Thursday, 31 May 2012

The end of another year...

A design for Gerda from my 'Snow Queen' project

Wednesday was hand-in day, which means I've finished all my work for my second year of university (and suddenly have a bit more free time on my hands)!

In other news, on Monday I went to the private view for the Macmillan Prize, where I got to talk to lots of lovely people from Macmillan, and of course other prize winners as well. I didn't go alone - my flatmate, Emily, was highly commended for her entry, so we made the long trip up to London (and back again, the day after) together. All in all it was a great experience, and my first taste of what might happen after I finish my degree... though I've still got another year to go yet!

Monday, 21 May 2012

Fresh from the Sketchbook

So right now I'm having fun with some character design -these concepts are based off the story The Snow Queen. I'm looking at just a few characters, mainly Gerda (the heroine), the Witch of Finland (or maybe the Lapland lady), the Grandma, the Snow Queen herself (the thing that set this project off was the above photoshop doodle), and perhaps Kai (who somehow happens to be one of the only boys in the story...).

Aaaaanyway, here are some bits and pieces from my sketchbook:

And there's lots more where these came from...

Friday, 18 May 2012

The Macmillan Book prize!

The day before yesterday, I got a very good phone call. My children's book, 'No Such Thing' (that's the thing I posted a sneak peek of), has been awarded 3rd place in the Macmillan Book Prize for students, yay!!! :D

It's certainly a nice way to finish off my second year!

Saturday, 5 May 2012

I've been busy

Over the past few weeks I've been working on a quite big project for uni, but I can now say that it is pretty much finished, yay!

Here is a sneaky peek:

It's another children's book; but this time I wrote the story as well (which took far longer than I anticipated)! A lot of experimentation went into this project, and overall I think it was a good thing for me to do.

Oh, and I've decided for my next project that I will be doing character design (it's my favourite thing to do, and I feel like I haven't done it properly in ages), so expect lots of updates over the next couple of weeks :D