Illustration with brush and ink demands focus on each line – its start, its length, its shape – yes a line has a shape when it’s made with a brush. This short video is my edit of a morning’s work – inking faces of characters I’d sketched earlier (see roughs in blue) – for a new series of illustrations. As soon as a brush touches paper, I must decide where it’s going – I have a line and there’s no erasing it. If my brush touches the paper and I’m still wondering where it will go – I see which direction the line leads. A face or it’s expression may vary or indeed change when you follow a line – but this approach can result in a happy accident – perhaps, a more expressive quality of line. © Annmarie Scott 2017
Above photograph: inking faces – for a new series of illustrations for art prints & cards. While yesterday – February the 14th – was a day set aside to send messages of love and friendship to our near and dear. It may also serve as a reminder to pause and make note of other days – other moments of celebration that occur throughout the year. If you love sending and receiving snail mail – keep a set of blank art cards or postcards in your top drawer – for those personal hand written notes and messages any day. Whether they end up archived as personal history in a shoe box, pinned on a cork board, or popped in a frame as art to enjoy every day – postcard love is real. So take a little time-out from the hurly burly rush of daily life – to pencil or pen a few thoughtful words; write a letter; or indeed let the illustration on a card say it all and simply sign your name. In a world …
Often days, I like to sketch with a brush and ink – I’ll repeat the same idea a number of times with a face – to get the expression I’m after. An adjustment to a single brush stroke makes a difference. Below, you’ll see a rough version of one of my cloud girls. The round raindrops are incomplete and the face – mouth, nostrils need some work. ©Annmarie Scott
For me, as a book illustrator, engaging the reader is all about story – the visual story that fills the space between words within a text.
Sketchbook Friday has this week become Saturday – on holidays – where the only ‘on-line’ activity is a fish on a hook. Bream and whiting are on the table – and here on paper. The development of an artwork may begin (as above) by sketching on more than one sheet of paper, with more than one medium, allowing play with the position of elements and the expressive qualities of line. More fish are on the sketch book menu, with brush and ink – I am after the looser style for this piece. ©Annmarie Scott 2016
My ink sketch of a white rabbit – introduced in a post last week – is now pictured here, on a brooch, pinned to the pocket of my cropped denim jacket. How, you might ask? Some characters simply have a way of assuming a life of their own – they won’t stay down the rabbit hole, between the pages of a book! And this fellow, with his quizzical eyebrows, is no different. Originally hand painted with brush & ink, he’s been digitally scanned and designed by me for fabric printing on organic cotton with a lovely soft sheen; sewn on the sewing machine given to me by my Gran; hand embroidered with sky blue cotton; stuffed with a wisp of pillow stuffing, and lastly had a pin secured with thread to his back. So he’s been through a bit of adventure already – and will no doubt be stepping out in Spring with the denim jacket or a sky-blue cardy! ©Annmarie Scott, 2016
If you’ve read ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll, you may appreciate the human-like expression of this rabbit
Ink sketches – like seedlings in the garden and blossoms inspired by snapshots on my phone