Who wouldn’t love a glam tree house? Well, this jacket artwork for Templar Publishing is just that!
This one is a fairy tree house jacket artwork I created for Templar Publishing. Templar Publishing’s books always have very good art, so I was delighted when approached to create this artwork. Templar publish amazingly intricate pop-up books that can fold into a fully working doll’s houses or in this case fairy tree house.
I thought it would be interesting to not only share the visuals (sketches) and artwork (full colour), but also the information sent to me by the paper engineer. It’s fascinating how pop-up books are designed and constructed.
It’s now a fairly old piece and my style has moved on a bit, but I am still quite fond of the tiny details in this artwork. The overall style sometimes makes me inwardly groan a wee bit, but I still like this piece. I thoroughly enjoyed adding the little stripy socks, pots, pans and tiny kettles. I still enjoy drawing trees and animals even now.
The artwork is hand drawn and painted in inks. That’s one medium I no longer use. I prefer the more subtle effects you can achieve with watercolours. Interestingly I no longer create line work using ink, opting instead for pencil, which creates freer results (for me anyway). Ink had to be given up for another reason. I developed a tremor in my right hand, whenever I pressed down on the metal quill, which as you can imagine was very frustrating. That, I think, is the universe telling me to change my style. Or at the very least an indicator I should re-invent myself, as all artists must do. You just have to look at Picasso’s styles and artistic periods over the decades to realise that.
Anyway, having said my style has changed I would still love to create the same level of detail and maybe even more! I would not say, ‘no’ to working on something similar again, especially for a publisher like Templar Publishing.