Sunday, 29 January 2012

Progress: 001:002

I've recently had some people ask me about how to keep the fine lines and lighter tones 
in a drawing when transferring it to a digital medium.
Often people (including myself) want the backgrounds to be white, 
but can't get this effect without sacrificing much of the finer tones and lines. 
For me, as my drawing style tends to be very delicate and light, it's very important not to loose any of this.
I find that the best way is to start off scanning your image on a good quality scanner. 
I recently got a Cannon Lide 210 A4 scanner which is brilliant for picking up image quality 
and was a vast improvement from the one attached to my boyfriends old printer which I was previously using!

After that I'll bring my image onto Photoshop and adjust the levels.
However, I'll only do this as far as I can push it without losing too much detail.
If I still have any dark tones that I don't want, I'll use the burn tool and only focus on the problem areas.
Sometimes there's still that stubborn part which I will have to zoom right up to and rub out carefully.
It also helps to have a graphics tablet for better control of the tools.

Above I've posted some progress pics of some illustrations I'm currently working on.
The second one is Kate Moss wearing Lois Vuitton, sitting on THAT CAROUSEL



Monday, 23 January 2012


So this piece entitle Ophelia, I did as a christmas present to my boyfriend's parents.
I had it printed out and we framed it in a nice gold coloured frame.
I was heavily influenced by artist Alfonse Mucha.

I've been really wanting to do some large scale paintings recently,
 as I haven't really done any since college
and I think that something like this would be great.
However I am a lover of photoshop and the undo tool!

This piece was a mixture of pencil drawing and digital colouring.


Friday, 20 January 2012

Secret 7" Compettition Voting

 It would mean a lot if everyone could show their support for me 
and this great cause by voting fro my entry!
Just click HERE and get voting!

Thanks People! 

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Secret 7 competition

As part of the Secret 7 competition in support of the 
Teenage cancer trust  I've entered an illustration for Florence + the machine 
vinyl cover of the song "only if for a night"
Follow the link below and please give my entry a vote! 
The more votes I get the more chance I have of getting through! 
Also It's for a great cause so, show your support for the Teenage cancer trust

Voting starts tomorrow!
Thanks everyone!


Friday, 13 January 2012

Bee sting

The beautiful Lana del Rey for Interview mag.
HAD to draw this!
Also recently came across the work of John Paul Thurlow 
who draws some lovely magazine front covers.
Sort of did it in the same way but i got bored of 
trying to write words that I didn't understand
so I only sketched part of the text that was on this cover.


Thursday, 5 January 2012

Fresh start

Of late, I have been enjoying drawing in a much quicker, 
sketchy-er kind of way. 
It not only makes me work faster and produce more work, 
but it makes me less hung up about something being 
completely perfect.

I've recently been working in my new A3 moleskine 
which seems massive compared to the A5 
one I used to work in.
However I'm still finding that I end up 
running out of space to draw on,
 no matter how big a surface I work on!


Monday, 2 January 2012


This hair took me aaaages to draw,
but I was proud of the final outcome in the end.

I decided to add an amethyst crystal head piece 
as I'm a bit obsessed with them at the moment!