Sneak peek

I’ve been busy working away on the portfolio 1 module since October as part of my MA. Trying to juggle two new jobs, moving to Wales and fitting in time to produce art work has been hugely challenging.  I’m doing the MA part time over two years as I wanted more time to develop my work and I am SO glad I decided to do it over two years instead of one.  Watching all the full time students stressing about getting their work done in time for their first exhibition in May made me breathe a sigh of relief! Although funnily enough I have surprised myself with how quickly I have managed to produce the images for a children’s book.  I worked on a story based on ‘Swimmy’ by Leo Lionni, a story about a fish whose family is eaten by a giant tuna!  I got so into producing the images that I’ve finished the book already and I’ve finally managed to make all the amends.  The book has gone off to the printers today and I’m so excited to see what it looks like when it returns.  Here is a sneak peek at a few of the images inside – the images are all done with paint, collage and finished digitally in Photoshop.

tunafinalnoislandlongseascapecrab copy copystring11darkaloneflattened

Abner…oh Abner

What better way to start the day than a post on my hero Abner Graboff. Abner was a prolific illustrator of children’s books in the 1950s and 60s.

abner3

I don’t know what it is about the illustrators of this period, but I am so drawn to the simplicity and jauntiness of the illustrations.

abner2

The way Abner used colour and simple shapes is so inspiring and his layouts are so quirky and unique. There isn’t much to be found about him online and his books are hard to come across. However there is an excellent blog post by The Ward-O-Matic which features an interview with his son Jon Graboff.

abner5

I’m hoping some of his magic will rub off on my own work! We shall see…