Download the December 2017 Desktop

Download the December 2017 Desktop

Something a bit chilly for the colder month ahead.

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My Wildlife Pin release this month also features the magnificent polar bear – and it’s a glow in the dark pin too!

Available from the shop here >>

Download the November 2017 Desktop

Download the November 2017 Desktop

Bit of a throwback this month to my first ever large format cut-paper collage and entry to the Wildlife Artist Of The Year Competition, for which I was a commended finalist. As I’m entering the competition again this year and about to start my entry, I’m hoping my Golden Eagle will be a good omen for the month.

To download your copy of the November desktop, please right click on the version you’d like and select “Save As…”:

Download the October 2017 Desktop

Download the October 2017 Desktop

My new book, ‘The Ways Of The Wolf’, is published this month and so I just had to make a wolf themed desktop for October ūüôā

To download your copy of the October desktop, please right click on the version you’d like and select “Save As…”:

To celebrate the release of the book, I have a limited number of special gift sets including a signed copy of the book and a glow in the dark arctic wolf pin (not available anywhere else). If you would like to purchase one of the gift sets while stocks last, head over to my shop  >>>

 

Download the September 2017 Desktop

Download the September 2017 Desktop

As a last hurrah to summer, I wanted to create a joyful desktop for September. So, I chose the beautiful Malachite Sunbird as the subject for both the desktop this month and my next wildlife pin.

To download your copy of the August desktop, please right click on the version you’d like and select “Save As…”:

The October wildlife pin, featuring the Malachite Sunbird, is also now available for pre-order from the shop  >>>

Prints of the original cut paper Malachite Sunbird cut paper collage are also now available in my shop >>>

Download the August 2017 Desktop

Download the August 2017 Desktop

I hope this desktop doesn’t freak out you arachnophobes out there! I used to be one until I discovered a fascination with minibeasts of all shapes and size, now I love them.

The September Orb Weaver Spider pin is now available for pre-order from the shop for all you spider fans out there >>>

To download your copy of the August desktop, please right click on the version you’d like and select “Save As…”:

Global Tiger Day OFFERS

To think that in my lifetime, these magnificent creatures could become extinct is just something I can’t even comprehend.

So, to celebrate Global Tiger Day today, I have a number of offers throughout the shop.

OFFER 1:

25% off all tiger products throughout the shop including pins (including pin sets where tigers are featured) and prints. £1 from every order will be donated to the WWF Save the Tiger Campaign.

Use promo code TIGER to get your 25% discount.

Head to the shop to get your offer and help save the tiger >>>

OFFER 2:

Join the Pin Club on Global Tiger Day and get a free tiger pin and mini print with your first month’s membership pin (The Kingfisher). ¬†¬£1 from your first subscription payment will be donated to the WWF Save the Tiger Campaign.

Wildlife Pin Badges #1 – #6

I’ve been creating my wildlife pin badge series for 6 months now, so I thought it might be a good time to pull together the collection in one place along with their illustrated backing boards (which I love illustrating as much as I love designing the pins).

#1 – The Wolf.

Purchase this pin here or join the Pin Club to never miss a pin (email me if you’d like to purchase previous pins – while stocks last – to complete your collection).

#2 – The Barn Owl.

Purchase this pin here or join the Pin Club to never miss a pin (email me if you’d like to purchase previous pins – while stocks last – to complete your collection).

#3 – The Tiger.

Purchase this pin here or join the Pin Club to never miss a pin (email me if you’d like to purchase previous pins – while stocks last – to complete your collection).

#4 – The Gorilla.

Purchase this pin here or join the Pin Club to never miss a pin (email me if you’d like to purchase previous pins – while stocks last – to complete your collection).

#5 – The Hummingbird

Purchase this pin here or join the Pin Club to never miss a pin (email me if you’d like to purchase previous pins – while stocks last – to complete your collection).

#6 – The Death’s Head Hawkmoth.

Purchase this pin here or join the Pin Club to never miss a pin (email me if you’d like to purchase previous pins – while stocks last – to complete your collection).

Download the June 2017 Desktop

Download the June 2017 Desktop

To tie in with the latest pin design that I’ve just released for pre-order¬†(see below) – I’m sticking with the Lepidoptera theme for the June¬†desktop.

SPECIAL OFFER: Anyone joining my Wildlife Pin Club during the month of June will have the option to complete their collection and purchase all of the other 5 pins to date (wolf / barn owl / tiger / gorilla / hummingbird), for £20 + P&P (a saving of £10). If you would like to take advantage of this offer while stocks last, simply join the club and email me for your discount code.

To download your copy of the June¬†desktop, please right click on the version you’d like and select “Save As…”:

Download the May 2017 Desktop

Download the May 2017 Desktop

To tie in with the latest pin design that I’ve just released for pre-order – the desktop this month is created from the original cut paper collage on which the new pin design was based on.

To download your copy of the May¬†desktop, please right click on the version you’d like and select “Save As…”:

Download the April 2017 Desktop

Download the April 2017 Desktop

Because I’ve been so busy this past month, barely able to take a breath between Bologna Book Fair deadlines, I’ve decided to use one of my older illustrations for this month’s desktop.

With bears starting to emerge from their winter hibernation, I also thought this illustration was quite appropriate too ūüôā

To download your copy of the March¬†desktop, please right click on the version you’d like and select “Save As…”:

The Ways Of The Wolf – Illustration Process

With all of the final artwork from my new book ‘Ways Of The Wolf’ completed and with the publisher (Wren & Rook), I have permission to share a little bit of it. So, I thought I’d write up¬†how one of the spread illustrations was created, from sketch to final artwork.

As the illustrator for a children’s book, the first thing you receive from the publisher is the manuscript and any art notes¬†that the Editor wants you to be aware of.

After a good read, I start sketching and gathering reference material. The Ways of the Wolf is a non fiction book and so, although my work is stylised to a degree due to the materials I use, everything in the book has to be accurate.

I’ll scribble a few ideas down very loosely and once I’ve settled on what I think would make a good composition, I’ll send a less scribbly¬†sketch to my Editor. I try to do this quite quickly and only send one, rather than a bunch of ideas for the spread. I find that this makes the whole process more efficient, as the Editor can give quick feedback on my initial thoughts that in turn gives me a lot of information on how best to steer the direction of the artwork.

Here’s the first sketch that I sent in¬†(I usually throw a bit of quick Photoshop colour on to the drawing too, just to give an indication of the lighting and mood):

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The feedback that I received was that we were too tight in on the wolves and that we needed to show more of the beautiful habitat in which they live.

A note on feedback: Never dismiss feedback! It’s fine to push back and express your views in a respectful way if you feel strongly about the direction of an illustration, but Editors know what they are doing and they will probably know far more than you do about the market. When¬†working with a good Editor or Art Director (as I was on this book), be open, as their thoughts and feedback will always elevate the Illustrations.

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This approach was approved, but my Editor wanted me to pull back even further so that the wolves weren’t so much of the main focus, really planting them in their environment.

Here’s what we decided on and this is pretty much as detailed as I get with client roughs. I’m lucky that I work with clients who trust me and my medium – occasionally, I’ll draw up some of the details more accurately to work from, but I generally work out the details as I cut and paste my scanned textures in the final collage stage:

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Approved, with just a little note from my Editor to give a little more room for text.

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And so, here it is, the final artwork for the spread:

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Sometimes, I’ll add a few extra elements in to the piece that weren’t in the sketch. Elements that perhaps tell a story or add another dimension. See if you can spot this little guy below in the finished spread above.

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I’m very proud of this book (I’ve loved wolves since I was a little kid) and have loved working with the lovely people at Wren & Rook. I’ve just signed the contract for the next book in our¬†series too and can’t wait to tell you what the subject of this one will be!!!

‘The Ways Of The Wolf’ will be published in October 2017 by Wren & Rook.

Working on this project also inspired the first pin in my wildlife Pin Club series too –¬†click the image below to learn more about my enamel pin series and to sign up to the club.

Wolf pins will be shipping out to club members and pre-purchase customers in the first week of February.

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Download the December 2016 Desktop

Download the December 2016 Desktop

This month’s desktop features an illustration that¬†my daughter asked me to create for her Christmas present this year – she loves snow leopards and luckily she said I could use it for the December desktop ūüôā

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To download your copy of the December¬†desktop, please right click on the version you’d like and select “Save As…”:

Download the November 2016 Desktop

Download the November 2016 Desktop

This month’s desktop features a pair of expert hunters and the¬†first two designs I’ll be turning in to enamel pin badges for my online shop when it re-opens in December.

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Download the October 2016 Desktop

Download the October 2016 Desktop

My monthly desktops were originally¬†designed to be a release from client work and a place to experiment, so I’m re-embracing this with¬†the October desktop.

Working in collage, whether it be traditional or digital, is¬†quite a slow medium to work with and I often miss the immediacy of drawing/mark making. This month’s desktop has given me a reason to play with an idea I’ve been thinking about for ages – mixing drawing and collage.

I had a lot of fun with this and am definitely looking forward to practicing and pushing this technique further.

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The September 2016 Desktop Wallpaper

Download the September 2016 Desktop

The September desktop features a beautiful collage created by my daughter Mali (age 7) – it’s so lovely that I might just start getting her to illustrate all my books from now on ūüôā

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To download your copy of the September¬†desktop, please right click on the version you’d like and select “Save As…”:

Stock Clearance Greetings Card Sale

As we’re moving house in a few weeks, I’m¬†having a stock clearance sale of my greetings cards.

Below are the packs that are available for £5.00 (usually £8) + postage & packing (£1.50 UK / £2.50 International).

Stocks are very limited, so grab them while you can.

The Bird Collection

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Pack of 4 A6 greetings cards with envelopes.


Jonathan Woodward Studio Greetings Cards – Bird Collection



The Kingfisher Set

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Pack of 3 A6 greetings cards + 1 A6 postcard with envelopes.


Pack of 3 Greetings Cards + 1 Postcard: The Kingfisher



The Animal Collection

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Pack of 4 A6 greetings cards with envelopes.


Jonathan Woodward Studio Greetings Cards – Animal Collection




Dinosaur Construction Kit: T.Rex – Illustration Process

Around 12 months ago I was contacted by the lovely people at Egmont to see if I’d be interested in illustrating a dinosaur book they were developing¬†–¬†illustrating dinosaurs, er, yes please!

As the book is now out (released last month), I thought it would be a good time to share a little on the process of creating the artwork for the book.

The Cover:

After receiving the script for the book, the first thing I was asked to work on was the design/look and feel for the cover. After researching what would be our competition on the book shelves, I had a clear idea in my head of what I thought might create a strong brand for the book series (this is where my background as a graphic designer comes in handy).

Rather than working on numerous ideas, I thought it would be more efficient to run this initial idea by the art director first Рluckily they loved it.

Below is the initial sketch and the finished cover (if you look closely at the finished cover, you can see a sneak peek of the cover for book two too).

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Spread Roughs

The next step was to take the script (and notes from my Art Director) and draw up some quick rough sketches for the 9 spreads.

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Based on feedback, these were then amended and drawn up a little tighter.

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Once approved, I added some quick Photoshop colour behind my sketches for final approval, then we were ready to jump in to the final artwork.

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Final Artwork

Here are the first three finished spreads from the book Рyou can see that even once the roughs have been signed off, slight tweaks like the sky colour and other elements of the layout still sometimes need to change as the book evolves.

Sometimes major changes may be needed and if you have a great Art Director (which I did on this book in Faith Booker from Egmont), you have to trust that they know what they’re talking about. Every suggestion that Faith made, resulted in stronger spreads and eventually a stronger book.

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T-Rex Model

Paper engineers blow my mind. I’m so in awe of what they do and the model that comes with this book was no exception.

Following the cover, the model was the next phase of this project and illustrating a flat surface that will be folded to create a 3D object is always a tricky thing, requiring such¬†a different mind-set (because you aren’t creating the edges of your artwork and every edge needs to include bleed – which can look a little weird when you’re working on it). Luckily, having already designed the look of our T-Rex on¬†the cover,¬†the process of Illustrating all of the parts of the model ran more smoothly.

As challenging as this part is, it’s equally rewarding to see the final model dressed in your illustrations – my kids loved this part too as they got to play with models prior to publication.

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Couldn’t resist sharing this photo – my little boy Samson (age 2), particularly got in to the spirit of things when posing with his model ūüôā

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This book is part of a series and I’m happy to say that book 2, with the mighty Triceratops as its star,¬†has already been Illustrated and is with the publisher preparing to bulldoze its way on to the bookshelves sometime next year.

Here’s a sneak peak at¬†the star of the show…

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It was such a joy to work on these books with Egmont from start to finish and enabled me¬†to tick¬†a box on my illustration wish list. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of Illustrating dinosaurs!

I’m also thrilled to say that our T-Rex¬†book made it in to the shortlist for the Junior¬†Design Awards ‘Innovative Children’s Book Of The Year’¬†too!