About a month ago, for a special treat, two of my friends organised a surprise day for me. They got me all dressed up, took me for dinner and cocktails, and then whisked me off to see Cirkus Cirkor; this travelling Swedish circus show.
It was pretty amazing, and a fantastic day all round, so I decided to make my friends some thank-you notes. (this is something that got drummed into me from an early age, my mum used to give me thankyou note sets in my christmas stocking)
Anyway, here is one of the thankyou notes i did in cut paper; I always think your feelings are expressed more sincerely when there's a risk of serious scalpel-based injury. I've had to wait until they got them, which is why it's taken so long to post... but tada!
My mate Catie works as a props mistress for a dramatics society called YAT, who recently did a production of The Labours of Heracles (better known as Hercules).
Being rather weighed down by the making of hydra heads and giant skeletal hands (don't ask) she asked me to come up with some shadow puppets for part of the play.
So here is Heracles, the Stymphalian Birds, the Erymanthian Boar and the Cerynian Hind. (Background wise: the birds were meant to be impervious to harm and were said to be able to fire their feathers like arrows, the hind belonged to the goddess Artemis and was meant to be the fastest animal alive and the boar... well the boar was just a mahussive boar tbh)
They were recorded in action and projected onto the stage and the whole production was a complete success! Hooray!
This chandelier's particularly funky, in that its actually designed to change shape. It's made from skirts of crystal beads in concentric circles, that start on the same level, and descend into this crystal spike formation - pretty cool huh? Design by George Singer, poster by me.
And this is the point in the internship I fully embraced the lens-flare as a tool in my work (although I couldn't settle for the preset photoshop version - and had to construct my own)
The Honolulu Chandelier! Porcelain dancer's legs in various poses with powder pink skirts.
There'll probably be single lamps available at some point.
This one was quite hard to get right, because my favourite part of my original design - the vegas style typefaces - just didn't work with the complete design and had to be cut. What one of my tutors used to call 'killing your babies'. On that note...
Sorry about the lack of updates: have been working with a chandelier designer for the last month, designing promotional posters for his work (and by extension my own).
There's a series of seven I've managed to get done in the month I've been working at Hothouse by London Fields; the first of which is the Butterfly Chandelier, shown here, by George Singer. The chandelier is designed with 1000 porcelain butterflies (created by Christina Sterlini).
A test piece for the lovely people at the Fortean Times, about a phantom barber that crept into people's room at night to cut (and steal) people's hair in the Deep South. It got blamed on a fat 57-year-old chemist. Obviously a very stealthy one.
My meeting with the publishers went well - so watch this space for developments, and its looking like I'll have an agent pretty soon as well, so more updates on that when the process is a bit further along.
Also, my website is having a few changes in the gallery areas. Instead of scrolling through images, it will be based on thumbnails to make everything a bit easier for the viewer and so new work is easy to find.
Obviously until that's finished, no new work will be going up in that section, so I'll be putting some on the blog just so you know what I'm up to!
One for you here - more character design...
Found a quick sketch of her in my portfolio so I finished her off. She's a pilot, so she's called Amelia. Ink and digital textures.
Just thought I'd give you a bit of an insight into how I work, using a piece of character design I've been working on.
Particularly as I've been atrociously bad at posting so I thought I better do something a bit more in-depth. I do have a fairly good excuse, because I've just moved to the other side of London, and moving makes everything take twice as long as normal.
Anyway, the original pencil sketch, the line work, and the colour and shadow layers as they built up. I haven't got a proper name for her yet, but I've been going with 'Atti', just coz she's got a bit of a 'tude.
In other news, I'm going to see a publisher's tomorrow for a portfolio viewing) and I've been discussing the possibility of doing a children's book with a published writer. I did some audition pieces for a graphic novelisation he wanted to put together (which I'll put up soon), and while he and his publisher's decided to go for a more photorealist look for that project, he has some ideas he wants to go over.
So an all-over hoorah.
Comments on news, my site and work always welcome.
Welcome to my blog, following the start of my website itchy-fingers.co.uk - for all your illustration needs!
The website isn't completely finished, but it's well on its way, and by the time it's all done and dusted, I'll have some more images for you to look at. Mostly from my Final Major Project (I'm currently on the Illustration and Animation BA at Kingston University) but also my entry to the Penguin Design Award 2009.
Any questions or comments - please feel free to email me. The address is on the website.
Hannah is an illustrator and blogger from an incredibly flat part of England, called the Fens. (Harry Potter aficionados may recognize this as the birthplace of Salazar Slytherin.)
She is housebound with ME/CFS, and lives with her parents/carers, and her cat, Jessicat Fletcher, who is part adorable, fluffy kitten, and part vicious hellbeast.
~ You can find more of my work at hannahradenkova.co.uk ~
You can also follow me on twitter: @HannahRadenkova