Having reworked HMAS Stuart I had to review HMAS Hobart and given the importance of this ship and her sisters (Sydney and Perth), I felt I had to update the artwork to my current look.
This is the last time Im going to do this, its very difficult going back over old artwork and the enthusisam level is just not the same.
Ok, one more update, I have reworked HMAS Canberra in order to bring it into the same format as the rest of the illustrations. As I have no more to rework this is definetely the last!
While the basic shapes can be reused the style of illustration means just about every detail has to be redrawn.
Worth it in the end as a comparison between version 1 and 2 highlights the differences in technique.
Just done something I swore I would never do. Reworked a previous drawing. In the case of HMAS Stuart I had no choice.
I had illustrated a V&W Destroyer not a Scott Class Flotilla Leader and so felt I had to redo the pic for the sake of accuracy.
I have always been fascinated with Japanese art and in particular large screens.
When we moved house recently and needed a large piece of art to cover a blank wall, I though the easiest thing to do was to whip up my own Japanese Screen to match some beautiful IDEMESTU artwork we already have hanging on another wall. 'Cranes taking Flight' is the result.
I've divided the Screen into 4 seperate frames each 70mm H x 50mm W. Overall dimensions are 70mm H x 2000mm W.
You might have noticed I translated my name into Japanese for the signature!
The village of Tobermory with its colourful buildings and working boats in the harbour just seemed like a natural fit for my style of art. I really enjoyed working on this piece and I'm particularly proud of the boats.
Tobermory (Tobar Mhoire - Well of Mary), capital of Mull, is one of the prettiest ports in Scotland, thanks to the colourful houses and a sheltered bay where legend has it one of the Spanish Armada ships sank in 1588 carrying gold bullion.
Built as a fishing port in 1788 on a design by Thomas Telford, the town curves around the harbour and rises into the hillside beyond.
Captivated by this stunning mosque and a subject that readily lends itself to my style of work. I can only hope that I might have captured some small part of its stunning beauty.
This architectural work of art is one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshippers.
It features 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world's largest hand knotted carpet.
The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the world’s largest chandeliers –10 metres in diameter, 15 metres in height and weighing twelve tonnes.
Reflective pools surround the mosque, amplifying its beauty and at night a unique lighting system reflects the phases of the moon.
How do I create my artwork?
As some people are puzzled by how I create my art, I overheard one chap telling his friends "its all done with Photoshop" hopefully the following explanation might help explain the process in a little more detail. The poster depicts HMAS Castlemaine, one of sixty Australian built Bathurst Class corvettes to serve throughout World War II and is the last of its class still afloat as a museum ship, having been restored by volunteers over the last four decades.
For me, the first stage of any ship drawing is to define the hull, as everything else flows from and around this basic shape. While the illustration on the left looks fairly straight forward, this stage actually takes some considerable time as you need to ensure it is right, as every other part of the illustration is built around it. Get a shape wrong at this stage and it will only compound the error over the rest of the illustration.
Always a nice feeling to add some colour to the illustration. Also breaks up the mass of black lines and gives you a feel for how the final poster will look.
Next step is to open another 'layer' and start the next section on a seperate overlay. This makes it easier to work on individual sections of the artwork.
Time to draw the upper deck which begins to define the shape of the ship and to develop its charactor.
Much the same process as in Step 2. Colour in the various elements and shade them in order to give the illustration perspective and interest.
Combine the coloured sections from Step 2 & 4 and the Castlemaine is beginning to take shape. A flag, big numbers and some guns help to add interest to the ship.
Finally, add on a mast, funnel, some rigging, a quick tidy up and the Castlemaine is almost ready to put to sea. All I need to do now is add in the background and the poster is complete.
You can see the completed poster in the Image Gallery. Please feel free to let me know what you think.
So no tricks, no gimics, no Photoshop, just a long slow process of drawing lots of lines, joining them together and adding colour and tone.
Its that simple, with a lot of patience, you can creat the same result as me using Illustrator software.
Having spent the better part of my working life in advertising and marketing, I have over the years jotted down the odd thought and finally compiled and published them into a book with the original title of ‘Survival Marketing’ as it summed up my career in many ways!
The book is available to the discerning reader for the paltry sum of AUS$19.95 plus postage and handling.
I like the symbolism of the lighthouse on the cover, providing guidance and illumination for those in peril on the treacherous seas of big business. I also like the fact that the lighthouse illustrated is one of my limited edition prints!
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