window. Sometimes the view is so beautiful I take pictures instead of working …
All In Gesture – Swing Dancing
I’m gradually working my way through the archives of All In Gesture and this workshop is definitely a favourite. Lots of dynamic poses with the added challenge of two figures!
All In Gesture – John Smith
I’ve been drawing, but not posting – here are some recent sketches from Todd Bright’s All In Gesture workshop! The theme was John Smith from Pocahontas. My sketches veer between attempting the character and following the model, and have ended up not much like either …
I first shared some sketches of Morna here, and I’m finally diving back in to developing her design.
There are lots of things still to nail down but I’m pleased with how she’s coming to life!
I’ve added a new Sketchbook pdf to my Gumroad page. It’s got 54 pages of life drawing, gestures, and animal sketches in a large square format – higher quality than on this blog! For £1 you can own your own copy. Buy it here.
Happy New Year – 2022?!
Digging through my drawings from last year, I uncovered some from a year ago that I never posted. So here they are!
All In Gesture – 1940s Baseball
And here are some more recent drawings! Makenzie was the model of these ‘A League of Their Own’-inspired poses.
All In Gesture – Hula
I drew these back in May? June? I can’t remember now. Anyway, here they finally are!
Anna Rose modelled these fantastic Hula poses for Todd Bright’s All In Gesture class.
I doodled this king a few months ago and just now found him hiding in my folder of sketches.
Still strange to think there is now a king, not a queen!
Kinsey’s Sword Sneak Peek
A young queen falls ill at the beginning of her reign. Initially unable to leave her bedroom, she fights against fear and hopelessness in her dreams. But as Kinsey grows strong she remains in the dream world, avoiding the kingdom she left behind …
Take a peek inside:
I’ve shared bits and pieces from Kinsey’s Sword over the years, but now I’m releasing the pdf for everyone to purchase! It’s an illustrated short story, told across 20 spreads. The pdf includes a two-page bonus section featuring concept art from the upcoming animated film.
I’ll post more about the project on this blog and across my social media, but you can also follow the Kinsey’s Sword Instagram which has more behind-the-scenes images and updates.
Creating the Title Page for Kinsey’s Sword
Here’s a look at some of the process I went through drawing the title page for Kinsey’s Sword. As it was the first spread I painted for the book I was still trying to capture the style of the illustrations. Initially I’d thought I’d add a lot more detail and move further away from the rough drawings I’d done, but I was unhappy with how it looked. In the end I returned to the looser style.
I also decided to remove the foreground branches. Though I really liked my sketches I wasn’t able to paint them in a way I was pleased with!
Looking back, the simpler image works much better as an introduction to the story. There was too much going on before.
Find out more through the Kinsey’s Sword Instagram. Keep an eye out tomorrow for a big announcement!
Toad & Friends
Over the last year I’ve been storyboarding on Toad & Friends, a new CG children’s series based on Kenneth Grahame’s classic novel The Wind in the Willows.
It’s just been announced (you can find out more about it here) so it’s very exciting to finally be able to share it with you all!
Looking for Work
Sadly the project I’m a Storyboard Artist on at Wild Child is coming to an end in September, so I’m looking for work from mid-October!
If you’d like to work with me, or know of a project coming up, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, take a look at my updated portfolio here!
All In Gesture – Travelling
Today I dusted the cobwebs off my pencil and newsprint pad and sat down to do some gesture drawing! Todd Bright’s weekly All In Gesture class gets recorded, so I was able to take part at a time that suited me. It was so much fun to do, despite being very rusty.