Creative Box: How I made the Video

Creative Boxes

Last week, my Creative Box: Colour Mug, went live on Youtube. The object was to test out the potential of making videos and to expand into this medium a little bit. That’s not to say I won’t be writing here, on the blog, but it does mean that some topics can be a little more interactive. I thought I would write up here, a little bit on how I put together the video, in case there are any other creatives/illustrators out there who want to give it a shot. Read more

Book for Illustrators: The Art of the Croods

book reviews for illustrators and writers

Author: Dreamworks
ISBN: 9781781164112

As most illustrators, I am always on the look out for books that will show me something new and thought it would be a good idea to share my findings and my top books. Please feel free to make your own suggestions and share in the comments.

The Croods Book Cover
The Croods Book Cover

I have just discovered this world of movie books. Why aren’t more people talking about this in the illustrating industry? After stumbling a blog post on a review of another “art of <insert any amazing animation movie>” I quickly started searching to see what was out there. You know what I found? A lot. My wishlist on Readers Warehouse just skyrocket back up to 22 (only because they don’t stock the others books… and there are a lot).

Out of the top movies I really enjoyed the style, The Croods were listed as one of the best Art Books to invest in. There is art on every page of this book – and it is colourful, detailed and the compositions are amazing. I really learnt a lot from this book in terms of style and inspiration. There are also several pages that ‘flap out’ to reveal 4 page spreads of beauty.

As some of you know, I really enjoy the animal/creature side of things, and this book had some great mash-ups and styles. The movie had a few amount as well, but this book has everything that they couldn’t fit in the movie, including a zebra elephant, a Dodo rat, Quail frog and ostrich turtle. Who comes up with this stuff? Read more

Katya Cat Events

Reading of KatyaJulia and I have been asked to do a reading at Kirstenbosch Gardens for the Kirstenbosch Winter Wonderland on the 7th of July, 2016.

Authors are given the opportunity to talk about their book or read their books and it is sometimes followed by a related activity.  It’s a free programme for young kids (and sometimes their older siblings) who are accompanied by their parents.

As we have an hour slot, Julia and I will be doing a few things extra, outside our usual ‘read and illustrate’ routine. We will have colouring in pages of the characters for th kids, and I will also be showing the audience how to do a drawing of Katya.

The venue is at Kirstenbosch’s book shop (located in the Visitors’ Centre – Gate 1) and we have been booked for 10am to 11am.

You can find out more about all the activities that will be happening at the Winter Wonderland on their programme (PDF)

We are also going to be involved with Readathon at Hershel School on the 21st of July for three sessions. If your child goes to Hershel, make sure you give her cash to purchase a book.

I look forward to seeing you all there! Read more

Social Media & Marketing for Illustrators Character

Social Media

For those of you who receive my newsletter, or follow me on social media, you might know that I am in the process of putting together an online course on Social Media & Marketing for Illustrators. The course won’t be a ‘how to create a profile on Facebook’ but more about how to tailor social media marketing for illustrators, get inspired for campaigns, and ideas on getting noticed.

I’ve finished putting together the first draft on paper but now have to translate that for video. I thought I would incorporate a character throughout the series. I have drawn up a few animals to play around with. Depending on the topic of the module, I thought I would use the character in a quick illustration.

Anyone have a favorite?

Characters roughs
Characters roughs

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