Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Rough sketches for Downtown

I usually only put finished examples of work on my blog as an extension of my main portfolio site but I've been sorting through some papers in my studio and thought it might be an interesting change to put some rough sketches up too, here are a couple from the most recent 'Downtown' project.

First rough idea sketch -

No, this isn't the result of spiders break dancing across my sketchbook page, but the first rough sketch or thumbnail if you will. This is actually fairly cohesive in comparison to other similar 'ideas' I have. I often annotate with words too. The text reads 'Monster city at night, dark alley's, iron bridges'

Pencil Rough -
A full size pencil rough of the eventual drawing, although for some reason I haven't added the little figures here.

Colour -

The finished illustration with inking and colour.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011


And a closeup of the bottom right corner- (see my website to see the whole thing)

I have just added this new illustration to my website, titled 'Downtown', of a strange city at night. This one was a bit of a mission to complete, I hadn't quite anticipated how tedious it is drawing little windows when I initially sketched this out, but some time later here it is.

This is a city that watches you back, complete with it's own intelligence and awareness. To see the whole illustration visit my site - Downtown


PS- This is nothing to do with the old Petula Clarke song by the same name, honest.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Twittering about...

It's no secret I'm not a fan of social networks, I'm one of very few people I know who is not on facebook, but I have recently bitten the bullet and signed up to twitter, I'm not sure how good it is yet for me, but I have had some entertainment adding people and places of interest to stalk, I mean, follow.

This is mostly art, publishing, food and music related so far. Something which struck me when looking for people to follow was how many people I'd be interested to follow are already long dead. The likes of Oscar Wilde and Salvador Dali just aren't on twitter.

So rambling aside if you would like to follow me and get random tweets about things please do so here -

Follow NLRobinson on Twitter

Hope everyone is having a good week,