Finally got around to doing a new painting... more coming soon.
Cover illustration for book dummy
Here's my latest step-by-step demonstration...
I've been asked by one of my publishers for some animal samples. Although I have a huge amount of wildlife drawings and paintings, I don't really have all that many animal illustrations, so I set about doing a few. (see the kookaburra image from a previous post...)
This one was an absolute joy to paint. I had great reference for starters... my Mother-in-law took the photos on a recent trip to the UK, it's very handy having relatives who take great photos and it's always worthwhile to keep a lot of files for reference, here's proof.
I call this image 'The Sparrows of Redgate Cottage".
STEP ONE Here's the reference I used for the image. Note, I turned the cottage around, just in case the owners ever saw it, I'm not sure if the M.I.L. got permission. I'll carry on as if she didn't.
STEP TWO Here's the composited image with some painting done for the sky, the posts in the foreground and the road. Photoshop is fantastic for this purpose. It's a lot easier to put an image together this way.
STEP THREE Here I work out the the sketch to paint over. I keep it very basic as the photos have a whole heap of information. If I started this image from scratch, with no reference, I'd have to add a lot of info at this stage.
STEP FOUR I've added a colour overlay in Painter, I'm starting out using the 'chalk' option.
STEP FIVE See the chalky look to the colour?I use the chalk option for ease of getting the colours down quickly.
STEP SIX Some details added and keeping a watchful eye on the tones at the same time.
STEP SEVEN More detail. I start work from the back and gradually move forward.
STEP EIGHT I'm looking right through the image now and thinking about the relatiuonship between the background and the forefront. I begin adding a few highlights for clues and a little bit of work on the sparrow.
STEP NINE More tonal work to pull the whole thing together.
STEP TEN Tweaking some of the colours... the road, the path etc.
STEP ELEVEN Working right through the image, adding detail to the bird too at this point. This is the fun part for me, the finer detailing.
STEP TWELVE Lots more work on the foreground. Working out the relationship with the sparrow and the background, I want it to stand out so I add some gentle highlights, trying hard to avod the 'cut-out' look. I always bear try to bear this in mind.
STEP THIRTEEN Toning the whole thing and adding more detail, the image is really starting to come together at this point.
STEP FOURTEEN More of the same. The red of the gate really provides a nice break between the front and the back of the image and also, gives me a title.
STEP FIFTEEN The finished image. I'm pretty happy at this point, but no doubt, as I do, I'll go back and touch it up in the future. I forgot to mention that I painted this as a cover image, so I left a fair amount of space at the top for type. There's nothing worse than dodgy typestting over a lovely image. Another thing I try to bear in mind at all times.
I've just come back from a long weekend with my wife and son and hadn't drawn all weekend. This is what came out of me upon my return.
As usual, it was painted with Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop.
I've been using Corel Painter for a couple of years now. I'm currently using PainterX, there are a few more thingies on it than it's predecessor. I've been doodling away at a project that's in the back of my mind in muy spare time and today, I wanted to have a play with Painter's inking pen functions. This is the before and after; from the drawing to the finished line art, for me, for digital media, it comes pretty close to the real thing.
I've been a busy boy lately, haven't had much time for sketching and the like, but I did manage to paint up a rough sample or two for a publisher I'm in touch with..... here's one of those images....
This illustration is for the bottom half of the page that Santa (see previous post) sits on. As usual it was painted in Corel Painter after having drawn and inked it. I'm enjoying this book immensely, children's books are so much fun! I work in quite a few different styles, but i have to say that this kind of work seems to come out of me a lot easier than some of the other types of things I do.
At last, here it is, the first look at Where's Stig? The World Tour
, the sequel to my quarter of a million copy bestseller Where's Stig?
for the BBC TV show Top Gear
. It's been 6 months solid work, but you don't have too long to wait to see the full results as it's in the shops on September 30th 2010, & available to pre-order on Amazon
Where's Stig? The World Tour
illustrated by Rod Hunt
- Every now and then, Top Gear’s tame racing driver needs a change of scene, and after a power-lap-packed year that’s seen our fearless man in white elevated to bone fide celebrity status, Stig’s decided he needs to escape the flashing bulbs of the paparazzi and do something for himself. It’s time to hit the tarmac with an Esperanto language CD and a pet passport for Where's Stig? The World Tour.
Stig’s journey will span the continents, from the snow-capped mountains of the north, to the tropical jungles of the equator and dusty deserts of the south, and we’ll be watching him every step of the way. Stig will be hidden within every brilliantly drawn scene, along with Clarkson, Hammond and Captain Slow, and there’ll be plenty of other Top Gear gags to keep readers going back for more.Where’s Stig?
took readers by storm last year, and Where’s Stig? The World Tour
will have Top Gear fans revving their super-charged engines to come along with him on the ride of a lifetime.
... from my Super Alphabet series... soon to be a kids alphabet book.