Tips to Making a Light Box

Light box

I let Gruffy down

I love watching old episodes of Gummi Bears while I work. It not only puts me in the right frame of mind for illustrating children’s books, but it also provides the perfect background noise of something mildly entertaining, without being distracting. I know that Milt Kahl would have disagreed with me, as Richard Williams said in his book, but sometimes a little Gummi Bears is just what I feel like and I feel nostalgic about these bears.

Recently when I had tea with Paddy, I took an opportunity to ask her some technical questions. Paddy has a fine arts background and has been in the industry of children’s books, as well as an artist for years. For myself – I’ve done a class here and there, but for the most part it has been a trial and tested method, along with a  fair amount of self-learning. One thing that did catch my eye though, was that after the scanning process a lot of pencil marks come through. It’s a simple thing really – the scanning takings out some of the original colour and so to replace it, you need to tweak your illustrations in Photoshop. Read more

Creative Workshop & Doodle Book

Interview Paddy

On the 28th of August I will be holding my Creative Workshop, where we will be playing with doodles, before getting lost in the world of clay.
In unrelated news, Marleen visser (AKA Paddy), has recently launched her doodle books for adults. She has so far created two of these amazing books with her publisher and is in the process of designing her third. Read more

Illustration/Art info for Southern Suburbs, Cape Town

Art Supplies in Southern Suburbs Cape Town

I thought it would be a good idea to put a post together for all of those in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa, about a few places of interest regarding Art and Illustrations. These are just a few places around where I live in Tokai, extending out to Constantia, Plumstead, and Steenberg. If you have any other places that you go to and can recommend, then drop me a comment. Note – details here were correct at time of posting.

For Art Supplies

Of course, we all know about Deckle Edge in Constantia, which is probably the best place to go for quality, but I thought I would mention a few other sneaky places that I wander to, for a bit of variety. Or when, quite frankly, I’m too lazy to change from my paint-covered apron to something more ‘Constantia appropriate’. Read more

Doodles, Mandalas and Zentangles

Zentangle

Ever since I can remember, I have been drawing this patterns. I draw them in the corner of notebooks, on bits of paper and recently, being creating art with them. I incorporate them often in Creative Workshops, encouraging people to find the therapy in simple lines, shapes and patterns.

Then came the internet. When I Googled “Doodle” I discovered a whole world of lines that didn’t look like mine. People seem to be doodling strange monsters, words like ‘Zoom’ and ‘Wow’ and repeating endless panda’s everywhere. It seemed my ‘doodles’ weren’t doodles. Read more