I’ve done many teddy bear illustrations over the years, but some of them I do forget, but this isn’t one of them. Although I am not a great fan of Hallowe’en, I do love the colour and imagery that I had to capture in this drawing.
I was asked by a big company in America, to illustrate one of their many beautiful teddies and after looking through their glossy catalogue several times, I was ‘taken’ to this little witch bear, with her sequinned cape and starry hat. I liked drawing this teddy bear ‘as she was’, which included her rather sad looking face. A number of my customers used to say, “Can you draw that teddy bear smiling?” and I replied, “I draw the bears as they present themselves”. Teddy bears have individual characters: some happy some sad – just like human beings.
I remember my youngest niece, Cora, was just a baby when I started this illustration and the small wizard or witch that was coming out of the jack-o-lantern resembled her a little bit (she will be cross with me for putting this on here!), so I had to include him/her in the illustration. Many of my teddy bear illustrations have a soft pastel theme, but with this one I could use the strong colours of green, orange and purple without hesitation. I loved doing the confectionery: lollipops, cupcakes and biscuits with the ghosts and black cat cake toppings. It was a great deal of fun (I think I ate them ALL afterwards!).
Whatever you have done or are doing for Hallowe’en, I do hope that you get a lot more treats than tricks! Enjoy yourself and be safe…
I had heard from the children of my friends about this new Disney movie called ‘Finding Dory’. I listened to them and said, “Is it not called ‘Finding Nemo’”? This seemed to silence them momentarily, until one of the children, piped up with ‘No, it isn’t, they’ve already found him!”. That shows you how much I know about movie trends.
Seemingly the film ‘Finding Dory’ was released in America on June 8, 2016 and has subsequently been viewed in the United Kingdom too. I must admit I haven’t seen it, but I did enjoy the first film ‘Finding Nemo’ and with this in mind, I created some small Fimo characters based on the ocean, with one of them being a Fimo Nemo. These Fimo creations were created for a class I was teaching, with the students and the members of staff all taking part. I must admit that the work that they produced was second-to-none and I now have a fantastic purple and green turtle, made by Lucie, in my bathroom 🙂
I hadn’t used Fimo since I was a student (quite a few years ago now), so using this coloured clay-like material was rather like starting anew. I didn’t have a great deal of time to spend on these creations, but tried to do my best in what little time I had. I had very little Fimo too, so the finished objects are rather small and a trifle delicate. I even managed to produce a crab with a picture clip, which wasn’t difficult but was fun to do.
I hope you like my Fimo Nemo (which is a good rhyming name) or clowfish, if you prefer, and the other creations. Hopefully if I have time this month (what with teaching, gardening and general home improvements), I might just see if I can go ‘Finding Dory’ too.
This month I received a commission for a birth illustration from my youngest-ever customer, Sarah. Only twelve-years-old, Sarah has used her birthday money to commission from me a bespoke illustration. I was delighted to receive this work, as I have known Sarah for many years. I had asked Sarah to think about what elements she would like included in the picture and if she had a particular colour scheme that she wanted me to work to. Having had her bedroom freshly decorated, Sarah provided me with a piece of the colourful wallpaper that she wanted to match her illustration with. Elements that were required were, “lots of pugs and girly things”. That was a good brief…I knew exactly where I was going.
I sketched out the illustration last week and set to colouring it this week. I have enjoyed drawing the pugs, which are a breed of dog that I have not drawn before. I wanted to have these little canines in various positions and doing what dogs do if left unattended for too long! So, the picture includes chewed shoes, tampered with make-up and a string of sausages that are being wolfed down in haste. I also wanted to do the pugs various sizes, so they looked like a family unit.
Matching the coloured-pencils to the wallpaper (above) was interesting, as I had to blend some of the colours to get the required hues. I had to write down the combinations of these colours, and I also gave them imaginative names such as ‘Acapulco Sunset’ (orange), ‘Mushy Peas’ (green), ‘Pretty Polly’ (pink).
At the time of uploading this blog post, Sarah hasn’t seen the final piece of artwork, but I do hope that she will be happy with the commissioned artwork and that it will go admirably in her new and fashionable bedroom. Thank you, Sarah.