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.