I’ve been working all week on my scary forest illustrated map for ‘The Halloween Chill’, a book by author Judy Dixon. I’m thrilled with how it’s coming along and have just got a few details left to add before overlaying the place names.
Above is a party in full swing in the centre of the forest. Below are a few of the scary occupants’ dwellings, as well a spooky pub!
The party is bright and colourful while the forest surrounding the clearing is dark and creepy.
As always, the shadows are one of my favourite elements as they add depth to the painting and the difference is really noticeable.
I hope to have the whole map completed to show you next weekend.
When I went back to my Mum and Dad’s this weekend, I dug out a couple of books which I found really inspiring as a child. Their intricate illustrations have stayed with me and I aspire to one day contribute to a book like these!
This is my favourite, Haunted Castle, written and illustrated by Leo Hartas. It’s a ‘pick your own ending’ style of book, where you work your way through the Haunted Castle theme park, encountering all sorts of strange and spooky things as you go along.
This is another one of my favourites, Stephen Biesty’s Incredible Everything. It features exquisitely detailed illustrations of the inner workings of various buildings and machines.
Looking at them again has got me itching to start a new detailed drawing!
However, with time not on my side, I settled for doing another little doodle. I think I will include a design similar to this in my adult colouring book, if I ever get chance to finish it!
Finally, the latest in my 52 faces series! Here’s Lewis Hamilton with a couple of leaves for scale.