Have you ever wondered, what goes into creating an original illustration? How you go about creating one for your very self? There are so many little touches and details that go into each and every piece I create. You wouldn’t notice it at first glance but for the owner of each piece it becomes a truly unique representation of their loves. Each illustration tells a story. When you commission a piece you are not just buying some art, you are creating and capturing a memory, a feeling that is only yours.
Much of my time is spent on the email going back and forth with clients making sure I have all the details correct to make their piece an accurate representation. You as the viewer may look at the piece and say, ‘ohh that’s lovely!’ The client looks at the piece and sees all their favourite things, their memories, their loves. Only the client truly understands the weight of meaning and hidden layers of depth captured in each illustration. How wonderful to have this lovely piece on your wall that privately displays so much of what your hold dear.
My illustrations are generally never created from just one image. They are pieced together from a collection of favourite snaps, memories and objects. I take the time to patch together all these thoughts, ideas and wishes from each and every client to create a piece that is a unique, personal vignette captured in my whimsical style.
I want to share with you a recent commission piece I created for a Father as a gift to the Mother of his baby boy on her birthday. Tiger and Hunter. On first glance it is of a baby boy with his pet dog. But let me read into it a little more for you. Hunter’s outfit he is wearing is a favourite of his Mother’s, loves him in blue. His Father is a mad Swannies supporter and requested the balloons be red and white stripe to represent this love! Hunter has a mass of dark hair and loves his pooch Tiger, there is a look of adoration as his face turns towards Tiger. Tiger is the first baby of Mum and Dad, his prominant stance in the illustration represents his bold personality and importance in the family.
Much like life, I like my illustrations to have beauty in a multiplicity of patches.
If you are interested in discussing the creation of an original piece, please do not hesitate to contact me for further details.