Monday, 8 December 2014

Christmas animated gif - the dog is now in colour

The dog is now in colour and ready to animate.
I changed my mind about the ear position for the first frame and added some colour.

Here is the dog in Photoshop, ready to be made into a series of frames for the animation.

I feel I should give the dog a name... hmmm... Patch? Spot? Or something christmassy like Pudding or Holly?

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Christmas animated gif - linework for the first frame

Linework for the first frame
I've been working on the actions for my christmas animation using rough drawings and I think I've got it working well. The movements were a challenge this year and it is very important that I am accurate, you'll see why when it's finished.

So now I am working on the character and creating the linework for the frames. I think I like this little dog, the next stage is to see how he looks in colour.

The animation should be finished by the end of the week.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Pencil drawing of a woman for a medical brochure

Pencil drawing by Amanda Lillywhite
This drawing was part of a set done for a couple of medical brochures. It was a tight deadline and a lot of work so it all went through very quickly but I am quite pleased with the results and enjoyed working on the project.

The drawings were done on paper in a mixture of HB and 6B pencils. The linework was then altered to the Pantone blue the client required in Photoshop.

You can see more of my pencil drawings by clicking here.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

An illustration for the cover of a non-fiction book about risk management

One of the most enjoyable aspects of being a freelance illustrator, in my experience, is the variety of the work. Risk management is a new topic for me!

The illustration for the cover of Evgueni Ivantsov's book Heads or Tails combined pencil drawing, digital colour, vector based illustration (the scales) plus coin artwork downloaded from the US mint website. All elements were combined together using a bit of Photoshop magic.

More of my pencil drawings and vector based illustrations are in the Illustration Styles part of this blog.

A webcomic about a YA writer and a picture book author/illustrator - Duck&Bear


Duck&Bear was inspired by my own writing and illustrating experiences and those of fellow members of The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. It is a webcomic about a YA writer and a picture book author-illustrator - their efforts to create stories and have them published. Duck&Bear was made for the launch of SCBWI (British Isles) online magazine Words and Pictures. All 5 instalments are posted on my comics page.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Activity pages for Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly, London

The inside spread.
My most recent commission was for Fortnum and Mason: a four page activity booklet for children. I wrote about this project and its tiny role at Judith Kerr's book launch for The Crocodile Under the Bed on my blog Illustrating for Children.