• Illustration

    Nick Jr UK characters

    Late last year, creative agency Joystick Interactive tapped me to design and illustrate some characters for several Nick Jr UK online games targeted for very young children. After a few rounds of exploratory roughs and sketches (see this previous post for the sketch pages) for possible game characters, we settled on a set of jungle animals, but not before discarding some other characters that didn’t make it past the project pitch. Rejected: “Basic shape monsters” and just monsters These ended up as the final characters:

  • Illustration

    Sailing to Australia

    I’m in the process of overhauling my portfolio and with it comes doing self-directed, personal illustration pieces to fill in gaps in areas I think my portfolio needs more of (narrative illustration for picture books and editorials).   This is my most recent work illustrating an excerpt from Sailing to Australia, a poem by Alvaro Salinas Jr, also known as M.M. Socks.   “I’m sailing to Australia In a cardboard box But since I don’t have any sails I’m using my old socks. I’ve tied them all together, So they may catch the breeze And since I’ve used ten long pairs I’ll be traveling with ease.” I first came across…

  • Sketches and doodles

    Project sketches

    I’m currently looking through my recent work in preparation for overhauling my illustration portfolio, which badly needs to be updated. Here are some exploratory pencil roughs and sketches for a project I did last year for an online game targeted for very young children.   These first four pages is me throwing out ideas to come up with game characters very small kids can relate to. I start all of my work by sketching with a 2B mechanical pencil and scanning the page in. I write notes to myself and pick out bits and bobs which I think can be developed further and add color in Photoshop.   I liked…