Thimble Folio https://thimblefolio.com Illustration by Christine Garner Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:55:34 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://thimblefolio.com/thimble/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/cropped-logothimblefoliowordpress-32x32.png Thimble Folio https://thimblefolio.com 32 32 Nnewts 3 https://thimblefolio.com/2271/nnewts-3/ Sun, 09 Jul 2017 16:50:04 +0000 https://thimblefolio.com/?p=2271 Continue reading "Nnewts 3"]]> Mini update time: I just wanted to say that the Graphic Novel I helped do some flatting work on is now published: Nnewts 3 by Doug TenNapel, published by Graphix (Scholastic Publishing).

I only did around 11 pages for this one, my sister Katherine was the lead colourist, she and Josh Kenfield did most of the flatting work for this book, with Kip Henderson helping as well.

Things have been quiet on the website because I’ve been in training mode again. I’m finally getting around to learning Blender 3D and having fun developing my own Illustration story project.

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Bluetit https://thimblefolio.com/2265/bluetit/ Sun, 28 May 2017 08:03:28 +0000 https://thimblefolio.com/?p=2265 Here’s another garden wildlife series Illustration. To be honest I’m getting bored of this theme now, so I will do something else next time. Its been good to test some different digital painting techniques but I want to do something more fantasy and folklore based with the themes and subject matter going forward.

bluetit

 

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Brushes for Corel Painter https://thimblefolio.com/2262/brushes-for-corel-painter/ Sat, 20 May 2017 13:42:27 +0000 https://thimblefolio.com/?p=2262 I made my custom brush set available on my gumroad shop and did these demonstration Illustrations for the different sets. If you use Corel Painter and want to try some different techniques give them a go!

Dog Portrait of Mary
Dog Portrait of Jimmy
Cat Study
Gold Fish Study
Scarob Studies
Poison Dart Frog
Horse study
Frog study

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Magic Toad https://thimblefolio.com/2220/magic-toad/ Thu, 18 May 2017 11:34:34 +0000 https://thimblefolio.com/?p=2220 This one is sort of in the garden wildlife theme, but it turned into a magical Toad. Perhaps he fell into one of those enchanted wells.

Magic Toad Brown

Magic Toad Purple

Magic Toad Red

Magic Toad Green

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Goldfinch and a Girl https://thimblefolio.com/2210/goldfinch-and-a-girl/ Mon, 15 May 2017 11:58:38 +0000 https://thimblefolio.com/?p=2210 I’ve been working on more Illustrations again.

Here is a stylized portrait from a fashion magazine (one of the Asos magazines).
Green Eyed Girl
And here is another garden wildlife themed Illustration of a Goldfinch.
Goldfinch
As usual I completely forgot about MerMay… I’ll have to do something for that before the end of the month.

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Style Test for Folklore Project https://thimblefolio.com/2207/style-test-for-folklore-project/ Tue, 09 May 2017 10:22:17 +0000 https://thimblefolio.com/?p=2207 Continue reading "Style Test for Folklore Project"]]> I did this test Illustration a while ago in preparation for a folklore Illustration project I was working on earlier in the year which I’m still thinking about, but not actively working on just yet. I developed a better way of working with my traditional scanned in artwork in Photoshop with this one, which I then took to the Sparrow illustration I recently did. I sometimes find that if I’m not getting anywhere with a project that switching to another one sometimes helps in the development for the one I was struggling with, so that is what I’m doing with the wildlife project.

baba yaga girl

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A Sparrow with Big Feet https://thimblefolio.com/2198/a-sparrow-with-big-feet/ Sun, 07 May 2017 07:32:28 +0000 https://thimblefolio.com/?p=2198 Here is an Illustration of a Sparrow I did for preparation for the wildlife project. I have mixed traditional and digital medium together for this one. I’ve been aiming to get more texture into my Illustrations lately.

Sparrow

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Spotty Dragons https://thimblefolio.com/2194/spotty-dragons/ Sat, 06 May 2017 07:43:35 +0000 https://thimblefolio.com/?p=2194 I did these Illustrations recently of some cute spotty dragons.

I started these with watercolour pencils and coloured pencils then I finished them in Photoshop.

I designed these to be cute and child friendly. I’ve also made a print and cup design with them which is in my society 6 shop.

Spotty Dragons

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Digital Watercolour Again https://thimblefolio.com/2190/digital-watercolour-again/ Fri, 05 May 2017 15:18:11 +0000 https://thimblefolio.com/?p=2190 Continue reading "Digital Watercolour Again"]]> For some time since my course ended a few years ago I’ve worked on developing my artistic style and portfolio and will probably be making new work and editing for some time before I’m really happy with its direction. I know that I really need to work on creating consistency as I’ve been pretty experimental in the last few years as I decide what works for me and what doesn’t. I’ve even dabbled with learning 3D sculpting, vectors and some basic animation.

I am getting pretty happy with my current Illustration methods which involve mixing traditional media with watercolour pencils and coloured pencils and refining things in Photoshop on the scanned in images. There are things I love about using traditional media that I think digital still can’t beat, but then again there are things that digital is great for as well, so why not get the best of both worlds.

The other day I decided to upgrade to Rebelle 2, which is a digital watercolour painting software, mainly because they have introduced PSD support, custom brushes and pressure sensitive brush strokes (essential in my opinion) as well as masking and selection tools. It also lets you lock alpha on a layer, which is really useful. I have to say I’m pretty happy with it, it is a huge improvement over the first version of Rebelle and I am going to incorporate it more into my Illustration process.

Rebelle 2 test Rebelle 2 test

 

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Garden Wildlife https://thimblefolio.com/2186/garden-wildlife/ Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:19:08 +0000 https://thimblefolio.com/?p=2186 I’m currently working on an illustration project on how to promote wildlife to your garden (the beneficial sort that is) and here are some sketches I’ve made recently. I love wildlife, especially birds. I like to watch them as they eat from my bird feeders and try to sketch them before they fly away.

Long Tailed Tit Wrens

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