June 09, 2012

drawing in real life

I was recently asked to illustrate a toy rhino to raise money for the seven-women charity. I had no hesitation about joining the project, but once I got my rhino I realised that I would not be able to use my usual processes to make the outcome - i.e. no computer. Panic stations! - you see I don't usually draw without a computer - seriously, never. I was stressed that I would stuff things up and then I couldn't undo it and my rhino would look awful and there would be nothing I could do about it. (My end consensus is that I should really try to draw in real life more often).

In the end I went with pattens and then drew patterned animals trying to hide in the patterns. I decided to alter the traditional patterns of the zebra and giraffe to make them more interesting and a bit quirky. I was pretty chuffed with the end result (and the fact I didn't stuff it up). Apparently another artist bought my toy rhino, which is nice to hear.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That rhino is adorable! You should do more textile or "off the computer" work more often. Turned out amazing.