Little Known Creature

I am an illustration design student about to finish my degree and go out into the big intimidating world of creative industry. Join me for the ride and see my work and creative process as the pressure builds to make it doing what I love.

Remember how ages ago I put up some pop-up work I was doing? well you prob don’t cause it was ages ago, but this is what it turned into!

This is a pop-up book about the marine environments around the Wellington area in New Zealand. Including some photos at the end of the report I had to do and the presentation I set up.

There is still a little editing to do before it prefect, but its pretty much done as is.

I made a pop-up book…

— 9 months ago with 11 notes
#pop up  #Pop-Up  #pop up book  #marine art  #marine  #marine wildlife  #new zealand  #Wellington NZ  #books  #sting ray  #whale  #art  #Illustration  #Ocean art  #ocean  #illustation student  #eel  #sea anemone  #decorator crab  #beneath the surface 

Another bit of progress on my painting.

Darkening up my babies and giving them spots!

So close to finishing. What’s to be added next? Little baby fish (lunch?) will be added next.

So stay tuned.

— 10 months ago with 7 notes
#art  #wip  #moray eel  #Moray  #skull  #water color  #water colour  #watercolour  #eel  #Illustration  #art progress  #marine  #marine art  #painting  #art WIP 

This is what I did today. Painted a kelp forest and a bottlenose dolphin.

So I came into uni the other day and showed my illustration teacher some of my older work. He said that something was wrong and asked to see the water colours I was using. I gave him my little box set (hand me down, prob older than me) and he immediately told me to throw them away and buy a new set cause it was making my work look dull. ’Do you have $100ish dollars free? go treat yourself.’ he suggested. ‘Oh nonono’ I was like, I cant justify that kind of money on paint! So he FORCED me to take his expensive watercolour set home… against my protests…

Oh god I’m never going to be able to use cheap paint ever again, never again!

Sorry for the photos, I don’t have a large enough scanner. Colour saturation is insane. Now I actually want to get good so I can do these colours justice. Forever a slave to expensive taste. My wallets going to suffer.

Think I owe my teacher a thank you gift.

Edit: tumblr keeps flipping my images. sorry.

Edit: Fixed!

— 11 months ago with 5 notes
#water color  #water colour  #watercolor  #watercolour  #bottlenose dolphin  #dolphin  #Illustration  #art  #kelp forest  #sea kelp  #Ocean art  #ocean  #sea  #underwater  #seaweed  #marine art  #marine  #painting 
My tutor complained that my illustrations were too dark and needed to be more fun and ‘loose’, soooooo…
I lost the plot a little. 
Bright pink/purple/blue stingray?

My tutor complained that my illustrations were too dark and needed to be more fun and ‘loose’, soooooo…

I lost the plot a little. 

Bright pink/purple/blue stingray?

— 11 months ago with 9 notes
#stingray  #Illustration  #art  #water color  #water colour  #watercolour  #Ocean art  #ocean  #marine art  #bright  #pink  #ray 

Today I feel like sharing some crafty stuff instead of my usual paintings. Here are some itty bitty Japanese baby dolls I made a while ago out of scraps of fabric.

They vary in size between 6cm and 8cm from head to toe. Some parts are silk, some cotton, some who knows what!

I have absolutely no idea what to do with them now that I’ve made them. I put one on a long necklace once, it was ok. Any ideas anyone?

— 11 months ago with 1 note
#crafts  #sewing  #doll  #japan  #japanese  #fabric  #baby  #baby doll  #japanese doll 

Sorry for the lack of posting! I have been so busy its insane, so here is another painting update!

painting in the little itty bitty baby pink moray ells.

Watercolour paint.

— 11 months ago with 22 notes
#watercolour  #water color  #water colour  #watercolor  #painting  #marine art  #skull  #wip  #art progress  #Moray  #moray eel  #art  #Illustration 

So tomorrow I’m doing a presentation at my uni about a pop-up book I’m trying to create. so I made this thing, remember how I posted that underwater stingray thing? http://littleknowncreature.tumblr.com/post/57587025336/let-me-show-you-a-thing-i-did-watercolour

I love this one cause it actually works!

There’s typos in it though, shhhhhhh.

— 11 months ago with 6 notes
#Pop-Up  #pop up  #pop up book  #marine art  #marine  #marine wildlife  #sting ray  #stingray  #Illustration  #scientific illustration  #art  #wellington nz 

Let me show you a thing I did.

Watercolour painted some water texture and a sandy beach thing and put them together in photoshop with the two stingray paintings I did.

Its a rough that I show my tutors when they ask what I’m doing. Trying to look productive.

— 11 months ago with 18 notes
#marine art  #marine  #Ocean art  #ocean  #water color  #water colour  #watercolor  #watercolour  #painting  #sting ray  #stingray 
A shell I drew.
Done in coloured artsy whatever they are called pens.
…Ok just checked its ‘Staedtler triplus fineliner’ pens.
Enjoy.

A shell I drew.

Done in coloured artsy whatever they are called pens.

…Ok just checked its ‘Staedtler triplus fineliner’ pens.

Enjoy.

— 12 months ago with 6 notes
#shell  #ocean  #marine art  #pen art  #pen  #ocean art  #marine  #art  #Illustration 

More progress on my work. A little worried about the baby pink moray eels looking a bit phallic, if you know what I mean…

— 12 months ago with 2 notes
#Illustration  #art  #wip  #skull  #moray eel  #moray  #painting  #water color  #watercolor  #watercolour  #water colour  #marine art  #progress  #eel 

I missed a day of posting cause tumblr went down where I am but better late than never!

I have bee working on a project about the ocean and it just happens to be a pop-up book. Here is one of the pop-up designs I have been prototyping, at least its the one I’m most happy with so far. Its of a wave breaking against a rock by the sea.

More stuff like this will be popping up (ha) on my blog as the project goes on.

— 12 months ago
#pop up  #pop-up  #ocean  #sea  #waves  #papercraft  #paper  #design  #crafts  #pop up book 

Another progress update on my painting! from the rough sketch to the transfer and now starting to paint. Hopefully the next time I update I will have done way more but until then this is it.

— 1 year ago with 3 notes
#painting  #art  #marine art  #moray eel  #skull  #watercolour  #water color  #watercolor  #Illustration  #progress  #art progress  #wip  #art wip  #eel