Although I didn’t grow up with the illustrated books by Quentin Blake, he has also influenced my work. I love the silliness and the looseness of his ink and watercolor drawing style. With both illustrators, I like how their characters have such a range of movement, and at times seem to defy gravity. This is something I try to emulate with my characters. Some more contemporary illustrators whose work I also love includes Peter Brown and Alyana Cazalet.
I remember once taking a drawing class, and during critique one of my classmates stated that they didn’t understand why I drew something that wasn’t physically possible. At the time I thought it was a strange question. I remember thinking “why not?” Drawing for me has always been, and always will be about creating something from the imagination. It doesn’t have to be real. To me, it’s more interesting when it defies reality and breaks a few rules.
I've included some illustrations from the final week of inkTober. They all started as ink drawings, and had a bit of digital magic applied to them. The sock puppet was also submitted to Illustration Friday for the theme of Puppet.
Well it’s been a fun month. It’s interesting for me to look back and view all the illustrations that I came up with. There is definitely a bit of a theme going on.
I really love to draw quirky characters, birds, insects and sea life. As a kid growing up, I was totally awe-struck by the illustrations of Dr Seuss. We pretty much had the complete Dr Seuss set of books. My favourites were Green Eggs and Ham, and The Cat in the Hat. The illustrations and use of language in these books made me laugh. That is what I really loved about them - and still do.