Tom Bonson Illustration

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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Second character finished

Finished my second character today. I think the snowy background helps the figure stand out alot more than the pink clouds background. On to the third character!

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Working painting part 2

This is what my second character looks like at the moment. I'm not happy with the background as you see it. The pink cloud look isn't very relevant to my final project theme so I reckon I'll scrap that and go for a more snowy scene.

Monday, 4 April 2011

Working painting

Just started painting the second character for the end of year show, it's the same size as the last one. Have thrown in a few sketches too.

Final project painting finished!

Finished one of my final project paintings the other day. It was really nice to do some proper painting again. The canvas is 101cm high by 50cm wide, the scale of it is abit lost in the picture I took, but you get the idea. I've also stuck a few initial sketches up so you can see how the character developed. Just got to do too two more now.

Open University Brief

The Lecturers gave us a bunch of competitions to possibly enter all connected to the YCN. I went with the Open University brief. They wanted something that would engage the young folk so I did abit of a silly piece with a cat loving weight lifter. A very photoshoppy piece.

EggMag competition

Found a nice little illustration competition set up by a London based magazine called EggMag. Thought I'd have a stab at it. The brief was to show the importance of having flower, trees and all that kinda stuff in urban areas. I went with the whimsical, wonderland approach. Was a pen drawing I photoshopped the hell out of.

Art for Nurture

In March got through to the regional finals of the Art for Nurture competition set up by Llyods TSB. Got the people's choice award for my piece and a hamper full of posh jam so was pretty chuffed with myself. I went with the theme, 'We succeed together'.

Insurance booklets

I recently pimped up some second year work. The original brief was to create Car, Home, Travel, Life and Pet insurance booklets for Barcleys Bank. They're watercolours fiddled with on photoshop. Got rid of the text that I photoshopped on them so that they make nice little A5 prints. Left one with text on so you can see how they used to look.