WARNING! My work is NOT a simple digital copy, distort, colour and paste like some of the sham bucket shops out there. I do NOT do 1000s of images per week processed by computer, because my work is 100% original. Each caricature is a carefully considered re-arrangement of facial and other features, either drawn and painted by hand on acid-free, artists' quality 130lb Saunders HP Watercolour paper using artists' quality paint, brushes, airbrushes and pens, or created digitally using state-of the-art professional imaging software and hardware. Some of the compositions above have taken a week to complete.
I CARE about my clients and the commissions I am given.
Technical notes: Digital Illustration
I favour Manga Studio Pro. I do not consider myself a vector illustrator.
Technical notes: Illustration on paper:
For illustration wet work. I use Winsor & Newton and Dr. P.H. Martin's watercolours and Winsor & Newton acrylics plus a little Magicolor, for those of you mindful of these things. Ink is usually Winsor & Newton waterproof Indian ink. Pens vary but are either crowquill nibs, or steel #4 roundhand calligraphy nibs. For some colour illustration, I use Caran d'Ache colour pencils on coloured Ingres paper for speed, but prefer the heightened effect and density of acrylics. The paper is stretched during the process to eliminate 'cockling' (which is the technical name for the wrinkling you get when you spill water on paper) and thus ensures perfectly flat paper as an end result. Brushes are #4, 6, 8 & 10 sable for watercolour plus whatever I have in the pot, #1 & 2 sable for Indian ink, and a wide range of portraitists' brushes (W&N, some Rowney, some Wrights') for acrylics. I occasionally use Bristol board or white card for some black and white illustration work. Airbrushes are Aerograph, although the technique has fallen out of favour at the moment for published work.
Technical notes: Live work
Default size is A3.
Big Board size is 1500mm x as big as you like.
Big Board paper is 200gsm Fabriano, archive quality.
Live digital is produced on Macbook plus Intuous tablet or Cintiq 24HD. Static position only.
All electrical equipment has PAT certificates.
I also use scraperboard (see sextant illustration above), although it is possible to get a perfectly good scraperboard simulacrum using hand-rendered digital techniques, which is comparatively inexpensive.
Other techniques are employed as the occasion demands.
These days, most of my published work is digital, but for other purposes, there is no beating an original painting.
Some art directors are reverting to airbrushed artwork. What goes round comes round!