Having just finished my normal mundane job for 6 days off over the Easter bank holiday weekend…. One of my friends from work, messaged me out of the blue asking if I’d be able to do a house portrait, as a gift for her future mother in law.
Yay! “Excellent!” I thought to myself… an awesome chance to get my trusty Derwent Pastel Pencils out. The only thing was, she wanted it done for the 19th April…. Which gave me 5 days from start to finish. Could I do it within that timescale? “Yeah…,I’ll give it a go!”
So here is the original photo she sent to me….
First thing I did was sketch the outline, lightly tracing the complicated angles so the perspective and proportions were correct. I then started the fun bit, colouring in! From the left hand side and top/sky first, so as not to smudge.
The above pictures were just quickly taken with a rubbish phone at intervals, so that I could send them to my friend and keep her updated throughout it’s progress.
When I’d finally finished the illustration…. I sprayed it with fixative then I scanned it so I always have a copy for myself.
My friend loved it and her mother in law loved it.
I really enjoyed the challenge of this commission as I was on a tight schedule, I had to plan my way of working quite accurately and squeeze every spare minute in where ever I could.
I did this about 20 years ago!Using watercolour pencils and fineliner pens I think. It would’ve been around about the time I was at college doing my HND in Multi-Disciplinary Design at St Helens College, Merseyside. I just loved letting my mind run free with swirls and curves and then doing all that shading with those lush colours…I was in my element!
I was approached by a fellow mother at my kids’ school, to illustrate this favourite photo of hers of her daughter and dog on the beach.
On closer inspection of image, I found that the girls features were quite distorted and pixelated which made life difficult when creating the illustration.
In actual fact, I had a lot of fun doing this commission, it was an amazing challenge! Working on the sea/water is always difficult, but I really enjoyed this especially with the reflections and smudgability!