Step by Step Movie

A Very Bouncy Project
I’ve just completed a small movie, tracking the course of a single illustration. It should go some way to explain how I work -at least once rough sketches have been approved by the client. I had enormous fun making it. Basically, it’s a series of still shots taken while the artwork was being hand-painted in acrylic on Arches watercolour paper [my preferred method!].
Click here for the movie
You’ll notice that I decided some way into the work to eliminate the background. It’s a decision I allowed myself as I had complete control over the final look; the final art not being created for a client.

The thing that really got me excited about the project was licencing the music. It’s the first time I’ve ever ventured into the whole area of licencing a piece of art as a client. Joanna at was wonderful, however, and seemed enthused about the idea. I was sad to learn of Simon Jeffes’ [the Penguin’s composer and founder] untimely death some years ago; it completely passed me by. I’ve loved his eccentric music since the early eighties, although I think he even arranged music for the absurd Sex Pistols film ‘The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle’, so the PCO go back quite a bit further.

Enjoy the movie.

7 Replies to “Step by Step Movie”

  1. Hi Lauren,
    Thanks for your kind words. In fact, I’m doing some speculative sketches for a children’s book right now. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that the publisher will go for them but that’s an occupational hazard.

    In the meantime, I’ll carry on in the world of editorial illustration. I like your writing, by the way.

  2. Thanks, Kevin. (I’m majoring in Creative Writing so if you ever want to collaborate, let me know.)

    By the way, I’ll be in Dublin in about a month. What should I make it a point to see while I’m there?

  3. Sorry Lauren for not replying sooner. Anyway, you asked about things to see when you’re over here. Well -for one, there’s an open meeting for illustrators and those interested in illustration on the first Wednesday of every month in a Dublin city centre venue. You’re welcome to come along, if you want. Just email me and I’ll let you know. Otherwise, you could take in the galleries, the pubs, of course! The RHA exhibition may be on while you’re here [an annual show for fine artists] My advice woud be to get out into the country -the west and mosey around there for a while.

  4. Thanks for the suggestions!

    We’re traveling all around Ireland (Galway, Aran Islands, Sligo, Derry) and ending up in Dublin.

    I’m excited.

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