Tuesday, November 3, 2009

New stuff!

Hi there! Sorry it's been so long since I last updated, but I've been busy with a couple of projects, which are still at the relatively early stage - I'll post up more info about them when they're a bit more progressed. I've also been motoring along with the children's book illustration course, and the piece above is the latest assigment. The brief was to illustrate a single page spread to show a cow and a bird (who've become unlikely friends and are discovering the world around them togther) in any setting we chose, keeping colours soft. I used coloured pencils, graphite and assembled in photoshop. As ever, I was aiming for a traditional print effect, and overall I'm pleased with the result.

Some other little bits from sketchpad below:

Have recently joined SCBWI (Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators). The Irish group will be meeting again on Sat, 28th Nov at 2.30pm in Children's Books Ireland, 17 North Great Georges Street Dublin. I'd really recommend this group for anyone who's in any way interested in getting into children's books. It's a great way to meet others in the area, published and unpublished and pick up great pieces of advice. And you can come along to the meetings to see what they're like before deciding whether or not to join.

Another couple of bits here (was toying with the idea of doing a little stop-motion piece, but I need to find the time to figure out how!!!):

That's it for now - thanks for looking... toodle-pips :-)


Fran Johnston said...

hey Sarah! great to see some new stuff from you.I really like the bird and cow pic! its a great look.I'm trying to be a bit more positive with my illustration work myself lately. updated my website and joined hire an ilustrator .com to see can i get some word out.really want to see can I get some stuff published.that children's book illustrators group sounds really good. might give it a go sometime.Hope you are well.talk to you soon.

Sarah Bowie said...

Hey cheers Fran, good to hear from you. Sounds like you're going about things the right way with the illustration. Have you ever gone along to any of the illustrators guild meetings? I think they meet informally once a month in the odeon - it'd probably be a good place to chat to people who've been published. anyway, deffo hope to catch up with you for a bevvie before xmas (agh xmas!!!) - take it easy.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah, I'm happy to see you updating this blog!
The bye-bye one is very cute, and I like the cut-out style a lot. It is a very difficult thing to compose a picture out of a few different layers/materials + computer clean up and it's great to see you make this happen :)
*feels curious about the illustration group*

TAW Admin said...

Absolutely gorgeous pic of the character in the seat - lovely lovely work Sarah, great textures and experimentation with styles.

galvinator said...

a plethora of inspiring pieces, brilliant stuff!

Fran Johnston said...

Hey Sarah. Thanks for the comment on
my pinwheel post. Yeah the competition
doesn't close till December 31st so plenty
of time if you fancy sending in something.
It doesn't seem to be on the book depository
site anymore,maybe you can see it and I'm
gone blind though! If you can't find it you can
email me through my website and I'll pass
on the template which has all the details on
it. My website is the first link on my blog's
links section. Haven't been out to sketchers
for various reasons in ages but if I don't get
out before Xmas I'll definitly be there in the
new year. The new look blog is great by the
way and really like your new profile pic!
Ok. Talk to you soon. All the best. Fran.