A cartoonist's life for me
This piece was made for a stamp design project. As it was coming up on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, I thought it was only appropriate as the daughter of a Northern Irishman that I commemorate the sacrifice of the 36th Ulster Division. The red hand is the symbol of the ancient Irish kingdom of Ulster.
This piece was created for a contest with the theme "sustaining hope in the Pacific War". I made this traditional-styled watercolour scroll in memory of the lives lost in the Nanking Massacre. The top half of the piece depicts Japanese bombers in distance flying amidst the pillars of smoke, and the cranes in the bottom half symbolize hope and a long life, suggesting that the young girl in the foreground will survive.
My creative process tries to be as short and sweet as possible. Having extra steps doesn't necessarily result in a superior product. Particularly for illustrations, I start out with some scribblings, roughly laying out how big I want the focus (usually a character) relative to the setting. I then refine the roughs by doing a larger more detailed sketch to work with. If a pose is challenging, I will take photos of myself as reference instead of using someone else's stock photos. If I am not as familiar with the anatomy or design of something, I will find myself some reference photos. After I have everything mapped out for myself, I waste no time working on the final product.