ToQ: Objects and Artefacts

Tales of Quahnarren: Objects and Artefacts
I’ve recently been creating several illustrated articles for my Tales of Quahnarren project site, detailing some of the unique items to be found within the world of Quahnarren. The Objects and Artefacts page will be regularly updated with further new pieces as they are completed, and will eventually contain a wealth of information regarding the daily lives of the Quahneri people, their possessions, customs and beliefs.

A pickle of a story!

RCHRD’S GLSSS ND TH WRRNG NGHBRSRCHRD’S GLSSS ND TH WRRNG NGHBRS is an entertaining eBook written by new authors Julie and Luca Harper, mostly about Giant Spider Crabs, Greater Bulldog Bats, Green Iguanas, maths, music, timekeeping and vowels!

I was asked to provide a cover design, including a full series logotype and hand lettering, plus a few mono interior illustrations (three shown below) for the book, which at times proved to be more challenging and time intensive than I had envisaged.

RGNTWN_ShoppeRGNTWN_Boris and EddieRGNTWN_Clearview Village mapThe mono illustrations were completed in Illustrator using the pressure sensitive blob brush, and were created as loosely sketched pieces, capturing some of the energy found in the written style of the book. The main characters themselves proved to be somewhat hard to successfully define and capture accurately, and we went through a number of iterations and revisions before I produced the simple character sketches for protagonists Nigel Le Nez, and Madame La Bouche.

RGNTWN_Nigel Le NezThese hand drawn pencil sketches then became desired final art, with colour added (as seen above) to match the cover formatting. This wasn’t planned, and it introduced a number of design issues to solve, as the two standing characters dramatically altered the spacing and balance of all the cover elements, which required an intensive rethink of the layout to retain a reasonable design structure.

Ultimately the client was happy – which is all that really matters – and the book moved on into the final production stage. It is now available to purchase from Amazon for Kindle, or the Kindle Reader App, and can be downloaded HERE. So, if you know someone who would like to read a fast paced rollicking story for 7-10 year olds, then I can fully recommend the eBook as a highly entertaining reading experience. And, don’t worry, the vowels are supposed to be left out!

RCHRD'S GLSSS

Sketch of the day: Agavaceae

Agavaceae Nolina recurvataA large and impressive Agavaceae from the Adelaide Botanic Garden. These great palms are from the semi-desert areas in southeastern Mexico, and are commonly known as Ponytail, Elephant foot, or Bottle palms.

Drawn with a 2B pencil in a small sketchbook, then scanned and digitally coloured in Photoshop using a custom watercolour brush.

The view north across Nelumbo Pond, Adelaide Botanical Gardens

Nelumbo Pond, Adelaide Botanic GardensI sat on a park bench in the Adelaide Botanical Gardens yesterday morning, and produced a 2B pencil sketch of the wonderfully green and pleasant view. In the foreground is the pond of Nelumbo genus aquatic plants; N. nucifera – the sacred lotus. These lily-like plants produce very attractive pink and yellow flowers (see below) and feature highly distinctive seed pods. The leaves are also superhydrophobic, which means that they have high water repellence due to the architecture of their surface. This is also known as the lotus effect.

My pencil sketch was later scanned into Adobe Photoshop, and coloured using a custom watercolour brush.

Nelumbo flower

Sketch of the day: Southeast Asian siamang gibbon

siamang gibbon

A siamang gibbon eating at the Adelaide Zoo. An oil pastel sketch completed on textured Canson paper.

These tree-dwelling gibbons are a threatened species, facing severe habitat loss in Malaysia and Sumatra due to the palm oil industry, illegal logging, human encroachment, forest fire, poaching and hunting. The siamang possess a large throat sac which allows them to make very loud and distinctive calls – check out this BBC Nature site if you’ve not seen or heard these amazing performances.