These girls are my first round of character paintings for Stuart Harper’s new book “The Lost and the Drowned” due to be published sometime this winter. Its a Young Adult Dark Victorian story about a pair of orphan sisters up against an otherworldly force. I enjoyed reading it and was excited to be working with Stuart again. I illustrated the cover of “Death on the Empress” for him last year.
In an alternate Britain, where airships rule the skies, fourteen year old Oliver has started his dream job; travelling the world in the largest airship ever built. But when a priceless jewel is stolen, a passenger plummets to their death and an ancient curse strikes the ship, everyone onboard is thrown into mortal danger. But is there more going on than meets the eye? Only Oliver can solve the deadly mystery on board The Empress.
I am going to redraw and paint the new characters for the upcoming book because the didn’t turn out the way I envisioned them.
Here is a character i designed that is featured on a map for a book by Angela Ford. This was a fun character to draw.
I had a client request for an octopus on a map I’m creating. This sketch took about 45 minutes and ended up looking pretty good on the map. He’s only the third octopus I’ve ever drawn, and the only one submerged in water this way. I’m going to paint him similar to a rainbow octopus with an oceanic background, we’ll have to see how it turns out.
Did you know Octopi can learn, they can process complex information in their heads, and they can behave in equally complex ways? They mimic other creatures, they sometimes carry their hiding places with them, they are expert problem solvers, and even like to play fetch. They show like and dislike toward humans too.
They are one of my favorite creatures 🙂
I started this sketch two days ago and just finished the painting this morning. I am using a new technique that makes the painting process a whole lot faster. The entire project took about six hours. I’m hoping that with this particular artistic style, I will get more commissions to do Young Adult Book Illustration.
I really like this character. I don’t really know what inspired her. I decided I was going to start drawing a new character every day to improve my skills.
I might make this painting a story prompt and give her away as a prize for the best story about her. What do you think?
Working on some sketches for a new book cover! Really excited about this book cover because the first in the series was so fun to create 🙂