Illustrations for ECP and Armadillo
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WOOF! It’s not so much Hounds of the Baskervilles, but more Dogs of Daftness. I absolutely love drawing animals and you can have a lot of fun with dogs. By their nature dogs can be playful, daft and sometimes rather accident prone. So, great material if you happen to be an artist with a commission to design a dog for a children’s fiction book.

Hairy, scruffy, fluffy pooches…

I’ve created long haired, scruffy ones, and cute and fluffy dogs too. Whatever the client needs for their project. So, I thought it might make a nice change to share with you some sketches, as well as some final artwork of some woofers for Eleanor Curtain Publishing and Armadillo [Publishing]!

I always like to sketch in pencil using a Rotring pencil, because you don’t have to keep stopping to sharpen it. If you’re anything like me, you usually end up with very little pencil anyway. It’s better to use a really soft lead too, as that stops the results looking too hard and technical.

If I can inject humour into a sketch I will. Also cute is very important. I don’t feel anyone really wants to see ugly to the point that it really is, well, ugly!

The second sketch I did many years ago and my style has moved on somewhat, but as you can see, my humour has not. This was a private commission from someone, who wanted a comical portrait of his cat and dog. The scenario captured in the sketch was a regular occurrence, apparently.

A more seriously drawn pooch…

Armadillo publishing wanted me to create a more seriously looking representation of a dog and they wanted to look like a Sheep Dog, rather than your average mongrel. Again, I’d like to share the sketch, rather than the finished artwork. I do feel at times that sketches are undervalued and are generally discouraged when presenting a portfolio and so a post is a good opportunity to share them.

Lyn Stone
Birchington-on… UK
Mob: 01795175928

Freelance Artist / Illustrator (Traditional and Digital). I have been an illustrator for many years, working with publishers, editorial, advertising, theatres, and even a pub (n… Show more.

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Bonnier, Hatier, Templar Publishing, The Decanter, Little Brown Books, Schofield & Simms, Imagine Publishing, Media Therapy, Eleanor Curtain Publishing, Poule de luxe, Kids Space A…
The work she produces is, of course, delightful and speaks for itself; but I was also impressed with her professionalism in firstly explaining to me exactly what the process was of commissioning her, and the way she produced the work well within the time frame she had said. Throughout, she was most obliging in incorporating adjustments or re-drafts I requested, and she was always so pleasant and helpful that I felt I was dealing with a personal friend. I would have no hesitation in asking her to illustrate for me again, or in recommending her to someone else. And she's fun
— Richard Evans, UK, Joshua Piecrust's Alphabet Book