Thursday, 20 October 2016

Feature Friday: Essi Kimpimäki Illustration

Where do you currently practice your artwork?
I'm originally from Finland but I have been living in Glasgow, Scotland, for over nine years. Currently I'm renting a desk in a shared creative studio space near my home.

Are you self taught or have you completed any training?
I studied Illustration at the Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2011.
How would you describe your artwork/process?
I mainly work digitally nowadays as it is just so much faster and lets you edit
the art work painlessly - which is essential with tight deadlines! I do however still like to have some organic hand drawn feel and textures in my work. My medium of choice is a Wacom graphics tablet and a nice selection of Photoshop brushes, these make the process pretty similar to actual drawing and painting. 
I also, whenever I can find the time, love to do some screen-printing!
What is your biggest influence/inspiration?
Inspiration can come from anywhere really and often hits when you're not
looking for it. I do love looking at other people's artwork however I find
more inspiration just by looking at what's happening around you - the light, the
colours, the scenes, the people. I also love travelling and get very inspired by
looking at pictures of faraway places - or ideally of course visiting them myself!
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm currently finishing off illustrating a second children's book for the Quarto Publishing.
Where can people see your work?

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Ferret Character Concept

Above; a few concept sketches of a warrior ferret character. The design explores the long slender shape of the animal and a couple of expressions. The design is based on observations of my pet ferret 'Bandit', so called because of the contrasting mask shaped patch on his face. I believe the best way to characterise an animal, if it's possible, is to observe it and make sketches as well as mental notes about their behaviour and movements.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Charity Ramble

Yesterday we completed our Countryfile Ramble 2016 to raise money for 
Children in Need. Starting in Cotherstone, we travelled a circular walk to 
Middleton-In-Teesdale and back again, covering a total distance of 16 miles. 

Thursday, 29 September 2016

The Island Bristol

The Island; Open Studio Day September 2016 Sidz Photography
The Old Bridewell Police Station
During a recent visit to Bristol we stopped by 'The Island'. What used to be a police station has been transformed into an exciting creative hub that houses an eclectic mix of over 100 creatives including illustrators, artists, dancers, musicians and more. 
Simon Alderson, one of the current talents at The Island, was gracious enough to show us around the building and his studio space. Simon is a working glass artist who we previously featured on the blog. You can find out more about his work here!