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character development

here was my instagram caption

to an early sketch of Arthur Dent for the Hitchhiker’s Guide.

Developing a character for an illustration project I’m working on. This guy is English. Home Counties. A Guardian reader. (More likely he reads both the Guardian and the Telegraph) Of genteel stock. Often confused and frequently angry but possessed of a certain sense of sardonic humour and resilience. His name is Arthur Dent.

I have a yearning to illustrate the works of literature I admire most.  The challenge is to take something lovely and add another layer of complementary beauty.  That needs creative reinterpretation – If I’m not adding value, the task isn’t worth the candle.

This story is screaming for fantasy caricature illustration.  40 yrs too late, but hey it’s a classic eh? .
This is an exercise in getting to know my characters as if they were real people.

But they aren’t . . .

this man's house

is about to be run over by a bulldozer.  

His upper lip is stiff, his gaze is resolute and he’s NOT going to let it happen.  He is definitely not wearing a dressing gown. 

ford prefect

I though Martin Clunes would make the ideal Ford so I cast him in the role, but with a pot belly, skinny legs and a curly blonde hairdo.

haha just found another

early sketch for the Hitchhiker’s Guide this was the Vogon captain reciting bad poetry after a disastrous affair of the heart, and before his sidekick threw our heroes out into space.

joey

a character invented by Ania for a story she is going to write one day.

this was a study for

a restaurateur.

Sometimes first scrbbles just come right.  That happens about 3% of the time.

Even so, I don’t know if this guy is wearing a mask ror he just has a double chin.

women of a certain age

inspired by a lovely poem Ania  showed me. 

The poem is called Lunch With Girlfriends by Kathy O’Malley though not all of my character exercises are appropriate to that. 

holes

thinking of doing some drawings for Holes.

This would be a first study for Mr Sir.

Watch this space.

holes

Early stage sketches for X-Ray, Zero and Armpit  . . .

“my name

 is Gregory Peggory” I replied with dignity. 

Jostein Gaarder – The Frog Castle

holes

another one for x-ray

captivated

by Sam Gayton’s book Hercufleas which I have been reading to my kids as a bedtime story.

Here is our hero as a bright young thing, liberated by his own ignorance before the troubles of life throw themselves at him.

My character, nothing like the ilustrations in the book as published.

and

plonking on some emotions or “fleamotions” as I guess the author would have it.

slarti-bartfast

character study based on John le Mesurier, who Douglas Adams had in mind for the character (according to Wikipedia)

trying

to capture that farawayslightly-angry a-bit-dissapointed smile-frown

slarti-bartfast

 . . . getting there . . .

and

yup. 

Happy with that.

all of the above and a bit crazy too.

latest stuff starts here – updated july 2019

a prince

this is a teaser for a project I’m working on

and

a troll from the same story

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this was the instagram caption

to an early sketch of Arthur Dent for the Hitchhiker’s Guide.

Developing a character for an illustration project I’m working on. This guy is English. Home Counties. A Guardian reader. (More likely he reads both the Guardian and the Telegraph) Of genteel stock. Often confused and frequently angry but possessed of a certain sense of sardonic humour and resilience. His name is Arthur Dent.

I have a yearning to illustrate the works of literature I admire most.  The challenge is to take something lovely and add another layer of complementary beauty.  That needs creative reinterpretation – If I’m not adding value, the task isn’t worth the candle.

This story is screaming for fantasy caricature illustration.  40 yrs too late, but hey it’s a classic eh? .
This is an exercise in getting to know my characters as if they were real people.

But they aren’t . . .

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