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.
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.
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!
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.