Monday, 30 April 2012

Painted Head

I painted the plaster head i created the other day so Monty the fisherman has come to life. I put a PVA and water mix base on the plaster incase the paint didn't hold well and used acrylics.

Sunday, 29 April 2012


View props for one of my scenes in the flat pack. Also beginning to think about packaging and presentation for the final outcome. After a crit with my tutor I think i might try and make the flat pack into a book somehow, where the set can be cut out in order maybe? I need to explore this further but at least i have an idea at the moment of how to do this which is promising!

Friday, 27 April 2012

Plaster Character

In my thursday workshop, we were given a cup filled with dried plaster, which we then used a scalpel to carved away and create a character. The first picture shows my initial designs for my character. He is a fisherman called Monty.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Coming Together

Here are a few picture of my flat pack theatre. It's coming along nicely but there is still a lot to do! I have to finish these are then think about packing and presentation which should be good! When i have completed all of my sets I will borrow my housemates pro camera and take some professional style photos and post them! Best get back to it :)

Sunday, 22 April 2012


When their daughter gets cursed.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Brigette. B

My brother (Mr. Clouston) found a really cool animator/illustrator Brigette. B, whose work I love.

She has done work on animations for companies such as Pixar and Cartoon Network but mainly works on children's book illustrations now. I checked out her blog today and saw some cut out flats, similar to the project i am currently doing, which i just have to share! Here is some of her work as well as skecthes. Check out her online portfolio here:

Wednesday, 18 April 2012


I did a little sketch real quick to put in one of my scenes as a photo on the wall. Though it took literally a couple of seconds to draw, I like how it looks and the speed that it took to create!

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Train Sketches

Some sketches i did on the train back to Norwich.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Second Attempt

Having looked at the film yesterday, i wanted to improve my houses. Here is my next attempt. Think I'm going to stick with it because I havent got enough time to obsess over one part of the project and I'm quite happy with this result.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Gnomeo & Juliet

I have been a bit stuck for ideas and not done much development this past week. I think this is probably because I was distracted by my birthday celebrations :) I had a fantastic few days and along with having a Mexican feast, coutersey of Thomasina Miers, received one of Oliver Jeffer's books as a present which was BRILL!

But it's time to get back to business. I remembered earlier about the film Gnomeo and Juliet, which i watched a while ago and thought it might be inspiring as it has a lot of imagery of gardens and quaint houses. I visited the films website to see if i could find any images and have come across some which has made me want to crack on with my project again!

Monday, 9 April 2012


Took a break from work to draw my friend George as he requested i do so the other day!! Check out George's blog!

Good vs Evil

Here is my first attempt at the good and evil neighbours. I didn't want to make the evil house TOOOOO horrible looking, because the villain tries to her home look presentable but doesn't quite do it as well as her neighbour! It's not very refined but it's a start!

Friday, 6 April 2012


Shed idea for the villain's garden! Not sure if it works but it's a start! Will have to see what it looks like when i combine it with the rest of the set! I tried printing it out to make mocks up but failed slightly so when it looks better I will photograph it.

Monday, 2 April 2012


I've been looking for inspiration to bring more experimentation and movement into the project.

Eric Carle (author and illustrator of the famous children's book, 'The Hungry Caterpillar') uses bold colours and textures within his work. The majority of his illustrations are made up of collaged parts of hand painted paper which he creates himself and then works with to develop colourful illustrations.

This video demonstrates (on a larger scale) how he uses different patterns within his work, either as background or to be collaged with.

As i have previously mentioned, Ed Kluz is someone with a similar style, who uses oil pastels to work into his work and create layers of beautiful imagery. I think my best bet is to use acrylic and oil pastels to begin with and build up a collection of textures which i can then either work with directly or scan in and collage with digitally.

Again mentioned Oliver Jeffers (new fave illustrator, getting his books for my birthday) I read through his frequently asked questions and found this one particularly interesting and helpful, when asked:

'What kind of materials do you use for your illustration?'
I have differing styles of illustrating and drawing. My earlier picture books were entirely watercolour, and with the third book, the Incredible Book Eating Boy, I began experimenting with collage. The latest book was created making hundreds of drawings and scribbles on paper and compositing them together in Photoshop.
My more recent illustration work involves some digital technology. I feel that Photoshop or Illustrator are tools, mediums, not unlike watercolour or oil paints. Though I would rarely generate imagery from scratch in Photoshop, but instead use it as a platform to composite organic drawings and textures together. I think it’s a very cool medium when used with good judgment. But then again, that could be said of all mediums. As I mentioned, I use watercolour for my ‘boy’ stories, a whole range of types- from ones I still have from college, to expensive new ones. I use printer paper to make a range of drawings lines and scribbles that eventually become the components of a layered Photoshop file. I use heavy Arches watercolour paper for my watercolour painting. I use mounting board to glue old pieces of paper to if they are to be the base of the illustration. I also make oil paintings on canvas, but never for commissioned pieces - the timing is always too unpredictable for my liking, and I like to keep this style of art making separate for my own personal work. I also use whatever else I lay my hands on- any sort paper (collage is wonderful), gouache paint acrylic paint and the dulux colour matcher paint (the stuff for walls where you pick a colour and they match it). I also love Letraset and old typewriters. Though, an important lesson I learned was when someone once brought to my attention the Mariah Carey Syndrome, where she has an 8-octave range and won’t sing a song without using all 8. Just because you can do something, doesn’t always mean you should. Subtly, restraint and discretion are key in my mind to good illustration.