Cover Art and Owls

It been a busy week since my last post, as I have been manically working on pieces for hand in, but also I was brave and put work into the competition for the front page of our Ma graduation catalogue for the London show (I submitted 2 in the end). They were not selected, but the image chosen is beautiful (more on that nearer the time).

So, for this week’s post I thought I would take you through the hundreds of choices I made to get to the final covers.

1a
It started with this little Owl, (made using Daniel Smith Watercolours).
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Some of his details were picked out using machine embroidery.
1b
I thought he was a little lonely, so added in some parents.
1bb
And a background
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then played with many different layouts
2
and added leaves
3
then played some more digitally, adding in more leaves and moving the moon
4
and adding shadows for more depth
5
But it felt too much, so the moon was removed…..
6
…..and the leaves. But I didn’t like them all looking so directly out of the image…..
7
And so for more narrative, I asked the parents to go to sleep. They said they would happily do so, as it was rather bright for them.
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And then, for my second image, it worked a bit easier – I chose cats! You know by now I love cats. And for the colours I used the “pipette” to choose the colours from the two cats. Oddly I prefer this to the owls, yet it took a tenth of the time.

So there you go….. 2 finished designs, one with more choices than others. The next piece to be created was for my page inside but more on that in the next posts……..

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2 thoughts on “Cover Art and Owls

    1. Thankyou Stephanie! Its been quite a journey, and lovely to have you on board for the first excited flurry. I am looking forward to seeing you, and hearing all about your adventures over the past couple of years. x

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