Friday, 11 March 2016

Geeky freaky

It really is about time I actually posted stuff about what I am doing currently. I don't usually post about the work that I am doing since I am usually too busy doing it. So now I have stopped being too busy working so that I might post about what I'm doing instead of doing it. Feel free to ask questions.

So, what am I doing.Well. among other projects I am working for a US publisher on a series of creepy freaky books. That's not what they are called but I have no idea how much I am allowed to say pre-publication so I'll remain enigmatic.

Shown here are the pencil roughs and the final ink versions. 

This project is proving a particular favourite of mine. The freedom of the briefs allow my inner geek (some might say that it's not very `inner') to run wild. There are of course more illustrations in the books than I am showing here, otherwise they would be stupidly short books but trust me, my inner geek has stripped naked, screamed pathetically and run head-on into the full potential of this project.

Happy days.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

A grand gathering of Catling's brain dumps (artwork).

Art Prints

Over the years I have produced many, many pieces of artwork for various papery publications and I thought it time to make it all available for peepers everywhere. You can click the above slideshow or follow this link. Take a look and I'm sure that something in there will make the effort of clicking worthwhile. Clicky clicky.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Steady on there!!!

Wooa, hold dem horses! Two posts in one day. Well, when those samples are in and the next project hasn't begun, it's time to breath. In......hold....and out. (Cough)  Thought I had better show another set of character designs.

Chuffing Nora!

Here are some recent character designs for a chapter book project. I have no idea if I will get to illustrate this one. They look good to me but everyone has their own idea as to what is right for a project. The writing is very good which always helps when it comes to illustrating.
I'm sure that once upon a time people used to meet in person to talk about such projects but now it is mostly email. It is so hard to read into what it is that the commissioner might see in your work and to get a full understanding of what is expected. So decision making becomes a daunting prospect when approaching the design of story characters. Which is the right avenue for this project? I think that what it comes down to in the end is, do what you do and hope for the best.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Knight knight

I have been very busy and the work is still pouring in but I managed to sneak this one into a few in-between moments. When on auto I tend to default to my best favourite thing.

Guess what my best favourite thing is. Go on..... here's a clue... knight!

Oops, bit over-excited. So... errrr, did you guess?

Friday, 6 February 2015

Chrismukkah or Hanumas?

Hanukkah Howie vs. Santa Claus is a picture book idea by David Michael Slater that is currently funding on the Inkshares website. You can find the project page here. Please do take a look to see what it is all about.

Of course, I'm doing the illustrating, tea-boy duties, swim suit modelling and squirrel counting. I think that's what the contract said. Actually, I'm not sure about the illustrating but so long as I am fed biscuits, I'm up to it. Grrrrr!