Gasp! I have just realised that it’s been over a month since I last wrote a blog post! It appears looking after a baby isn’t conducive to keeping an up to date blog…or getting anywhere on time, eating hot food or cleaning the house for that matter!
Not to worry, I’m here now with a photo-filled post about my latest commission. I’ve probably mentioned before, but every new piece I do becomes my favourite. I feel like I pick up a little bit more skill with each commission and this one is no exception.
This is a poster illustration for Above Bounds Theatre Collective to advertise their upcoming show ‘The Ugly Duckling and Other Tales’. My friend Helen has secured Arts Council and National Lottery funding for the project, and it’s very exciting to be a small part of it.
I painted each layer with watercolours, cut them out with a craft knife and then mounted them to create shadows. I love the effect and will be doing many more in this style!
Below you can see the layers, I think there are seven in total.
One of the ‘Other Tales’ is the Emperor’s new clothes, hence the Emperor being measured by his tailor.
Part of the brief was that the characters around the pond should be taking photos of the ugly duckling with their phones.
These last couple of illustrations are for the leaflet which will accompany the performance. There’s the Emperor being laughed at for his lack of clothes…
…and three chickens having a chat!
And here’s the final poster with the text overlaid by Helen’s designer.