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.


Anonymous said...

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

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