Thursday, 27 June 2013

Authors 2

A couple more authors.

Philip Pullman is often asked what form his own Daemon would take (for those who've not read His Dark Materials nor seen that weak Golden Compass film, a Daemon is effectively the physical embodiment of a person's soul, taking the form of an animal). Pullman replies that his would be a magpie or jackdaw, a bird attracted to shiny things, like the nuggets from which he weaves his stories.

This last one is Hilary Mantel. I simplified this one down more and played with the colours a bit. It's perhaps less successful, but I'm attracted to this slightly less literal route.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013


The first two from a series of portraits of authors, working on a cleaner and quicker technique for illustration work. I've been using gouache lot more than acrylic recently. The opacity is really refreshing.

These first one here is Jack Kerouac, the second is Thomas Keneally, the Australian author who won the Booker Prize in 1982 for Schindler's Ark.

Thanks for looking!