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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Jane Hissy at The Illustration Cupboard

To celebrate 25 years of 'Old Bear', The Illustration Cupboard are showing a collection of Jane Hissy, with many original drawings on display, her rough sketchbook work, and Old Bear himself!

A lovely exhibition space over 2 floors, the Illustration Cupboard have dedicated it to showcasing illustration in the heart of Piccadilly Circus, London. 
Having been a big fan of Jane Hissy and her Old Bear books (these were the first I read as a child, and was amazed at the pictures, I think this is the first time I looked at a book and thought about making pictures for them myself) I was very excited to go and see these childhood illustrations in the flesh. 

I wasn't disappointed. There were many of the large scale illustrations dotted around the lower ground floor  and they are beautiful. Created with pencils, the detail on them is amazing, with every stitch of knit drawn in, or crease or shadow.

You can also see some of the sketches and roughs created for the books as well as some of the toys themselves.
This video created for the event is brilliant as it shows Jane talking about how she creates her illustrations (she actually sets the toys up before drawing them!) and showing you the lovely toys!

As well as Jane Hissy and Old Bear, they also have a continuous display of illustration upstairs, with prints and originals ranging from Lauren Child to Shirley Hugues:

(another childhood favorite - Where the Wild Things Are)

Its a great space full of inspirational illustration on show, well worth a look if you are in the area. Jane Hissy is on display until the 30th September, and they have a great line up after with animation of Mr Benn (more childhood favs!) and childrens illustration from John Veron Lord's Alice Through The Looking Glass.
For more info you can see their website HERE.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Oliver Jeffers at the Apple Store, Covent Garden

Last night I had the opportunity to go and see one of my favourite illustrators give a little talk at the Apple Store in Covent Garden. 

You may remember I was very happy to receive a copy of his book 'The Incredible Book Eating Boy' (see post here), and have since read 'The Heart and The Bottle' which is beautiful: 

Some spreads from the book:

So last night started off with Oliver telling us about himself, and about the work he does, as he also paints as well as some editorial work and now some typography (he has a great handwriting style!).
He went on to explain about his picture books, how he goes about putting them together, creating the artwork and writing the story, showing examples from sketch to finished art work. 

He even gave us a sneak peek of his new book 'Stuck'

And took us through the putting together of one of the spreads on Photoshop. He brought up a point which has crossed my mind many times - he has lots of 'original' illustrations, but had never took to Photoshop to create his work, fearing that digital/traditional could never be mixed. However due to circumstances at the time, he actually had to create most of the work for this book in Photoshop, creating the basics by hand and then scanning them in, and manipulating them, very similar in process to how Ive been working lately. He found that there is a lot more you can do when you combine tactics, and the work looks great so if it works for Oliver then it can still work for me!
I also picked up a few sneaky Photoshop secrets!

He also gave us a preview of 'Lost and Found', the animation being created from his picture book, which looks pretty amazing:

as well as showing off his amazing story book app for 'The Heart and The Bottle' which looks very fun, a new move for picture books!

And he even stayed around to sign books for people after, I wish I had had the sense to bring mine!

It was a great talk, fun and informative, its great to see how other illustrators work, and even better when they get up to the same things as you!
You can check out his website here.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Print style illustration

Ive been working more on creating 'printed' style illustrations and think its coming along quite nicely! Although it doesnt beat getting all messy and doing the printing yourself, which I have been working on lately for some new work . . . .