I'm really indecisive when I care about something, so I spent weeks brainstorming ideas and sketching out characters and considering mediums. Ultimately I went back to my first thought, which was to illustrate the tiny, delicate & colourful nudibranch that I've always adored. I then wanted to add in some more cute creatures, starting with the illustrations of cuttlefish that is the centre spread in my book - it was originally a test piece but I was so happy with the result that I didn't feel I could replicate it well enough to do it justice.
What I've ended up with is a collection of random sea creatures, with rambling notes for each one - musings about their personalities etc. What links these creatures together is simply my love for their cuteness, and the challenge of adequately illustrating them via a medium I professed to "hate" until January this year.*
I hope that my illustrations and ramblings provide an insight into me, as well as cause a giggle or a smile along the way.
*I was hesitant to use watercolour paints until January 2018 when I was playing around with the Windsor & Newton set I bought while at college in 2004. When previously I had struggled with the "looseness" of the medium, finding the spreading water and lack of control frustrating, suddenly I was able to see how the flexibility and flow of the paint and water can be used to create structure. Layering the paint and blending colours, much like I do with pencil illustrations, I have been able to create structure and depth while keeping the freedom and flow of the medium. You can see how my technique has changed and evolved over the course of creating this book, with each image numbered in sequence of painting.
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