Saturday, 24 October 2009

There's a Lion in my Bathroom - sketches 1




Twenty days and I finally have some work I can put up on the blog! As I said previously I'm pretty busy with a couple of really stimulating and rewarding projects at the moment. One is pretty hush hush (I could tell you but then I'd have to kill you...!) but I'll hopefully have news on that in due course (fingers crossed). The other project is for an anthology of humorous poetry by an amazingly talented writer, Giles Paley-Phillips, which is, all being well, scheduled for publication by Rebel Books LLP next year. I'm working on 15 greyscale, full facing page illustrations for the book plus one of these being worked up into the colour cover, and it's with that cover design / poem illustration that I'll start the blog ball rolling.

The working title for the book is "There's a Lion in my Bathroom" and the titular poem is my favourite piece out of all 34 in the book. It's a shame I cannot share it with you but hopefully these illustrations capture something of the feel of the book (think Spike Milligan meets Tim Burton with hints of Roald Dahl thrown in...). I don't know what more to add regarding the fairly self explanatory visuals save to say I preferred to not reveal the Lion in full... for me it's just funnier (ha ha and peculiar...) that way. I'm also really pleased with the serendipitous lions paw feet on the old style cast iron bath.

9 comments:

ArtSparker said...

There's a little of Hitchcock's "Psycho" in how you've illustrated this...delightful. It sounds like an inspired matching of illustrator and author.

krisztina maros said...

your sketches are amazing and very clever! we had an old iron bath like that (without lion) and i loved it...

have a good work and enjoy it! i can't wait to see more!

Kelly Shon said...

so creative and charming!

Justyna said...

great sketches

Biodata said...

This is fantastic! I love the details in the shower and on the old-school toilet tank.

Krishna Chavda said...

woops, my name really isn't biodata, its krishna. i think i messed something up in my settings when i was changing some stuff around!

damon said...

i like that one

mtshields42 said...

My Mom's brother is a childrens/young persons author. My Dad's brother died very young with leukemia. I find the illustrations to be very charming, and I like the "child-like" quality that they have. They are sophisticated as well.

Pencil Pocket said...

They all look gorgeous Matt! Super work...