Matthew Cruickshank

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Emi ito illustration essay Illustrations by Emi Ito Ortiz of Emi Ito Illustration. Inside Illustration Podcast by Emi Ito Ortiz of Emi Ito Illustration featuring the lives and careers of. Art And Illustration, Art Sketches, Art Drawings, Arte Sketchbook, Guache, Sketchbook Inspiration, Sketchbook Ideas, Urban Sketching, Moleskine

A trip

I'm back in London after a month in California, spending two weeks in Los Angeles and two in San Francisco. Whilst away I thought I'd try some small paintings. Virtually all of my sketchbooks are black and white so I thought I'd take the plunge into colour. It wasn't an entirely comfortable experience but I'm glad I forced myself to do something different. I want to write about all the terrific people I met and drew too but I'm too discombobulated with jet lag right now. More soon…

'Drought' by Matthew Cruickshank Retro Illustration, Graphic Design Illustration, Black And White Drawing, Gravure, Screen Printing, Design Art, Art Drawings, Cool Art, Sketchbooks

Drought

It's been raining for about 7 days consecutively which only means one thing in England- a nationwide drought.

Thick snow in London: Illustration by Matthew Cruickshank Art And Illustration, Illustrations Posters, London Illustration, Environment Concept Art, Environment Design, London Snow, Tinta China, Art Thou, Animation Background

2010

On December the 1st I opened the bedroom blinds and thought I'd woken up in Russia. Thick snow in London is rare, especially in early Dec. I spent the morning sketching onto the Cintiq, and then rendered up the final image. I don't normally work directly on the computer but it was far easier to look out of the window and study it directly. That's my little shed in the middle, looking bleak and cold. There's a few details I really like, the deserted birds nest now revealed in winter and the…

Treasure Island Illustration for Space Dog Books by Matthew Cruickshank Graphic Design Typography, Graphic Art, Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson, Pirate Tattoo, Look What I Made, Dog Books, Book Design, Just In Case, Color Inspiration

TI again.

The illustrations for Treasure Island are finished and with the programmers. There were roughly 40 illustrations in total although not all may be used. Good luck to the Space Dog team moving forward, can't wait to see it finished! Below is my attempt at a painted cover, just for development. This started out as the rough before the final painting but ended up as the only version. Perhaps the face could be cropped at the nose giving more emphasis to the tattoos. Now I need a new project!

Matthew Cruickshank for Space Dog Books (developing books for touch screen devices) Children's Book Illustration, Character Illustration, Book Illustrations, 3d Character, Character Design, Character Poses, Art Drawings Beautiful, Dog Books, Treasure Island

Illustrating Treasure Island

With the release of Treasure Island on the iPad I'm happy to show some development work from last year. I would work up the roughs on the Cintiq before moving to colour in Photoshop. Many ideas are discarded, but that's the nature of quick thumbnails. You hope to capture the energy of the doodles in the finished artwork. There's over 40 finished illustrations, so here's a small sample of some of them. All art copyright Space Dog Books 2011.

The anniversary of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales

Google Doodle by Matthew Cruickshank. More here: http://crookiesblog.blogspot.com/2012/12/brothers-grimm.html

 And also the ghost of Monty, who hit the plonk too hard and is sadly no longer with us. I keep photographing them all together because they're like alcoholics, they need each other. Literary Allusion, Ghost In The Machine, Vintage Nautical, Vintage Posters, Painting & Drawing, Photo Art, Concept Art, Character Design, Artists

Ye Crooked Legge

I spent a breezy afternoon in the town of Barnes. The devastation was hard to take. One bike had fallen over and one man had a plastic bag attached to his foot. Next time I'm inviting Oscar Grillo for moral support.

This November I'll be at the animation expo in L. Travel Sketchbook, Art Sketchbook, Building Illustration, Illustration Art, Moleskine, Paper Drawing, Rock Island, Book Jacket, Colorful Artwork

CTN-X 2012

This November I'll be at the animation expo in L.A to talk about my drawings and my luminaries- please drop in if you can. Here's the poster. Thanks Tina!

 And also the ghost of Monty, who hit the plonk too hard and is sadly no longer with us. I keep photographing them all together because they're like alcoholics, they need each other. Captain Ahab, White Whale, 2d Art, Ocean Waves, Les Oeuvres, Illustrators, The Darkest, Vintage Outfits, Character Design

Ye Crooked Legge

On December the 1st I opened the bedroom blinds and thought I'd woken up in Russia. Thick snow in London is rare, especially in early Dec. I spent the morning sketching onto the Cintiq, and then rendered up the final image. I don't normally work directly on the computer but it was far easier to look out of the window and study it directly. That's my little shed in the middle, looking bleak and cold. There's a few details I really like, the deserted birds nest now revealed in winter and the…

"I have of late, but wherefore I know not, lost all my mirth and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame the ea. Umbrella Art, Under My Umbrella, Character Concept, Concept Art, Character Design, Withnail And I, Fox Face, Parasols, Illustrators

Withnail.

"I have of late, but wherefore I know not, lost all my mirth and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame the earth seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy the air, look you, this mighty o'rehanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire; why, it appeareth nothing to me but a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, how like an angel in…