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Saturday, 28 December 2013

Christmas gifts and wishes


I haven't posted anything for a while mostly because all the prints I've made have been Christmas gifts hence can only now be shown without everyone realising what Santa was bringing them.


Christmas wishes

This is what I wanted but alas no dinosaur this year.




This was a screen print for my good friends to mark the arrival of their baby.









Friday, 8 November 2013

Penguins

Apologies for the absence but I've been in the midst of moving from the sunny south of England to the cold, cold north of Scotland.
This is perhaps why all of my work of late is ice related.

These are some penguin prints I've been working on.

Practice makes perfect



The original


Another print i've been working on…

On the ice



Printing in progress

The original sketch


These, and others, are on sale here http://www.littlecarouselgallery.com/#!meg-mclaren/cvx2 
as are many other beautiful works by other artist.

In the meantime i'm off to dig out the mittens.






Saturday, 28 September 2013

Baby shower

 This is a screen print I made yesterday for my lovely friends who are having a baby.
It is four colours and all the details are hand drawn in my shiny new RSC pencil.


This is their baby to be - identifiable by the cat it is holding.
(They have a lot of cats)

Friday, 6 September 2013

Owl crazy

Like everyone else it seems I am also going owl crazy.  This is a lady I've been working on in my sketch book today.  She'll no doubt become a lovely mass of flat colour but for now she is a wonderful mess of watercolour pencil.  




This is her conductor.  
He remains nameless and is no doubt going to be replaced.  Never fear for he is not bothered 
because it is that wonderful time just as lunch approaches and he is thinking mostly about soup.




And these ruffians and are a few of my previous owl orchestra.  Aren't they wonderfully flat?  
They urge to me to ensure you their music is not.



Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Kids

A few more kids for my collection.  

These are a set of prints I'm slowly building of kids based on their clothing choices or those of their parents.

Geoffrey

Maisie


Monday, 19 August 2013

My Templar Watch

Templar Publishing are having a fantastic illustrated paper watch auction to raise money for breast cancer.  Details can be found here http://templarpublishing.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/the-paper-watch-project_23.html

Here are a few photos of my illustrated watch.



This is my finished watch with my initial sketch.

             






A little close up












Back in the pack and ready to go.

Now I just have to post it.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Panda pick up

I've been really busy lately trying to get my panda book done.  I'm finally at the clean up stage (aka the boring computer bit) and this the one I'm currently working on.




Sunday, 21 July 2013

More kids


A few more kids I've managed to colour.   





This is one of the monkey baby ones.  Imaginatively titled in my files as ' baby find thing'.


Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Caught!


Some new panda work I've finally gotten round to posting.



This fellow below was posted previously but I've now had time to screen print him.


Same with these penguins.  Photoshop no more!  Look how proud they are to be hand printed.




Tuesday, 9 July 2013

A Monkey's Guide to Babysitting

                       Been doodling today and come up with a beginner's guide to babysitting.


                                                         1. Don't give the baby away.





2. Don't wake the baby.




3.  Find a patsy to change the baby.


 


4.  Don't grudge the baby for taking your banana.


And that's all there is to babysitting, right?




Saturday, 6 July 2013

Disapproving kids

A few kids I've been printing lately.  Most of them aren't dressed by particularly forgiving parents.








Friday, 28 June 2013

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Escapology 102

I've been busy lately screen printing at home with all the silly timing issues and things it throws up but below is one of the prints I am working on.  It has been photoshopped however as my rebellious scanner refuses to acknowledge the colour grey.



For those intolerant to it the penguin parade is now digital free.

                                               

Thursday, 13 June 2013

The 2pm Penguin Parade


Having safely recaptured the pandas after their decoy I attempt 
I can now sit back and enjoy the daily 2pm penguin parade.











Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Polar pandas

This crafty little fellow is a work in progress.  
I am still sadly photoshopping them together with my sad face on but that will change soon.



Until then beware polar bears looking suspiciously like pandas.



Monday, 27 May 2013

A panda or two


 A panda I've been playing with.  I can't wait to actually screen print them properly.  These are digital dopplegangers for the moment.  I'm currently sketchbooking like a fiend and trying to work out if this will be best suited to a picturebook or a comic..  


If you hadn't already realised it he's a master of disguise.




Thursday, 23 May 2013

The victor


So after the still-to-be-drawn chase and fight for chips page this happens.


Just wait 'til the seagulls find out. 


Below- The victor with his spoils.



Monday, 20 May 2013

The seagulls descend...


This is page two of the comic I was working on.  
There's a flight/chase sequence to follow but I haven't  drawn that one yet.




A wee close up of the stranger. Where's he off to?




And this is how the first two pages look together.



Friday, 17 May 2013

A Stranger page


This is the first page of the comic I am working on at the moment.  
Well, the first page of this section, it's infinite in structure at the moment.


and this is a little close up.




Wednesday, 15 May 2013

The stranger


This is the full print of my fold-out booklet.  There is also a grey version.



And as promised this is the stranger.  He's a tiny, chubby bird of mystery.  
I'm currently illustrating a comic book of his exploits.


Ooh and massive congratulations to the Children's Book Illustration students who took 1st, 2nd, 3rd and many highly commended places at this years Macmillan prize.