Catherine and Donald got married in Inverness this past weekend, and asked me to create them an illustration for using on the invites I was doing for them. I also created their Order of Service, Menus, etc, for their big day, and I’m glad to say everything turned out really well (Thanks to JTCP, Inverness, for printing).
Below is the illustration they requested. In the background is the church they were married in, as well as the Inverness Castle – both features along the riverfront they’re pictured on. The boat they are on there is Donald’s own fishing boat, ‘True Vine’. And like any good marriage, the wife is already in charge!
This is a commissioned 36 x 12 inch illustrated canvas, completed for my friend Laura from work who was recently married in New York!
One of her close friends asked me if it would be possible to create a minimalist piece of art as her wedding gift, to commemorate their wedding at the Ladies Pavillion in Central Park. I asked her to take some photos of the day to give me a better feel of area, and also to get the outfits, etc, correct. So that helped with details like the San Remo Building (upper left) and the distinctive lake in the foreground, with its green coloured water, and a few other parts.
I started the same as I do all of my large illustration pieces, by sketching out some layout ideas in pencil. I scanned those in and began playing about with it in Photoshop, coming up with a rough design and colours, until the client was happy with the general idea. Then, once I got the photos from the wedding I began designing it properly in Adobe Illustrator, working up a draft design which we worked from. The colour scheme totally changed from the original pinks and dark blues, to reflect how the area looked in the summer. Once the overall look was right, the final piece was getting the bride and groom exactly as we wanted it, and this is where the photos really helped, as the kilt pattern, dress, flowers etc all look as they did on the big day.
You can also see the distinctive NYC skyline in background, with the Empire State Building, new World Trade Centre, etc standing out. The full illustration is at the top (click to see full-screen), with a few close-ups underneath. She seemed really happy with it anyway, and that’s the main thing!! Nothing scarier than an angry bride…..
“I value my neck a lot more than three thousand bucks, chief.”
Yesterday would’ve been Robert Shaw’s 86th birthday, so drew this quick iPad sketch of the greatest character in cinematic history as a tribute! A true legend…
My pal Kevin sent me this photo of Die Hard on his TV, next to his framed print of my Die Hard illustration – Pretty sweet!
And just as a wee extra, I’ll post this screenshot of my attempt at the Guardian Movie Quiz last week….MOVIE BOY, MOVIE BOY, MOVIE BOY…
Seen these floating about on a few sites, pretty cool style, liking the Kimbo Slice one too – completely out of place!
…James Gandolfini, who passed away suddenly last week, I created this quick line drawing on the iPad – in honour of his most famous role, the complicated badass that was Tony Soprano.
Undoubtedly one of my favourite TV/Movie characters of all time, and a showcase for how great an actor he was to garner sympathy out of such a violent sociopath. RIP Jimmy.
Love the work of Dan Hipp, always something to make me smile – great use of film, cult referencing and colour. Check out his site here: http://mrhipp.blogspot.co.uk/
I’m just back from a fantastic fortnight in New York/ Washington DC/ Denver/ Las Vegas – unfortunately time was at a premium so didnt get to the art galleries I wanted to, but got to see plenty great things. Keep an eye out on my ‘Daily Photo’ section to see more like the below….
Don’t think I ever got round to posting this job, but got reminded about it yesterday after my friend Alison (check out her awesome work here – http://tigertextiles.moonfruit.com/) uploaded a photo of her 1/2 marathon medal.
The Stornoway Running & Athletics Club asked me to design this medal for them last year, asking me to capture something simple that would capture the spirit of the main race in the Western Isles.
I like the way they turned out, think they look pretty cool!
As from post below, was messing about with another free iPad art app, this time it was ‘inspire pro’ – which is a dedicated painting program. Quite good fun to use, but more limited than ‘sketchbookX’ and tougher to get used to – but once you do, the mixing features for the paints are pretty accurate.
This painting is a self-portrait of me in the strip of Ness FC, my old football team. Some cheeky bugger said it was ‘too thin’….