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This month I’ve spent much time drawing, painting and planning. Here is an example of one page of my sketchbook, this day I was studying the sketch style of one of my major inspirations, illustrator, concept designer, filmmaker, screenwriter, (former animator!) Iain McCaig.

Below is a painting I created in acrylic to study one of the promotional photos of a favourite film The Secret of Kells, I was lucky to attend the filmmaker’s presentation of behind the scenes of the film at a Siggraph Vancouver event a couple years ago before the film got an Academy Award nomination. This is a film I recommend to all my friends as it is quite the gem in terms of story, characters and visual style but still isn’t that widely known.

Inspired by this style I went on to create my own design as a 11″x15″ watercolour utilizing a similar painting texture. Here is the progress from the initial sketch, the outline in ink, the application of watercolour resist for the flowers etc., painting in sections of similar colour and the final product.

In the next update I hope to share an animation exercise in addition to really exciting news! Trying my best to have patience and to prepare for what is to come :)

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