Well first of all I always do research - I love to look at lots of the work of designers and illustrators in books and on the web. Two of my fave destinations are Print & Pattern and Pikaland
Then I just start to doodle and draw – in sketchbooks, on the bus, on spare paper... and these are quite rough – and I do draw over them. I tend to draw straight in with pen
As I don’t have a lightbox, I tack paper to the window – works a treat! I trace over – making little changes to develop just the right emphasis or simplicity or style required...Like the elephant above
You can see how I changed the badger’s stripes – softened them from black and showed the ears more
I got the ideas for the deer and hares and whippets theme because we have a handsome whippet, Alfie
Initially I went for a ‘tattoo’ type style of drawing but I ended up removing the outlines altogether for the final camouflage designs
Even little things like where I put the eyes make all the difference in terms of expression
Maybe you’d like to see how I created some of those backgrounds soon?