Ahoy!

Ahoy there! I’ve been busy creating some new characters for the next book I’m doing which is based in a small fishing village.  I got the idea when I visited Staithes in North Yorkshire.  It’s a really quaint, quirky fishing town with higgledy-piggledy cottages and winding streets, Staithes has the air of a place lost in time. The story is based around a group of rocks, the main character is a rock called Seamus who lies all the time! I’m still in the process of writing the story, but have been having a go at creating some characters who might frequent a fishing town.  The guys below were started as rough drawings in Illustrator and then I took them into Photoshop to finish them off.

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Terri Chiao and Adam Frezza

I spend a lot of time browsing through art blogs, they are an amazing way to discover new artists, exhibitions and generally be nosey about what’s going on in the art world. I love it when I come across a real gem, one being the work of Terri Chiao and Adam Frezza who I discovered over a cup of tea one morning while perusing We Heart. They are a Brooklyn based couple who create these amazing other worldly sculptural plants out of paper-mache.

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What I was drawn to most was their unbelievable colour palette and crazy mark making.  Their work simply exudes fun and play.  I really want to include this type of mark-making within my books as it is so fun and looks so tactile you just want to touch it!

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Chiao and Frezza do it all, photography, painting, sculpture, even their palettes are inspiring! You can check out more of their work at Eternity Stew.

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